July 28th, 2010
06:29 PM ET

Leaks pose security concern for Afghans working with U.S.

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

June 28th, 2010
06:40 PM ET

Security Brief: Pentagon eyes $100 billion in savings by trimming overhead

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

May 19th, 2010
07:47 PM ET

Security Brief: Gates to address Afghanistan attacks

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.

May 11th, 2010
03:19 PM ET

With eye on exit, military awards massive Iraq contract

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.


May 4th, 2010
02:47 AM ET

Gates warns of emerging threats to U.S. Navy

U.S. adversaries are developing sophisticated and longer-range combat systems that will threaten the U.S. Navy's dominance in the regions vital to U.S. security interests, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Monday.


March 31st, 2010
12:34 PM ET

Senior Army commander won't be punished for remarks DADT

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.


March 17th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Sub commander fired for partying with college students

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.