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Topic - Joint Chiefs Of Staff
Sequestration or no sequestration, austerity will be a fact of life inside the Pentagon for the foreseeable future. The most important question is whether financial managers will come at our warfighters with a meat ax or with sensible procurement changes that will give taxpayers the maximum "bang" for available bucks.
The U.S. armed services, widely recognized as the world's most ready and mobile military, is painting a picture of itself as a stagnant force trapped at home under automatic spending cuts just three weeks away.
With Republicans lacking the votes to reinstitute the ban on women in combat as federal law, conservatives are focusing on how to make sure the Pentagon does not lower the standards — and with them, combat readiness — to ensure that female service members graduate.
After the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the erosion of our military's moral principles, regretfully, continues.
An initial review by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff found that current ethics training is "appropriate," but it needs to start earlier in a flag officer's career and be reinforced more frequently.
Top defense officials are grappling to find a unified position on whether to allow women in direct ground combat, as the Pentagon prepares a landmark report to Congress on the military's coed future.
At least eight people from the October 2011 Movement were arrested by Capitol Police on Thursday morning outside the Rayburn House Office Building.
The top U.S. military officer said Tuesday that American troops must be given immunity from prosecution as part of any agreement to keep them in Iraq beyond the end of the year and that this protection must be approved by Iraq's parliament.
After killing nearly 100 people in two days, Syrian troops tightened their siege on the city of Hama Tuesday by taking up positions near homes and sending residents fleeing for their lives.
The Pentagon on Wednesday rejected China's demand that all U.S. surveillance flights near China be halted after two Chinese fighter jets recently intercepted an American U-2 spy plane over the Taiwan Strait.
Soldiers offended by the sight of two male Marines kissing in public better not mention that fact to their superiors. Under President Obama, the new "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" rules turn the Clinton-era policy on its head. Now those who embrace traditional moral values are the ones being told to stay in the closet.
Just when Democrats thought the thorny issue of repealing a ban on allowing gays to serve openly in the military had been resolved, a Republican lawmaker reopened the debate by calling for more military voices to have a say if, when and how the ban is lifted.
In the late 1980s, as U.S. gross domestic product growth slowed, budget deficits remained stubbornly high and other economies outperformed that of the United States, arguments that "the Cold War is over - and Japan and Germany won" were heard frequently.
Pro-military advocates are warning against the dangers of letting federal district court judges start making significant Pentagon policy, saying it would essentially turn the military over to a network of political appointees who could be swayed by various pressure groups.