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Pentagon moves ahead on border wall, as House can’t override Trump veto

President Trump’s proposed border wall inched forward this week, as the Democrat-controlled House failed Tuesday to block the border emergency declaration that let the Pentagon approve $1 billion in wall work Monday.... Read more»

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Anxiety & uncertainty for Az's transgender troops after Supreme Court ruling

A recent Supreme Court ruling is considered a major setback for transgender servicemembers, as well as a hindrance to the future of transgender individuals in the military.... Read more»

Pentagon defends use of active-duty troops on border

Pentagon officials told lawmakers that there’s nothing unusual about the 2,300 active-duty troops at the Mexican border, calling it in line with similar deployments under previous administrations. Another 3,750 troops will be deployed soon.... Read more»

FactCheck

Does police acquisition of military surplus reduce crime?

In lifting the Obama-era restrictions on police acquisition of surplus military equipment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions misleadingly cited studies to claim that President Obama “went too far” and undermined public safety.... Read more»

Pentagon recognizes Salt River Project for supporting military

The Tempe-based utility received the Defense Department’s Employer Support Freedom Award on Friday at a Pentagon ceremony.... Read more»

Arizona Olympian, Paralympian among those honored at Pentagon

Two Arizonans were among the 23 service members who represented Team USA in Rio this summer.... Read more»

Obama plan to close Gitmo panned by Arizona GOP lawmakers

Arizona Republicans responded swiftly – and vehemently – to the plan announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where some of the most notorious terrorism suspects are detained.... Read more»

Report: Gay rights gain ground, but Arizona, other states, still fall short

It’s been a good couple of years for LGBT rights in America, but Arizona has a long way to go in basic quality for gay people, according to a recent Human Rights Campaign report.... Read more»

G.I. Dough

U.S. spent $500M on Afghan mining with ‘limited progress’

The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan’s oil, gas and minerals industries — and has little to show for it, a government watchdog reported.... Read more»

Flake, McCain attack Pentagon funding sports teams as 'paid patriotism'

The Pentagon paid out at least $6.8 million in contracts to professional sports for honoring American soldiers at sporting events, according to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain and his fellow Arizona senator, Jeff Flake. ... Read more»

Sicario’s dirty war on Mexican cartels is not yet reality

Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration. A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld to the one he knows. ... Read more»

Victims' relatives gather 14 years after Sept. 11 attacks

Relatives assembled under overcast skies on Friday to commemorate nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and outside Washington 14 years ago, when airliners hijacked by al Qaeda militants brought death, mayhem and destruction. ... Read more»

Transgender soldiers watch closely as Pentagon reviews ban on service

Last month when Defense Secretary Ash Carter declared the military’s regulations regarding transgender service members are “outdated,” and he ordered a Pentagon review of the policy.... Read more»1

Az will see only a fraction of Army’s 40,000 job cuts

Arizona may have averted disaster in the Army’s plan to trim 40,000 jobs, but the announcement that Fort Huachuca will lose 114 positions over the next two years still is “not welcomed news,” officials said this week.... Read more»

Az Nat'l Guard seeks support from Pentagon on local operations

The leader of Arizona’s National Guard joined other state officials who told a House subcommittee Wednesday that the Guard is integral to natural disaster response and recovery, and deserves continued support from the Pentagon.... Read more»1

DEA gets sued for spying on Americans' int'l phone calls

Human Rights Watch wants to make sure the U.S. drug agency terminates and never restarts its bulk phone data collection.... Read more»

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