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Checkpoint Washington: March, 2012

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Panetta: Political dysfunction threatens security

Defense secretary offers warning at dinner sponsored by Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

By Walter Pincus  |  04:41 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Boehner asks Obama to explain ‘flexibility’ remark

In a letter to the president made public Wednesday afternoon, Boehner wrote that he was “alarmed” after learning that Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he needed “space” during his re-election campaign.

By Scott Wilson  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 03/26/2012

U.S. concern about underground bunkers goes back decades, declassified documents show

Declassified documents published online highlight 60 years of intense U.S. interest in the science of detecting and destroying deeply buried targets.

By Joby Warrick  |  11:39 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security Archive, nuclear weapojns, national security

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Cost overruns, delays mar F-35 production

The restructured F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program still has major problems, according to the newest audit by the Government Accountability Office.

By Walter Pincus  |  04:45 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Red Star’s Bagram contract extended again

The controversial firm delivers 10 million gallons of jet fuel a month to the giant U.S. air base in Afghanistan.

By Walter Pincus  |  12:20 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Prosecution of ex-NSA official Thomas Drake was ‘ill-considered,’ former agency spokesman says

A former Justice Department spokesman has acknowledged that the prosecution of former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake was “ill-considered.”

By Ellen Nakashima  |  10:52 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security Agency, Thomas Drake

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 03/09/2012

On Hill, imagining a cyberattack on New York

Senior Obama administration officials walked senators through a cyber-attack scenario Wednesday to press for pending legislation that would give DHS authority to force critical industries to better protect their systems.

By Ellen Nakashima  |  08:24 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 03/08/2012

How Assad wields wealth to keep regime intact

Financial arrangements are “the real mortar” to hold inner circle together, expert says

By Greg Miller  |  10:27 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Navy to place breath-test machines on all its ships

Alcohol testing is part of a broader program designed to improve the physical and mental well-being of sailors, says Navy Secretary Ray Mabus

By Craig Whitlock  |  08:34 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Northern route agreements allowing more supplies to enter, leave Afghanistan, official says

The United States has negotiated approval from five countries to expand the so-called northern route for supplies to enter and leave Afghanistan.

By Walter Pincus  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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