Iraq

  • Homeland Security Concerns

    While the world watches the conflict in Gaza, everything going on in Iraq and Iran, and future relations with North Korea…there is ONE area of the world that appears to be overlooked. Mexico. We learn…

  • Studying Contracting in Iraq

    The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, is out. General Bowen testified about the report before the new Commission on Wartime Contracting. Watch the entire morning session Watch the…

  • Troops Out, Feds In

    Most people know about the troop surge in Iraq, but one federal agency is preparing for a civilian surge. That agency is the US Agency for International Development, or US-AID. Jeanne Pryor is Deputy Director…

  • Those Left Behind

    President Barack Obama has approved a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq over the next 19 months. But this isn’t a complete exit: Up to 50,000 troops could remain in the country. Lawrence Korb, assistant…

  • Should Congress Have a Say?

    President Obama is pulling troops out of Iraq, but also says a ‘residual force’ will remain through 2011. He’s adding 17,000 troops to the fight in Afghanistan. Neither of these commitments requires congressional approval. But…

  • Iraq: Not a Done Deal

    A hiccup in Iraq. ”We’re supposed to have all combat forces out of the cities by June,” says U.S. military spokesman General David Perkins. But the before that can happen, Al Qaida has to be dealt with. Perkins says ”We have said before, for al Qaida to win they have to take Baghdad, but in order to win they have to hold on to Mosul.” They are still holding on in Mosul. Perkins says to bring the conflict to an end, Iraq’s neighbors, particularly Syria, are going to have to stop allowing foreign fighters to come into Iraq.

  • Iraq Reconstruction: Hard Lessons

    The tactical and strategic lessons learned from Iraq form the basis of a new book by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Stuart Bowen talked about that book “Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience”…

  • Pull Out Not Guaranteed

    The Associated Press is reporting the top U.S. general in Iraq is hedging his bets about whether U.S. combat troops will pull out of the volatile city of Mosul on schedule next month. Gen. Raymond Odierno says U.S. and Iraqi forces are in the midst of a neighborhood-by-neighborhood sweep of Mosul ahead of a June 30 deadline to hand over security for the city to Iraqi forces.

  • 7/13/09 – Army pushes for Push-to-Talk

    A more dialed in Iraq warfighter that’s the idea behind the Army’s new satellite communications ”on the move” device. The solution will include a compact device that integrates land and satellite communications with a push-to-talk interface. This will enable the Army to utilize cross-band capabilities so personnel can take advantage of both communication links. Once deployed, the device will provide greater situational awareness and speed and flexibility to fast moving forces in Iraq.

  • By the numbers: Medal of Honor comes up short

    There are some rather staggering numbers coming out of the war in Iraq. Four thousand soldiers killed in action, more than 34,000 wounded – and only six considered worthy of the nation’s highest military award,…