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July 2016: 'The best parallel that I am aware of is a case that I wrote about in my 2009 book "Wired for War." A U.S. Army soldier discussed how his unit in Iraq in the mid 2000s was equipped with a surveillance robot known as a MARCBOT. This is a remotely operated surveillance robot, equipped with a mast holding a small camera, not the kind used in Dallas. It costs about $8,000. Their unit used the robotic system for roles like checkpoint duty; if there was a car that was suspected of being a car bomb, they would send the robot for a close look, rather than a risk one of their people.'

March 2009: "A recent Army inspector general's report says the process for deciding a soldier's fitness for combat is so confusing that it increases the chance of sending ailing troops to war."

November 2008: "The Pentagon has become embroiled in a row after the US Army released a photo of a general to the media which was found to have been digitally altered."

May 2008: "A Pentagon audit of $8.2 billion in American taxpayer money spent by the United States Army on contractors in Iraq has found that almost none of the payments followed federal rules and that in some cases, contracts worth millions of dollars were paid for despite little or no record of what, if anything, was received."

April 2008: "Strained by the demands of a long war, the Army and the Marine Corps recruited significantly more felons into their ranks in 2007 than in 2006, including people convicted of armed robbery, arson and burglary, according to data released Monday by a House committee."

November 2007: The U.S. Army wants 418,000 acres of private ranch land to triple the size of its Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, a training area considered suitable -- some would say essential -- for preparing American warriors to do battle in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The 1,000-square-mile facility would be 15 times the size of the District.

May 2007: The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer, Wired News has learned. The directive, issued April 19, is the sharpest restriction on troops' online activities since the start of the Iraq war. And it could mean the end of military blogs, observers say.

June 2007: The private security contractor, Erinys Iraq, said the U.S. Army required all bidders to obtain business and operating licenses from the Iraqi government before submitting offers but then did not enforce those requirements as it narrowed the field of candidates for the lucrative job.

April 2007: The Army did an investigation last fall into more than 500 combat deaths and found that none showed significant discrepancies between what the family was told and what actually happened. The Army continues to review the issue.

February 2007: The Army is deliberately shortchanging troops on their disability retirement ratings to hold down costs, according to veterans’ advocates, lawyers and service the Army — in the midst of a war — the number of soldiers approved for permanent disability retirement has plunged by more than two-thirds, from 642 in 2001 to 209 in 2005

October 2006: WASHINGTON — Decisions by both the Army and Marines to court-martial troops accused of atrocities in Iraq, announced almost simultaneously on Wednesday, could reflect a new, tougher attitude by the US military in such cases.

November 2005: The Army has suspended plans to expand an unwieldy, 16-month-old program to call up inactive soldiers for military duty, after thousands have requested delays or exemptions or failed to show up.

February 2005: Yesterday's testimony underscored a debate brewing in the Pentagon over how to meet the long-term demands of the war on terrorism. The Pentagon now limits reserves to a total of 24 months of active duty, but the Army is considering seeking an extension to allow for longer and more frequent deployments of reservists.

January 2005: Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which published the documents on its Web site, said they showed that the investigations of torture and abuse "have been woefully inadequate" and, in some cases, a whitewash. Army spokesman Dov Schwartz responded that "the Army has aggressively investigated all credible allegations of detainee abuse and held soldiers accountable for their actions."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Army Emergency Relief (AER) Organization Sep 11, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Army Judge Advocate General Organization Oct 29, 2006
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Department of Defense (DOD)/Defense Department Organization Jul 12, 2005
Cooperation (past or present) Opponent (past or present) Erinys International Organization Jun 7, 2007
Advised by (past or present) Joint Chiefs of Staff, The (JCS) Organization Feb 28, 2005
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Guard Bureau, The (NGB) Organization Sep 2, 2005
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Guard, Army (ARNG) Organization Dec 8, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) U.S. Army War College Organization Dec 18, 2005
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Organization Jun 20, 2004
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Army Reserve (USAR) Organization Feb 7, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) US Military Academy at West Point Organization Jun 20, 2004
Member (past or present) Sen. James "Jim" Abdnor Person Jun 9, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Gen. John P. Abizaid Person Jun 20, 2004
Member (past or present) General Keith B. Alexander Person Jun 28, 2013
Member (past or present) Col. Kenneth Allard Person Dec 16, 2008
Member (past or present) Carter Andress M.A. Person Dec 17, 2008
Member (past or present) Sen. Lloyd M. Bentsen Esq. Person Jan 12, 2006
Member (past or present) Charles A. Bowsher Person Aug 29, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin Person Dec 20, 2010
Member (past or present) Ronald "Ron" H. Brown Esq. Person Sep 4, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Lt. Gen. James L. Campbell Person Jul 29, 2007
Organization Executive (past or present) Gen. George W. Casey Jr. Person Nov 21, 2009
Member (past or present) Gov. Lawton Mainor Chiles Jr., Esq. Person Apr 4, 2007
Member (past or present) Sen. Frank Forrester Church Esq. Person Jan 3, 2006
Member (past or present) Joseph Maxwell "Max" Cleland MA Person May 12, 2010
Member (past or present) Ambassador Daniel R. Coats Person Dec 12, 2006
Member (past or present) Prof. Geoffrey S. Corn Esq. Person Oct 29, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Susan J. Crawford Esq. Person May 12, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) General George Armstrong Custer Person Jun 24, 2003
Member (past or present) Terence J. Daly Person Aug 21, 2006
Member (past or present) Rep. Thomas "Tom" M. Davis III Person Jan 5, 2006
Member (past or present) Roger Dow Person Jan 24, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Gen. Wayne A. Downing Person Dec 16, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Lieutenant General Karl W. Eikenberry MA Person Sep 9, 2009
Organization Executive (past or present) President Dwight D. Eisenhower Person Jun 20, 2004
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Pfc. Lynndie R. England Person May 5, 2005
Organization Executive (past or present) Gen. Tommy R. Franks Person Jan 16, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Michael Furlong Person May 18, 2010
Organization Executive (past or present) General (Retd.) Jay M. Garner Person
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Preston "Pete" M. Geren Person May 31, 2007
Member (past or present) Gov. James S. Gilmore III Person Aug 17, 2013
Member (past or present) Senator Albert Arnold Gore Sr. Person Aug 22, 2007
Member (past or present) Senator Thomas "Slade" Gorton III Person Jan 9, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Rep. Porter J. Goss Person Oct 12, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Pres. Ulysses S. Grant. Person Apr 2, 2008
Member (past or present) Senator Chuck Hagel Person Feb 15, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Dr. Francis J. Harvey Person Jul 25, 2005
Member (past or present) Col. Robert L. Helvey Person Jun 24, 2012
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Col. John Holcomb M.D. Person Mar 10, 2008
Member of (past or present) Rep. Stephen Horn Person Sep 6, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Dr. Franklin "Frank" E. Kameny Person Apr 30, 2011
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Brig. General Janis L. Karpinski Person Jul 30, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Gen. Paul J. Kern Person Jun 20, 2004
Member (past or present) Col. Robert Killebrew Person
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Gen. James C. King Person Feb 8, 2006
Member (past or present) Secretary of State Henry Alfred Kissinger Person Apr 1, 2008
Member (past or present) Scott Lilly Person Mar 11, 2005
Member (past or present) Frederic "Fred" V. Malek MBA Person Aug 19, 2005
Member (past or present) Bradley Manning Person Sep 10, 2013
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Gen George C. Marshall Person Jan 10, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey Person Dec 16, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal Person Sep 6, 2009
Member (past or present) Gov. Robert "Bob" F. McDonnell Esq. Person Jun 20, 2011
Member (past or present) Sen. George Stanley McGovern Ph.D. Person May 29, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) General David D. McKiernan Person Sep 6, 2009
Member (past or present) President William McKinley Esq. Person Jul 16, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Maj. General Geoffrey D. Miller Person Feb 24, 2006
Member (past or present) Prof. David W. Moore Ph.D. Person Apr 4, 2010
Member (past or present) Col. Lawrence J. Morris Person Oct 24, 2008
Member (past or present) Alex Nicholson Person Jun 12, 2010
Organization Executive (past or present) Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno Person Dec 23, 2011
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Col. Thomas M. Pappas Person Jul 30, 2005
Organization Executive (past or present) Gen. David H. Petraeus Person Jun 13, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist Esq. Person Sep 27, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Member (past or present) Steve Robinson Person Dec 27, 2005
Member (past or present) Chris Ronay M.A. Person Jun 19, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker Person Aug 4, 2004
Member (past or present) Larry Scott Person Dec 27, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Gen. Eric K. Shinseki Person Dec 8, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Maj. Gen Antonio M. Taguba Person Jun 20, 2004
Member (past or present) Pat Tillman Person Jul 24, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Prof. Robert F. Turner Person
Member (past or present) Colonel Darrel J. Vandeveld Person Oct 24, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Rep. Alan West Person Nov 20, 2012
Member (past or present) Representative Allen B. West MS Person May 8, 2011
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Thomas White Person
Member (past or present) John W. Whitehead Esq. Person Jul 17, 2006

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Jul 10, 2016 Police used a robot to kill -- The key questions

QUOTE: While there are links to the discussion on the future of killer robots, known as LAWS (lethal autonomous weapons systems), there are also three important differences to keep in mind.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 26, 2009 Wartime Soldier, Conflicted Mom: Women at Arms

QUOTE: Hanging on to today’s war-savvy, battle-tested cadre of mothers — and would-be mothers — is both crucial and difficult for the Army, say officers, enlistees and experts.

New York Times
Aug 31, 2009 A Few Good Kids? How the No Child Left Behind Act allowed military recruiters to collect info on millions of unsuspecting teens.

QUOTE: In the past few years, the military has mounted a virtual invasion into the lives of young Americans. Using data mining, stealth websites, career tests, and sophisticated marketing software, the Pentagon is harvesting and analyzing information on everything from high school students' GPAs and SAT scores to which video games they play.

Mother Jones
Aug 09, 2009 Tomgram: Jamail and Lazare, Lost in Military Limbo

QUOTE: For soldiers who have gone AWOL (Absent Without Leave) and then voluntarily turned themselves in or were forcibly returned, the detention conditions here in Echo Platoon only serve to reinforce the inescapability of their situation. They remain suspended in a legal limbo of forced uncertainty that can extend from several months to a year or more, while the military takes its time deciding their fate.

Aug 07, 2009 A $191 Million Question: How a relationship between an Army official and a private contractor led to allegations of collusion and impropriety

QUOTE: Reforms a decade ago, intended to make the system [procurement system] more efficient and entrepreneurial, had unintended consequences: insufficient oversight, conflicts of interest, unprecedented outsourcing and an endlessly revolving door that leads government officials into the offices of contractors.

Washington Post
Jul 27, 2009 'Multiple' failures led to Iraq electrocution, Pentagon says

QUOTE: Nine of 18 electrocution deaths reported in Iraq were caused by "improper grounding or faulty equipment," including the January 2008 death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, the Defense Department's inspector-general found.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 16, 2009 Grave offenses at Arlington National Cemetery (Part 1)

QUOTE: Three former public affairs officers have recently testified under oath about a hostile work environment at Arlington [National Cemetery]. One was fired after speaking out. The other two quit in disgust. Despite nearly 10 years and countless dollars spent on computerizing its operations, the cemetery still relies mostly on paper burial records that in some cases do not match the headstones.

Jun 05, 2009 Discredited Research Study Stuns an Ex-Army Doctor’s Colleagues

QUOTE: The disputed journal article was written by a former Army orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Timothy R. Kuklo, forged the signatures of Dr. Andersen and other Army doctors on his study and never showed it to them before it was published....The Walter Reed episode also shows how medical journals may fail to conduct adequate due diligence on the studies they publish.

New York Times
Apr 10, 2009 What motive does the Army have to misdiagnose PTSD?

QUOTE: A reluctance to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder could be about the money, and about the need for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mar 22, 2009 Soldiers: Army forced us to deploy despite health woes

QUOTE: The petition [from affected soldiers] says, "As the shortage of troops has become more and more difficult to overcome, our commanders have become more and more aggressive in deploying soldiers with injuries and illnesses."

Nov 19, 2008 Row over altered US Army photo

QUOTE: The Pentagon has become embroiled in a row after the US Army released a photo of a general to the media which was found to have been digitally altered.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Jun 28, 2008 Scientist Is Paid Millions by U.S. in Anthrax Suit

QUOTE: The Justice Department announced Friday that it would pay $4.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Steven J. Hatfill, a former Army biodefense researcher intensively investigated as a “person of interest” in the deadly anthrax letters of 2001. The settlement, consisting of $2.825 million in cash and an annuity paying Dr. Hatfill $150,000 a year for 20 years, brings to an end a five-year legal battle that had recently threatened a reporter with large fines for declining to name sources she said she did not recall.

New York Times
Jun 25, 2008 Religion and Its Role Are in Dispute at the Service Academies

QUOTE: Three years after a scandal at the Air Force Academy over the evangelizing of cadets by Christian staff and faculty members, students and staff at West Point and the Naval Academy are complaining that their schools, too, have pushed religion on cadets and midshipmen.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2008 Cover-Up Is Cited on Illegal Arms

QUOTE: A military attaché has told Congressional investigators that the American ambassador to Albania endorsed a plan by that country’s defense minister to remove evidence of illegal Chinese origins on ammunition being shipped from Albania to Afghanistan by a Miami Beach arms-dealing company.

New York Times
May 24, 2008 Controversial Contractor’s Iraq Work Is Split Up

QUOTE: For the first time since the war began, the largest single Pentagon contract in Iraq is being divided among three companies, ending the monopoly held by KBR, the Houston-based corporation that has been accused of wasteful spending and mismanagement and of exploiting its political ties to Vice President Dick Cheney.

New York Times
May 23, 2008 Iraq Spending Ignored Rules, Pentagon Says

QUOTE: The new report is especially significant because while other federal auditors have severely criticized the way the United States has handled payments to contractors in Iraq, this is the first time that the Pentagon itself has acknowledged the mismanagement on anything resembling this scale.

New York Times
May 21, 2008 U.S. deserter faces deportation from Canada

QUOTE: National Guard Sgt. Corey Glass, 25, says he fled to Toronto in 2006 after serving in Iraq because he did not want to fight in a war he did not support.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 22, 2008 Army and Marine Corps Grant More Felony Waivers

QUOTE: Coupled with sharp increases in the number of waivers for misdemeanors, the trend raises questions about the military’s ability to attract quality recruits at a time when it is trying to increase enlistment...“It raises concerns,” said Representative Henry A. Waxman...“An increase in the recruitment of individuals with criminal records is a result of the strains put on the military by the Iraq war and may be undermining our military readiness.”

New York Times
Nov 04, 2007 Colorado Ranchers Angry Over Army Site Expansion: Plan to Take Land Spurs Debate On Patriotism, Property Rights

QUOTE: Several dozen ranchers and members of 15 county commissions that voted to oppose the project find themselves pitted against the Pentagon and Colorado business interests in a struggle over property rights, personal heritage and the contested priorities of national security.

Washington Post
Aug 31, 2007 U.S. Says Company Bribed Officers for Work in Iraq

QUOTE: Lee Dynamics appears to be emblematic of scores of companies formed since the Iraqi government fell to take advantage of billions of dollars in contracts to clothe, feed and arm American troops in Kuwait and to sustain Iraq security forces in Iraq.

New York Times

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