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McCain wants U.S. sanctions against Myanmar lifted

In a speech at Washington, D.C.'s Center for Strategic and International Studies, Sen. John McCain advocated suspending — not permanently removing — almost all American sanctions against Myanmar. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Battle for the independent vote

Today on Buckmaster - It's the Monday Political Face-Off featuring commentators John Munger and Vince Rabago. Plus, a conversation with General John Wickham, former chief of staff of the U.S. Army.... Read more»

Analysis

Top 10 things to know about military compensation

The Pentagon’s personnel budget is composed of three major items: pay, retirement, and health care. These costs have nearly doubled in the past 10 years and now consume one-third of the baseline defense budget. If they continue growing, these costs will begin to divert funds from other critical national security initiatives such as training and modernization.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain on F-22 safety

U.S. Sen. John McCain released this statement Thursday regarding concerns about the safety of flying the F-22A Raptor.... Read more»1

Comic:

War on terror: East of Aden

A would-be al-Qaeda suicide bomber was in fact a Saudi Arabian intelligence operative who turned over the bomb to his agency and the CIA.... Read more»

Comic: War on Terror

1-800-HAPPY-2CU

In War on Terror news, another pair of exploding tighty whities have been captured, making the world a safer place.... Read more»

CIA thwarts bomb plot near anniversary of bin Laden's death

The CIA thwarted a plot by al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate to bomb a U.S.-bound airplane around the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.... Read more»

Opinion

Time to control runaway military personnel costs

Military personnel costs have nearly doubled since fiscal year 2001. If these costs are allowed to continue rising at their current rate, they will eat through the entire defense budget by FY 2039.... Read more»

Report: Pentagon failed to protect whistleblowers

The Defense Department has inadequately protected from reprisals whistleblowers who have reported wrongdoing, according to an internal Pentagon report, and critics are calling for action to be taken against those who have been negligent.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Targeting tourist dollars from Sonora

Today on Buckmaster - We start things off with a conversation with Terry Bracy, Buckmaster Show Washington contributor. Then, we preview the Sonoran Region Business Development Conference presented by Tucson's Caballeros del Sol. Also, Guy Gunther of CenturyLink.... Read more»

Corruption still threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, deep corruption persists in the country, and can easily undermine the success of U.S. development efforts there. A report expressed concern about continuing thefts of fuel and cash, the shortcomings of local security forces, bribery of local and U.S. officials, and contractors that fail to deliver.... Read more»

Air Force pilots balk at flying F-22 fighters

The pricey F-22 Raptor jet has just gotten back up in the air, but the safety problem that grounded it doesn’t seem to be resolved. The Air Force’s Air Combat Command confirmed that some pilots — they would specify only “a very small” number — have requested not to fly the F-22.... Read more»

Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.... Read more»

Comic: Politics

The Carter School

"Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order."... Read more»

VA nurses scrutinized after patient deaths in two states

A review by the VA inspector general of 29 VA facilities found only half had adequately documented that their nurses had the needed skills. Some nurses "did not demonstrate competency in one or more required skills," but there was no evidence of retraining, the report said.... Read more»

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