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 "Pentagon":

"… t respond to questions about the company’s ownership or its work for the Pentagon. But he said, “There are many United States businesses, including wholes …"

"… nse goods and services — weapons and training — are coordinated by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency. When a weapon is sold or given by …"

"… om 2003 to 2008, said that during this period, he struggled to catalog all Pentagon-funded arms shipments, which arrived in the country in a disorganized stat …"

"… that full capacity." Islamic State fighters may have anticipated that the Pentagon will make a renewed effort to track whether its future arms shipments stay …"

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 "United States":

"… world’s “worst-kept secrets” dates from a political deal between the United States and Israel in the late 1960s. Its consequence has been to help Israel main …"

"… pons, a widespread consensus exists in the region and among experts in the United States that Israel possesses a number of nuclear weapons. For Israel’s neighbor …"

"… ould not test its nuclear weapons or announce it possessed them, while the United States wouldn’t press Israel to give them up or to sign the Non-Proliferation T …"

"… ma’s top advisor on nuclear nonproliferation from 2009 to 2013, said the United States has long preferred that Israel hold to its policy of amimut, out of concer …"

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.

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 "Florida":

"… hool districts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In California, the San Diego Unifie …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… our houses,” said Robert Mitchell, commander of the Citizens Militia of Mississippi. “That doesn't exist anymore. Maybe it sounds cliche, maybe it sounds li …"

"… A little over a year ago, Mitchell started the Citizens Militia of Mississippi, which now claims nearly 150 official members – a number that membe …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… eted captured U.S.-built military equipment. Lt. Col. James Gregory of the Pentagon Press Office called that “speculative” and declined to discuss what IS …"

"… nger missiles, three Hawk antiaircraft batteries, and other equipment. The Pentagon has said the Stingers can only be operated as part of the larger air defen …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… service and contracting personnel, and embracing a radical concept at the Pentagon of using “money as a weapon system” in forcing better behavior by aid …"

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 "NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan":

"… orce, the report indicates. These conclusions conflict with claims by the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan to the auditor last October that the U.S.-led alliance was on tr …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… l will likely cost around 66 percent more over the next decade than senior Pentagon officials have predicted, according to a new assessment by the indepe …"

"… Congress finished action on a 2014 budget bill that restored some planned Pentagon spending cuts. James Miller, the Pentagon’s outgoing policy chief, had …"

"… bill that restored some planned Pentagon spending cuts. James Miller, the Pentagon’s outgoing policy chief, had said in 2011 congressional testimony that t …"

"… rage of $21 billion a year, an amount he pegged at around 3 percent of the Pentagon’s likely overall budget for that period. His boss at the time, Deputy S …"

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.

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 "Pentagon":

"… ow. …"

"… White House fact sheet summarizing the document states that Obama told the Pentagon and its war planners that nuclear weapons should only be used in “extrem …"

"… dependent arms control advocates, but neither attracted support within the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Hagel, who before his nomination signed a Global Zero …"

"… ng a stable, long-term strategic relationship,” the summary stated. The Pentagon's summary also states that the United States will continue deploying tacti …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… tern maneuvers that autumn, called Autumn Forge, were depicted by the Pentagon as simply a large military exercise. But its scope was hardly routine, as …"

"… e was sure, were not even aware of troop activity at the airport. But the Pentagon knew that the Soviets were monitoring his troops’ every move. “The ser …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… and training a total of 352,000 Afghan security personnel by October 2012. Pentagon officials have said that target was meant to strike a balance between what …"

"… ssment, which White House officials said was based on data supplied by the Pentagon. “The goal to ‘train and field’ 352,000 Afghan National Security Fo …"

"… wer personnel than a year ago, he noted, drawing on the same data that the Pentagon routinely uses. The discrepancy between the force size the White House ha …"

"… t to “be responsible for security nationwide” in the near future. The Pentagon is still working on its written response to the special inspector general' …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… and we look forward to discussing it with Congress in the near future.” …"

"… out much oversight and in some cases has violated military regulations and Pentagon promises to Congress, according to the committee. The sun rooms and museu …"

"… benefit from host country work undertaken in lieu of cash payments to the Pentagon for military facilities that are being relinquished. Here’s how it worke …"

"… in the case of the sun rooms, which were constructed at the request of the Pentagon’s regional Africa Command: Africom, as it is commonly known, is hosted …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… rown and Root. KBR is a former subsidiary of Halliburton, which received a Pentagon contract to study the use of military contractors while Richard Cheney was …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… d he has not signed the document. The document directs the first detailed Pentagon revisions in U.S. targeting since 2009, when the military’s nuclear war …"

"… officials and independent experts. Already, to comply with New Start, the Pentagon has been pulling warheads from land-based missiles and making plans to dec …"

"… to build a costly, larger missile, capable of carrying multiple warheads. Pentagon officials are not alarmed by that possibility, but say that a new arms dea …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… ected is one of many alarming developments that have been war-gamed at the Pentagon over the past year, as the conflict there deepens and president Assad’s …"

"… But I am not going to get into the specifics of our contingency plans.” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said he could only say that “we are working with …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… continue to work with the SIGAR investigators on the issue.” He said the Pentagon could not comment further because SIGAR has not completed its work.SIGAR s …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… ates. In the Oct. 17, 2000, debate between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush, Gore talked about his work in Congress to "deal with the problems of terr …"

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.

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

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.

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.
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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

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 "Congress":

"… ’s tough to make that call.”A provision written by Leahy and passed by Congress in 2011 requires legislative approval for the sale of crowd-control materi …"

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.

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 "Congress":

"… ral spending, and the companies also employ more than 95 former members of Congress or Capitol Hill staff to lobby for government funding, according to a new …"

"… usually associated with large profits or contractor power: nuclear arms.As Congress deliberated this spring on nuclear weapons-related projects, including fun …"

"… companies that operate nuclear warhead-related facilities; and members of Congress with nuclear weapons-related facilities or deployments,” said the report …"

"… f the 137 lobbyists hired by the top contractors, 57 are former members of Congress, 39 are former Congressional staff, 16 are former defense officials and 8 …"

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.

U.S. arms Bahrain, despite human rights concerns

By Aaron Mehta

U.S. starts arms sales, again, as the country's tumult persists

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