U.S. military officials are assessing what damage could be done to intelligence contacts in Afghanistan after a number of names of local Afghans working with the U.S. military appeared on documents leaked by the WikiLeaks website, according to a U.S. military official.
A CNN review of the documents found numerous situational reports from troops in the field who name local individuals who either come forth with information or work with the military on a regular basis. References to such documents in this article are in only general terms.
The Pentagon has a team of military and civilian workers sorting through the tens of thousands of pages of documents on a 24-hour basis to see what fallout this may have for U.S. forces and those who worked with them, according to a U.S. military official who declined to be named because of the ongoing investigation. FULL POST
The Pentagon is out to save $100 billion over the next five years in a major push to cut overhead costs, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Gates officially unveiled his plan at a Pentagon news conference Monday, announcing he is putting department acquisition chief Ashton Carter in charge of finding where the $100 billion will come from in the budgets beginning in 2012.
"The department's leadership has already taken strong action in this area, and needs to do more," Gates said. FULL POST
On the heels of two deadly attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan this week, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to brief reporters at the Pentagon Thursday afternoon.
Gates is expected to address the brazen attack Wednesday by insurgents on the U.S. air base in Bagram, Afghanistan which wounded nine troops and killed one U.S. civilian. A¬†car bomb attack Tuesday killed five U.S. troops and one Canadian soldier in Kabul.
Gates is also expected to address the South Korean government's announcement¬†on the results of the investigation into the sinking of a naval ship in March.¬† U.S. officials have said the South Korean warship was hit by a torpedo launched by North Korea.¬† South Korean media reports have said South Korea will blame North Korea for the attack.
Thursday's briefing will be his first since he spoke to reporters more than a month ago¬†with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to announce the new Nuclear Posture Review.
The U.S. Army is under fire for reversing a decision to have three companies compete for more than $500 million worth of work in Iraq, and instead keeping it under an existing contract without any bidding.
A senior U.S. Army general who publicly asked for criticism of the president's effort to repeal the ban on openly gay service members will not be reprimanded, according to the secretary of the Army.
The commander of a U.S. Navy submarine has been relieved of duty after getting drunk with college officer-training students last week, according to Navy officials.