GAO: DOD personnel with tax debt a potential security risk

A vast number of Department of Defense personnel eligible for security clearance levels of secret or higher owed more than $730 million in back federal taxes as of June 30, 2012, according to a report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

About 83,000 DOD military and civilian employees and contractors owe three-quarters of a billion dollars in back taxes.

VIDEO: Newest Medal of Honor recipient closes NYSE with a bang and a whoops

Bang, bang, whoops!

Something unexpected happened when the newest Medal of Honor recipient, former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, got to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, two days after being awarded the medal at the White House.

Vietnamese teens find large cache of cluster bombs, rockets

These munitions were among the more than 500 found recently by Project Renew in a coastal forest in the central province of Quang Tri in Vietnam. The province was the site of intense bombing by the United States during the Vietnam War.

Two Vietnamese teenagers this week led technicians to a large cache of unexploded ordnance buried in a coastal forest, a legacy from U.S. military intervention in the country.

The boys reported their discovery after hearing the sounds of controlled detonations of old bombs made by technicians with Project Renew, an organization based in Vietnam’s Quang Tri Province, according to demolition team leader Truong Cong Vinh.

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