Joint Chiefs of Staff

America’s MIA debable: A shameful disgrace

America’s MIA debable:  A shameful disgrace

The Pentagon‘s effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from “dysfunction to total failure,” according to an internal study suppressed by military officials. Largely beyond the public spotlight, the decades-old pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence […]

Retired general suspected of leaking classified data

Retired general suspected of leaking classified data

A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to media reports. Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright has been told he is a target of the probe, NBC News and The Washington Post reported Thursday. A […]

North Korea threatens South with nuclear war

North Korea threatens South with nuclear war

North Korea warned Monday that U.S.-South Korean cooperation could bring a nuclear war to the region, as the South began artillery drills amid lingering tension nearly three weeks after the North’s deadly shelling of a South Korean island. The South’s naval live-fire drills are scheduled to run Monday through Friday at 27 sites. The regularly […]

Top military leaders still opposed to open gay service

Top military leaders still opposed to open gay service

The top uniformed officers of the Army and the Marines say letting gays serve openly in the military at a time of war would be divisive and difficult, sharply challenging a new Pentagon study that calculates the risk as low. Their assessment, expected Friday at a Senate hearing, was likely to become political ammunition for […]

While politicians debate, judge acts on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

While politicians debate, judge acts on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

A federal judge’s ruling that the military must stop its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy comes amid conflicting concerns of gays who think the government is moving too slowly to let them serve openly and Pentagon officials who believe that moving too quickly might disrupt a military engaged in war. Gay rights groups have said […]

McChrystal absent from Afghan briefing

McChrystal absent from Afghan briefing

An Afghanistan strategy session is under way at the White House as scheduled without word from President Barack Obama about the fate of war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is under fire for blistering remarks in a magazine. McChrystal came to the White House for a 30-minute face-to-face with Obama over his remarks and then […]

Congress moves forward on removing gay military ban

Congress moves forward on removing gay military ban

Congress has taken two big steps toward ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. In quick succession Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House approved measures to repeal the 1993 law that allows gay people to serve in the armed services only if […]

Time for answers on lifting military gay ban

Lawmakers this week will press the military’s top uniformed officers for the first time on whether they think repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” makes sense or would be too disruptive. The testimony from each of the service chiefs on Capitol Hill will be crucial to the debate in Congress on whether to repeal the 17-year-old […]