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A C-130 prepares for takeoff from Lajes Field in the Azores.

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A C-130 prepares for takeoff from Lajes Field in the Azores.

Azores Base Cause for Congressman With Family Roots

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker:  Rep. Devin Nunes is fighting to protect an airfield in the Azores, his family’s ancestral island home. Nunes is seeking to prevent the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Lajes air field in the Azores, an autonomous region...

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A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds in Pocheon, South Korea.

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A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds in Pocheon, South Korea.

Army Tanking Tanks: General Dynamics Battles for $230 Million

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: Emboldened by last year’s success — when Congress agreed to spend $90 million on upgraded battle tanks the Pentagon didn’t want — General Dynamics Corp. is asking for more. The Falls Church, Virginia-based company, is...

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Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense in Miami.

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Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense in Miami.

Bob Gates, Meet Bob Woodward — There Are No ‘Do-Overs’

The media blitz that started former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ tour with his memoirs got off to a rocky start last week, you may recall. It had all the makings of a dream campaign: Feed the Washington Post an advance copy of “Duty,”...

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Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

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Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

Gates Tours with Memoir in Extra Printing, Obama: ‘War Never Easy’

Updated at 4:25 and 4:35 pm EST Retired Defense Secretary Robert Gates is braced for questions about the critique of the White House embodied in his widely sought memoir, “Duty,” that hits the bookstores Tuesday. As part of a media...

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"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gates: Bombs Away in Memoir — How Green Lantern Drove a Decision

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s 594-page memoir “Duty” is getting a lot of ink for his revelations of disputes over Afghan policy with the National Security Council and President Barack Obama. There’s another side of Gates that readers may savor as the tome goes...

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Iraqi men from local tribes brandish their weapons in the city of Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2014.

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Iraqi men from local tribes brandish their weapons in the city of Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2014.

Iraq, Afghanistan: $1.47 Trillion

Updated at 1:36 pm EST As turmoil in Iraq underscores the instability of a nation the U.S. spent a decade dismantling and then rebuilding, the Pentagon has a price tag for U.S. involvement there since 2001: $731 Billion. And as...

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The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System uses heat and reagents to degrade chemical weapons.

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The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System uses heat and reagents to degrade chemical weapons.

Shipping Out to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons

The Cape Ray sits in Portsmouth, Virginia, ship-shape and ready to turn Syria’s most deadly chemical weapons into what amounts to Drano. But its mission to destroy 700 tons of Syria’s bulk chemical weapons can’t begin until Russian trucks can...

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

SEAL Bin Laden Book: Fight Goes On

First there was “Zero Dark Thirty,” and now there’s “Captain Phillips,” both movies that show Navy SEALs in a heroic light — the second made with Pentagon and Navy support. Now get ready for “Navy SEALS — The Lawsuit.” Maybe Charlie Sheen should be...

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Completed M88 Hercules heavy recovery vehicles wait for delivery at the BAE Systems Plc Land & Armaments facility in York, Pennsylvania.

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Completed M88 Hercules heavy recovery vehicles wait for delivery at the BAE Systems Plc Land & Armaments facility in York, Pennsylvania.

‘Planting the Seeds’ in Advance of Defense Industry Lobbying Blitz

In advance of the defense industry’s  two-month lobbying surge on Capitol Hill against budget sequestration, its political action committees have boosted their campaign contributions. The PACs of Bloomberg Government’s 10 biggest prime contractors contributed $8.3 million from January to September, 32 percent...

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