Behavior of Military Lawyer in Boondoggle HQ Inquiry Under Scrutiny

By Megan McCloskey, ProPublica – An investigation released last week into why the U.S. military built a $25-million headquarters in Afghanistan that it never used, condemned the behavior of one officer in particular:  the top commander‘s lawyer. In a series of emails to other officers in 2013 and 2014, Army Col. Norm Allen said that he wanted to “slow roll” investigators, that he wouldn’t personally cooperate out of loyalty to the command, and that he would consider it inappropriate for others to do so. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) recommended that Allen be disciplined.  Turns out not only did the Pentagon disagree, but Allen has moved up the military’s food chain.  Today he is the legal advisor for the prestigious command that oversees Special Forces, such as the Navy SEALs. The $25 Million Building in Afghanistan Nobody Needed The U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t...

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U.S. Military Report: Climate Change is a ‘Catalyst for Conflict’

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch –  It’s hard to deny climate change when some of the most respected people in the U.S. affirm its existence. That’s what happened this week when Military Advisory Board (MAB) of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) released its National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change. Board members plan on briefing the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on their findings, particularly that climate change could lead to conflict. “It is not possible to discuss the future of national and international security without addressing climate change,” retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Donald Hoffman said in a statement. “Food shortages, droughts, floods—all directly tied to climate change will be catalysts for conflict.” The board is comprised of 16 retired three- and four-star generals and admirals. Their message is not unlike the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s March report, which stated that global security could be comprised as the Earth continues to warm. The new report, accompanied by a...

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