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U.S. missile defense intercept test successful

The Boeing-managed ground-based system intended to shield the continental United States intercepted a simulated incoming missile over the Pacific Ocean for the first time Sunday, the Pentagon said. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, with a $40 billion price tag, aims to protect against long-range ballistic missiles from so-called rogue…

GOP-led House panel blocks Pentagon budget cuts, OKs larger military pay raises

The House Armed Services Committee approved a policy bill on Thursday that authorized a $496 billion Pentagon base budget for next year but rejected many of the department’s attempts to cut spending, including on arms programs and military pay increases. Lawmakers on the Republican-dominated panel voted unanimously to send the…

Pentagon will announce 50 percent jump in reported sex assaults in the military

The Pentagon is expected to announce a 50 jump in sexual assault reports on Thursday when it releases its annual study of the problem amid continuing revelations of questionable behavior by military officers responsible for dealing with the issue. The annual study was expected to show a 50 percent jump…

Pentagon reports increase in U.S. military reservist suicides in 2013

The number of suicides in the U.S. military dropped by 18 percent in 2013 but rose among part-time soldiers in the reserves, the Pentagon said Friday. A new report said 261 active-duty troops took their lives last year, compared to 318 in 2012, according to “preliminary” figures. Suicide levels, however,…

Pentagon: Two arms programs face live-or-die review after costs jump

An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Senior defense officials said the cost increases…

Pentagon recognizes climate change as a serious national security threat — again

The Pentagon has released the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, a brisk read at 64 pages, and it has highlighted climate change as a serious threat to national security. This is the latest report to reach the same conclusion, so when are we going to……

House approves two-year bipartisan budget agreement

House lawmakers on Thursday resoundingly approved a two-year budget deal that repeals billions of dollars in painful automatic cuts and crucially avoids the prospect of a US government shutdown next year. The agreement hammered out between top Democratic and Republican negotiators is seen as a chance to end the brutal…

How the Pentagon plans to destroy Syria’s stockpile at sea

Chemical weapons: How Pentagon plans to destroy Syria’s stockpile at sea (via The Christian Science Monitor) This citizen journalism image provided by the United media office of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a member of UN investigation team taking samples of…

Pentagon unveils plan to extend benefits to same sex couples

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Wednesday announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed military personnel and civilian employees, in response to the Supreme Court ruling in June forcing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where they are legal. The Defense Department will…

Women in combat no later than 2016: Pentagon

Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan 2012 file photo. Women…  …

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