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  • House panel threatens to cut defense secretary budget over Bergdahl stonewalling

    04/24/2015 2:24:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    The head of a powerful House panel is threatening to withhold defense funding over the department's alleged stonewalling in a probe of the controversial swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had initially pledged to respond to questions, when lawmakers first demanded to know why the Pentagon had not given Congress the requisite 30-day notice before proceeding with the May 31 prisoner trade. But nearly a year later, the Pentagon has released only a trickle of highly redacted emails from before the swap. Republican lawmakers now plan to attempt the unusual step of...
  • Ash Carter warns Russia on nukes

    02/24/2015 10:58:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 38 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 2/23/15 | Philip Ewing
    Ash Carter has quietly thrown down the gauntlet in a lingering dispute with Russia: If President Vladimir Putin continues to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the U.S. could respond in kind. “The range of options we should look at from the Defense Department could include active defenses to counter intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missiles; counter-force capabilities to prevent intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missile attacks; and countervailing strike capabilities to enhance U.S. or allied forces,” Carter told senators in little-noticed written answers to follow-up questions from his confirmation hearing. The defense secretary’s bottom line: “U.S. responses must make clear to Russia that...
  • Pentagon Spokesman Resigns After New SecDef’s First Day on Job

    02/18/2015 3:50:46 PM PST · by Perdogg · 64 replies
    Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, the press secretary of the Pentagon and they guy you always see explaining American military action on television, announced his sudden resignation today, one day after the new Secretary of Defense was sworn into office.
  • Ethics Update [Source: WHITEHOUSE.GOV]

    09/05/2009 2:20:09 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 643+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2009 AT 2:56 PM | Posted by Norm Eisen
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2009 AT 2:56 PM Ethics Update Posted by Norm Eisen We have previously reported six limited waivers that have been granted by the White House pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics for Executive Branch personnel – the strongest ethics standards in U.S. government history. Three of these waivers involved lobbying-related issues and three did not. We blogged about them here, here, and here. Several months ago, the public interest community suggested that we also make available in a central place limited waivers...