Department Of Defense

The Takeaway

Pentagon's Costly Gamble Led to $10 Billion Flop

Thursday, April 09, 2015

LA Times investigative journalist David Willman reveals a $10 billion defense failure in his investigation into the Pentagon's missile defense programs.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Will China Become The Next Global Superpower?

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

For more than forty years, the U.S. has played a key role helping the Chinese government take its place on the world stage. But how will China's rise affect the U.S.?

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The Takeaway

The Pentagon Weighs In on Syria

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.

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Chuck Hagel Confirmation Hearings

Thursday, January 31, 2013

WNYC is streaming the confirmation hearing of former Senator Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Defense.



Women in Combat: A Mother's View

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.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: GOP Should Welcome the Spending Cuts They Bargained For

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mandatory spending cuts are on the horizon, and the party of fiscal discipline doesn't do itself any favors by running from them.

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The Takeaway

American Efforts to Train Iraqi Security Forces Nears Failure

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.

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The Empire

Feds waiver denial for NY on primary day weighs on LATFOR meeting

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.

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It's A Free Country ®

Super Committee Struggles: What $1.2 Trillion in Cuts Looks Like

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.

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Transportation Nation

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

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)

Protestors at the Port of Oakland (photo by Cherie Chavez via Flickr)

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)

Is DC's Metro intrinsically child-unfriendly, or is it the riders? (Washington Post, with a hat tip to GGW)

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)

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: What Ron Paul's Trillion-Dollar Spending Cuts Axe (and What They Don't)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ron Paul wants to slash government spending by $1 trillion, and he doesn't want to waste any time.

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Defense Sec. Gates Announces Budget Cuts

Monday, August 09, 2010

Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled a series of cost-saving measures meant to trim the Pentagon budget by $100 billion over the next five years.



Gen. Mattis Tapped to Lead Central Command

Thursday, July 08, 2010

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he's recommending Marine Corps General James Mattis to head U.S. Central Command.