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Analysis: The Pentagon has a credibility problem, and it’s only getting worse The Defense Department’s waffling on casualties from Jan. 8 Iran strike latest in a growing trend

Jan 24, 2020...Americans breathed a collective sigh of relief when, the morning after Iran’s Jan. 8 ballistic missile attack on Al Asad air base in Iraq, Defense Department leaders said there were “no casualties.” 

Pentagon to talk Space Force plans, uniforms with Trump Officials expected to brief president on plans for starting up newly authorized military service branch

Jan 15, 2020...Defense Department brass are expected Wednesday afternoon to brief President Donald Trump on their plans for standing up a new military branch called the Space Force, and a Pentagon official said they may even present several logo options for the new armed service.

Congress to Pentagon: Find and fix racially offensive forms Defense Department had expressed reluctance to review thousands of documents

Dec 19, 2019...The defense authorization bill that President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law soon would require the Defense Department to report to Congress on efforts to rid official military documents of “racially or ethnically insensitive” terms.

Congress frets over program to streamline Pentagon procurement Some worry that companies won’t spend own money on research, may not compete for important programs

Dec 5, 2019...Four years ago, Section 804 of the defense authorization law freed certain Pentagon programs from the usual acquisition rules, from documenting why a program is needed to how much Pentagon experts who do not work for the same armed service think it will cost.

Pentagon official says Ukraine asked about military aid in July Ukrainians may have known about the hold on aid package this summer, undercutting GOP impeachment arguments

Nov 20, 2019...Laura Cooper, a Pentagon expert on Ukraine, told the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday evening that Ukrainian embassy staff in Washington contacted her office in July with questions about the White House’s hold on military aid promised to their country.

Senate Democrats question Pentagon over protecting impeachment witnesses Defense Department's No. 2 official also urged to protect anonymous whistleblowers from retribution

Nov 20, 2019...The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump spilled over Wednesday into an unrelated Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing, where senators pressed the Defense Department’s second-highest official about protections for witnesses and whistleblowers.

Pentagon report: US pullout from Syria strengthens terrorists ISIS regrouping, readying new attacks despite death of leader, according to assessment

Nov 19, 2019...The sudden departure of most U.S. troops from northeastern Syria in early October has strengthened the Islamic State terrorist group in that country, despite the U.S. military’s recent killing of the group’s leader, according to a new Pentagon assessment. 

Google looks past Project Maven to work anew with the Pentagon Company’s 2018 withdrawal from drone video program sent shockwaves through national security world

Nov 12, 2019...More than a year after pulling out of a contract with the Pentagon that relied on technologies based on artificial intelligence to sort through drone videos, Google says it is ready to work with the Defense Department on a wide variety of applications that don’t involve weapons.

Pentagon caught in a political fight over impeachment inquiry Defense officials have rejected congressional demands for information on withholding of Ukraine aid

Oct 23, 2019...ANALYSIS — Rather than stay out of the fray, the Defense Department has taken sides in a bitter and historic partisan brawl, choosing to fortify President Donald Trump’s stonewall rather than cooperate with Congress.

Esper, other Defense Department officials not on Ukraine call, Pentagon says Pentagon faces heightened scrutiny in aftermath of whistleblower complaint

Oct 3, 2019...No one from the Defense Department was listening in on President Donald Trump’s now-infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Pentagon’s top spokesman said Thursday.