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Pentagon chief in bid to defuse Egypt-Israel tensions

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta was headed to Cairo from Tel Aviv on Tuesday in an effort to defuse tensions between Egypt andIsrael that have mounted since the end of Hosni Mubarak’s rule. Before flying out after a one-day visit to Israel, Panetta said he will seek to encourage both sides to ease friction…

U.S. man pleads not guilty to aerial bomb plot

WORCESTER, Massachusetts — A US physics graduate accused of planning to bomb the US Capitol and the Pentagon with explosives-packed model planes pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday. Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, is also accused of planning to attack the sites in Washington with automatic weapons and grenades. He faces…

David Shuster slams conservative media for Muslim bashing

Current TV host David Shuster on Friday decried the Islamophobia propagated by conservative media outlets after a Muslim man, Rezwan Ferdaus, was arrested on charges of planning to fly explosive-packed, remote controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. “On some right wing talk radio shows and Internet blogs,…

Walter Reed Army hospital to close its doors

WASHINGTON — The storied Walter Reed Army hospital, where generations of American soldiers came to heal their wounds, will shut down in September, the Pentagon said Tuesday. “Walter Reed is closing its doors on the 15th of September permanently after 102 years of service to the nation. For many of…

Pentagon: 24,000 files stolen from defense contractor

WASHINGTON — A foreign intelligence service stole 24,000 computer files in March from a defense contractor developing systems for the US military, a top Pentagon official said Thursday. “This was significant,” Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn told reporters. “I don’t think it set us back in terms of the development…

Pentagon center for brain injuries failing vets: GAO

The investigative arm of Congress has released a report saying that the Pentagon center for research about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other traumatic brain injuries is so dysfunctional that it hasn’t carried out its mission. A recent Government Accountability Office report on the Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health…

Pentagon suspends ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The Pentagon said Friday that it would abide by a federal appeals court ruling and halt the separations of all troops under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy, according to Army Times. The department also said it would immediately begin accepting applications from gay and lesbian recruits. A federal…

House votes to forbid military aid to Libyan rebels

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives voted Thursday to forbid the Pentagon from providing military equipment, training, advice or support to Libya’s rebels. By a 225-201 margin, lawmakers debating an annual Pentagon spending bill adopted an amendment restricting Washington’s ability to help fighters looking to overthrow longtime Libyan strongman…

US shifts supply routes to Central Asia: report

The US military is expanding its Central Asian supply routes to the war in Afghanistan, fearing that the routes going through Pakistan could be endangered by deteriorating US-Pakistani relations, The Washington Post reported. Citing unnamed Pentagon officials, the newspaper said that in 2009, the United States moved 90 percent of…

Panetta will not gut military despite spending concerns

WASHINGTON — Incoming US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is determined to avoid gutting the American military despite the prospect of difficult budget decisions looming, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. “He (Panetta) believes that it is a false choice between fiscal responsibility and national security,” spokesman Douglas Wilson told reporters. Amid…

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