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Checkpoint Washington: June, 2011

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 06/29/2011

New estimate of U.S. war costs: $4 trillion

The study by Brown University includes so-called hidden costs of the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

By Jason Ukman  |  10:27 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Comic book version of bin Laden raid to be released

’Code Word: Geronimo’ based on known facts, and a little creative license

By Jason Ukman  |  07:30 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Lt. Gen. John Allen falls in line on Afghanistan

Obama’s nominee to command U.S., NATO forces in war endorses president’s drawdown plan

By Craig Whitlock  |  12:11 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Probe into leak of ‘don’t ask’ report fails to identify Post’s sources

Defense Department ordered investigation into unauthorized disclosure of draft

By Jason Ukman  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Leaving Afghanistan soon? Not exactly

Construction at Bagram air base serves as a reminder of plans for a continuing American military presence

By Walter Pincus  |  08:45 AM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Gates’s legacy was as advocate for troops

Defense secretary was deeply affected by the loss of nearly 2,800 personnel during his tenure.

By Jason Ukman  |  08:41 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Study: U.S. has chance, but not a good one, to succeed in Afghanistan

Rand project analyzed factors that led to success, failures of other counterinsurgencies

By Karen DeYoung  |  04:15 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Republicans press Obama to recall ambassador to Syria

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is the latest lawmaker to urge that Robert Ford be brought home.

By Jason Ukman  |  01:26 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 06/27/2011

An entertainment problem at U.S. base near Kabul

New policy memo bans programming with nudity, sexual content and graphic violence

By Jason Ukman  |  08:48 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Intelligence spending, still buried deep in budget

House rejects attempt to separate spending for National Intelligence Program from rest of defense budget

By Walter Pincus  |  04:37 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Obama slips on names of Medal of Honor recipients

President Obama confused the names of two Meal of Honor recipients.

By Jason Ukman  |  01:06 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Detainee wars heating up on Capitol Hill

Senate provision would mandate military detention for suspects in al-Qaeda or affiliated groups even if captured on U.S. soil.

By Jason Ukman  |  12:17 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/24/2011

Sarkozy lashes out at U.S. over Libya mission

French president says Gates’s remarks on problems in NATO reflect bitterness

By Michael Birnbaum  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 06/24/2011

The NSA’s official style guide

Manual is released following Freedom of Information Act request

By Jason Ukman  |  08:07 AM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 06/23/2011

White House balks at House panel’s Tricare measure

Administration also rejects provision restricting transfer of Guantanamo detainees

By Walter Pincus  |  02:56 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Clinton says U.S.-Pakistani relations often ‘outraging’

Secretary of state tells lawmakers that effort is vital to national security interests

By Jason Ukman  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 06/23/2011

General: Time running out for Iraq to ask U.S. forces to stay

Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick says it will be more difficult if request does not come soon

By Walter Pincus  |  08:08 AM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Obama’s Afghanistan speech: Full text

By Washington Post Staff  |  08:11 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 06/22/2011

LIVE BLOG: Obama’s Afghanistan speech

President Obama is set to announce in a prime-time address that he will order home 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan this year and another 23,000 by the end of September 2012

By Washington Post Staff  |  06:57 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Obama Afghanistan speech 2011: Twitter reactions and analysis

What politicians, pundits, and experts are saying about President Obama’s decision on Afghanistan.

By T.J. Ortenzi  |  05:02 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Suu Kyi testifies before Congress in video address

Burmese activist speaks in practical terms about policy toward Burma

By William Wan  |  03:29 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Obama’s Afghan speech, a viewer’s guide

What to watch for from the commander in chief

By Jason Ukman  |  02:47 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 06/22/2011

USAID spends $14 million a year to fly empty plane seats in Afghanistan

Disclosure comes in audit by agency’s inspector general

By Jason Ukman  |  12:39 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 06/22/2011

On Afghan drawdown, why Obama speech venue matters

White House will be staid atmosphere but minimizes political risks

By Jason Ukman  |  11:44 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Bay of Pigs invasion discovered by the State Department!

Lawrence Eagleburger’s account of Bay of Pigs lives on after his passing

By Jason Ukman  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Lawmakers slash budget for Defense Department’s information ops

Appropriations committee expresses skepticism with programs

By Walter Pincus  |  08:12 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Allen could be headed to Afghanistan ahead of schedule

The handover was originally scheduled to take place in September, when Petraeus is supposed to start his new job as director of the CIA. But administration officials are trying to give Petraeus a bit of a breather after years of leading troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Craig Whitlock and Greg Jaffe  |  05:14 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Aung San Suu Kyi will speak to Congress

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate spent years under house arrest by the military junta ruling Burma. And so, when the invitation to testify came, she was reluctant to leave the country for fear that she would not be allowed back in.

By William Wan  |  04:48 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Hillary Clinton offers support to Saudi women seeking right to drive

Secretary makes first public comment on issue since spread of Internet campaign.

By Jason Ukman  |  11:40 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Huntsman’s national security buzzword

Presidential candidate stresses focus on “core” U.S. interests.

By Jason Ukman  |  10:59 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 06/21/2011

New Cyber Command needs to clarify its roles, report finds

GAO report says many questions remain unanswered

By Jason Ukman  |  08:59 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 06/20/2011

In South China Sea, every side has its say

Even countries without territorial claims being pulled into regional spats

By William Wan  |  04:34 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Obama to announce Afghan plans Wednesday

The announcement is also expected to lay out a glide-path for further withdrawals between now and the end of 2012, including the 33,000 so-called “surge” troops.

By Karen DeYoung and Scott Wilson  |  04:31 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 06/20/2011

How a suicide bomber infiltrated the CIA

‘The Triple Agent’ documents missed warning signs before attack in Afghanistan

By Jason Ukman  |  01:53 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Saudi women seeking right to drive appeal to Clinton

Coalition wants public show of support from secretary of state.

By Jason Ukman  |  10:11 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 06/17/2011

A Navy commander gets a second chance

Board grants appeal to commanding officer for first time in at least three decades

By Craig Whitlock  |  02:36 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 06/17/2011

A camp for children of fallen soldiers

Video essay of camp for children of fallen soldiers

By Jason Ukman  |  02:05 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 06/17/2011

U.S., Vietnam take ‘key first step’ to clean up Agent Orange

Removal of ordnance from contaminated site is part of a long, complex cleanup process

By Jason Ukman  |  12:02 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 06/17/2011

A bad morning for Ayman al-Zawahiri

The new leader of al-Qaeda has any number of reasons to be glum.

By Jason Ukman  |  09:30 AM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 06/16/2011

At last Gates presser, a little bit of appreciation

Departing Defense secretary lauds the role of the free press

By Jason Ukman  |  04:46 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Gates recommends new leader for the Navy

Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert is a longtime submarine officer

By Craig Whitlock  |  03:26 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Ex-Guantanamo detainee goes home — and gets locked up again

Adel al-Gazzar thought revolution in Egypt would make it safe to return

By Peter Finn  |  12:22 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 06/16/2011

Al-Qaeda leader: job description

What does Ayman al-Zawahiri do now?

By Jason Ukman  |  10:19 AM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 06/16/2011

House panel whacks funding for nuclear complex

Billions had been pledged in START deal with Senate

By Walter Pincus  |  07:50 AM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 06/15/2011

27 senators call for new strategy in Afghanistan

Letter to Obama calls for significant drawdown

By Jason Ukman  |  03:52 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 06/15/2011

WikiLeaks auctions off lunch with Assange

Site says event will be fundraiser

By Jason Ukman  |  11:07 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 06/15/2011

On Afghan drawdown, the debate gets louder

Lawmakers on both sides of aisle expressing reservations

By Jason Ukman  |  10:19 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Pakistan still getting its U.S. war gear

Army seeks to boost training, despite distrust between allies

By Walter Pincus  |  08:03 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/14/2011

Boehner pushes for War Powers explanation

The War Powers Resolution says that presidents must notify Congress when an overseas operation begins--and obtain congressional authorization within 60 days. That deadline has already come and gone for the Libya operation, without Congress taking action.

By David A. Fahrenthold  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 06/14/2011

On Syria, Crowley is done with being diplomatic

The former State Department spokesman openly criticizes the administration, via Twitter.

By Jason Ukman  |  01:35 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Are Muslim Americans being radicalized in U.S. prisons?

Rep. Peter King wants to know more

By Jason Ukman  |  10:47 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Mullen gets the star treatment on Letterman

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made his inaugural appearance on the show on Monday.

By Jason Ukman  |  08:40 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 06/13/2011

And we’re live ...

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By Jason Ukman  |  06:35 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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