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Internal Air Force report: New drone 'not operationally effective'

January 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force wants to equip MQ-9 Reaper drones with the Gorgon Stare sensor. Air Force Earlier this month, The Washington Post ran a front-page article heralding a "revolutionary" Air Force surveillance system called "Gorgon Stare." The newspaper said the aerial system was capable of transmitting live video imagery of...

Obama will spotlight beginning of the end in Afghanistan

January 24, 2011 When he addresses the nation Tuesday night, President Obama will argue that his retooled Afghan war strategy is beginning to show results and stress that his administration remains committed to beginning a gradual military withdrawal from the country later this year. A senior White House official said Obama's State of...

Unwanted Pentagon weapons systems often prove impossible to kill

January 21, 2011 Defense Secretary Robert Gates, his finger to the political winds, is trying to stave off deep cuts to the Pentagon's budget by preemptively axing tens of billions of dollars of expensive -- and potentially unnecessary -- weapons systems. But the Defense chief is quickly discovering how hard it is to...

Congresswoman's shooting raises questions about security for lawmakers

January 9, 2011 The shooting of Democratic Congressman Gabrielle Giffords outside a Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Arizona highlights a little-noticed aspect of life in today's Congress: despite record numbers of threats and a toxic political environment, most lawmakers are almost completely unprotected when they venture outside the secure bubble of Capitol Hill. Giffords,...

Gates: Pentagon not exempt from overall pressure to cut spending

January 7, 2011 In his four years at the helm, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has fired scores of underperforming generals, helped turn the tide in Iraq, and persuaded a reluctant President Obama to double down on the flagging war in Afghanistan. But Gates has finally come up against an enemy he cannot overcome:...

'Don't ask' probes were on wane before ban was struck down

December 22, 2010 It took the stroke of a presidential pen on Wednesday to put the final nail in the coffin of the "don't ask, don't tell" law barring openly gay troops from serving in the military. But the law had been effectively repealed months earlier when the Pentagon adopted bureaucratic changes making...

Commandos might have killed British aid worker

October 12, 2010 KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military launched a formal investigation on Monday into the failed attempt to rescue kidnapped British aid worker Linda Norgrove amid indications that she may have accidentally been killed by American troops rather than by her Taliban captors. Norgrove, who had been the regional director of...

Security adviser to depart White House

October 8, 2010 Gen. James Jones will announce that he is stepping down Friday as national security adviser, a senior administration official told National Journal. His top deputy, Thomas Donilon, will be elevated to replace him, the official confirmed. Jones' departure has been long expected, and Donilon was on a short list of...

Military uses drones to counter roadside bombs

October 1, 2010 American commanders in Afghanistan are for the first time systematically using aerial drones to kill militants planting roadside bombs, the low-tech, low-cost weapon that has emerged as the biggest threat to U.S. and coalition forces throughout the country. The shift, the details of which have not been reported previously, represents...

Mullen worried about threats to security gains in Iraq

September 29, 2010 The top U.S. military official said on Wednesday that he worried that Iraq's political paralysis was threatening its recent security gains, highlighting Washington's growing fears that Iraq's inability to form a new government could trigger a new outbreak of violence. "I'm extremely concerned about their inability to stand up this...