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Payment error hits National Guard members’ wallets

Military | Soldiers in California struggle to pay back bonuses after fraud discovered
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 10/25/16, 02:00 pm

UPDATE (10/26/16, 11:30 a.m.): U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered Pentagon officials this morning to suspend all efforts to seek bonus repayments from California National Guard members. Carter has given Defense Department officials until Jan. 1 to create a streamlined process for dealing with the fraudulent bonus debacle.

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Four-star general pleads guilty to perjury in leak probe

Military | Expert says perjury is a powerful tool for investigators when national secrets are on the line
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 10/21/16, 10:17 am

A retired four-star Marine general accepted a plea deal Monday, avoiding a public trial in which highly classified information might have been disclosed.

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Russia lashes out at U.S. for missile defense

Military | Military expert says Russia is really the aggressor
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 10/14/16, 11:40 am

In the complex world of nuclear weapons strategy, perception is everything. And as tensions between the United States  and Russia escalate, Russia increasingly perceives the U.S. missile defense program as an offensive threat.

In a bluntly worded speech this week, a top officer on the Russian military’s general staff accused the Pentagon of using the missile-defense program as part of a strategy for a possible first nuclear strike. 

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