Arms export rules relaxed

By Rebecca LaFlure

A stream of military equipment exports will soon bypass State Department scrutiny

Practice attack on Moscow was anything but routine

By Douglas Birch

Did 1983 U.S.-NATO war game bring the world to the brink of Armageddon?

Excerpts from this story referencing "B-52":

"… ear warfare. In communications, they several times referred to non-nuclear B-52 sorties as nuclear “strikes” — slips of the tongue that could have b …"

Pentagon spends billions on duplicative camouflage outfits, GAO says

By Douglas Birch

Auditors say waste results when the military services insist on going their own way

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"… n hidden, according to the report. The problem is about to get worse: The Army is considering replacing its battle uniform for the third time in 11 years …"

"… Of the four services that developed new uniforms in the 1990s — the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines — only the Marines appear to have done …"

"… arrel, although the GAO said the other services could still copy it.) The Army, in contrast, took three years and spent $3.2 million to develop a uniform …"

"… m introduced in 2005 that did not reflect the conclusions of testing. The Army itself decided in 2009 that its Combat Uniform “offered less effective c …"

Obama administration embraces major new nuclear weapons cut

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Officials back a new targeting plan and a one-third reduction in the U.S. arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Moscow":

"… Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, and additional talks are slated in Moscow this month with acting undersecretary of state Rose Gottemoeller and White …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS hits North Dakota's Heitkamp

By Rachael Marcus

GOP-aligned dark money group Crossroads GPS launches second round of ads in North Dakota in as many weeks.

FACT CHECK: Attack ad backs off its harshest claim

By FactCheck.Org

After yanking ad with false claim, Crossroads GPS is back with one that's technically accurate, but still grossly misleading.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Crossroads":

"… .  …"

"… rting drug enforcement activities, according to the only news account that Crossroads GPS cited as supporting evidence. In 1993, Heitkamp’s attorney gene …"

"… 000 each. However, the Bismark Tribune article cited in the Crossroads ad noted that Heitkamp and another official from the state’s Bureau of C …"

The Army tank that could not be stopped

By Aaron Mehta and Lydia Mulvany

Corporate cash and adroit lobbying have helped crush the Army’s effort to stop work on its premier tank.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… akers who are the beneficiaries of large donations by its manufacturer.The Pentagon, facing smaller budgets and looking towards a new global strategy, has dec …"

"… of subcontractors in Pennsylvania, Michigan and other states.Opposing the Pentagon’s plans is Abrams manufacturer General Dynamics, a nationwide employer t …"

"… vada mountains.The $3 billion at stake in this fight is not a large sum in Pentagon terms — it’s roughly what the building spends in a little more than a …"

"… r pressures that drive the current defense spending debate.These include a Pentagon looking to free itself from legacy projects and modernize some of its comb …"

Former U.S. nuclear commander startles with proposal to cut weapons arsenal by 80%

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Squabbling in Washington intensifies as a former nuclear force commander urges 80% reduction in the arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lockheed Martin":

"… four biggest companies in the nuclear weapons launch business — Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics — and their corporate political …"

Problems with battlefield smartphones

By David Axe

Soldiers say that hi-tech can be a distraction in combat

Government fails to keep eye on night-vision goggles in Mideast

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Alexandra Duszak

Pentagon, State Department lose track of valuable military equipment, GAO says

Pentagon needs to address potential cyber attacks on high-tech systems

By Laurel Adams

The Pentagon is far behind in crafting a system to counter cyber attacks

The million-dollar weapon

By Sharon Weinberger

Raytheon has sold more than 2,000 of its million-dollar-plus cruise missiles to the Pentagon during a decade of war. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kuwait":

"… operationally in the 1991 Gulf War, when 288 cruise missiles were fired at Kuwait and Iraq to destroy Iraqi forces. The Navy claimed the missiles, which wer …"

Ghost soldiers

By Mark Benjamin and Barbara Slavin

The Pentagon sent ill-equipped and poorly trained reservists into harm's way as it scrambled to fill Civil Affairs units to rebuild Iraq and

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hugh Van Roosen":

"… awed in its implementation,” a 2009 U.S. Army War College report by Col. Hugh Van Roosen found. “Given the recent rise in the importance of stability operations, …"

Crossroads GPS ad attacks Harry Reid, and attack ads

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (GPS), a conservative group that has poured millions of dollars into attack ads, is airing a new

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… lespie, Crossroads GPS is tax-exempt 501(c)(4) advocacy group connected to American Crossroads. The group’s new 30-second ad encourages Nevada voters to defeat the Sen …"

"… atic Sen. Patty Murray.Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, explained the strategy behind the ad. “Toward the end of the election c …"

Night-vision devices unaccounted for in Iraq

By Te-Ping Chen

The Pentagon seems to have some trouble keeping track of its materiel. The latest items to go missing? Night-vision devices....

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… Inspector General notes that of the 50,740 night-vision devices shipped to Iraq, eight percent are now unaccounted for. What’s more, the report says, U. …"

"… another 30,740 devices.News that the U.S. lost track of 190,000 weapons in Iraq and another 87,000 in Afghanistan sparked a flurry of recent stories. Yet …"

Pentagon contract reform: A decades-old conversation

By Nick Schwellenbach

President Obama told us last week that "the days of giving defense contractors a blank check are over.” Well, maybe. Reforming Pentagon cont

Mismanagement of major weapons acquisitions

By The Center for Public Integrity

Department of Defense went $300 billion over estimates for new weapons acquisitions, and weapons deliveries run 21 months behind

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… ver the course of the Bush administration. In 95 weapons programs that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed in 2007, costs grew by nearly $300 billion over the initial …"

Contracting intelligence

By André Verlöy and Daniel Politi

Department of Interior releases Abu Ghraib contract

Contractors write the rules

By Jonathan Werve

Army policy governing use of contractors omits intelligence restrictions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… mpany that has won contracts to assist the U.S. military in Iraq wrote the Pentagon rules for contractors on the battlefield.Since 1997, Military Professional …"

"… ntelligence operations."The field manual written by MPRI acknowledges that Pentagon oversight of contractors is uniformly ambiguous. It notes, "Currently, the …"