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Congress strengthens religious freedom for the military

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 12/26/13, 04:00 pm

The Senate passed a defense bill with strong bipartisan support last week that includes important language to strengthen and protect the religious freedom of military members and chaplains.

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Why is the U.S. buying Russian helicopters for Afghanistan?

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 12/17/13, 05:30 pm

Lawmakers from both political parties are demanding to know why the United States is buying Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan security forces rather than American-made rotorcraft.

A top-secret Pentagon study, released in 2010, had recommended an American-made helicopter, according to unclassified excerpts obtained by the Associated Press. The excerpts show the U.S. Army’s workhorse Chinook, built by Boeing Co. in Pennsylvania, was “the most cost-effective single platform type fleet for the Afghan Air Force over a 20-year” period.

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They blazed the trail for modern espionage

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 12/09/13, 05:10 pm

The WWII-era spy organization that later became the Central Intelligence Agency may receive the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, the Congressional Gold Medal. Legislation introduced last week by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, would award the medal collectively to the members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

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