March 18, 2008
Peter W. Rodman took sides long ago on the question of regime change in Iraq: "Since I'm a historical relic, let me go back to the revolution. We had a Saddam Hussein problem in the 1970s," a time of "Soviet-backed radicalism, of which Saddam was one exemplar. " Rodman was an assistant to Henry Kissinger in the Nixon White House at the time. Nothing he learned as an official in subsequent Republican administrations changed his mind about the Iraqi dictator. In 1998, he was one of 18 signers of a letter from the Project for the New American Century that urged...
January 25, 2013 |
The Pentagon's adoption of an open-source database management platform signifies a major step forward for federal big data usage and provides hints at the next big data opportunities for contractors. The roots of this change became publicly known last summer, after the Senate Armed Services Committee released a draft of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization legislation. The draft noted that the Pentagon wanted to use the National Security Agency's open-source Accumulo — a software platform based on Google's BigTable that...
March 17, 2011
I am one of the advocates prodding lawmakers to increase funding for the Defense Department's Ovarian Cancer Research Program [" Cancer research is in Pentagon budget ," news story, March 13]. Advocacy groups and members of Congress have been strong champions of Pentagon-conducted cancer research for one reason: Defense Department cancer researchers get amazing results with minimal investment. Cancer research performed by the Pentagon is unique in that it funds high-risk, high-reward projects that may yield...
July 11, 2012 |
Bob Gates is no longer the secretary of defense, but the Pentagon's war on compiling congressionally mandated reports that the Defense Department says are time-consuming — and largely unread — seems to go on. Gates, Loop Fans may recall , began issuing little price-tag stickers spelling out what it costs the Pentagon to prepare these studies. A new salvo was fired Wednesday morning when a Pentagon official told House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.)
September 9, 2011 |
Ninth in a series . "You want to play in the back yard, son?" April Gallop says to the lanky 10-year-old tailing her on the front walk of a neat frame house in a Richmond suburb. "You go around; I'll be right there. " Elisha Gallop wears a straw hat and flip-flops in the heat of a July afternoon. He gives his mom a smile and runs to lift a heavy padlock from a side gate. The half-finished fence, being built by volunteers, remains open at the rear; anyone could walk in. But she still craves the...
November 24, 2009
Regarding the Nov. 20 news story "In Fort Hood aftermath, Pentagon opens two reviews": Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, like virtually all leaders in the U.S. government, has rightly vowed to do "everything in our power" to prevent another Fort Hood-type incident. Here's something in our power: Take the scarce resources now being wasted on drumming out of the military competent, patriotic Americans who happen to be gay and instead focus them on people posing actual threats.