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National security reshuffle has implications for Afghan war

April 27, 2011 The Obama administration's reshuffling of its national security team lifts much of the uncertainty that has hung over both the military and the CIA since Robert Gates made clear he planned to leave the Pentagon this summer. But the bureaucratic shuffling -- which involves naming CIA Director Leon Panetta as...

Pentagon finally kills second engine for advanced warplane

April 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is canceling a controversial program to develop an alternate engine for its next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, putting an end to one of Washington's longest-running and most-divisive contracting battles. In a terse statement this afternoon, the Defense Department said it notified General Electric and Rolls Royce that their...

Pentagon finally kills second engine for advanced warplane

April 25, 2011 The Pentagon is canceling a controversial program to develop an alternate engine for its next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, putting an end to one of Washington's longest-running and most-divisive contracting battles. In a terse statement this afternoon, the Defense Department said it notified General Electric and Rolls Royce that their...

Tough task awaits next Defense secretary

April 11, 2011 Defense Secretary Robert Gates wound up his final trip to Iraq this weekend, prompting a wave of speculation about who'll replace him. Most of the attention has centered on CIA chief Leon Panetta, a former White House chief of staff. But there is another serious contender for the post: Navy...

In Libya war, new –and old– fears of terrorism

March 24, 2011 Well before then-President George W. Bush coined the term, Libya was the primary U.S. adversary in the war on terror. The government of Moammar Gadhafi had carried out a pair of high-profile strikes on American targets: the 1986 bombing of a discotheque in West Berlin, which left two American military...

At least in first phase, U.S. leads Libyan offensive

March 21, 2011 The Obama administration has tried to take a supporting role when it comes to Libya. The White House waited until allies like Germany called for the ouster of Libyan strongman Muammar al-Qaddafi before following suit. U.S. diplomats sat by as other nations took the lead in drafting a resolution authorizing...

For Petraeus, apathy about Afghanistan may be the biggest challenge

March 15, 2011 The last time Gen. David Petraeus visited Capitol Hill to talk about a faltering war, there were few issues in Washington that seemed more pressing or important. It was September 2007, and widespread public anger over the Bush administration's handling of Iraq had just given Democrats control of both houses...

In major upset, Boeing wins lucrative Air Force tanker contract

February 24, 2011 In a major upset, the Pentagon awarded Boeing a contract that will eventually be worth roughly $35 billion to begin replacing the Air Force's aging fleet of airborne refueling tankers, a lucrative deal that caps years of controversy and is certain to fuel a renewed lobbying battle on Capitol Hill....

General reports progress against roadside bombs in Afghanistan

January 28, 2011 Army Maj. Gen. James Terry, the senior commander in southern Afghanistan, told National Journal that U.S. troops in southern Afghanistan are finding and safely clearing 80 percent of the roadside bombs being set by militants there, cutting down on American casualties in one of the country's most violent regions and...

Have no fear: Army finds missing vial of lethal nerve agent

January 27, 2011 Jack Bauer can stand down: The Army has found a vial of deadly VX nerve agent that went missing at a remote Utah base, sparking an overnight lockdown of the facility. Officials at the Dugway Proving Ground -- an 800,000-acre testing facility 90 miles southwest of Salt Lake City --...