In the Loop: Pentagon


Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Missile defense team in a slump

The last three long-range interceptor tests, including one July 5, have failed

By Al Kamen  |  01:08 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pentagon, Missile Defense, Missile Defense Agency, George Little, North Korea, interceptors, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Drone pilots not getting medals

Award approved by former defense secretary Leon Panetta canceled by new Secretary Chuck Hagel.

By Al Kamen  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drone, medal, Pentagon, pilots, drone pilots, canceled, Panetta, Hagel, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Kerry surprised by possible Pentagon offer

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had been eyeing secretaryship at state, not defense.

By Al Kamen  |  12:14 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Kerry, Susan Rice, President Obama, State Department, secretary of state, Pentagon, secretary of defense, united nations, Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Pentagon Channel: Emmys and then pink slips

Defense contractors won five Emmys for their work on the Pentagon Channel, and then got squeezed out in budget cuts.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense Department, The Pentagon Channel, Emmy Awards, budget cuts, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Pentagon warns on former Seal’s Osama book

Defense security official issues guidelines on reading new book.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Osama bin Laden, Navy Seals, Seal Team 6, Book, Matt Bissonnette, Pentagon, Defense Department, Obama mission, No Easy Day, Dutton Books, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Senate may confirm new missile defense chief

There are hints of a move on the Hill to confirm a new MDA director by the end of the week.

By Al Kamen  |  05:23 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate, Jim Syring, James Syring, Missile Defense Agency, MDA, Parick O'Reilly, Pentagon, inspector general, report, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Obama picks new Missile Defense Agency director

Fate of incumbent director Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly is unclear.

By Al Kamen  |  03:23 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Leon Panetta, Pentagon, Patrick O"Reilly, Missile Defense Agency, James D. Syring, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/03/2012

Iraq invasion: Greatest strategic decision?

Former Pentagon intelligence chief says decision may be greatest of first half of 21st century.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, U.S. invasion, Donald Rumsfeld, Stephen Cambone, Pentagon, Aspen Security Forum, Noah Schachtman, Wired, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 07/23/2012

Afghanistan: The troubled U.S. effort

“Little America,” a new book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, reveals in detail the bureaucratic infighting and ineptitude that have plagued the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan

By Al Kamen  |  11:58 AM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, "Little America, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Taliban, Imperial Life in Emerald City, State Department, Pentagon, Kabul, Iraq, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 07/11/2012

Pentagon and House committee exchange fire

Pentagon effort to reduce reports to the Hill prompts rebuke from House committee chairman.

By Al Kamen  |  05:53 PM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Leon Panetta, Buck McKeon, Bob Gates, Pentagon, Congress, China, China's military, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 07/10/2012

IG report blasts missile defense chief

The Pentagon inspector general faulted the leadership style of the head of the Missile Defense Agency.

By Al Kamen  |  01:27 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Missile Defense Agency, DOD, Pentagon, Inspector General, IG Report, Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Drone pilots to get medals?

The Pentagon may honor drone pilots with a new medal for their efforts.

By Al Kamen  |  02:40 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  drones, drone pilots, cyber warriors, Distinguished Warfare Medal, Pentagon, Army Institute of Heraldry, Commission of Fine Arts, Coin World, Bill McAllister, Fort Belvoir, Air and Space Power Journal, Air Force, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 05/22/2012

9/11 Memorial still short of funds

The Shanksville, Pa., memorial to those on Flight 93 whose bravery saved the Capitol on 9/11 is still looking to raise $8 million from private donors.

By Al Kamen  |  01:21 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Trade Center, memorial, 9/11, Pentagon, Shanksville, Flight 93, funding, fundraiser, Clinton, Bush, Boehner, Newseum, National Park Foundation, National Park Service, contributions, Congress, Capitol, Alamo, Thermopylae, Al Qaeda, Capitol visitors center, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Joe Lieberman, travelin’ man

Outgoing Sen Joe Lieberman is still on the road in his final months in office, taking a couple of fact-finding jaunts to the Mideast in recent months.

By Al Kamen  |  04:30 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Lieberman, Holy Land, trips, Israel, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, codel, military jet, costs, travel, Pentagon, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Afghanistan on $1,605 a page

The Department of Defense’s 129-page, semiannual report on the Afghan war effort cost $207,000 to produce, the Pentagon estimates.

By Al Kamen  |  02:16 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Afghanistan, partnership agreement, Hamid Karzai, Pentagon report, progress report, Department of Defense, Greg Jaffe, Taliban, Pakistant, India, Bob Gates, Pentagon, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Muslim Brotherhood meets State Department officials? Maybe.

In Washington, sometimes simple questions seem to prompt elliptical answers

By Al Kamen  |  01:27 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Muslim Brotherhood, State Department, Pentagon, Marwan Muasher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, William Burns, Robert Hormats, Jeffrey Feltman, Victoria Nuland, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop