Pentagon document lays out battle plan against zombies
May 16th, 2014
08:01 AM ET
3 months ago

Pentagon document lays out battle plan against zombies

Washington (CNN) – Never fear the night of the living dead - the Pentagon has got you covered.

From responses to natural disasters to a catastrophic attack on the homeland, the U.S. military has a plan of action ready to go if either incident occurs.

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Senate confirms Jeh Johnson to lead homeland security
December 16th, 2013
06:43 PM ET
8 months ago

Senate confirms Jeh Johnson to lead homeland security

(CNN) – The Senate broke another Republican filibuster on Monday in confirming former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to head the Homeland Security Department.

The vote to approve Johnson, a key architect of President Barack Obama's anti-terrorism policies that have included stepped up drone use in terrorist hotspots, was 78-16.

Johnson was nominated by Obama in October and will replace former Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the Cabinet post earlier this year to head California's public university system.
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Filed under: Homeland Security • Pentagon • President Obama • Terrorism
October 9th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: Pentagon to ensure death benefits

Washington (CNN) – The Pentagon will announce Wednesday it is entering into a contract with the Fisher House to ensure families of the fallen are paid the death benefits they are due but have not received because of the government shutdown, a senior Defense Department official told CNN.

The Fisher House, a group that offers assistance to families of troops in need, has agreed to cover the expenses for all families of the fallen and the government will reimburse the organization once the shutdown is over, the official said.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Military • Pentagon
Pentagon finalizing plan to bring back furloughed civilian workers
October 4th, 2013
07:09 PM ET
11 months ago

Pentagon finalizing plan to bring back furloughed civilian workers

Washington (CNN) - The Pentagon may announce as soon as this weekend a plan to bring up to 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work, according to two Defense Department officials.

CNN has learned the plan is in the final stages of being written and approved.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Pentagon
Troops on duty during any US shutdown, but wouldn't get paid
September 27th, 2013
03:12 PM ET
11 months ago

Troops on duty during any US shutdown, but wouldn't get paid

(CNN) - The Pentagon issued guidance on Friday on how a potential government shutdown, which would begin on Tuesday absent a congressional agreement on spending, would impact its operations.

"All military personnel will continue in a normal duty status regardless of their affiliation" under a shutdown scenario, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter wrote in a memo to military commanders and other senior defense officials.

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Unlikely allies back effort to stop military sexual assaults
July 16th, 2013
12:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Unlikely allies back effort to stop military sexual assaults

Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET on 7/16

Washington (CNN) – An effort to remove sexual assault cases from the military chain of command received a bipartisan boost Tuesday as conservative Republicans joined the bill's main backer, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, to voice their support for the measure.

“Our carefully crafted common sense proposal was written in direct response to what the victims told us, the stories that came from them, what happened to them, the fact that they didn’t trust the chain of command, that they were retaliated against, that they didn’t think justice was possible,” Gillibrand said at a Capitol Hill event.
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Filed under: Kirsten Gillibrand • Pentagon • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz
Pentagon to downgrade award for drone operators
April 15th, 2013
03:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Pentagon to downgrade award for drone operators

(CNN) - An award for drone operators that drew an angry response from lawmakers was downgraded to a lesser distinction Monday by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

The Distinguished Warfare Medal, which was approved last month by Hagel's predecessor, Leon Panetta, was to recognize "extraordinary direct impacts on combat operations." But the honor denotes that the action is not bound by a "geographic limitation," meaning operators on unmanned drones would have been eligible.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Pentagon
Desperate times: Marines told to 'save every round'
March 11th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Desperate times: Marines told to 'save every round'

(CNN) – United States Marines are being told to preserve ammunition and gasoline as a deal softening the impact of automatic spending cuts continues to elude leaders in Washington.

Marine Corps Commandant James Amos urged personnel in a video posted online Friday to "save every round, every gallon of gas," and to "take every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck," a reminder of the cuts' immediate effect on the U.S. military.
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Hagel starts first day at Pentagon
February 27th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
1 year ago

Hagel starts first day at Pentagon

(CNN) – New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed service members and civilian employees Wednesday, vowing to always be "honest" and "direct" with his staff–and asking the same in return.

"You are not joining my team. I am joining your team," he said. "And I want you to know how proud I am of the opportunity the president of the United States has given me and the Congress of the United States has given me."
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Pentagon
Graham insists he did not reveal classified drone info
February 20th, 2013
09:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Graham insists he did not reveal classified drone info

(CNN) - A U.S. senator insists he did not reveal any secrets when he publicly mentioned the number of people killed in drone strikes overseas.

Republican Lindsey Graham told an audience in Easley, South Carolina, on Tuesday that the little-discussed drone program had killed 4,700 people, according to a report by Easley Patch website editor Jason Evans.

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Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Pentagon
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