U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

4:24pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Politics

Pentagon Issues Directive Aimed At Preventing Sexual Assault

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 7:06 am

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies during a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee in June.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The Pentagon, hoping to stanch a sharp increase in reported sexual assaults within the ranks, has issued a plan designed to strengthen oversight and increase protections for victims.

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12:50pm

Thu August 15, 2013
Politics

Pentagon Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses, Fort Carson Reacts

Fort Carson Soldiers training exercises
Fort Carson PIO/Flickr

11:13am

Wed August 14, 2013
World

French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:40 am

U.S. Marines with 4th Force Reconnaissance Company slide off F470 Combat Rubber Raiding Crafts during training in Waimanalo, Hawaii. The French company Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts for roughly two decades. Now the company is making the rafts in the U.S.
Lance Cpl. Reece E. Lodder Marine Corps Base Hawaii

For roughly two decades, the Zodiac has been the U.S. military's choice for inflatable rubber rafts. These rafts, especially the high-end model F470, are not the recreational rafts you take out to the lake on a Sunday, says Lionel Boudeau, the head of Zodiac's North America operations.

"It is used for a large variety of missions, like assault landings, infiltration and exfiltration," he says. "It can be deployed from the shore or deployed from the air by an aircraft, a helicopter, by a submarine. It is used by special forces and regular Army."

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10:36am

Wed August 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 11:37 am

The Pentagon said Wednesday that it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.
AFP/Getty Images

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it is extending full benefits to the same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.

The move is an effort to bring Pentagon policies in line with a Supreme Court decision that found the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

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12:46pm

Sat August 10, 2013
World

Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 6:14 am

Russian tanks move along Red Square during a Victory Day parade in May. This week, Russia invited the U.S. to participate in a tank biathlon.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Russia has invited the U.S. to participate in a tank biathlon so that both nations may learn to play nice — with heavy artillery.

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