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Bush-era lessons remain relevant for Obama in Pentagon budget (Column)

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The Defense Department was floating in money during the Bush years, and when Obama arrived it was planning as if that would never change. Continue reading

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Empty chair? Top officer seems slow on military ethics issues (Column)

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The Pentagon’s response to ethical lapses in the U.S. military lacks firings, public rebukes or punishments to show that top officials take it seriously. Continue reading

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The Pentagon has no defense against lawmakers and their spending (column)

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It all adds up to more evidence that even in times of budget constraints, lawmakers find ways in the defense budget to take care of their agendas. Continue reading

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Duffel Blog pokes fun at military absurdities; has Pentagon laughing, too

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The brass seems to be laughing along, for the most part, as the once-obscure Duffel Blog has become a widely read guilty pleasure at the Pentagon and at military bases around the country and the world. Continue reading

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How the Pentagon’s payroll quagmire traps soldiers

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EL PASO, Texas – As Christmas 2011 approached, U.S. Army medic Shawn Aiken was once again locked in desperate battle with a formidable foe. Not insurgents in Iraq, or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan – enemies he had already encountered with … Continue reading

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Pentagon struggles with high cost of health care

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The loud, insistent calls in Washington to rein in the rising costs of Social Security and Medicare ignore a major and expensive entitlement program — the military’s health care system. Continue reading

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Congress spares military’s tuition aid program

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Congress has spared a program that provides tuition aid to active duty military from the budget knife. Continue reading

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Pentagon spends nearly $1 billion a year on unemployment

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Even as it faces budget cuts and forced employee furloughs, the Pentagon is spending nearly a $1 billion a year on a program that sends unemployment checks to former troops who left the military voluntarily. Continue reading

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New cyber medal production stopped, being reviewed

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The military has stopped production of a new medal for remote warfare troops — drone operators and cyber warfighters — as it considers complaints from veterans and lawmakers over the award, which was ranked higher than traditional combat medals like the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Continue reading

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Senate leaders join group questioning new medal

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The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee have added their names to the growing list of lawmakers asking the Pentagon to lower the ranking of a new medal for cyber fighters. Continue reading

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