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
12 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
Hagel seeks to bring furloughed Defense Department civilians back to work
October 1st, 2013
03:08 PM ET
12 months ago

Hagel seeks to bring furloughed Defense Department civilians back to work

Washington (CNN) - Even as furloughed civilian Defense Department workers streamed out of the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began working half a world away to get all 400,000 furloughed personnel globally back to work.

“Hagel is looking to get as many people back to work as soon as he can,” a senior defense official told CNN on Tuesday.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense
U.S. intel chief admits giving 'erroneous' testimony, apologizes
July 2nd, 2013
07:55 PM ET
1 year ago

U.S. intel chief admits giving 'erroneous' testimony, apologizes

(CNN) - James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has apologized to a Senate committee for giving members a "clearly erroneous" answer about U.S. surveillance programs this year.

In a June 21 letter to Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein that is just coming to light now, Clapper said he wanted to "set the record straight."

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Filed under: James Clapper
Facebook page comes down after threat to lawmaker
May 9th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Facebook page comes down after threat to lawmaker

Washington (CNN) - A Facebook page with sexually explicit comments denigrating female Marines was taken down after a congresswoman who complained about it was threatened on that site, an aide to the lawmaker told CNN.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, made public a letter she wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos on Wednesday about "F'N Wook" and others like it, asking them to review them and take action.

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Filed under: Facebook
Hagel to give up furlough pay
April 2nd, 2013
03:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Hagel to give up furlough pay

(CNN) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will give up the portion of his salary that would have been cut if he had been subject to the same work furlough as thousands of department personnel under the mandatory federal budget cuts.

Hagel, who earns $199,700 annually, will write a check to the Treasury for up to 14 days of salary, according to Pentagon press secretary George Little.

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Filed under: Budget • Chuck Hagel
Pentagon: Furloughs for civilian workers if sequester happens
February 20th, 2013
10:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Pentagon: Furloughs for civilian workers if sequester happens

(CNN) – Nearly 800,000 civilian workers would be forced to take one day of leave per week without pay if automatic spending cuts go into effect as scheduled on March 1, the Defense Department told Congress on Wednesday morning.

The furloughs would start in the last week of April and last for 22 weeks, according to the Pentagon plan.

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Filed under: Pentagon
September 4th, 2012
07:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Release of SEAL book could ignite fight with the Pentagon

(CNN) - The much-anticipated memoir of a Navy SEAL who helped kill Osama bin Laden hits bookshelves Tuesday to an eager audience whose pre-orders have already put the book at No. 1 on Amazon's bestseller list for two weeks.

But there is one group who may not be as eager to see the release of "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden."

The Pentagon.


Filed under: Pentagon • President Obama
Romney to get intelligence briefings
August 30th, 2012
07:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney to get intelligence briefings

(CNN) - The Obama administration is discussing the final details with the Mitt Romney campaign of how and when the first intelligence and national security briefings will be offered to the presidential candidate and his designated campaign officials.

Traditionally, candidates are offered such briefings by a sitting administration as soon as a nominating convention is over.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
FIRST ON CNN: Romney intel briefings to start after official nomination
June 1st, 2012
07:17 AM ET
2 years ago

FIRST ON CNN: Romney intel briefings to start after official nomination

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration will stick with the election-year tradition of both Democratic and Republican White Houses in offering presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney classified intelligence briefings only after he formally secures his party's nomination at the convention this summer.

"It's a long-standing practice for presidential candidates and select advisors to be provided intelligence briefings following the party's nominating convention," Shawn Turner, the spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told CNN's Security Clearance. "During the last presidential campaign, all the candidates began receiving briefings in September following the conventions."

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Filed under: 2012 • Homeland Security • Mitt Romney
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