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Pentagon to Review All Military Medals

The Pentagon has the Distinguished Warfare Medal for drone pilots and cyber warfare specialists that will rank higher in the order of precedence for military decorations than the Bronze Star with Combat "V."

Stars and Stripes | Jan 28, 2014

WASHINGTON -- With the politically dicey issue of how to recognize service by drone pilots and cyber warriors still awaiting an answer, the Pentagon announced Tuesday a broad-ranging review to settle not only that question, but examine the full range of medals and awards. Officials said the review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel... more

Pentagon Ending Buys of Russian-Made Helicopters

Associated Press | Nov 14, 2013

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department said Wednesday it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad's military forces with arms and ammunition. The additional 15 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters were to be purchased next year at a cost of $345 million an... more

Navy Satellite Launch to Boost DoD Communications

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Navy News | Jul 21, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The Navy's second Mobile User Objective System satellite was launched July 19 at 9:00 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 41. The successful launch represents a key step in providing enhanced satellite communications for the Navy and Department of Defense (DoD).   MUOS is a next-generation narrowband ta... more

Lawmakers Get Involved in Civilians' Housing Fight

Stars and Stripes | Jul 02, 2013

STUTTGART, Germany — Some U.S. lawmakers are urging the Defense Department to restore housing allowance and cancel the debts of nearly 700 overseas workers who are being held financially liable for past benefit payments the government says it had issued in error.   “I will be looking into this matter over the coming weeks and will be asking th... more

Watchdog Warns of Waste in Afghan Aircraft Buy

An Mi-17 helicopter used by the Afghan Air Force sits on Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

Associated Press | Jun 28, 2013

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is spending more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to buy Russian-made helicopters and other aircraft for an Afghan aviation unit that lacks the troops and expertise to operate and maintain the equipment, a government watchdog warned. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report ... more

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