November 26, 2008 |
The U.S. government must take steps to modernize how it keeps track of its nuclear weapons to help prevent mistakes, Air Force Chief of Staff Norton A. Schwartz said Tuesday on a visit to part of his service's nuclear force. Schwartz visited Barksdale Air Force Base, one of the installations housing the nation's nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, in a trip designed to emphasize the importance of reforms in how weapons are handled.
October 10, 2007 |
Absorbing the lessons of a troubled war, U.S. military officials have begun an intense debate over proposals for a sweeping reorganization of the Army to address shortcomings that have plagued the force in Iraq and to abandon some war-fighting principles that have prevailed since the Cold War. On one side of the widening debate are officers who want many Army units to become specialized, so that entire units or even divisions are dedicated to training foreign militaries.
January 23, 2007 |
Israeli leaders on Monday nominated a new army chief to replace Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, who quit last week after lingering criticism over last summer's war in Lebanon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz put aside recent bickering long enough to recommend Gaby Ashkenazi, a respected major general in the reserves who left the Israel Defense Forces after losing out to Halutz for the top post two years ago.
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April 22, 2006 |
The remains of Marines killed in Iraq or Afghanistan will be met by at least two Marines to "render appropriate honors" when the caskets arrive as cargo aboard civilian airlines, under a policy issued this week. Camp Pendleton has had more personnel killed in Iraq -- nearly 290 -- than any U.S. military base. The old policy required only one Marine. But amid a congressional probe into how all services are treating the remains of those killed overseas, the Marine Corps has changed its policy.
April 19, 2006 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld suggested Tuesday that recent criticism from retired senior officers stemmed from long-standing disagreements over modernizing the U.S. military, saying a series of organizational shake-ups had provoked antagonism within the armed forces.
April 10, 2006 |
For a service usually stationed so far from the front lines that it has earned the sobriquet "Chair Force," some of the scenes now unfolding at the Air Force's primary training base almost seem blasphemous. New recruits are being trained to use rifles. They are being taught hand-to-hand combat skills. They are being prepped as battlefield medics.