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Defense firms plan own furloughs amid shutdown

Lockheed Martin Corp., the biggest U.S. government contractor, said Friday it has identified about 3,000 employees for furloughs on Monday because of the partial government shutdown.

October 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Strengthening American global leadership

Strengthening American global leadership

In today’s turbulent world, the crises facing America come fast and furious. Global threats such as international terrorism, instability threatening to spill across borders, poverty and pandemic diseases, alongside fiscal uncertainties directly impact our national security at home. They dema…

September 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama delays Syria vote, says diplomacy may work

WASHINGTON — President Obama said in a nationally televised address Tuesday night that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on President Bash…

September 11, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Hagel confirmed as defense secretary

WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s next defense secretary, handing President Obama’s pick the top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts hit the military.

February 26, 2013 4:50 pmLoading…

Pentagon extends some benefits to same-sex couples

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is preparing to retire, extended benefits such as child care, commissary privileges and transportation to military bases to same-sex partners of service members.

February 11, 2013 4:04 pmLoading…
Panetta salutes gays in military

Panetta salutes gays in military

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute.

June 15, 2012 9:11 amLoading…

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