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The Army's chauffeurs don't look like this, but they are getting new uniforms.

While the military looks to cut spending, the Army solicits new uniforms for drivers. Read more» 1

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and various senior Defense Department and military officials announce the Defense Strategic Review on January 5.

Democratic platform offers hints at how Obama would handle defense in second term. Read more»

CBP officers and a Border Patrol agent at the Calexico Port of Entry in February 2012.

Homeland Security is the first line of defense against threats to Americans, entrusted with guarding the borders, protecting the skies and cracking down on potential terrorist attacks. But instead, hundreds of DHS agents have been busy smuggling drugs, guns and illegal immigrants, obtaining child porn, and raking in thousands in bribes and theft. Read more» 1

Norquist in 2011

Grover Norquist, an influential Republican lobbyist and anti-tax crusader, is advising his party's lawmakers to cut the defense budget deeply, to avoid a major federal tax hike. Read more»

Corporate cash and adroit lobbying have helped crush the Army’s effort to stop work on its premier tank, the M1 Abrams. Read more»

A new internal audit from the Department of Homeland Security has raised concerns about the utility of those drones, focusing on their high costs and how they have been managed. Read more»

MEADS Battle Manager

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»

The stacks at the Washington National Records Center in Suiteland, Md.

While the federal government has been eager to prosecute officials for leaks of classified information, the government itself has lost track of hundreds of boxes filled with classified documents at its main records storage site, the Washington National Records Center. Read more»

An Afghan soldier trains with U.S. troops in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, in March.

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»

South of the border, war is raging with guns mostly supplied by merchants in the United States. Mexico has estimated that almost 50,000 people have been killed since 2006, a toll that has made its top officials irate about the persistent flow of weapons south. Read more» 2

USS Freedom, the first ship in the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship class.

The Navy claims the Littoral Combat Ship represents its future, but watchdogs see serious flaws in design. Test runs caused cracked hulls that forced the ship to limit its speed; engines that simply failed; and over 600 failures of equipment led to dry-dockings. Read more»

First Lady Michelle Obama greets a wounded warrior recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Wednesday.

A Department of Defense report said a program aimed at helping wounded Marines and sailors has resulted in terrible medical care, long delays in service and service members who felt like they were in a “petting zoo. Read more»

Rick Santorum is hoping a speech at a Jelly Belly factory will bring in needed campaign funds. Read more»

Civilians face torture as part of a systematic attack by the Syrian government, said Amnesty International. Read more»

The medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), produced with low enriched uranium (LEU) in South Africa.

Nuclear experts have told Congress that a loophole in a bill meant to limit the use of bomb-grade uranium in medical isotopes could undo years of work to curb the risk of a terrorist nuclear bomb. Read more»

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