Administration Urged to Lift Restrictions on Non-Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine

Body armor, night vision gear, radios, and fuel urgently sought by Ukrainian military
Ukrainian helicopters grounded to save fuel

The Obama administration is withholding urgently needed non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine under restrictions that view body armor, night vision goggles, radios, and fuel as destabilizing “force multipliers,” according to a bipartisan assessment of Ukraine’s military needs.

Radio Silence

Pentagon, State Department silent on threatening reports outlining Chinese plans for nuclear attacks on U.S. cities
Chinese map showing nuclear strikes on Los Angeles

The Obama administration declined to comment on Sunday on provocative state-run Chinese media reports outlining Beijing’s nuclear war plans, including land-based and submarine-launched missile strikes on U.S. cities that would kill up to 12 million people.

Defense Budget in the Balance

Defense experts debate effects of impending defense cuts
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Defense experts differed on the implications of the Pentagon’s shrinking budget for national security and global stability at a hotly contested debate Wednesday.

Hagel Pledges Review of Civilian Contractors After NSA Leak

Budget hearing focuses on costly civilians like NSA leaker Edward Snowden
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel pledged a full review of all civilian contractors on Tuesday, putting emphasis on determining the exact number of expensive private contractors employed by the Department of Defense.

An Extreme Position on Extremism

DoD presentation classifies Catholics, evangelicals as religious extremists
Screenshot from DoD presentation

The Defense Department came under fire on Thursday for a U.S. Army Reserve presentation that classified Catholics and evangelical Protestants as “extremist” religious groups, alongside al Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan.