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Missed Perceptions

December 1, 2005 No one is sure how well psychological operations have worked in Afghanistan or Iraq, but that's not stopping efforts to step them up, using contractors to do it. From the State Department to the Pentagon, winning hearts and minds is an increasingly important element of U.S. national security strategy. But...

Assessing Acquisition

November 23, 2005 When it came to light in 2003 that former Air Force acquisition chief Darleen Druyun had secured her post-government job with Boeing Co. by rigging the KC-135 tanker leasing deal for the contractor before she left the Pentagon, legislators and the public were outraged. To critical observers of the Pentagon,...

CIA veterans speak out against torture

November 23, 2005 Among the fundamental conceits of the architects of the Bush administration's war on terrorism is that heavy-handed interrogation is useful, even necessary, to get any information that will protect the American people, and that such interrogation techniques are devoid of negative consequences in dealing with real or suspected terrorists. One...

Fall From Grace

November 16, 2005 Despite a career spanning 26 years and tours ranging from Vietnam to Bosnia to the Pentagon, Gen. Kevin Byrnes was never a particularly high-profile figure. That changed in August, when Byrnes-the third-highest ranking four-star general in the Army and head of the service's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)-made headlines as...

Fall From Grace

November 1, 2005 Gen. Kevin Byrnes' real legacy might be shaking up the status quo in Army leadership training. Despite a career spanning 26 years and tours ranging from Vietnam to Bosnia to the Pentagon, Gen. Kevin Byrnes was never a particularly high-profile figure. That changed in August, when Byrnes-the third-highest ranking four-star...

Assessing Acquisition

November 1, 2005 Skeptics wonder whether new panel can fix Defense procurement. When it came to light in 2003 that former Air Force acquisition chief Darleen Druyun had secured her post-government job with Boeing Co. by rigging the KC-135 tanker leasing deal for the contractor before she left the Pentagon, legislators and the...

Clean Sweep

October 15, 2005 Katrina will spawn the biggest relief effort in recent history, a massive public works project and a major reassessment of emergency response. It also could restructure government at every level. As the nation attempts to sort out the lessons of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, government, in both its political...

Ex-CIA officer heads to court for second time over proposed book

October 13, 2005 A former senior CIA officer asked a federal court for a second time Wednesday to expedite a lawsuit he filed against the CIA earlier this year, charging that the agency is hampering publication of his forthcoming controversial memoir by failing to abide by its own publication review rules. According to...

Calling In The Cavalry

October 1, 2005 It was America's biggest disaster since Sept. 11, 2001. So where was the military after Katrina? It will be months before official post-mortems detail the minutiae of how the federal government's response to a disaster became a disaster itself. But it's not premature to say that at least part of...

Ex-Army Corps officials say budget cuts imperiled flood mitigation efforts

September 1, 2005 As levees burst and floods continued to spread across areas hit by Hurricane Katrina yesterday, a former chief of the Army Corps of Engineers disparaged senior White House officials for "not understanding" that key elements of the region's infrastructure needed repair and rebuilding. Mike Parker, the former head of the...

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