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Pentagon Buried Study that Found $125 bln in Wasteful Spending

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 – A Defense Department study that proposed cutting $125 billion in administrative waste from the Pentagon budget was buried amid concerns the findings would give Congress an excuse to further slash defense spending, the Washington Post reported on Monday. The report, issued in January 2015, identified a “clear path” for the Pentagon

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Senior U.S. Officials Recommend Removal of NSA Director

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 – The heads of the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The recommendation by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National

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Ex-Pentagon Chief Laird Dies, Advocated ‘Vietnamization’ Policy

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON, Nov 17 – Melvin Laird, who as defense secretary under President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973 helped extricate U.S. forces from the morass of the Vietnam War in a policy he dubbed “Vietnamization,” has died at age 94. His death was confirmed by the Richard Nixon Foundation on Wednesday. Laird,

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Aligned with Russia in Syria, Pentagon Awkwardly Treads on New Terrain

By Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, Sept 15 – For Pentagon officers who cut their teeth during the Cold War, the prospect of U.S. battlefield cooperation with Russia in Syria is not only uncomfortable. It’s also unprecedented. Against that background, the reactions of U.S. military officials range from caution to outright skepticism over a Geneva-based

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Pentagon Not to Pay Pakistan $300 Million in Military Reimbursements

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Aug 3  – The Pentagon will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements after U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, a U.S. official said. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past

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U.S. Strike on Afghan Hospital in 2015 Not a War Crime: Pentagon

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, April 30 – A deadly U.S. air strike in Afghanistan last year that destroyed a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders did not amount to a war crime but was caused by human error, equipment failure and other factors, a U.S. military report released on Friday concluded. Forty-two people were killed

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U.S. Army Plane Crashes in Iraq, Crew Uninjured: Pentagon

WASHINGTON, March 9- A U.S. military aircraft with four crew members crashed in Iraq on Saturday, but none were injured and initial reports ruled out hostile action, a Defense Department official said on Tuesday. Earlier on Tuesday, the top U.S. Navy admiral told the Washington Post that Navy helicopters rescued four crew members on Saturday

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U.S. Military Invites Pre-Approved Experts to ‘Hack the Pentagon’

By Andrea Shalal SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 – The Pentagon on Wednesday invited outside hackers who have been vetted to test the cyber security of some public U.S. Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month, the first such program ever by the federal government. “Hack the Pentagon” is modeled after similar

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Pentagon to Hike Spending Request to Fund Fight vs Daesh

By Phil Stewart and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON, Feb 2 – President Barack Obama’s administration will seek a significant increase in funding for the fight against Daesh as part of its 2017 defense budget request, U.S. officials say, in another possible sign of U.S. efforts to intensify the campaign. The fiscal year 2017 Pentagon budget will

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New U.S. General Named to Lead Int’l. Forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 – Lieutenant General John “Mick” Nicholson, the current head of NATO’s Allied Land Command, has been chosen as the new commander of international forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Wednesday amid concerns about setbacks in the fight against the Taliban. Nicholson, whose selection must be confirmed by the Senate, would replace

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