US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs the press at the Pentagon in Washington on May 17, 2013.
The Pentagon announced Tuesday that most of its civilian workforce will be required to take 11 unpaid leave days this year as part of an effort to save money in the face of mandatory budget cuts.
Though the furloughs will have less of an impact than we thought it would, now that it’s down to 11 days, it’s still really sort of taking a shot at the people and programs. The Pentagon didn’t take the time to plan in advance and now it seems like people are getting the brunt of it allMore quotes »
Cyr: North Korea's behavior reminiscent of Cold War
"Hitting a bullet with a bullet" aptly describes the challenge of missile defense. North Korea's threats underscore the importance of this technology.Other news overshadows but does not remove this threat. On April 26, Seoul announced 175 workers at the Read more »
Jeffrey: Should the United States intervene in Syria?
Ever more credible claims by France, Britain , and some Israeli officials that the Bashar Assad regime has used chemical weapons have upped the pressure on the Obama administration to respond more decisively to the situation in Syria, and specifically to Read more »
Defense Secretary Hagel to travel to Israel
(AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he will be traveling to Israel in a few days, his first trip to the Mideast ally since he took over at the Pentagon .Hagel mentioned the trip during congressional testimony on Tuesday as lawmakers pressed him on Read more »
Pentagon: NKorea could launch nuclear missile
(AP) -- A U.S. intelligence report concludes that North Korea has advanced its nuclear knowhow to the point that it could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead, a jarring revelation in the midst of bellicose threats from the unpredictable commun Read more »
Kaplan: How the military escaped budget cuts
President Barack Obama released his budget this week. Everyone seems to be saying it's dead on arrival. I'm here to tell you that the military part of the budget is doing no better than limping along.Even before the sequestration took hold, the word in n Read more »
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U.S. Could Use Cyberattack on Syrian Air Defenses
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Anthrax drug brings $334M to Pentagon advisor's biotech firm
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Pentagon planning to claim lowest-ever annual Afghan war costs since 2005
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Let's Stop Pretending Russia Will Help U.S.
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