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Army Reprimands Ex-General Turned Religious Right Leader

Army Reprimands Ex-General Turned Religious Right Leader
Back in 2003, President Bush repeatedly rebuked then-General Jerry Boykin for giving public speeches framing the war on terror as a holy war between Christianity and Islam, speeches that also violated military rules.
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A Comic Con? US Special Forces Unveil Designs for Iron Man-Like Suit of Armor

A Comic Con? US Special Forces Unveil Designs for Iron Man-Like Suit of Armor
Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning an Iron Man-like suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe. The suit might eventually have other features unheard of only a few years ago, including an exoskeleton made of liquid armor, smart fabrics that could help stop hemorrhaging, enhanced sensory capabilities and Google Glass-like visuals.
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Tamara Lush
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Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp

Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp
The Pentagon spends about $100 million annually to recover and identify missing service members from the Vietnam War, Korean War and World War II, but identified just 60 last year — far short of the 200 per year mandated by Congress starting next year. This latest restructuring is the broadest one yet, taking on the science used to make identifications and creating public-private partnerships, but it's unclear whether it will be a reorganization just on paper like it was in the past.
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Megan McCloskey
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Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify Missing Service Members

Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify Missing Service Members
The Pentagon is overhauling its efforts to find and identify missing service members from past wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday. The changes address the problems laid out in an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, including outdated scientific methods, overlapping bureaucracy, a risk-averse disinterment policy for the 9,400 unknowns buried around the world, and poor laboratory management that inhibited the mission.
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Megan McCloskey
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Senate Caves on Military Rape, Leaves Power in Hands of Commanders Not Lawyers

Senate Caves on Military Rape, Leaves Power in Hands of Commanders Not Lawyers
Though a majority was for it, the Senate could not garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill – sponsored by Kirsten Gillibrand and other Senate Democratic women – that would have placed military rape and other sexual assault trials outside the chain of command forward.
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Navy's Debut of Laser Technology 'Fundamentally Changes the Way We Fight'

Navy's Debut of Laser Technology 'Fundamentally Changes the Way We Fight'
Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years.
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David Sharp
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House Restores Full Cost of Living Increases to Younger Military Retirees

House Restores Full Cost of Living Increases to Younger Military Retirees
The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to restore full cost of living increases to pension benefits for younger military retirees, responding eagerly to election-year pressure from veterans groups. Democrats in the Senate say that the increase could affect military readiness, and the bill punts on the larger issues.
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NSA Still Has No Clue What Edward Snowden Took

NSA Still Has No Clue What Edward Snowden Took
About six months after Edward Snowden began leaking documents from inside the NSA, the agency still has no clue what the former contractor took with him when he tapped into classified documents. This might be the most damning element of the whole story.
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Zero Dark Dirty: Former CIA Director Revealed Secrets to Scriptwriter

Zero Dark Dirty: Former CIA Director Revealed Secrets to Scriptwriter
Newly declassified documents show Tuesday that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" scriptwriter Mark Boal when Panetta gave a speech at CIA headquarters marking the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Panetta said through a spokesman that he didn't know Boal was in the room.
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Kimberly Dozier
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Military Gets a Partial Pass on Foreign Aid Transparency Push

Military Gets a Partial Pass on Foreign Aid Transparency Push
Security assistance – a broad category that covers about $25 billion in yearly spending – skyrocketed in the wake of 9/11, growing by 227 percent from 2002 to 2012. A slew of recent reports from government watchdog agencies have found a glaring lack of accountability around security assistance. In 2012, Congress drafted a bill that would have subjected all foreign aid, including security assistance, to stricter monitoring and transparency requirements. The Pentagon successfully opposed the effort for security aid. The bill never made it to a vote.
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Cora Currier
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