Fierce fighting continues in Afghanistan in the final week leading up to the presidential election. Jeffrey Brown speaks with NPR’s Renee Montagne.
Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, known as the leading architect of the Vietnam War, died on Monday. He was 93. Continue reading
Columnist Mark Shields and editor Rich Lowry analyze the week’s political news, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ military budget priorities and two more states allowing same-sex couples to marry. Continue reading
Defense Secretary Robert Gates sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the insurgency in Iraq, the need for assistance in Afghanistan and shifts in long-term spending priorities. Continue reading
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced large cuts in the Pentagon budget that would slash spending on missile defense and traditional war technologies and increase funding for new weapons systems designed to fight insurgencies. An analyst discusses the changes. Continue reading
Economists at the International Monetary Fund predict that the global economy will grow by less than one percent in 2009 and Iraqis went to the polls for early voting in provincial elections, with the rest of the country set to vote on Saturday. Jim Lehrer recaps the day’s other headlines. Continue reading
President-elect Barack Obama will likely ask Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain as Pentagon Chief when his administration takes over. A retired brigadier general and a former Bush administration official debate the pros and cons of keeping Gates at the helm. Continue reading
Salim Hamdan, a former driver for terror leader Osama Bin Laden, is being transferred from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, back to his home country of Yemen, defense officials tell news agencies. Continue reading