Pentagon

Yet again, a soldier employed by the U.S. military’s sexual assault and harassment program has been accused of being a sexual predator. And Sgt.

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An intervention in Syria is expected to take over American airwaves any day now, but here on the sun-baked coast of Borneo, all there is to see are the choreographed pleasantries of small-bore diplomacy. Ten American reporters have accompanied U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to the tiny nation of Brunei (anthem: “God Bless the Sultan”), where he is attending a conference of Southeast Asian defense officials, even while back at the Pentagon the wheels of the war machine he commands are beginning to grind in earnest.

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Kirsten Gillibrand has made two unlikely allies in her efforts to address the military’s endemic problems with sexual abuse: Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.

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Boondoggle Goes Boom

A demented tale of how the Army actually does business

A demented tale of how the Army actually does business.

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Jeffrey Eugenides’s Washington

The author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot tours the seat of power.

The author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot tours the seat of power.

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Cyber Fail

The Obama administration's lousy record on cyber security

The Obama administration's approach to cyber security has been a disaster.

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Retrenchment Games

Forget Iran—Chuck Hagel's toughest fight will be the Pentagon's budget

Forget Iran. Chuck Hagel's toughest fight will be the Pentagon's budget.

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WaPo's editorial board has given two completely opposite reasons for disliking Hagel.

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When Barack Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, I assume that he knew what he was getting into. The debate over Hagel’s nomination won’t be about whether he is qualified to run the Pentagon and to negotiate budgets with Congress, but about Hagel’s views on Israel and Iran. Initially, some of Hagel’s critics charged that he was an anti-Semite. But these charges rightfully met with derision.

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One of the military's biggest threats is from within: its soaring health care costs.

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