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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Combating ISIS: Reports From the Pentagon and the Front Lines

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Washington Post's Liz Sly and Missy Ryan discuss signs of internal strife among ISIS fighters and the structure of the international coalition to fight ISIS.

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The Takeaway

Police Departments Lose Military Equipment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Over 150 police departments have been suspended from a controversial Pentagon program that transfers military equipment to state and local police. Among the reasons—they lost weapons.

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The Takeaway

Why the U.S. Military is Shrinking

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today, the Army has 522,000 soldiers on active duty. Hagel's proposed Pentagon budget would cut manpower even further, to somewhere between  440,000 and 450,000.

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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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The Takeaway

Sexual Assault in the Military: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Proposals for Change

Thursday, May 16, 2013

By removing the case from the chain of command, commanding officers with potential conflicts of interest would no longer be in charge of deciding whether a case should go to trial.

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The Takeaway

Sequestration Could Put Nearly One Million Defense Employees on Furlough

Thursday, February 21, 2013

If you're a civilian employee working for the Defense Department, you've been put on notice. The sequester is very real and it's extremely likely you are gonna feel the effects of it soon. About 800,000 employees received notification that a furlough could be on the way. J. David Cox is the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union of federal employees.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Women in Combat

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Anna Mulrine, staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor, explains the Pentagon's decision to open up combat roles to women in the military.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The American War in Vietnam

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Journalist and historian Nick Turse talks about the American war on Vietnamese civilians. His book Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam is based on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews, and reveals that official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Demonstrations over censorship in China and Obama's pick for US defense secretary

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Demonstrations over censorship in China and Obama's pick for US defense secretary

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Military Brain Drain

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Tim Kane, chief economist at the Hudson Institute and the author of Bleeding Talent: How the US Military Mismanages Great Leaders and Why It's Time for a Revolution, talks about how the Pentagon is losing its best officers.

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The Takeaway

Ohio Congressmen Push Defense Projects the Pentagon Doesn't Want

Thursday, August 23, 2012

While the Pentagon is pinching pennies from its budget after cuts that it says could jeopardize its ability to fight wars, America’s top brass are feeling pressure from an unlikely source: politicians. Congressmen from Ohio are lobbying to keep defense projects on the annual budget which the Pentagon says it can’t afford and doesn’t want.

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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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WNYC News

Air Force Debated Disposal of 9/11 Remains

Friday, March 30, 2012

Newly released Pentagon documents show that U.S. Air Force officers debated briefly about burial at sea before concluding that 1,321 unidentifiable fragments of remains from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon should be treated as medical waste and incinerated.

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The Takeaway

Proposed Pentagon Budget Cuts for the Next Decade

Friday, January 27, 2012

After ten years of war and expanded spending, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta outlined a series of military budget cuts for the next decade totaling $487 billion. Among these cost-saving measures are limiting pay raises for troops, increasing health insurance fees for military retirees, and closing bases in the U.S. These proposed cuts would be in addition to a previously established drawdown of troops and army personnel over the next five years.

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The Takeaway

The End of US Dual Ocean Navy Defense?

Friday, January 06, 2012

Congress and Franklin Roosevelt's administration passed the Two-Ocean Navy Act in 1940, during World War II. Since then, the nation’s domestic military defense has been based on a simultaneous naval defense on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But with the announcement Thursday of an eight percent decrease in U.S. military spending, there was also the tacit understanding that naval fleets will be redirected to the Pacific Ocean to act as a buffer between China and the United States West Coast.

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The Takeaway

Panetta Aims to Cut Billions from Pentagon Budget

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is expected to announce plans this week to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the Pentagon's budget. The cuts, precipitated by both the United States' fiscal situation and a deal passed to raise the debt ceiling last summer, will shrink the military so it will no longer be able to sustain two ground wars at once. The Pentagon will trim about $450 billion, or about 8 percent of its budget. However, it may be forced to cut an additional $500 billion if lawmakers on Capitol Hill go through with deeper reductions. Defense hawks say cutting $1 trillion from the Pentagon's budget would have a deleterious impact on national security.

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The Takeaway

Drastic Cuts Could Reshape US Military

Monday, November 07, 2011

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is considering drastic cuts in military spending, including slashing retirement benefits and a round of base closings. Panetta has been ordered to cut more than $450 billion of the Pentagon budget over the next decade and has been under intense political pressure to make the cuts. The yearly defense budget has doubled since the 9/11 attacks. Panetta said it is possible to reshape the military in order to reduce the budget while still defending national interests.

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The Takeaway

After Iraq Withdrawal, US Plans Troop Increase in Persian Gulf

Monday, October 31, 2011

The White House is planning to boost its military presence in the Middle East when the final troops leave Iraq at December's end. The new plan comes in light of the Iraqi government's refusal to allow American forces to remain in the country after the previously agreed-upon deadline, which goes into effect at year's end. The additional combat units would be stationed in Kuwait, and the U.S. views them as a hedge for stability in the event of a collapse in security in Iraq or a move of aggression by Iran.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Super Committee, Female Soldiers, Economy

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Congressional "super committee," put in charge of finding $1.2 trillion to cut from the deficit, have mostly been a top secret committee that have shared very little about their meetings. As the super committee continues to find cuts in the deficit, a number of economic indicators are set to be released this week, including new home sales and GDP figures. Also on the agenda for this week, the Pentagon is set to release a report on the role of women soldiers in the military and whether or not they should be allowed to serve in combat roles. And after President Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year, there could be some fallout, especially among Republicans, on Capitol Hill.

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