The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group. Continue reading
The White House said U.S. special forces killed a senior Islamic State commander who was in involved with the terrorist organization’s illicit oil and gas and military operations during a raid overnight Friday in eastern Syria.
WASHINGTON — The deaths of an Italian and an American in a covert CIA drone strike in Pakistan — and the rhetorical contortions required of the president when he informed the world — have breathed new urgency into a long-stalled plan to give the Pentagon primacy over targeted killing of terrorists overseas. Continue reading
An Associated Press investigation reveals that government bureaucrats have blocked several requests by Army special operations troops for software they say they need. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a $3.8 trillion budget plan for next year that effectively breaks tight budget limits on military spending while promising a familiar roster of big cuts to social programs such as food stamps and Medicaid. Continue reading
Top Pentagon officials say U.S. Central Command was wrong to have briefed reporters on plans for an Iraqi-led ground offensive in Mosul. Continue reading
A new rule proposed by the Department of Defense would bar the military from using department funds for “the purchase or manufacture of a flag of the United States, unless such flag is manufactured in the United States.” The rule would require every facet of the flag, from the materials to the construction, originate within the country.
WASHINGTON — The Senate is on track to confirm President Barack Obama’s pick to run the Pentagon. Continue reading
The 2016 defense budget includes $50.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations, but is a portion of that being used to fund general operations? Continue reading
President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Continue reading