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Cashing in after the coup

Rarely is there a single discrete event that provides the ultimate test case for understanding the interests at play in U.S. foreign policy …

New Drone Strike Undercuts Obama's Promises on Robot War

It took all of six days for President Obama to undermine his own new rules about restricting drone strikes.<p>On Wednesday morning, Pakistani security …

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Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

Author: David Kravets. David Kravets Security<p>Date of Publication: 07.26.13.<p>Time of Publication: 4:14 pm. 4:14 pm<p>The numbers tell the story — in votes …

Hacking the Drone War's Secret History

In 2008 U.S. troops in Iraq discovered that Shi'ite insurgents had figured out how to tap and record video feeds from overhead American drones. Now …

U.S. halts delivery of F-16s to Egypt

President Obama on Wednesday suspended delivery of four fighter jets to Egypt this week, the administration’s most visible response to the turmoil that followed a military coup early this month.<p>The hold on four F-16s manufactured by Lockheed Martin marks the first interruption in Washington’s …

This Brand New, Unused US Military Headquarters In Afghanistan Embodies The Waste Of The War

And the military commanders didn't even want it, reports Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post.<p>From the Post:<p>The windowless, two-story structure, which is larger than a football field, was completed this year at a cost of $34 million. But the military has no plans to ever use it. Commanders …

A Coup Or Not In Egypt? $1.5 Billion In U.S. Aid At Stake

When the Egyptian military ousted the democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, it was widely described as a coup. But not universally so.<p>The U.S., which has been a huge aid donor to Egypt for more than three decades, has so far declined to decide one way or the other.<p>Why? Because if the …

White House Effectively Denies Coup In Egypt With Plan To Give Them 20 F-16 Fighter Jets

Immediately, the question arose of whether or not the Obama administration would cut off military aid to Egypt, as is stipulated in current law, as a result of the coup.<p>The administration immediately slow-played the media and the globe, saying that Egypt was a "complex" situation and that it was …

The Wrong-Headed Reasons Why People Believe The Worst About The Defense Industry

Over the July 4th holiday my sixteen-year-old son and I went to see director Roland Emmerich’s latest action-adventure movie, <i>White House Down.</i> We like every movie he makes, thanks to amazing special effects, apocalyptic themes and appealing characters. But his latest film is a departure from the …

Coups D'Etat Have Totally Gone Out Of Style

Today's news that Egypt's first democratically elected president, Muhammad Morsi has been ousted by the military was pretty shocking, especially considering how comparatively rare coups are in this day and age.<p>University of Kentucky political scientists Jonathan Powell and Clayton Thyne compiled a …

Why military spending remains untouchable

Despite extraordinary expenditures, it’s clear that Americans just aren’t getting much for their money<p><i>This piece originally appeared at TomDispatch.</i><p>In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality. …

No Program Left Behind

America Is Setting A Dangerous Precedent For The Drone Age

Micah Zenko of the Council of Foreign Relations makes this argument in a new report:<p>A major risk is that of proliferation. Over the next decade, the U.S. near-monopoly on drone strikes will erode as more countries develop and hone this capability. In this uncharted territory, U.S. policy provides a …

It Is Now Common Knowledge That US Drones Bomb Civilian Rescuers

A U.S. drone strike killed at least 17 people in Pakistan's tribal region on Wednesday, Reuters reports.<p>Taliban commanders and security officials told Reuters that the strike mostly killed fighters for the Haqqani network.<p>But Reuters also reports this (emphasis ours):<p>Many were wounded in the …

Taking The Politics Out Of Defense Spending Isn't A Realistic Goal

I recently was invited to sign a joint think-tank letter calling on Congress to implement various defense reforms. Among the measures recommended …

Leadership: Pakistani Defense Spending And The Lost Cause

June 20, 2013: This year Pakistan is increasing its defense budget by 15 percent (to $6.4 billion). There have been similar increases during the last …

How a Pentagon Boondoggle is Putting Soldiers in Danger

In July 2011, an army combat team known as the Arctic Wolves moved into the Kandahar district of Panjwai, where the Taliban was born and where Osama …

7 Huge Boondoggles That The Military Should Cut Right Now

Starting with some of the more bombastic weapons programs: it cost the Pentagon $400 billion just to research and develop the F-35, <b>a plane that currently can't even fly.</b><p>Surely, with a nip here and a tuck there, the Pentagon can find its way without starving to death.

Paris Air Show Preview: Boosting Foreign Sales, Arms Exports Hot Topics

PARIS: Our first video from the 2013 Paris Air Show. To loyal readers, we hope you celebrated our second anniversary yesterday. Our web site went …

A Billion Bucks in Bullets

The U.S. government has given the embattled Afghan National Army (ANA) more than $1 billion in taxpayer-funded ammunition, according to the Special …