On September 30th, the day before the government shutdown began, the Department of Defense issued a press release detailing billions of dollars of contracts the agency was distributing. All the usual suspects were cashing in – Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Phoenix International, Raytheon etc. – so even if some people weren’t coming to work the next day the war machine was ensured to grind on regardless. DoD knew what was coming and was well prepared.
|By: DSWright Thursday May 9, 2013 7:11 am|
Defense Secretary Hagel recently responded to a report that stated that sexual assaults in the military jumped by more than one-third since 2010 by offering changes to how the Department of Defense handles sexual abuse.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Monday March 11, 2013 1:05 pm|
Bipartisanship in Washington is a rare thing these days. However, no beltway battle in recent memory has been quite as partisan as the one over sequestration and its $85 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts. Yet, for all the rancor between Democrats and Republicans over that so-called meat ax or poison pill, there has been one point of unity, one response that everyone in Washington can seemingly get behind: hyperbole.
The Department of Defense has, of course, spent more than a decade fighting ruinous wars and hasn’t convincingly won a conflict over a significant foe (sorry, Grenada; sorry, Panama) since World War II. Yet the mere possibility that it would have to put its civilian employees on 22 days of unpaid leave drove Pentagon chief Leon Panetta to hit the panic button, channel Chicken Little, and declare the sequestration future “the most significant military readiness crisis in more than a decade.”
|By: DSWright Friday February 1, 2013 5:55 am|
Fmr. Senator Chuck Hagel faced a tough confirmation hearing yesterday. Hagel’s Republican colleagues were particularly vicious claiming Hagel was anti-Israel, weak on Iran, and supports unilateral nuclear disarmament. The attacks though continually repeated had little to no evidence supporting them.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Thursday January 31, 2013 7:03 pm|
Barack Obama arrived in Washington in 2009 buoyed by the slogan “change we can believe in.” The bitter Hagel hearings will be a fierce reminder that, when it comes to foreign policy, old is new, and the words “change” and “Washington” don’t belong in the same sentence. It remains something of an irony that, whether it’s John Kerry or Chuck Hagel, what little breathing room exists in the corridors of power can be credited to a now-ancient war whose realities, as Nick Turse reminds us.
|By: TBogg Monday January 7, 2013 2:30 pm|
Of course, McCain is opposing Hagel now because McCain is a bitter old fraud and an asshole.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday November 29, 2012 8:47 am|
Charlie Savage at the New York Times reports that “several people briefed on a Naval Criminal Investigative Service inquiry” into the death of Guantanamo detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, who was found unresponsive in his cell last September, have revealed that the prisoner “died from an overdose of psychiatric medication.” Investigators are thinking suicide, but others have called the circumstances of death “murky.” The article explores other possible scenarios that could have led to a psychiatric drug overdose, including recent revelations about involuntary drugging of prisoners.
|By: MSPB Watch Saturday May 12, 2012 6:00 pm|
Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.
|By: Zach Tomanelli Tuesday January 17, 2012 2:45 pm|
Pfc Bradley Manning will likely face court martial – and if we don’t act now, he could be tried on charges that he ‘aided the enemy.’ That would threaten the foundation of investigative journalism, e.g., by criminalizing the publication of intelligence information. We’re calling the Department of Defense to demand they drop the “aiding the enemy” against Manning.
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday August 21, 2011 6:45 am|
Senator Dianne Feinstein put out a press release indicating that the Department of Defense should consider taking the anti-malarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam, out of the DoD drug formulary as it is too dangerous.
Feinstein also indicated the drug has been administered to military personnel without the safeguards put in place by a 2009 Department of Defense protocol. Moreover, according to the press release, “These service members are now suffering from… preventable neurological side effects….”
And what “preventable neurological side effects” were these?