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by Frida Berrigan (AntiWar)

The Bush administration's obsession with domination and control keeps cropping up – most recently in its new [outer] space policy, the first new statement of U.S. objectives in outer space to be issued in 10 years.

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Christian Science Monitor

"Because Army personnel are trained for conventional warfare, they naturally want to kill the enemy," says national security analyst Ivan Eland. "But in counterinsurgency warfare, a premium must be put on providing security for the pop

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by Patrick J. Buchanan (AntiWar)

The insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan have thus far cost fewer U.S. lives than the Filipino insurgency of 1899-1902. Yet Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker warned Congress last week the U.S. Army "will break" without more troops.

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Reuters

The White House approved a $468.9 billion 2008 budget for the Pentagon, a 6% increase over last year's request. That violated the Pentagon's earlier agreement with the White House that war costs be funded through supplemental budgets.

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Reuters

The costliest international warplane project, the F-35 Lightning 2 Joint Strike Fighter, safely completed its first test flight, advancing a $276.5 billion program financed by the United States and eight other countries.

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by Aaron Glantz (AntiWar)

Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress are likely to drive U.S. military budgets even higher in 2007, experts say. This year's Pentagon budget is $436 billion. That amount does not include more than $140 billion that's being spen

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Smirking Chimp

Yesterday the Wall St. Journal's defense correspondent, Gregg Jaffe, reported that US Army officials have told the White House they are BROKE! Worse than broke actually. THE ARMY, DESPITE ITS $168 BILLION BUDGET, IS OUT OF MONEY!!

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Washington Post

The Army will press hard for "full access" to the 346,000-strong Army National Guard and the 196,000-strong Army Reserves by easing the Pentagon restrictions on the frequency and duration of involuntary call-ups for reservists, accor

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by Ray McGovern (AntiWar)

At Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of Robert Gates to be secretary of defense, I felt as though I were paying last respects to the Constitution of the United States. But there was none of the praise customarily

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AP

President Bush's nominee to be Pentagon inspector general has withdrawn from consideration, meaning the Defense Department likely will start a second year without its chief watchdog even as the military spends billions a month in Iraq.

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Wired

The crowd is getting ugly. Soldiers roll up in a Hummer. Suddenly, the whole right half of your body is screaming in agony. You feel like you've been dipped in molten lava. You almost faint from shock and pain, but instead you stumble backwards -

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by Ray McGovern (AntiWar)

Even Democrats on the committee are saying Gates is a shoo-in barring an unexpected disclosure. But the likelihood of such a disclosure seems nil, with Gates the sole witness at his hearing.

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Salon

Robert Gates won't be forced to run much of a gauntlet during his Senate confirmation hearing on the way to becoming the next secretary of defense. The former CIA director has bipartisan support. And during his interrogation, Washington's nea

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Reuters

The Senate Armed Services Committee recommended unanimously that Gates be confirmed as successor to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld after just a day of questioning the former CIA director, who said all options for stabilizing Iraq were on the table

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AP

Internal data such as information concerning US military operations in Iraq have recently been leaked to the Internet from a privately owned computer of an Air Self-Defense Force member loaded with a file sharing software, ASDF investigations have sh

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Wired

A new video game commissioned by the US Army as a recruiting tool portrays the nation's military in 2015 as an invulnerable high-tech machine. The new PC title, Future Force Company Commander, or F2C2, is a nifty God-game that puts players

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Air Force Times

Military engineers competed to come up with a solution to a problem US troops face daily in Iraq — how to stop civilian vehicles that blunder past checkpoints without destroying the vehicles or killing their occupants.

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Reuters

The US Marine Corps may need to grow to sustain commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan and remain ready for other crises, the force's new commander said. Conway said the Marines' present strength of around 180,000 troops was sufficient for peace

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Infomation Clearing House

War, instability, and high oil prices have created a perfect storm of profit for the world's weapons manufacturers. This year, military analysts predict the biggest arms bonanza since 1993 ... which is saying something because in the aftermath o

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