America Is Open for Business in Iraq

By: Wednesday January 21, 2015 9:00 am

The current American war in Iraq is a struggle in search of a goal. It began in August as a humanitarian intervention, morphed into a campaign to protect Americans in-country, became a plan to defend the Kurds, followed by a full-on crusade to defeat the new Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS, aka ISIL), and then… [...]

 

Pentagon Overpaid Supplier With Exclusive Contract by as Much As 85%

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 1:46 pm

In honor of tomorrow being Halloween here is another horror story from the black hole of Pentagon financing. According to a report by Department of Defense’s Inspector General, the Defense Logistics Agency exceeded their prices targets by as much as 85% when servicing a contract from a vendor who had exclusive rights to provide replacement aircraft parts.

The contract for replacement aircraft parts was with Ontic Engineering a unit of BBA Aviation Plc.

Video Shows ISIS Getting Weapons Meant For Kurds, Pentagon To Investigate

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 9:09 am

The Department of Defense has launched an investigation into its airdrop program for Syria after a video surfaced on youtube showing ISIS fighters going through an airdrop package meant for Kurdish forces. The airdrop occurred around the contested city of Kobani and included weapons intended to help Kurdish fighters defend the city from ISIS. Instead, the weapons were captured by ISIS and will likely be used against Kurdish forces.

Silicon Valley Meritocracy Myth Takes Another Blow as Qualified Minorities Not Hired

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 12:55 pm

Silicon Valley’s image to the outside world is that most American of conceits – a meritocracy where people are rewarded for what they know not who they know. The meritocracy myth has taken a series of hits lately as major firms have disclosed that the companies are overwhelmingly owned and operated by white men with privileged backgrounds.

Even More Military Equipment Being Sent To Local Police Forces

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 12:10 pm

Despite crime being on a steady decline for the past decade and the threat of international terrorism being wildly overstated, local police departments are stockpiling military grade weaponry. The militarization of police forces has become such a prominent phenomenon that the ACLU now dedicates a portion of its resources to studying the trend. Community policing – particularly in poor areas where people of color live – has been replaced with military style raids by heavily armed SWAT Teams.

Pentagon Finances Still ‘Unauditable’

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 1:30 pm

Though we live in the age of austerity, at least concerning the 99%, the Department of Defense gets around $600 billion a year. More funds than any other military in the world. More funds than the next ten highest spending countries combined.

So what happens to all that money once it enters the Pentagon?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Suarez, Kill Decision (Novel)

By: Saturday April 5, 2014 1:59 pm

Daniel Suarez’s book Kill Decision takes on the topic of drones, especially autonomous drones that can make their own decision to kill, with no human in the loop.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robert M. Farley, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 1:59 pm

It’s been a rough couple of years for the U.S. Air Force. The flying branch has squandered billions of dollars on gold-plated aircraft and other weapons it doesn’t need. It has mishandled nuclear weapons. Airmen in the nuclear force have been caught cheating on exams. And then there are the numerous sex scandals.

At the same time, the Air Force has struggled to remain relevant during the course of two land-centric wars.

FOIA: DoD Documents on Health Effects of Exposure to Depleted Uranium Weapons

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 9:18 am

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Firedoglake on the health effects of exposure to controversial weapons that use depleted uranium, the Department of Defense sent a series of studies and agency memorandum concerning the health effects of US personnel after they were exposed to depleted uranium.

Pentagon Plans Shift From Occupation Armies to Assassinations and Cyberwarfare

By: Monday February 24, 2014 10:20 am

After a decade of pratfalls in the Middle East with occupation armies that became easy targets for opposing militants, the Department of Defense is making some changes. In a new budget plan spearheaded by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Pentagon will be reducing the army to levels not seen since before World War II.

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