The U.S. Department of Defense is giving the go-ahead to all active-duty military personnel to wear their uniform to march in a gay pride parade in San Diego on Saturday, the first time such approval has been given in the United States.
Defense Department officials are under a Justice Department order to preserve all e-mails and documents that may be related to the ongoing investigation into leaks to the news media of national security information, a senior Pentagon official confirmed Monday.
The Department of Defense announced Thursday that it will be commemorating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride later this month. The event will be the first of its kind for the Pentagon.
The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a nearly $643 billion military spending bill -- a measure at odds with prior defense spending agreements and President Barack Obama's Pentagon plans.
The United States is at a strategic inflection point. The choices we make now will have an enormous effect on our national security for decades. The war in Iraq has ended, and we have begun a transition in Afghanistan that will lead to a smaller American commitment in 2014 and beyond. On the horizon, we can see the end of a decade of war.
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.
The U.S. Defense Department cannot account for about $2 billion it was given to cover Iraq-related expenses and is not providing Iraq with a complete list of U.S.-funded reconstruction projects, according to two new government audits.
The Air Force Academy is charging three cadets with sexual assault just a week after a Department of Defense report found a sharp increase in the report of such attacks at the nation's military academies.
Sexual assaults at the nation's military academies increased sharply in the last academic year, according to a new report from the Department of Defense.
When children of American servicemembers who are living with their parents overseas go back to school after the holidays, the Grinch will be waiting for them in the cafeteria.
The military took a big step forward in the pursuit of speedy strike capability with the successful test of a hypersonic speed weapon, one designed to travel five times the speed of sound for long distances.
The Pentagon's own watchdog is warning that defense contracts are potential problems, just as the national political debate swirls around the possibility of shrinking the military and its high-priced weapons.
In 2010 alone, there were roughly 1,100 attacks on U.S. fuel convoys. This has cost the men and women of our armed forces dearly.
Five years after a law to protect U.S. military personnel from salespeople selling life insurance, a new Pentagon report finds problems continue.
For one day, at least, you can call off the cyberwar.
CIA Director Leon Panetta, the president's pick to be the next secretary of defense, has been meeting with senior Department of Defense leaders to prepare for this week's confirmation hearing, the Pentagon said Monday.
The Navy confirmed Wednesday that it did an abrupt about-face on guidance allowing same-sex marriages on military bases after receiving a flood of criticism from Capitol Hill, as well as discussions with Defense Department lawyers.
The Defense Department announced Monday it was terminating the contract to build an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet.
Lawmakers lifted the curtain Tuesday on a 2011 spending plan that will slash nearly $40 billion -- cutting back on a wide range of programs and services including high-speed rail, emergency first responders and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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The Department of Defense says that if the government shuts down for an extended period, troops including those fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq will not be paid on time, according to a senior defense official.
With Congress battling over this fiscal year's budget, the Defense Department on Thursday issued a stop-work order on the controversial Joint Strike Fighter second engine.
The risk of counterfeit electronics being used in military equipment has prompted a congressional investigation, the top senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday.
When some of the nation's largest banks were bailed out by the government in 2008 at the beginning of the global financial crisis, "too big to fail" was a phrase commonly heard as Washington argued why it had to help.
A Guantanamo Bay detainee held since 2002 was sentenced Friday to at least 34 months in confinement after pleading guilty earlier this week to terror charges at a military commission hearing, the Defense Department said.
As the Obama administration rolled out its 2012 budget proposals, Defense and State department officials were continuing to fight for more funding for the current year as well.
Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben-Ali have been forced out of Eygpt and Tunisia, but their arms stockpiles, furnished in large by American defense contractors, are still there. The U.S. government has sold billions of dollars worth of planes, tanks, and missiles to Middle Eastern countries in recent years. As power shifts in the region, so too will control of those weapons.
One of the most sustained applauses during President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday night was in response to the need to cut back government spending.
The Department of Defense has put a lot of money and effort into finding alternative fuels to replace petroleum-based fuels it uses now, but a new study concludes the military will not benefit from alternative energy research.
New documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show "unjustified homicide" of detainees and concerns about the condition of confinement in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, according to the ACLU.
Sexual assaults at the U.S. military's three service academies increased drastically in the 2009-2010 academic year after four years of declines, a new report shows.
Letting openly gay or lesbian troops serve in the military would have little lasting impact on the U.S. armed forces, a major Pentagon review has found, several sources familiar with the results told CNN Tuesday.
The cost of health care is blowing the top off the Pentagon's budget.
The controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gay men and lesbians from openly serving in the military remains the law of the land, except perhaps at the Department of Defense.
Top Pentagon officials release the report on the year-long study of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
An odd Washington moment Tuesday at a Pentagon background briefing for journalists: A person who, according to rules of the briefing, could only be identified as a "senior Defense Department official" refused to comment on reports that Afghan and NATO officials had been duped by a Taliban impostor.
Aviation authorities are gearing up for a busy holiday travel season by clearing skies normally reserved for military aircraft in an effort to make room for more unfettered commercial travel.
The Justice Department requested an emergency stay Thursday of a federal judge's injunction stopping enforcement of the military's policy that bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly.
Two days after a federal judge in California issued an injunction, telling the U.S. military to "immediately... suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'," the Department of Defense still hasn't told commanders in the field who handle the DADT investigations what to do.
More than 50 members of Congress sent a letter Wednesday to the president's commission on deficit reduction, urging cuts to the nation's defense budget to help narrow the budget imbalance.
The Obama administration is expected to appeal as soon as Wednesday a federal judge's ruling that halted the Defense Department from enforcing its policy that bars openly gay people from military service, according to senior administration officials familiar with the government's plans.
An Oregon congressman is calling on the Defense Department to notify Congress when it accepts a substantial liability on behalf of a contractor.
The powerful House Armed Services chairman warned Wednesday that he won't let a Defense Department cost-cutting initiative result in a budget cut for the nation's military.
Some U.S. senators expressed frustration Tuesday with what they called a lack of information from the Defense Department on plans to hold down military spending by closing the Joint Forces Command in Virginia and other steps.
The Senate Armed Services Committee grills Pentagon officials on recent cost-cutting initiatives.
CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the destruction of thousands of books by the Defense Department.
The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday.
The Defense Department will reopen its investigation into employees who are alleged to have downloaded child pornography, a spokesman said Wednesday.
When it comes to the cost of developing a controversial second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Department of Defense's math could be way off, a new government report concludes.
A task force assigned to study why troops kill themselves spelled out what many people have suspected for a long time: that multiple deployments to multiple wars are partly to blame for the sharp increase in military suicides.
With a deadline just two days away, about one-quarter of all service members who were sent "don't ask, don't tell" surveys have returned them to the Department of Defense, a spokeswoman said Friday.
Thirty-nine years after they disappeared in Vietnam, two U.S. servicemen have been identified, and their remains will be returned to the United States, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced some far-reaching proposals Monday for restructuring the massive budget at his agency, including getting rid of the U.S. Joint Forces Command.
The Department of Defense inspector general is investigating whether medical tests on wounded U.S. military personnel may have violated government rules on human experiments.
A federal audit of $9.1 billion targeted for reconstruction in Iraq cannot account for more than 95 percent of it, a federal report said Tuesday.
A federal audit indicates that 95% of the money targeted for Iraqi reconstruction cannot be accounted for.
Several dozen current, former and contracted employees of the U.S. Defense Department may have put national security at risk by accessing and purchasing child pornography, government documents showed Friday.
CNN's Ed Hornick talks to Fitness expert Tony Horton on his efforts to curb obesity in the military and among recruits.
Portions of a taxpayer-funded $2.1 billion Pentagon contract to truck supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan are being indirectly paid to Afghan insurgents and corrupt public officials as protection money, a congressional investigation revealed.
The vague, familiar feeling began even before we arrived at the area of Monday's deadly mine explosion.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce changes Thursday easing the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military, a senior Defense Department official has confirmed to CNN.
The Pentagon is training people to hack into its own computer networks.
A former U.S. military contractor has pleaded guilty to federal charges in a kickback scheme involving Army contracting officials, the Department of Justice said.
All U.S. military health facilities around the world will now carry the emergency contraception pill known as Plan B One-Step, according to a new Department of Defense policy.
The Defense Department has agreed to expedite the claims of possibly thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder but have been denied benefits, a veterans group announced Monday.
The U.S. military has inadequate and outdated defenses against internal threats, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday after reviewing a Pentagon report examining the Fort Hood shooting last year.
The Pentagon stressed Tuesday that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, won't be receiving H1N1 flu vaccinations until well after all Department of Defense active duty and civilian employees have received their vaccinations.
The nation's armed services wrapped up a record year for recruiting as a withering job market and bigger bonuses trumped two unpopular wars.
The assault began at dawn, as bullets and rockets peppered the remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan.
U.S. soldiers describe the firefight on their outpost in Afghanistan. Interview was posted on military's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The Department of Defense may have paid more than $15 million into invalid civilian employee accounts over a six-year period, an investigation has concluded.
Four security contractors under investigation by the U.S. military for a shooting in Afghanistan are being held against their will by their former employer, their lawyer told CNN on Saturday.
U.S. military investigates contractors suspected of drinking and shooting Afghan civilians. Chris Lawrence reports.
The Defense Department will release "a substantial number" of photographs showing abuse of prisoners at prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will study the effects of toxic emissions from burning trash at military installations in Iraq and Afghanistan on veterans, even after the Department of Defense has concluded no long-term effects exist.
A new tool that allows doctors to use laser surgery in complex operations has been hailed as a breakthrough in minimally invasive laser technology.
CNN's Michael Ware speaks to survivors and victims of the Nisoor Square Blackwater shooting.
At least 4,151 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq War since 2003 as well as 512 in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan
Job hunt in a sluggish economy? Or re-enlist during wartime? Marine Sgt. Jimmy Spence faced that dilemma a year ago, and in the end, the military won.
A military contractor is accused of selling defective grenades to the FBI. CNN's Abbie Boudreau reports.
A Georgia military contractor tricked law enforcement agencies into buying faulty stun grenades, ultimately leaving three FBI agents injured, federal prosecutors announced Monday.
Following last year's exposés of neglect at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, one might get the impression that soldiers injured in action are simply dumped by the armed forces with little care or compensation.
The Small Business Administration and preferential contracting - procurement policies designed to assist small companies and other vendors designated as disadvantaged in open competition - have been inexorably linked for more than 50 years.
The U.S. Navy succeeded in its effort to shoot down an inoperable spy satellite before it could crash to Earth and potentially release a cloud of toxic gas, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.
U.S. trainers have been unable to develop an indigenous Iraqi force fully capable of taking over security for the country, according to a congressional report released Wednesday.
A report from the Congressional Budget Office says President Bush's plan for a troop increase in Iraq could cost up to $27 billion for a 12-month deployment.
A military salary starts with "basic pay," or what a service member earns before all incentives, allowances, bonuses and benefits (see table below).
More details about the abuse of soldiers from misleading and overpriced insurance ploys will be reported by a government auditor next week, according to people who have seen the report.
Stocks slumped Tuesday, dragged down by weakness in chips, worries about inflation, and a security scare after anthrax was detected in samples collected from a Defense Department mail center.
The abuse of naked Iraqi prisoners received the bulk of publicity, but those incidents were just some of many clandestine occurrences in which detainees endured shock, burns and mock executions, newly released Pentagon records reveal.
Tim Langevin is in charge of an American tank platoon, and today his mission is simple: Escort a convoy of military supply trucks across the Tunisian desert. But things suddenly turn complicated wh...
Law enforcement agencies will have greater access to cutting-edge military technology as the Defense Department, other agencies, and various government contractors turn over some of their previousl...
May's Editor's Notes said we should kill the 20% withholding tax on lump-sum retirement payouts and make up the lost revenues by reducing federal employees' pensions. Here are other alternatives fo...
The companies below belong to an exclusive club. Its ranks are fixed by the Department of Defense, which every fiscal year draws up a list of the contracts it has awarded and who received them. In ...
Have climbing oil prices and the budget fiasco made the economy more vulnerable to a recession? No question about it. But in FORTUNE's opinion neither event has dealt a mortal blow to the expansion...
YOUR SECRETARY sounds a bit flustered. The White House is calling. The White House! Brain revving like a sewing machine, you pick up the phone and are told the Administration is looking for a perso...
-- WILLIAM REED, 45, director of the U.S. Defense Department's Contract Audit Agency, on an investigation that showed defense contractors had billed the taxpayers millions of dollars for questionab...
RICHARD P. GODWIN, 65, explaining why he resigned as the Defense Department's procurement czar: ''When problems occur and you've got these layers of bureaucracy, the information gets so levelized, ...