Defense Department

New Defense Chief Vows To Protect Troops' Safety And DignityAsh Carter was sworn in as President Obama's fourth Secretary of Defense.
Top Candidate For Defense Job Bows OutSource reveals Michele Flournoy has taken herself out of consideration to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Pentagon Pursuing Changes In Surplus Gear ProgramThe Defense Department has been reviewing a congressionally-authorized program that provides surplus weapons, gear and other equipment to thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country.
US Military Deaths In Afghanistan At 2,185As of Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at least 2,185 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
Obama: Child Migrants 'Urgent Humanitarian' Issue The flood of migrant children trying to cross the Mexican border alone has become an "urgent humanitarian situation" that is likely to cost the government more than $1 billion more than the Obama administration thought.
Report: Pentagon Must Focus On Insider Threats After Navy Yard ShootingAn independent review triggered by the Washington Navy Yard killings last year says threats to Defense Department personnel and facilities increasingly are coming from within.
Commission Report: Obama Could Lift Transgender Troop Ban Without Approval From CongressAn independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday.
Will Sgt. Bergdahl Be Left Behind In Afghanistan? The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him.
Report: 'Culture of Disrespect' Fuels Academy Sex Assaults A culture of bad behavior and disrespect among athletes at U.S. military academies is one part of the continuing problem of sexual assaults at the schools, according to a new Defense Department report that comes in the wake of scandals that rocked teams at all three academies last year.
AP: US Military Officials Insisted Secret Pentagon Study Proved Need To Buy Russian Copters For AfghanistanU.S. military officials insisted a top-secret Pentagon study proved the need to buy Russian helicopters for Afghanistan's security forces. But the study actually recommended an American-made rotorcraft, according to unclassified excerpts obtained by The Associated Press.
Pentagon: Reports Of Sexual Assaults Up 46 PercentReports of sexual assaults in the military increased by an unprecedented 46 percent during the last fiscal year, the Pentagon said Thursday.
Report: Pentagon, CIA Ordered Its Doctors To Help With Tortures Of DetaineesA new report claims that medical personnel with the Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency were ordered to help with the torture of detainees in U.S. custody since 9/11.
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