Pentagon / Military | Washington Week

Washington Week

Award-winning reporting and analysis

Pentagon / Military

Obama speaks at the D-Day commemoration in Normandy
News You Need to Know

Obama Honors Moment of Liberation in Normandy

June 6, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
At a time of renewed tension harking back to a darker era, the leaders of the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia put aside their differences for a few hours on Friday to honor the moment decades ago when their predecessors joined forces to liberate a continent from tyranny.
News You Need to Know

Military brass wades into POW desertion debate

June 3, 2014
Hannah Allam | McClatchy Newspapers
After three days of sidestepping the issue, U.S. military leaders are tentatively addressing the desertion controversy surrounding a freed American prisoner of war whose case has sparked a tide of anger from service members and war veterans who question the circumstances of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban five years ago.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
News You Need to Know

Hagel Celebrates U.S. Soldier’s Release With a Surprise Afghan Visit

June 2, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had departed for Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany eight hours before, but that did not stop Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel from taking a figurative victory lap around this base to celebrate the release of the lone remaining American prisoner of war in the Afghan conflict.
News You Need to Know

Obama, at West Point, plays down military power, emphasizes diplomacy

May 28, 2014
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama praised the potential of American leadership around the globe on Wednesday while laying out a new definition of that term, downplaying military might and emphasizing diplomacy, alliances and the will to “lead by example.”
News You Need to Know

As Wars End, Military Gives Its Trademarks New Vigilance

May 27, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
United States Marine G-string underwear. The Starfleet Marine Corps Academy. And the motto from a human resources company: “The Few. The Proud. The Well-Paid.”
News You Need to Know

Inside America's Shadow War on Terror—and Why It Will Never End

May 16, 2014
James Kitfield | National Journal
The muezzin's call to predawn prayers had not yet woken the seaside Somali town of Barawe when a lone figure stepped out of a two-story villa near the water's edge. In the darkness of a walled compound, he smoked a cigarette, the glow of ash rhythmically illuminating his face. It was an effect that was heightened by the night-vision goggles focused on him. When the man stepped back inside, the commander of Navy SEAL Team Six, his own face hidden under black grease, directed his commandos to take up their positions and storm the villa. The date was Oct. 5, 2013, and inside was a Kenyan named Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, or Ikrimah—the leader of al-Shabaab suspected of masterminding the gruesome killing of non-Muslims at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.
May 16 2014
Webcast Extra

Webcast Extra: Upcoming Primaries and Transgender Troops

May 16, 2014
Republican primaries and General Motors safety issues
drone
News You Need to Know

Senate Drops Bid to Report on Drone Use

April 30, 2014
Mark Mazzetti | The New York Times
The Senate has quietly stripped a provision from an intelligence bill that would have required President Obama to make public each year the number of people killed or injured in targeted killing operations in Pakistan and other countries where the United States uses lethal force. The move highlights the continued resistance inside the government about making these operations, primarily carried out using armed drones, more accountable to public scrutiny. In a letter to the Senate earlier this month, James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, expressed concern that a public report would undermine the effectiveness of the operations.
Subscribe to Pentagon / Military