The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant group, a defense official said Wednesday. Continue reading
At an Army Ranger graduation unlike any other in history, there were two women among 94 men who survived the grueling nine-week course. Despite the praise, Capt. Kristen Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver are not eligible to join the Ranger regiment, but that could change in the next few months. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
For the first time, two women have completed the Army’s rigorous Ranger School training program. But unlike their fellow male graduates, they will not yet be allowed to serve in elite Ranger units, due to the Pentagon’s current ban on women in combat. Judy Woodruff talks to Gayle Tzemach Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations and retired Col. Ellen Haring of Women in International Security. Continue reading
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon’s current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, and anyone willing to serve the country should be able to do so.
In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts. And they could grow even larger unless Congress and the White House find a way to stop further across-the-board spending reductions this fall. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, twin bombings rocked a muslim restaurant and a mosque in central Nigeria, killing 44. The attacks were believed to be carried out by Boko Haram militants. Also, President Obama met with military leaders at the Pentagon on the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State militant group. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is making a rare visit to the Pentagon to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — An Army general has been reprimanded for steering a defense contract to a firm run by two former classmates at West Point, according to a published report. Continue reading