Department Of Defense
Friday, September 13, 2013
Military intervention in Syria seemed imminent following August’s horrific chemical attacks, but when President Obama brought the idea of a strike to Congress it foundered. Now, as a diplomatic solution is on the table, the Department of Defense weighs in on what military preparedness is required for the region. Pentagon press secretary George Little joins The Takeaway.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
“Women are getting stronger. Their will is stronger. They want that challenge the same as some men,” said Dineen Snyder, mother of Sgt. Devin Snyder, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
Friday, July 27, 2012
By Dorian Davis
Mandatory spending cuts are on the horizon, and the party of fiscal discipline doesn't do itself any favors by running from them.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This week, the New York Times reported that a multibillion-dollar police training program in Iraq intended to serve as the centerpiece of an expanded civilian mission in the country has all-but-failed. The program began in October and has already cost $500 million. Retired Lieutenant General Jim Dubik oversaw the training of Iraqi security forces from 2007-2008 and discusses the State Department's catastrophic missteps.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Yesterday the Department of Defense denied the state's request for a waiver from the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act. The Act says that oversees voters must have enough time to vote in the primary elections in their states, which has meant New York's September primary is too close to the actual Election Day to satisfy the 45-day requirement for ballots to be sent out.
This new development will certainly be discussed at tomorrow's LATFOR meeting in Albany. A Federal judge will now likely rule early next month on when, exactly, the new primary date should be to comply with the military voting act. Republicans are arguing for August. Democrats want to see the primary in June.
As I've written earlier, the dates matter:
f the judge picks an earlier date, it makes things very difficult for Republicans. A June primary means districts need to be in place by the end of February. This means the lines will have to be introduced and voted on sooner rather than later.
Republicans hope for an August date, the thinking goes, because it means they’ll have more time to push the redistricting vote into budget negotiations. If they can do that, they might be able to use redistricting as leverage and force the Governor to abandon his veto threat in favor of a smooth budget process.
This is just one issue facing the committee tomorrow. The other big issue is prisoner reapportionment. There are rumors the Senate Republicans are going to say they can't completely agree with their Democratic counterparts in the Assembly on how to count prisoners. This wouldn't be surprising. It will buy the Republicans more time, as they want the judge in their case to overturn the law to make a decision before they commit to a process.
That being said, don't let the actions of LATFOR fool you. They're going through the motions. On both sides, maps have been drawn. It's just a matter of timing--when, and which maps to reveal.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Should the deficit reduction super committee fail to cut at least $1.2 trillion in spending, a trigger will do it for them, taking an axe to defense spending while largely sparing entitlement programs.
TN MOVING STORIES: Occupy Oakland Shuts Down Port, A Look At East Side Access, and Moscow's Subway: Best In the World?
Thursday, November 03, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
High-speed rail naysayer Rick Scott says California's program is a "boondoggle." (Link)
Although an agreement should happen soon, almost 1,000 Long Island Bus employees could be laid off. (Link)
Obama takes 30 minutes to pitch the transportation jobs bill in DC. (Link)
Occupy Oakland demonstrations shut down the port. (Marketplace)
The Department of Defense will pay $270 million to ease traffic congestion created by the recently implemented Base Realignment and Closure. (WAMU)
The full City Council will vote on whether to send a plan to implement residential parking permits in NYC to Albany for consideration. (New York Times)
Moscow's state-owned subway system is efficient, attractive and profitable. (Atlantic Cities)
A Chicago suburb is ending its red light camera program. (WBEZ)
A look at New York's East Side Access project, which will bring the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal. (DNA Info)
Biking: it's good for you. (NPR)
What if electric cars could charge without plugs? (Good)
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Ron Paul wants to slash government spending by $1 trillion, and he doesn't want to waste any time.