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Pentagon identifies unit in US Marine abuse video

Top US officials strongly condemned a video that appears to show Marines urinating on dead insurgents in Afghanistan, while the Pentagon said it had identified the unit involved. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the behavior in the video was “utterly deplorable,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of…

Pentagon reporter caught complaining he’ll be laid off if Ron Paul wins

As President Barack Obama was set to announce the largest cuts to the U.S. military since the Cold War Wednesday, a few reporters on the Defense Department beat were worrying about their jobs. Prior to the president’s remarks at the Pentagon, C-SPAN microphones caught several reporters discussing what a Ron…

Obama to unveil strategy for leaner US military

President Barack Obama will unveil a revised US military strategy on Thursday designed to reflect fiscal constraints and a greater focus on the potential threat posed by a rising China, officials said. The plan calls for confronting possible challenges from Iran and China with air and naval power while shifting…

No indication drone lost in Iran was shot down: Pentagon

The Pentagon said Monday there is no indication that a US drone lost in Iranian territory was shot down, contradicting Tehran’s claims. Iranian media said late Sunday that an RQ-170 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down after making an incursion into Iran’s eastern airspace. The RQ-170 Sentinel is a high-altitude…

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…

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