Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux […]

Fiscal crisis Mullen’s top concern

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Though he’s a warrior, not an economist, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, ranks the financial crisis as a higher priority and greater risk to security than current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The scope of it is, to me, mind-boggling,” said Mullen in an interview with Military […]

Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

Navy’s top admiral to testify at BRAC hearing on Oceana

The Associated Press NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy’s new chief will testify this week at a defense commission hearing on whether Oceana Naval Air Station should be among military bases it recommends for closure. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, who became chief of naval operations July 15, will appear before the Defense Base Realignment and Closure […]