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Former U.S. nuclear chief proposes cutting arsenal by 80%

A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is urging that the existing American nuclear arsenal of 5000 warheads be cut by 80 percent, in an effort meant to be matched by similar reductions in the Russian arsenal.... Read more»

2 Mexican army generals detained over alleged cartel ties

Mexican soldiers have detained two army generals, including a former assistant defense secretary, over their alleged links to organized crime. ... Read more»1

Active-duty military offered annual passes to nat'l parks

Beginning Saturday, active-duty military can receive a free annual pass that gives service members and their dependents access to more than 2,000 public land sites, including America's national parks.... Read more»

Pentagon limits F-22 fighter jet flights amid safety worries

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the Air Force on Tuesday to investigate safety problems with the F-22 fighter jet and restrict missions to regions where pilots can quickly land if they experience oxygen problems.... Read more»

Army opens combat-related roles to women

Female soldiers serving in the U.S. Army will now be able to take up new positions in traditionally all-male units, as the Army formally opens combat-related roles to women.... Read more»

Another $250 million drink for missile defenses

The talk of the defense world is the budget — specifically, how to shrink it and what will be cut. Given the austerity pressures, it’s remarkable that a costly program targeted for cancellation can get a new government check for a quarter of a billion dollars .... Read more»

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

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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»

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