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

Pentagon Denies 'Mission Creep' in Iraq

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is pushing back against the notion that there is 'mission creep' in Iraq, as more troops, aircraft and ammunition are deployed to defend against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants. "There's no mission creep. The missions haven't changed," Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday in... more

Savings From 2013 Furloughs Might Not Be Accurate


YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Defense Department did not calculate an accurate cost savings during its furlough of more than 600,000 civilian employees last year, says a General Accountability Office report that also noted a backlog of furlough appeals and sagging employee morale. The GAO report, released Tuesday, calls into question... more

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