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    'Classification inflation' at Pentagon under investigation: GAO

    Congressional auditors said Wednesday they are launching a first-of-its-kind review of the system for safeguarding national security secrets, with a view to measuring the scale of a widely understood but unquantified problem — "classification inflation."

  • U.S. soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade take positions near their armored vehicles during a patrol on the outskirts of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, in August 2009. Months later, they got the anti-IED gear they requested.  (Associated Press)

    Unit's fight for better anti-IED software won after heavy casualties

    Months before the Army's ill-fated 5th Stryker Brigade was to leave Washington state in the summer of 2009 for the war in Afghanistan, its commander became convinced that he needed a particular type of equipment to counter cunning bomb-makers.

  • ** FILE ** Ringo, a bomb-sniffing dog, listens to trainer Adam Ward, a contractor working for American K-9 Interdiction, as dog handler Marine Cpl. William Childs observes in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2009. The Pentagon also has spent more than $200 million a year developing devices to detect roadside bombs. (Associated Press)

    U.S. troops winning war against IEDs of Taliban

    The U.S. military is on a path toward significantly fewer battlefield deaths in Afghanistan this year because it has become better at detecting the No. 1 killer of U.S. troops: the improvised explosive device (IED).

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