February 9, 2012 |
At a conference about the development of drones for use in combat, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) was interrupted Wednesday by an anti-drone protester as he was giving a speech. Standing onstage in front of a crowd of more than 500 people, McKeon was talking at the Assn. for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's annual program review conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, was discussing how efforts to curtail the military budget would hurt national security and the U.S. military when the protester interrupted him. "These drones are playing god," she said, carrying a banner that read "Stop Killer Drones.
September 16, 2004 |
David A. Passaro was a mercenary working for the United States. A former Special Forces soldier, he was on the job for the American government in Afghanistan on June 19, 2003, when he was told to get information from a detainee named Abdul Wali. When Wali insisted that he knew nothing, Passaro allegedly beat him to death with a heavy metal flashlight.
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May 25, 1989 |
In the past, discussions about military waste have centered on excess spending at the Pentagon, such as the now infamous $435 hammer or the $659 ashtray. From such extreme examples came suggestions on how to contain military hardware costs in the Pentagon. If the new policies and procedures are measured in pounds of paper, the reforms have been spectacularly successful. But they are a dismal failure if measured by improvements in the cost, delivery time and performance of our weapons systems.
October 3, 2007 |
Like a volcano finally erupting after repeated rumblings, the actions of a Blackwater USA team in Baghdad last month have brought to the surface a scalding gusher of animosity toward the private military industry. Everyone, it seems, has a reason to hate the men in black. American soldiers dislike them because they get paid a lot more for similar work. Iraqis dislike them because they have become a symbol of infringements on their sovereignty.
June 11, 1989
T he recent announcements of major layoffs in Southern California by Hughes Aircraft and Northrop Corp. illustrate how hard the region can be hit by a slowdown in military spending. To protect communities against boom-and-bust economic cycles, peace activists, union leaders and others are urging military contractors to convert at least some of their production capacity to civilian use. But would that sort of changeover really be in the nation's best interest? And are the contractors capable of switching to non-military businesses?
August 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration faces mounting pressure to sanction the Egyptian military for its violent crackdown on opponents, even though officials refrained from any punitive action Wednesday. As the Egyptian government declared emergency law and its security forces killed dozens of Islamist protesters, U.S. officials condemned the actions and said they were weighing whether to call off a large-scale joint military exercise or cut $1.5 billion in aid. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in a brief appearance Wednesday afternoon at the State Department, said the violence was “deplorable” and stressed the administration's opposition to the imposition of emergency law. But the administration also made clear it was deeply reluctant to move too forcefully against the military government that took power last month, fearing that such an action could jeopardize U.S. security interests in the region and diminish what limited leverage Washington has. U.S. officials have been trying to avoid taking sides with either the military or the elected Islamist government that was ousted last month, as the Obama administration has sought to avoid perceptions that it is interfering in Egyptian politics for its own ends.
August 23, 2012 |
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Rep. Paul Ryan went deep into military country Thursday to make the case that President Obama is threatening national security by presiding over huge planned cuts in defense spending -- cuts that Ryan himself helped create as a member of Congress. Speaking to an audience near Ft. Bragg dominated by military contractors, retired military officers and their families, Ryan insisted that he voted for the budget bill that resulted in the so-called sequester in 2011 despite strong objections over its planned cuts to the military.
May 4, 2004 |
Three civilian employees who allegedly participated in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners have yet to face any disciplinary action, their employers said Monday, raising within the Pentagon the issue of accountability for thousands of private contractors in Iraq. A senior U.S.
May 1, 1989 |
Midway through the Civil War, somebody in Washington figured something was rotten on the battlefields of Virginia. The cavalry was being sold the same horses two and three times over. The Army tried to fire its gunpowder and found it had been blended with sawdust. Instead of "serviceable muskets and pistols," recounted one journalist of the day, the government got "the experimental failures of sanguine inventors." An outraged Congress, declaring that "it takes a rogue to catch a rogue," enlisted private citizens in the war on military contracting fraud, adopting a statute that would entice them to come forward by allowing them to file civil fraud lawsuits on behalf of the government and share in any fines or settlements collected.
February 7, 2007 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission sued two former executives at DRS Technologies Inc.'s Engineered Support Systems unit in St. Louis on Tuesday, accusing them of backdating stock options to improperly pay employees $20 million. Gary C. Gerhardt, who was chief financial officer of Engineered Support Systems, and Steven J.