Defense

  • The Office of Management and Budget chose four ideas out of 18,000 entries that will save the government money. The winner will get to meet President Obama and present their idea. Voting starts today.

    November 08, 2010
  • The Army has begun the process of overhauling the energy efficiency of all of its facilities worldwide. Two policy memos will change the way the Army designs and builds permanent buildings. The new guidance focuses on water reduction, energy consumption, and specific ways to reduce the impact of Army facilities on the natural environment. Those include more efficient siting, solar water heating, and storm water management. Also, all incandescent light bulbs and older lighting technology is to be replaced within five years. The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a study that found the Army spends about $1.5 billion dollars a year to provide electricity, and air handling for its structures. The new guidelines, they say, could save as much as 45 percent of that amount in new buildings.

    November 08, 2010
  • We talk with Dr. John Holcomb about advancements made in surgery on the battlefield.

    November 08, 2010
  • The top U.S. military officer said Monday he was startled by a public panning of the proposal to lift the military\'s ban on gays from the head of the Marine Corps.

    November 08, 2010
  • Federal Times and the Washington Post report on a Merit Systems Protection Board ruling that the Federal Career Intern Program violates the rules to make vacancies public.

    November 05, 2010
  • Big Republican gains in Congress could make it harder for President Barack Obama to keep his pledge to start bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by next summer. We get an update on how things are going there from Rear Adm. Greg Smith.

    November 05, 2010
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is on a whirlwind trip to Australia and Malaysia, where he will reinforce the U.S. commitment to the region with a longstanding U.S. ally and an increasingly close partner.

    November 05, 2010
  • Al Qaida\'s affiliate in Iraq is promising more attacks after 58 people were killed in an attck on a church this week. The Islamic State of Iraq launched an attack on a Catholic church during Mass in downtown Baghdad last Sunday said its deadline for Egypt\'s Coptic chruch, which allegedly is holding women hostage for converting to Islam must be released before the attacks stop. This attack was the deadliest ever recorded against Iraq\'s Christians, whose numbers have plummeted since the 2003.

    November 04, 2010
  • Yemen has been a trouble spot for more than a decade and explosives have always been the problem and they\'ve always been relatively small. It was in 1998 that the U.S.S. Cole, a Navy Destroyer was attack while in Yemen. 17 sailors were killed and 39 were injured. A small craft approached the port side of the destroyer, and an explosion occurred, leaving a 40-by-40-foot gash in the ship\'s port side. The toner cartridges with the explosive PETN in them that were discovered aboard planes in the UK and Dubai last week contained only a small amount, but had they gone off, they would\'ve inflicted maximum damage.

    November 04, 2010
  • DoD\'s Cyber Command is now fully operational.

    November 04, 2010
  • Rep. Howard (Buck) McKeon (R-CA), who seeks the position of chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, criticizes Obama for the direction of defense spending.

    November 04, 2010
  • Changes are coming to Defense Department IT spending. Input\'s Deniece Peterson predicts what\'s ahead.

    November 04, 2010
  • Excesses in the realm of the libidinal may stem from the influence of decadent European culture. That doesn\'t make it right. Attorney Bill Bransford explains.

    November 04, 2010
  • Rival teams from Lockheed Martin and Austal USA have been waiting all year to see which of their designs would be chosen for the U.S. Navy\'s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) competition. Now, if the Navy gets permission from the lame-duck Congress, the winner could be: both.

    November 04, 2010