Pentagon Articles


Soldier Killed During Iraq Hostage Rescue; Pentagon Insists U.S. Does 'Not Have Boots on the Ground'

7:28 AM, Oct 26, 2015

The Pentagon Friday announced the death of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, a soldier who had been serving in Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. He died of wounds received during a hostage rescue mission.

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Obama’s Intel Scandal

Sep 28, 2015

Earlier this summer, we learned the Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that the intelligence on ISIS was manipulated. Analysts at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, formally complained to the IG that analysis contradicting the Obama administration’s narrative on ISIS was routinely challenged, rewritten, or disregarded. The administration was eager to sell the story that the campaign against ISIS was going well; much of the intelligence made clear it wasn’t. That intelligence was buried, and the happy talk continued.

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Ray Mabus Can’t Handle the Truth

The secretary of the Navy attacks his own Marines over women in combat.
Sep 28, 2015

Disputes between the political appointees who run the Pentagon and the military officers who serve there are not unheard of, but the nastiness and public nature of the fight over women in combat being waged between Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and the Marines who answer to him is unprecedented in recent memory.

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More Than 100 Ex-Gitmo Recidivists At Large

10:48 AM, Sep 04, 2015

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released its latest statistics on the number of former Guantanamo detainees who are either confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight. As expected, there has been a slight increase in the number of ex-detainees who have rejoined the jihad.

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The Wrong Time To Be Cutting Defense

9:52 AM, Aug 10, 2015

“We have already cut defense … about 30 percent over the last 10 years, and we’re still at war. We’re actively involved on multiple continents in real combat operations. We should not be drastically reducing our troop levels.”

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They Only Say No

Reforming the Pentagon testing office.
Jun 08, 2015

Buried deep in the House version of this year’s defense authorization is a brief provision that has great potential to improve and accelerate the way the armed services buy weapons​—​yes, an actual reform of Pentagon procurement. The irony is that this reform would mark a reversal of past “reforms” that helped make the current acquisition system such a mess.

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Pentagon: 'Strategy to Defeat ISIL Is Working'

8:33 AM, May 18, 2015

A DoD News story, published on Defense.gov, claims that the "Strategy to Defeat ISIL is Working, Military Official Says."

The report reads, "The coalition and Iraqi security forces strategy to defeat and dismantle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremist group is clear and on track, the chief of staff of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today."

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In Harm’s Way?

11:51 AM, Apr 21, 2015

Meghann Myers of Navy Times reports that:

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Obama: Global Warming Leading to Uptick in 'Insect-Borne Diseases'

9:04 PM, Apr 07, 2015

At an event today at Howard University in Washington, D.C., President Obama warned of the public health risks assocaited with global warming. 

"[T]he discussion really centered around the fact that climate change is having a impact on our public health," Obama said at today's event.

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'FPI Fact Sheet: Defense Budget Update'

1:40 PM, Mar 23, 2015

A fact sheet on the Defense budget from the Foreign Policy Initiative:

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Pence for Defense

The presidential candidates could learn from Indiana’s governor.
4:39 PM, Feb 28, 2015

Lost in much of the reporting about CPAC is that almost all of the likely presidential candidates—really, all of them, with the exception of Rand Paul—seemed to place themselves at the Reaganite hawkish-internationalist end of the foreign policy spectrum. The much-heralded return of Republican isolationism or anti-interventionism wasn’t much in evidence, except during Rand Paul's half hour on the stage.

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Pentagon Claims UAE Conducting Airstrikes in Syria Despite Denials

11:33 AM, Feb 04, 2015

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) suspended participation in coalition airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State in December after a Jordanian pilot was shot down and captured, the New York Times reported 

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Obama's Defense Budget Well Below Gates's Proposal

6:10 AM, Feb 03, 2015

President Obama's proposed defense budget is well below what former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates proposed. 

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State Department: 'Russian Military Has a Significant Presence in Ukraine'

11:37 AM, Jan 29, 2015

Ever since March 2014 when President Obama referred to Russian aggression against Ukraine as an "invasion," administration officials have avoided that word in conjunction with the ongoing conflict. In fact, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R.

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Pentagon Sponsors Essay Contest to Honor Late Saudi King

9:45 AM, Jan 26, 2015

Obama administration officials have been effusive in their praise for late Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz who died last week at the age of 90. Now comes word that chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E.

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Pentagon Labels YouTube/Twitter Hacking 'Cyber Vandalism'

7:01 AM, Jan 14, 2015

The Pentagon called the hacking of the Central Command's (CENTCOM) YouTube and Twitter accounts Monday "

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Pentagon on ISIS Deaths: We Can't 'Count Every Nose That We Schwack'

10:10 AM, Jan 07, 2015

Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby, when asked Tuesday about the number of Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS) fighters killed in ongoing coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria, gave a rather colorful response: "[W]e don't have the ability to -

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Defense Dept. Spent $130M Storing Unused Satellites

Will spend $336M over 10 years
8:05 AM, Dec 10, 2014

In the last five years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has spent over $130 million to store unused satellites from eight different satellite programs, and plans to spend another $206 million on storage over the next five years. Storage costs for individual pieces of equipment range from $40,000 up to an estimated $120 million for one particular satellite. Costs vary depending on the amount of care needed for each satellite.

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Reporter: Benghazi 'Still a Major Issue With Right-Wing and Obama-Haters'

10:31 AM, Dec 04, 2014

General David M. Rodriguez of the U.S.

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How Do You Spell Scapegoat? H-A-G-E-L

9:33 AM, Nov 24, 2014

So Chuck Hagel has been fired as defense secretary. We were critical of his appointment, and opposed his confirmation by the Senate. But let's be clear: Hagel has done what he was asked and what was expected of him at the Pentagon. To the degree he has deviated from the Obama White House line, he's been more right than wrong (e.g., on the threat the Islamic State poses).

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Pentagon: Military Losing Technological Superiority to China

9:04 AM, Nov 06, 2014

During the first Gulf War in the early 1990s, the U.S. military used a new generation of technological weapons that left the rest of the world far behind.

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New York Times Launches Credulous Attack on Attempt to Honor Vietnam Vets

1:17 PM, Oct 10, 2014

The New York Times has a news article today that's ostensibly about concerns the Pentagon is engaged in historical revisionism in a recent attempt to honor Vietnam veterans. Any legitimate concerns, however, are outweighed by the fact the article gives a prominent megaphone to radical liberal activists whose opinions on how Vietnam vets should be honored are dubious at best. Here's how the article begins: 

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On Fighting ISIS

12:02 PM, Oct 08, 2014

The boss talked today on MSNBC's Morning Joe about the strategy to take out ISIS:

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Major Mistake

1:19 PM, Aug 04, 2014

Back in the day when it was fashionable for the press to criticize the president and senior military officials for mismanaging a war--that is, from 2003 to 2009--such stories often focused on the colonels, majors, and captains who saw firsthand the practical problems with their superiors' approach and who pushed hard to change policy based on that hard-fought experience. 

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In Defense of War Funding

12:45 PM, Jul 16, 2014

This week senior officials from the Pentagon will testify before Congress on their request for emergency appropriations, known as the Overseas  Contingency Operations funding (OCO in military speak). A decision to maintain troop presence in Afghanistan, a resurgence of radical Sunni terrorism across the Middle east, and Russian expansionism in Europe all seem like good reasons for the administration to request the emergency funding. These events, however, haven’t prevented some proponents of defense cuts to question the validity of the request.

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Pentagon's Counter-IED Force to Shrink by Two-Thirds This Year

7:36 AM, Feb 26, 2014

News broke this week that under a plan released by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the United States Army will be reduced to its smallest force since before World War II.  Though not directly related to that plan, another announcement this week by the Defense Department gives, perhaps, a taste of what those cuts may look like. Plans are underway for massive cuts to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), the organization that has led military's efforts to combat a weapon of choice among insurgents and terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. JIEDDO's current staff of 3,000 will be reduced to 1,000 by the end of this fiscal year, and further plans could see the number fall as low as 400 down the road.

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'It Is All Right'

9:00 AM, Feb 25, 2014

It's been almost a year since THE WEEKLY STANDARD quoted Philip Larkin’s great 1969 poem, “Homage to a Government." Yesterday the Obama administration released its 2015 defense budget, shrinking the Army to its lowest size since 1940 and reducing base defense spending to less than 3 percent of GDP. It's time once again for Larkin.

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Paul Ryan on Proposed Defense Budget Cuts: 'Disappointing'

3:04 PM, Feb 24, 2014

The Republican chairman of the House Budget committee criticized the Obama administration's plans to shrink the defense budget in a statement. 

“The House Republican budgets have consistently met the needs of our military leadership," said Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican. "It’s disappointing that the President continues to use these vital funds as bargaining chips for higher taxes and more domestic spending."

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Defense Dept. Fights the Enemy: Tobacco, Cigarettes

7:01 AM, Feb 19, 2014

The Department of Defense (DOD) has just announced that the public will be invited to vote in a video competition called "Fight the Enemy."  In this case, the enemy is tobacco.  The innovation office of the military's assistant secretary of defense for health affairs is sponsoring the competition among U.S. service members around the world who were invited to film and submit "tobacco countermarketing" videos.

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Hayes Podcast: Bob Gates, Benghazi, and Hillary Clinton

Hosted by Michael Graham
4:10 PM, Jan 08, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with senior writer Stephen Hayes on Bob Gates and his new book, Benghazi, and Hillary Clinton.

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