Poor leadership and a hostile work environment could continue to hinder efforts to recover the remains of missing troops despite a complete overhaul planned by the Department of Defense, according to an audit released Friday.
Defense transportation officials say chronic delays shipping troops’ private vehicles are clearing up, but persistent complaints and new concerns in Congress raise questions about the progress being made in fixing the massive delivery system.
Most of the C-27 transport aircraft given to the Afghanistan military as part of a failed $486 million Defense Department program were locally scrapped for just $32,000, federal auditors said Thursday.
A House panel says the head of the VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals continues to mismanage the legal office and may have been “untruthful” in her sworn congressional testimony claiming improvements in processing vet appeals last month.
The Pentagon has been issuing dire warnings this year that the military is fast approaching a severe money crunch — a problem compounded now by the war in Iraq and Syria. So Congress will almost certainly reach for an old standby accounting solution.
The FBI said Wednesday it arrested six current and former Army National Guard officials for taking bribes in exchange for steering multimillion-dollar contracts to businesses, the latest fallout after Capitol Hill investigations earlier this year pointed to fraud and waste in recruitment and NASCAR sponsorship programs.
As the United States launches airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria, the Obama administration is walking a precarious line — attempting to crush the militants’ capacity without strengthening President Bashar Assad’s hold on power.
The Obama administration won a key political victory with Congress’ approval of its proxy army offensive against the Islamic State in Syria, a strategy it hopes will spare the United States from sending troops to the region to fight another ground war.
Worries swirled this week on Capitol Hill over arming foreign fighters and entering into another war in the Middle East. But Congress set aside deep misgivings about the Obama administration’s new offensive against the Islamic State and was poised Thursday to quickly approve one of its key provisions — equipping and training Syrian rebels as an opposition force.
The Obama administration’s new offensive against the Islamic State extremist group drew fire from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s top Republican on Wednesday, who said a war waged by local forces made “no sense” and could take a decade or longer.
The secretary of homeland security said Wednesday that the United States has tracked down the majority of about 6,000 unaccounted-for foreign students who had overstayed visas and spurred concerns over Islamic State-linked terror attacks.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday he would recommend sending U.S. combat troops to Iraq to fight the Islamic State if a proposed international coalition fails to defeat the militants.
Our last official declarations of war were leveled against Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania during World War II. On paper, none of the country’s major conflicts since then — Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan — were declared wars.
The future of President Obama’s proposal to arm Syrian rebels against the Islamic State remained uncertain in the House on Thursday as lawmakers emerged from a briefing on plans by top administration officials.
Mirroring a scandal that engulfed its health care system, VA managers handling disability benefit appeals also manipulated records to hide overly long delays in deciding cases, an agency whistleblower testified Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
As the nation braced for the possibility of new military action against the Islamic State in Iraq, a House panel heard Wednesday that Libya is also spiraling into a failed state and a potential staging ground for Islamist terrorists.
Travis J. Tritten has reported for Stars and Stripes since 2007, including assignments in the Philippines, Iraq and Guam. He graduated from Ohio State University in 2001 with a bachelor of arts in journalism. Tritten covered government and politics for daily newspapers in South Carolina and Florida before joining Stars and Stripes. He is based in Washington, D.C.
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