DoD Manual Allows Journalists to Be Held as 'Belligerents'

 Pvt. Ruth Rios, 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, speaks to the media in El Salvador in 2013. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Wyatt, Joint Task Force Jaguar Public Affairs

WASHINGTON -- New Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy. The Law of War manual, updated to apply for the first time to all branches of the military, contains a vaguely worded provision that mili... more

Pentagon Asks Media to Scrap Old Footage of ISIS Columns

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ISIS may be on the move, but not the way you see on television, claims the Pentagon. Footage of the menacing, black-clad terrorist army rolling across the desert in long convoys predates U.S.-led air strikes that have forced the jihadists to travel more discreetly, say senior State Department and Pentagon officials. They have asked television n... more

Cheap Cigarettes Undermine DoD's Anti-Smoking Push

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Soldiers, sailors or airmen looking for the cheapest smokes need go no further than the retail exchanges on their own bases. A pack of Marlboro Reds averaged $5.49 at military retail exchanges last year -- 84 cents less on average than what the Wal-Mart stores nearest to the bases were charging, a new national study finds. True, base exchanges... more

Pentagon's 'Early Bird' May Be Grounded

WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon-produced daily defense news roundup that has long provided early morning reading for defense leaders, journalists and others is on hiatus, and may disappear for good. The Current News Early Bird, which began in the 1960s as a collection of news clippings and in recent years became widely available over the Internet to a... more

Pentagon Insists Live Animal Testing Saves Lives

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon told Congress this month that more troops could die if it stops using live animals for battlefield medical training before medical simulation devices are up to snuff. According to the April 8 report submitted by Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, the Defense Department p... more

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