Reports of violent sexual crimes against U.S. troops have leveled off in the military since 2009, according to a new study released by the Pentagon on Friday.
U.S. Defense Department officials debated how to dispose of more than 1,000 fragments that could have included human remains from the September 11 attack on the Pentagon before they ended up in a Delaware landfill, according to newly released internal documents.
President Obama unveiled the Pentagon's new defense strategy last week, calling it a moment to "turn the page" on the past decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new strategy places a greater emphasis on Asia and reduces ground forces in favor of air and sea forces. It accepts greater risks in some areas -- most notably in abandoning the policy that the United States must be able to fight two major, protracted ground wars at once. The Pentagon argues that a two-war construct does not do justice to the complexity of the current threat environment. It has to be able to adapt to a wide, complex array of global threats rather than prepare for an arbitrary number of simultaneous wars.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta turned up the heat on Congress Monday, warning that looming automatic budget cuts would undermine national security and set off a financial chain reaction from the hallways of the Pentagon, to the battlefields of Afghanistan, to civilian assembly lines.
What's the easiest way to scare the biggest, baddest fighting force on the planet? Budget cuts.
Every few moments another plane seemed to be bearing down on the Pentagon on Friday, but they were only on their final approach to nearby Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, discusses security concerns in Libya.
The Pentagon will put the death toll of Navy SEALs in last weekend's downing of a helicopter in Afghanistan at 17, according to two Defense Department officials.
The Pentagon budget is about to get whacked.
For lawmakers on the hunt for budget savings, the Pentagon's $500 billion budget is a great place to start.
A Marine reservist arrested after a bomb scare near the Pentagon last week has been linked to a series of 2010 shootings at the Pentagon and military facilities in northern Virginia, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.
The Pentagon has a new strategy for handling cyber attacks: treat them as acts of war. But is this the best approach?
1. 2.3 milligrams of B1: The recommendation that won a war
In the final days of the 2011 budget debate, lawmakers gave the Pentagon a small boost, while they slashed funding for almost every other government agency.
If Congress and the White House reach an agreement relatively quickly, troops will not see a hit to their paycheck, a senior defense official said Friday.
The cost of military health care, up 300% in the past decade, is eating a giant hole in the Pentagon's budget, according to a report released Monday by a group of defense experts.
Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, served as assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. Conley is a research assistant at the center.
Lawrence Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He served as assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration.
It's too late to stop WikiLeaks from publishing thousands more classified documents, nabbed from the Pentagon's secret network.
The cost of health care is blowing the top off the Pentagon's budget.
A majority of U.S. service members surveyed do not care if the law banning openly gay and lesbian troops from serving is repealed, according to a source knowledgeable with the results of the Pentagon study. Members of Congress are to get an advance look at the study Tuesday.
The Pentagon report on gays and lesbians in the military has been simmering for weeks but hits the full boil Tuesday.
The Pentagon is increasing security for this weekend's Marine Corps Marathon and connected events after a recent spate of shootings at military-related buildings.
The FBI looks into a third shooting at a military site. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.
More bullets struck the Pentagon in a shooting Tuesday than initially thought, officials said.
The Pentagon has advised recruiting commands that they can accept openly gay and lesbian recruit candidates, given the recent federal court decision that bars the military from expelling openly gay service members, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.
The Pentagon will now process applications for recruits who openly admit they are gay. CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.
A dispute over whether a new book reveals national security secrets about the war in Afghanistan has created a publicity bonanza for the book and opened a new chapter in the long-running Washington saga of what should be kept confidential.
The word compromise is never music to the ears of passionate advocates for a cause. This is especially true for advocates of overturning the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law, a law that was supposed to be a suitable compromise itself in 1993.
Congress could soon take up a bill to end the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" practice and allow openly gay and lesbian people to serve in the military. The Pentagon expects its review of the policy by the end of the year.
The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and many thousands more that have been retired and are awaiting dismantling, according to a senior defense official.
A gun recovered from this month's shooting at the Pentagon was once in the possession of the Memphis Police Department, a law enforcement official told CNN.
A gun recovered from this month's shooting at the Pentagon was once in the possession of the Memphis Police Department, a law enforcement official told CNN.
The cost of the Pentagon's newest fighter jet will be more than double the original price, solidifying the F-35 joint strike fighter as the most expensive Pentagon weapons program ever.
A man coolly and calmly approached the screening area outside the Pentagon Thursday evening and opened fire, grazing two Pentagon police officers before they returned fire, critically wounding him, officials said.
The Pentagon police department tells CNN at least two officers are believed shot.
U.S. military personnel are officially allowed to tweet.
The Defense Department has given the OK for some service members to use social media. CNN's Alison Kosik reports.
The Obama administration has called for a freeze on government programs other than defense and entitlements, but why should the Pentagon be excluded?
Oil is on its way out. That journey will take several decades, but it's begun. Mindful markets and civil society will complete it as inexorably as innovators and capitalists got America off whale-oil lamps in the 1850s.
The Pentagon on Wednesday identified two U.S. soldiers who disappeared in Afghanistan this month, announcing the death of one of the men and saying that the whereabouts of the other remain unknown.
President Obama campaigned on a vow to end wasteful spending, but even in a time of war and record deficits, pork still reigns on Capitol Hill.
Senators are bringing home the bacon, but these pork projects are paid for with essential wartime money. Dana Bash reports.
President Obama spoke at the Pentagon on Friday to those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001, telling them no words would heal their pain yet calling for a renewed resolve against the ones who attacked the country eight years ago.
Al Qaeda has adapted to recent defensive steps. CNN national security adviser Frances Townsend analyzes the situation.
In Hollywood, when a star passes away, the obituary usually centers on film or television work. So-and-so was a star of golden age of Hollywood....or so-and-so had a TV series back in the 1970s that nobody remembers.
There will be no criminal charges filed in the death of a Green Beret who was electrocuted in his quarters in Iraq last year, the Department of Defense said Friday.
As President Obama awaits formal recommendations this month on issues surrounding the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it is crucial that policymakers and the public have an accurate picture of the threat to the United States posed by those detainees already released.
You've seen the iconic picture of a soldier with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, but that could soon be a thing of the past.
The U.S. expects the level of violence in Iraq to rise as it goes ahead with its planned withdrawal of troops from Iraqi cities by June 30, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Richard Strandlof said he survived the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon. He said he survived again when a roadside bomb went off in Iraq killing four fellow Marines. He'd point to his head and tell people he had a metal plate, collateral damage from the explosion.
Preliminary intelligence assessments show more than 14 percent of detainees released from Guantanamo Bay have returned or are suspected of having returned to terrorism activities, an administration official with knowledge of the Defense Department's information said.
Well, good morning, or perhaps good afternoon. It's pretty clear the president served in the Senate and not in the House of Representatives, because, of course, in the House, we have the five-minute rule.
Sailors aboard a U.S. ocean surveillance ship reacted with a mix of bemusement and profanity to what they said was harassment by Chinese ships earlier this month, according to video released Friday by the Pentagon.
The Pentagon is sometimes known as "the building that speaks," because when officials here issue pronouncements, it's often reported that the Pentagon "said" something.
The ability of a U.S. missile shield to intercept an incoming missile has long been in question, but right now the Pentagon is struggling even to launch fake 'enemy' missiles to test the system
Seven years after devastating terrorist attacks brought death to New York's World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, the first permanent, on-site memorial is being dedicated Thursday at the Pentagon.
This week, the Pentagon's September 11th memorial will be dedicated to those lost in the attack. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.
Seven years after the terrorist attacks that brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center, left a large hole in the Pentagon and sent a jetliner plunging into a Pennsylvania field, the nation paused to remember on Thursday.
The grooved, gray concrete wall rising from a few inches to a few feet seems to be solely for blocking the noise from the nearby highway, but like many parts of the new Pentagon memorial, there is more to the wall than meets the eye.
America's first female four-star general has been nominated, the Pentagon announced Monday.
As president of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Jim Laychak has been involved in nearly aspect of the project's planning.
Relatives of victims talk about the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon.
As the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan drag on, the Pentagon initiates changes to make military life more family-friendly
The Pentagon is $295 billion over budget on dozens of key programs and taking more time to deliver the systems to the front lines, according to a report released by a government watchdog agency.
An al Qaeda suspect alleged to have been involved in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania that killed 11 people faces war crimes charges, the Pentagon announced Monday.
Iraq has made "limited but important" political, diplomatic and economic gains in the past three months, but improvements in security remain "fragile," the Pentagon reported Tuesday.
Congress screams, the Pentagon screams but it's all part of a strange Washington phenomenon. China may be dangerous but it's not clear how exactly
The government says it has shot down a dead spy satellite to protect public safety. But there was little real risk
Defense Secretary Gates says his budget asks for a lower percentage of GDP than the military spent during Vietnam. But his calculation rests on a dubious premise
China published the first picture of the moon captured by its satellite, marking the success of its first lunar probe.
What does the "war on terror" mean for America's small businesses? A government report, released Wednesday, said that military operations related to the war could add as much as $1.7 trillion by the year 2017 to the hundreds of billions we already spend on defense.
Five families who lost relatives in the 2001 terrorist attacks have settled their negligence lawsuit against American Airlines, Boeing Co. and a passenger screening company
The Chinese government called allegations that its military hacked the Pentagon's computer network over the summer "groundless", the state-run Xinhua news agency reported late Tuesday.
The Pentagon's counterintelligence office is shutting down a database that contained information gathered within the United States, including intelligence about Iraq war protesters.
The Pentagon has begun a new "rapid response" operation to quickly respond to news media stories critical of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the war in Iraq, as well as other stories the Defense Department leadership doesn't like.
A U.S. warship has successfully knocked down a short-range missile fired from Hawaii, the Pentagon has said, amid global concerns about a possible North Korea missile test.
Video showing a plane crashing into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, was released publicly for the first time Tuesday, a judicial watchdog group said.
Jurors saw more disturbing evidence of the effects of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks as the focus of an al Qaeda plotter's sentencing trial shifted Tuesday from the World Trade Center to the Pentagon.
Two senior military officers are known to have challenged Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the planning of the Iraq war. Army General Eric Shinseki publicly dissented and found himself marginalized. Marine Lieut. General Greg Newbold, the Pentagon's top operations officer, voiced his objections internally and then retired, in part out of opposition to the war. Here, for the first time, Newbold goes public with a full-throated critique:
The Pentagon has once again investigated itself! And -- have a seat, get the smelling salts, hold all hats -- the Pentagon has once again concluded the Pentagon did absolutely nothing wrong and will continue to do so.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that universities that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, even if they oppose the Pentagon's policy barring people who are openly homosexual from serving.
Security is stepped up at a September 11 terror target as well as New York City's massive transit system after four terror bomb attacks were attempted in London Thursday.
Emergency crews responded to a simulated explosion Wednesday near the Pentagon as part of a drill to test their responses.
Looking ahead, I predict that water will be a massive issue as the impact of global warming increases in its severity.
Military officials predict that the latest proposed base closings will make the armed forces more flexible and efficient, while shaving billions of dollars from the Pentagon's budget.
The Pentagon on Friday recommended closing 33 major military installations and many smaller facilities across the United States, sparking fierce reactions from lawmakers who had hoped their states would be spared.
The small, unmanned vehicle barreled on minitank tracks across the tarmac, looking more like a playground toy than a sophisticated and lethal weapon of war.
Under pressure from advocates of open government and a former CNN journalist, the Pentagon has released nearly 300 photos of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts.
A criminal investigation of an L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL) unit that supplied defective parts for military radios has expanded to include at least several other programs involving the unit, government officials familiar with the case said.
Tests conducted at mail facilities outside the Pentagon and at other locations around Washington are negative for the presence of anthrax, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday.
President Bush said Thursday that elections in Iraq should go ahead as scheduled January 30.
Key officials from the Pentagon, the FBI and the CIA met in closed session Thursday with a Senate panel charged with developing legislation to implement recommendations from the independent 9-11 commission.
The interrogation program at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison was so "out of control" that the CIA "pulled their people out," the author of a series of articles about abuse of prisoners at the facility said Sunday.
The author of a 53-page Army report critical of the "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuse" of some Iraqi prisoners is scheduled to testify before a Senate committee Tuesday.
With the Army general who investigated abuse of prisoners in Iraq set to testify before a Senate committee Tuesday, Pentagon sources told CNN there are 200 to 300 more photographs of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.
Senators from both sides of the political aisle complained Tuesday that Defense Department officials did not inform them about investigations into abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
A federal judge cleared the way Wednesday for the Pentagon to resume vaccinating military personnel against anthrax after lifting his injunction against the mandatory inoculation program.
"It sounds like maybe they got too imaginative in this area" --Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz on the Pentagon's scrapped plan to create a market for bets on terrorism scenarios