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DoD To Allow Weapons In Recruitment Centers

Military Times: Following the recent fatal shooting of four Marines and a sailor in Tennessee, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is ordering the military services to consider new policies that would enhance security for troops at home, including potentially arming more personnel. In a memo released Thursday, Carter urged top military officials to “develop action plans […]

“Embattled Florida elections chief goes on the defense

Tampa Bay Times: Under fire once again for lapses in oversight of Florida’s voter database and lax communication, Gov. Rick Scott’s top elections official says he’ll “over-communicate” in the future. For embattled Secretary of State Ken Detzner, it’s an all-too-familiar … Continue reading ?

Defense secretary wants security policy review after Chattanooga attacks

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is directing the military branches to review security policies — including adding armed personnel — in the wake of the July 16 attacks at a Chattanooga Navy-Marine reserve center that killed four Marines and a sailor. Show More Summary

Carter to allow more armed troops

Chief Tango sends us a link to the Washington Post which reports that Ashton Carter, the Secretary of Defense, will authorize more troops to be armed in the wake of the attack last week on a recruiting station and a Reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee; The decision was outlined in a two-page memo released at […]

Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike

2 days agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.

Opposition to Iran Nuclear Deal Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder

The congressional hearings into the Iran nuclear deal continue apace. Steve Benen points us today to this lovely exchange between Sen. Lindsey Graham and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: Graham: Does the Supreme Leader's religious views compel him over time to destroy Israel and attack America? Carter: I don't know. Show More Summary

Boy Scouts of America Pressured to Include Gay Leaders in Leadership Positions

The Boy Scouts of America approved the measure, pushed by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on opening the organization to gay leaders. Churches get an exception to this rule if they would like, but it could lead toBoy Scout membership issues sooner rather than later.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, current president of the Boy Scouts of America, had said last May that the ban on gay scout leaders "cannot be sustained."

Yesterday, acceding to social change, the Boy Scouts announced the end of the ban.What does this mean for religious traditionalists?[T]he new policy allows church-sponsored units to choose local unit leaders who share their precepts, even if that means restricting such positions to heterosexual men. Show More Summary

Secretary Of Defense Sarah Palin

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Donald Trump today said that he'd love to have Sarah Palin as a part of his administration. No, seriously.

MH17 Plane Crash Resolution Orchestrated by Western Intelligence

Willy Wimmer, former state secretary in the German Defense Ministry, said that resolutions like the one to establish an international tribunal to investigate the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine undermine the United Nations.

Robert Gates, America's Unlikely Gay-Rights Hero

The former secretary of defense lobbied for the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” and has now ended the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scoutmasters.

Ending Trans Discrimination In the Military: the Rest of the Story

On Monday July 13, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that next year, after a 6-month study, transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces along with their gay and lesbian compatriots. It is aShow More Summary

John Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Good For Israel's Security

NEW YORK -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday continued his aggressive defense of the nuclear agreement recently reached with Iran. Pushing back against mounting criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several...Show More Summary

US Pledges Support to Kurdish Forces in Iraq in Fight Against ISIL

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter praised the Kurdish Peshmerga's actions against the Islamic State.

LIFE IN OBAMA’S AMERICA: Slut-Shaming The Military: In the wake of the massacre in Chattanooga, …

LIFE IN OBAMA’S AMERICA: Slut-Shaming The Military: In the wake of the massacre in Chattanooga, Tenn., Defense Secretary Ash Carter approved a series of “immediate force-protection steps” designed to protect service members. One of those steps was to ask recruiters not to wear their uniforms in public. Regular readers (all two of you; I’m being […]

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Pentagon: US airstrikes kill top Al-Qaida commander known for overseeing suicide and explosive operations

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that a US airstrike recently killed a senior Al-Qaida operational commander in eastern Afghanistan. The airstrike killed Abu Khalil Al-Sudani on July 11, Carter said in a brief statement given to reporters traveling with him in Iraq. Show More Summary

Inside the Fight to End Trans Discrimination in the Military

Just weeks after the Supreme Court put marriage equality into law nationwide, another LGBT tremor shook the cultural landscape. On July 13, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter ordered a six-month study aimed at lifting the regulations that ban transgender people from serving openly in the military. Star

U.S. Airstrike Kills Senior Al Qaeda Commander

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a U.S. airstrike has killed a senior al Qaeda operational commander in eastern Afghanistan. He said in a statement Friday that the airstrike killed Abu Khalil Al-Sudani on July...Show More Summary

US Defense Secretary Carter Arrives in Iraqi Kurdistan

Ashton Carter and the head of the regional government will discuss countering ISIL.

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