Navy making sure sailors helping with Sandy recovery get a chance to vote
ATLANTIC OCEAN Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Andre Nation signals an Coast Guard helicopter as it prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. The Wasp is one of three Navy warships providing assistance to the New York/New Jersey region have Hurricane Sandy.
November 5th, 2012
05:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Navy making sure sailors helping with Sandy recovery get a chance to vote

 (CNN) – The U.S. military, both active duty and guardsmen, are helping the areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, including making sure the residents can vote Tuesday.

But the U.S. Navy has to not only worry about helping civilians, but also about taking care of some sailors who find themselves at sea when it's time to vote.

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Filed under: 2012 • Military
House passes revamped Stolen Valor Act
September 13th, 2012
08:07 PM ET
2 years ago

House passes revamped Stolen Valor Act

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday overwhelmingly passed a new version of the Stolen Valor Act, a bill aimed at people who lie about receiving military medals and then attempt to profit from the deception.

The first version of the Stolen Valor Act was struck down by the Supreme Court as a violation of the First Amendment.

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Filed under: 2012 • House • Supreme Court
Key congressman questions generals' testimony
March 29th, 2012
04:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Key congressman questions generals' testimony

(CNN) – The Republican congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee questioned Thursday whether top military officers truly support the Pentagon budget, which includes significant cuts to some programs. The officers were testifying about the budget on Capitol Hill.

"We don't think the generals are giving us their true advice. We don't think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. "What we get from the Pentagon is a budget-driven strategy not a strategy-driven budget."

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Military • Republicans
Commanders' view of Afghan drawdown not as simple as Huntsman and Romney say
November 22nd, 2011
10:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Commanders' view of Afghan drawdown not as simple as Huntsman and Romney say

Washington (CNN) – GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman offered differing views on how a president should reach decisions about matters like U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Romney made it clear he believes a president should listen to his commanders on the ground when making such a decision. "The commander-in-chief makes that decision based upon the input of people closest to the ground," Romney said during Tuesday night's GOP debate.

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Repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' is on track for Tuesday
September 15th, 2011
06:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' is on track for Tuesday

Washington (CNN) - The Pentagon announced the repeal of the long-controversial ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military will happen on Tuesday.

But the repeal comes as two of the most powerful Republicans on the House Armed Service Committee call for a delay on the process of ending "don't ask, don't tell."

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Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell
Kyl, other GOP leaders say no further defense budget cuts
September 8th, 2011
10:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Kyl, other GOP leaders say no further defense budget cuts

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John Kyl, one of the members of the special congressional committee set up to create a $1.5 trillion budget-reduction plan, said Thursday those cuts should come out of programs like Medicare and Social Security - not defense.

The Arizona Republican told a luncheon event by conservative groups the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation that the defense budget has been cut enough already, most recently this summer when the debt-reduction deal meant up to $400 billion in defense cuts.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • Republicans
Senate panel to probe counterfeit military parts problem
March 9th, 2011
08:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate panel to probe counterfeit military parts problem

Washington (CNN) - The risk of counterfeit electronics being used in military equipment has prompted a congressional investigation, the top senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday.

"The presence of counterfeit electronic parts in the Defense Department's supply chain is a growing problem that government and industry share a common interest in solving," committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the ranking member, said in a statement.

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Filed under: Senate
McCain v. Pentagon: getting personal over Libya debate
March 4th, 2011
03:18 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain v. Pentagon: getting personal over Libya debate

Washington (CNN) - Trash talk and criticism seems the norm in these days of social networking, talk radio and cable pundits. But now it's spreading to the halls of Capitol Hill and the leadership of the Department of Defense.

Secretary Robert Gates may have started it when commenting on an idea for establishing a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the rebels.
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Filed under: John McCain • Pentagon
November 15th, 2010
08:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Likely chief of Armed Services panel opposed to defense budget cuts

Washington (CNN) - The congressman who will likely take charge of the House committee that controls the Pentagon's wallet has no intention of seeing the defense budget shrink.

"Cutting defense spending amidst two wars, is a red line for me and should be a red line for all Americans. You do not need to be a policy expert to realize that investment is key to maintaining a robust defense" Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-California - currently the ranking member of the House Armed Service Committee - told an audience at the Foreign Policy Institute on Monday.

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Filed under: House • Pentagon
October 26th, 2010
04:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Two Miller security team members investigated in Alaska

Washington (CNN) – Commanders at Fort Richardson, Alaska are investigating two soldiers who were involved in a highly publicized altercation with a reporter at an event for Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, a base spokesman said.

The soldiers were working as part of Joe Miller's security team when they handcuffed a reporter from the Alaska Dispatch who was trying to ask the candidate questions.

The two security members, it turns out, are active duty soldiers based at Fort Richardson, according to Sgt. Maj. Derrick Crawford.
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Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller
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