Defense

Obama Names New Envoy to Close Guantanamo

The State Department is bringing in a White House legal veteran with deep Democratic ties as part of its latest push to close its detention facility in Cuba.

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Why the Obama Administration Changed Its Hostage Policy

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes offers a candid explanation.

After Hack, Officials Pull Plug on Pentagon and OPM Background Check Systems

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A vulnerability in an OPM tool that links to the Pentagon system was discovered during a probe.

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The Tarakhil Power Plant outside Kabul, Afghanistan.

USAID, Watchdog Clash on Success of $335 Million Afghan Power Plant

SIGAR questions agency’s consultation with Kabul on underused power source.

Demonstrators in support of the Islamic State rally in Mosul in 2014.

Charts: Who Are the Americans Accused of Joining ISIL?

Despite research, there is no one "profile" that they all fit.

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet praised the Pentagon's role in helping exceed the governmentwide goal.

Agencies Break Records Meeting Small Business Contracting Goals

SBA chief credits Pentagon’s new focus, president’s involvement.

Federal Employee Advocates Want Special IT Task Force to Handle OPM Hack

More than two dozen groups call on president to provide more information and protection to employees and retirees in wake of massive data breach.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta would not commit to a number of people affected.

OPM Breach May Have Exposed Feds’ Sex Lives, Info About Security Clearance References

After a week of congressional hearings, we still don’t know the full extent of the massive cyberattacks.

Obama spoke in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Wednesday.

Obama Says U.S. 'Will Stand By' Families of American Hostages

The president announced Wednesday that the government will no longer threaten prosecution for families who try to pay ransom to hostage-takers.

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Park Service Employees Get New Mapping Tools

The National Park Service plans to release a simple digital mapping tool so its employees can update information on everything from trails to parking lots, according to the bureau's website.

Students at an Army officer training school in England decontaminate the facility after a simulated mustard gas attack in 1942.

How an NPR Librarian Outdid VA Researchers in Finding Mustard Gas Victims

Agency fell short in efforts to trace World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas during experiments.

 Peter Neffenger testifies on Capitol Hill earlier this month before the Senate Homeland Security committee hearing on his nomination to head the TSA

Senate Confirms Neffenger to Rescue TSA

Coast Guard veteran welcomed by Homeland Security secretary.

A B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber conducts a training flight in Hawaii in 2014.

Study: America Needs New Small Nuclear Bombs

CSIS’ Clark Murdock argues that only such weapons can deter rogue states from seeking nukes of their own

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