Former Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn (left) and retired Adm. James Stavridis (right) will lead a Center for a New American Security task force on  on strategy, technology and global defense industry. (DoD photos)

Lynn, Stavridis to Lead CNAS Strategy, Technology, Industry Task Force

Former Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn and retired Adm. James Stavridis will lead a Center for a New American Security task force on strategy, technology and the global defense industry, the Washington-based think tank announced Wednesday. “CNAS’ Task Force on Strategy, Technology and the Global Defense Industry will examine key strategic and technological trends, the…

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates testifies at a House Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing on March 2, 2011. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The 2011 HAC-D Hearing That Pushed Gates Over the Edge

A March 2011 fight with Congress over war funding confirmed to then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates that his decision to retire three months later was indeed the right one, he said in his new book. Gates recalled the contentious March 2, 2011, House Appropriations defense subcommittee (HAC-D) hearing in “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.” At…

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) march along a street during an exercise in Poll-e-Matack, north of Kabul on Tuesday. A US spending bill would send billions more to equip and train the Afghan troops. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Budget Shows Lawmakers More Invested in Afghanistan Than Rhetoric Indicates

Debt ceilings. Fiscal cliffs. Government shutdowns. Nuclear options. With those kinds of noisy debates driving most weeks on Capitol Hill, one could be excused for wondering if lawmakers already have washed their collective hands with the Afghanistan war. But when searching for an answer, as the old saying goes, just follow the money.

A Patriot missile is launched. (Photo by James D. Mossman/ US Air Force)

2007 Patriot Missile Misfire Landed in Qatar Military Chief’s Backyard

A US Patriot missile that accidentally fired during a 2007 training exercise in Qatar landed several miles away in the backyard of the Middle Eastern nation’s top military officer, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book reveals. At the time, numerous reports simply stated that the missile had landed on a farm. Gates’ book, “Duty: Memoirs…

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Gulf Coast Shipbuilding is rolling at Ingalls and Austal

The major shipyards building ships for the US Navy are booming these days. New ships are coming together in New England, Virginia, California and Wisconsin. But no place is busier than along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. At Pascagoula, Mississippi, the sprawling Ingalls shipyard of Huntington Ingalls Industries builds more different kinds of…

The cover of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates new book "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War." (Knopf)

Highlights from Gates book “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War”

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” is one of he most talked about items in Washington this week. We have a copy of the book and I’ll be posting excerpts throughout the day for your Friday reading pleasure so check back often. I’ll also be posting items on…

The coffin of a man killed in fighing is carried for burial in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah, Iraq, on Saturday. The Obama administration says it will not insert US troops to help take back the city. (AFP/Getty Images)

GOP Hawks Blame Fallujah’s Fall on Obama — But Oppose Inserting US Troops

The White House will speed delivery of weapons to the Iraqi military after al-Qaida fighters captured Fallujah — and congressional Republicans are eager to pin the city’s fall on President Barack Obama Senate GOP hawks John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina were quick to react to reports that extremist forces had…