Advisory panel tells Congress the nuclear weapons complex is too big and too old

By Douglas Birch

A congressional advisory panel says the nuclear weapons complex can be scaled down and modernized with less regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… Lockheed Martin Corporation, one of the largest defense industry donors to lawmakers. Lockheed runs Sandia National Laboratories — one of the three U. …"

"… gresswoman Ellen Tauscher, now a strategic advisor with the Baker Donelson law firm in D.C., sits on both the Los Alamos and Livermore boards. Another p …"

NATO suddenly classifies ratings of Afghan military and police capabilities

By Julia Harte

NATO abruptly classifies assessments of Afghan army and police, which the U.S. spent billions building up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… S. Marines and British military forces began their current withdrawal from Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force …"

"… d province, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan abruptly classified its assessment of the fighting abilities of the Afghan …"

"… reconstruction effort that the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction by email that the latest ratings now are classified in thei …"

"… r an explanation. The change was flagged by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko in his Oct. 2014 quarterly report released today …"

Investigators find Islamic State used ammo made in 21 countries, including America

By Julia Harte and R. Jeffrey Smith

A new report from an arms tracking group highlights how easily munitions shipped to the Middle East shift from one owner to another.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"… ies, including small arms, to rebel groups in Syria and to a revived Iraqi Army force. “We faced an enormous [monitoring] challenge when we, in effect, …"

"… f these shells, meant for M16A4 assault rifles, were made at the U.S. Army’s huge munitions factory in Independence, Missouri, the report …"

"… every day, mostly for U.S. forces. A promotional video for the Army factory, uploaded to YouTube in 2009, quotes an unidentified worker there …"

"… s, and no junk comes out of here.” Justine Barati, a spokeswoman for the Army's joint munitions command, confirmed that the plant makes the 5.56-mm …"

The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… be used due to the political sensitivity surrounding the topic. President Barack Obama made clear that this 4-decade-old U.S. policy would persist at his first W …"

DOE official seeks probe of dissident analyst’s dismissal by nuclear weapons laboratory

By Douglas Birch

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production requests an Inspector General’s review of the firing of Los Alamos analyst James Doyle.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Alamos":

"… the DOE Inspector General into the dismissal in July of James E. Doyle by Los Alamos National Laboratory was disclosed in a Sept. 15 letter from another depart …"

"… Poneman. Poneman, Marmolejos said, had ruled against Doyle’s claim that Los Alamos had “improperly classified” his article in violation of the rules gove …"

"… he lab. None of the others involved — Friedman, Klotz, and officials at Los Alamos, or their spokesmen — returned phone calls seeking comment on Sept. 15. …"

"… spokesmen — returned phone calls seeking comment on Sept. 15. Last year, Los Alamos officials told Doyle that his article should never have been cleared for p …"

Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops military hardware

By Susan Ferriss

Groups trying to curb use of police in school discipline urge federal officials not give military weapons to campus police departments.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… ricts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In California, the San Diego Unified School …"

Fearing for the Second Amendment, militia groups grow in number

By Alex Lancial and Jim Tuttle

Fear of interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion of elected officials have provoked a rise in self-described patriot militias

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… ered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Fear of the federal government’s interference with Sec …"

"… said Cope Reynolds, a member of the White Mountain Militia in Show Low, Arizona. “If everything were not protected by the Second Amendment, the governme …"

"… anch, a tactical shooting range and survival training facility in Kingman, Arizona. He considers this type of training to be necessary preparation for a time …"

"… et them have any of mine.” Charles Heller is the co-founder of the Arizona Citizens Defense League and spokesman for Jews for the Preservat …"

U.S. now faces threat of U.S.-made weapons in Iraq

By Douglas Birch

Islamic State fighters seize U.S. military equipment in Iraq, become targets for U.S. warplanes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "weapons systems":

"… SIS, the United States faces the prospect of having some of its own modern weapons systems turned against its military forces and those of its Iraqi allies.   …"

U.S. military describes its mistakes in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that both military and civilian officials failed to tackle corrosive corruption.

U.S. literacy program for Afghan military comes up short

By Mattie Quinn and R. Jeffrey Smith

Auditor says a program in Afghanistan costing hundreds of millions of dollars has been undermined by poor contracts and weak monitoring.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Major":

"… go to zero, but it will be diminished.” Asked to respond to the report, Major Doug McNair, a training mission spokesperson in Afghanistan, wrote in an e …"

Obama administration understated nuclear weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An independent report projects a much higher bill for the administration’s weapons programs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ials have predicted, according to a new assessment by the independent Congressional Budget Office. Under the administration’s plan, operating, ma …"

"… said the CBO report, published just before the holidays and shortly after Congress finished action on a 2014 budget bill that restored some planned Pentagon …"

"… crete tallies for related programs in the energy and defense departments. Congress requested the budget office report to help settle the squabble, and the of …"

Russian site eyed for Syrian chemical weapons destruction

By R. Jeffrey Smith

There’s a reason why Western officials are being nice to Moscow now — they want Russia to destroy Syria’s deadly arsenal on its own soil.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vladimir Putin":

"… iled Moscow directly.Secretary of State John Kerry, whom Russian president Vladimir Putin had accused of lying a few weeks earlier about the makeup of Syrian rebel …"

Obama’s nuclear targeting revisions create a path to smaller arsenals

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Obama's plan embraces cuts that Moscow remains reticent to endorse.

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… ve to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on June 18, a senior administration official said. That was one day after Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin ha …"

"… one day after Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin had what several officials describe as a difficult private conversation about nuclear weapons policy …"

"… ssia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures.” A senior administration official, asked yesterday how rapidly a agreement with Russia about nuclear reducti …"

"… essary to take the long view. “We’ll get there eventually,” said the official, who along with several others spoke under ground rules that prevented the …"

Lobbyists helping banker recoup land Saddam 'stole'

By Reity O'Brien

Michigan banker hires lobbying duo to help recoup land he says Iraqi dictator stole.

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?

Government auditor challenges White House account of Afghanistan security

By Richard H.P. Sia

A special inspector general discloses that as US forces head for the exit, the Pentagon has not met its goal for enlarging the Afghan force

Lawmakers criticize Pentagon spending for golf nets, museums and sun rooms

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Payments from countries hosting U.S. troops are diverted to questionable projects, according to Senate report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Army":

"…  to pay for a new $10 million museum in South Korea lauding the U.S. Army’s years of work there. And there is also sufficient cash to finance …"

"… icient cash to finance millions of dollars worth of netting around an Army golf course at Camp Zama in Japan, helpfully listed as “safety counterme …"

"… , as it is commonly known, is hosted in relatively cloudy Stuttgart by the Army’s European command because no African country wanted it on their soil. A …"

"… 11. Snodgrass worked at the time under the now-retired Africom commander, Army Gen. William Ward, who was demoted last November after a Pentagon probe co …"

Invasion of Iraq, 10 years later

A look back at the Center's coverage of the path to invasion and the cost of war.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chairman and CEO":

"… hile Richard Cheney was secretary of defense. Cheney went on to become the chairman and CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000.   In addition, two privat …"

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.

U.S. seeks to outsource handling of Syrian chemical weapons

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The U.S. wants Jordan and Turkey to take the lead safeguarding Syrian chemical weapons.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemical":

"… aper chain. …"

"… tary forces there to take principal responsibility for safeguarding Syrian chemical weapons sites if the country’s lethal nerve agents suddenly become vulne …"

"… tern governments have started training the Jordanians and Turks to use the chemical gear and detection equipment, so they have the capability to protect the S …"

"… ed that the government is indeed concerned about the possibility of Syrian chemical armaments falling into extremist hands. “Our contingency plans … are d …"

Missing: $200M in gas receipts for NATO aid in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

NATO fuel purchase documents in Afghanistan were shredded and remain missing

FACT CHECK: Missteps in final presidential debate

By The Associated Press

A look at some of their statements from the final presidential debate and how they compare with the facts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… t always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday …"

Daily Disclosure: Misleading ad attacks Obama on Libya

By Rachael Marcus

Inflammatory super PAC ad attacking the president's reaction to attacks in Libya gets its facts wrong.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Libya":

"… s actions on the day U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed in Libya.The video opens with the sound of sirens and crackling fires as shots of p …"

"… g that the Obama administration considers the killing of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans to be a terrorist attack.On that day, the narrat …"

"… d seems to suggest, did not “snub key allies” the day of the attack in Libya to be on “The View.” His television appearance was two weeks after the …"

"… as been criticized for its initial statements on whether it considered the Libyan consulate attack to be an act of terrorism.In other outside spending news …"

Who has Syria's chemical weapons?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The secretary of defense says that Washington is not sure where all of the deadly Syrian stockpile is

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leon Panetta":

"… amid the chaos of a civil war. That's why remarks by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at an afternoon press conference with the Canadian defense minister seem s …"

Daily Disclosure: Ad hits Obama on child soldiers

By Rachael Marcus

Let Freedom Ring attacks Obama for providing military aid to countries that use child soldiers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… w ad focusing on the United States’ military aid to certain countries in Africa and the Middle East.The ad opens with brief background on child soldiers a …"

Is the Democratic platform in synch with the public on national defense?

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

Democratic platform offers hints at how Obama would handle defense in second term.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… t just with military force but with leadership on the international stage. Africa, Latin America and the Middle East are areas that get special paragraphs c …"

Aung San Suu Kyi

US eases sanctions, allowing investment in Myanmar

By The Associated Press

US allows investment in Myanmar, including oil and gas, in biggest rollback yet of sanctions

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… cleans shop after five decades of military rule. "Today, the United States is easing restrictions to allow U.S. companies to responsibly do business …"

U.S. points finger, and arms exports, at human rights abusers

By Zach Toombs and R. Jeffrey Smith

The State Department decries repression in the countries where it promotes the purchase of U.S. weaponry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Brazil":

"… the recent U.S. increase came from vastly expanded sales to Saudi Arabia, Brazil and India.“Obviously, we’re going to continue to press and advocate fo …"

U.S. military admits major war mistakes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An internal report prepared by the Joint Staff describes failures of leadership and planning in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ambassador":

"… forces and firing of mid-level government officials — decisions made by Ambassador Paul Bremer with broad support in the Bush administration — crippled Ira …"

Are nuclear weapons contractors’ millions in campaign contributions buying favors?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A sizable flow of cash and well-connected lobbyists bolster congressional support for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics":

"… and, according to a November 2011 study of key House committee chairman by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonprofit group.The CREW study further found that …"