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.

Snowden, Merkel, Obama, and King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

By: Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm

President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.

Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.

Snowden’s Case for Asylum Strengthens as US Officials Tell Press They Want to Murder Him

By: Friday January 17, 2014 6:37 am

Multiple officials within the United States government have told a reporter of their interest in murdering Edward Snowden. A killing that would take place outside of any legal proceeding or formal process. The US government officials not only expressed a desire to do it for their national security concerns but also a sense of personal satisfaction they would receive from completing the task.

Congress Jamming $607 Billion Defense Bill Through Before Christmas

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 7:03 am

It’s that time of year again, when important bills are quickly rushed through Congress and people are told there is no time to think about it. So it was yesterday that the final version of the Defense Bill was unveiled with backers telling everyone there is no time to debate.

CIA and NSA’s ‘Black Budget’ Massive, Bloated, and Largely Ineffective at Stopping Terrorism

By: Friday August 30, 2013 9:26 am

According to the Washington Post, documents released by Edward Snowden provide insight into the so-called “black budget” of the CIA, NSA, and other off-the-books funded entities. Since 9/11 hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on building a massive intelligence machine that still cannot provide the president with adequate intelligence. It seems the “black budget” has a lot more to do with enriching contractors and building bureaucratic empires than fighting terrorism.

Obama Gives Support To Osprey: The Military Boondoggle That Just Won’t Die

By: Friday August 16, 2013 2:25 pm

Few military projects are more notorious than the V-22 Osprey. The name has become synonymous with flawed government contracting and planning. Originally conceived in 1980 in the wake of the botched Iranian Hostage Crisis rescue mission, the Osprey was supposed to represent a new type of aircraft that could land and takeoff vertically but also carry plane sized equipment and personnel. So ends the theory.

What followed was an amazing waste of money.

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