Pentagon: U.S. concedes mistakes in Pakistani deaths

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After 10 years of war in Afghanistan, a persistent lack of trust between the U.S. and Pakistan still complicates operations along the critical Afghanistan border and was a key factor in the errant American airstrikes late last month that killed 24 Pakistani troops. U.S. officials on Thursday accepted some blame [...]

Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that [...]

Cannon commander recalls 9/11 Pentagon attack

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer If a meeting hadn’t been canceled, Col. Stephen Clark would likely have died when a terrorist-piloted plane slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Although he is now the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing, Clark was at the time assigned to the Pentagon, with an [...]

Senate doesn’t need to stop with F-22 cut

The 58-40 Senate vote last week to stop production of more F-22 fighter planes was a welcome bit of sanity applied to Pentagon spending. Whether it will lead to less wasteful Pentagon procurement policies in the future or go down as simply a symbolic gesture is a more complicated question. The F-22 was developed in [...]

Over-budget weapons systems need questioning

Editorial The Government Accountability Office has issued yet another study documenting gross overspending and underproduction in Pentagon weapons systems. The GAO has been doing these studies and making recommendations for the past six years, followed by promises from the Pentagon and defense contractors to improve. But the problems have not gotten better. If anything, they [...]

Special operations gets funding in Pentagon non-war budget

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Congress approved a big boost in the Pentagon’s non-war budget late Thursday. The budget includes money for Air Force Special Operations to modify CV-22 Ospreys and other funding that will boost several programs in eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Cannon [...]

Survivor recalls attack on Sept. 11

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Penny Bailey remembers watching in amazement as firefighters rushed into the Pentagon trying to find survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, despite orders to fall back. Bailey was working in the Pentagon at the time of the attack. “Every fire department within 30 to 100 miles was there,” said [...]

Libby’s commutation unacceptable

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s unfortunate “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is on summer break, because only a comedy program could accurately reflect the idea of President George W. Bush commuting a prison sentence. Bush erased a 30-month sentence for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of four counts relating to the investigation in [...]

CAFB under consideration for special forces base

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An in-depth report examining Cannon Air Force Base as a potential site for Air Force special forces has been submitted to the Pentagon, a spokesman for Air Force Special Operations Command told the Clovis News Journal on Monday. Cannon and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., are two bases [...]

Officials say search for Cannon mission at midway point

By Marlena Hartz A glossy brochure peddling the assets of Cannon Air Force Base was issued to government agencies Thursday, according to the office of Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M. The release marks the midway point in the search to find a new mission for Cannon. It is the fourth step in an eight-step process set [...]