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Defense secretary announces use of Predator drones in Libya

By | 04.21.11 | 3:21 pm

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says at the approval of President Obama, armed Predator drones will be used in Libya.

Gates and Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced the move at a press briefing Thursday.

Gates reiterated that U.S. troops More…

Why Is Chuck Hagel Endorsing Joe Sestak?

By | 08.24.10 | 9:18 am

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) will endorse Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) today in his Senate bid against former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Hagel told the Associated Press yesterday that Sestak, a fellow veteran, will put the interests of the nation ahead of his party:

Preempting Washington, Gates Cuts Pentagon Budget

By | 08.10.10 | 10:19 am

Preempting Washington politicians looking for easy ways to close the deficit and reduce the debt, the Pentagon is trimming its own budget. Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced he will close a base, reduce the number of generals and take other measures to slim the military.

Obama to Address Foreign Wars as Democrats’ Discontent Grows

By | 08.02.10 | 8:38 am

At a speech at the national convention of Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta today, President Obama will address the progress being made in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, giving special attention to the deadline for withdrawing all combat troops from Iraq by the end of the month.

Lt. Dan Choi Discharged Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

By | 07.22.10 | 2:09 pm

Newsweek reports that Lt. Dan Choi, a highly visible figure in the debate over repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, has become a victim of that very law. Choi’s commander in the New York Army National Guard informed him this morning that he has been officially discharged.

‘Angry’ President Will Meet McChrystal Tomorrow, but Strategy Likely to Remain the Same

By | 06.22.10 | 1:43 pm

“He was angry,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said just now about President Obama’s reaction after reading Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s comments to Rolling Stone disrespecting several senior administration officials. Gibbs said he didn’t want to “prejudge” tomorrow’s Situation Room meeting between the general and the president to see More…

Gates Gives No Hints to McChrystal’s Fate

By | 06.22.10 | 12:09 pm

Just out from the secretary of defense, who has fired many a general officer during his tenure:

I read with concern the profile piece on Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the upcoming edition of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. I believe that Gen. McChrystal made a significant mistake and exercised poor judgment in


Gen. Amos Will Be the Next Marine Corps Commandant

By | 06.21.10 | 7:31 pm

So the rumors were true. Moments ago, Defense Secretary Robert Gates officially announced that Marine Gen. James Amos, the assistant commandant, will replace the retiring Gen. James Conway as the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Amos is the first aviator to lead the corps, and was a leading More…

Left-Right Defense Wonk Coalition Looks to Cut $960 Billion From Bloated Pentagon Budget

By | 06.11.10 | 10:34 am

Few communities of Washington wonks run into greater structural and institutional obstacles than advocates of reduced defense spending. Defense companies put billions into PR campaigns for the necessity of this or that project that runs over cost. Legislators have every career incentive to lard the defense budget with job-creating bloat More…