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Pentagon won't demote Petraeus for sharing classified information

Petraeus will not be demotedRetired General David Petraeus will not be docked one star for his conviction on charges of leaking classified information to his biographer and former lover, according to a letter sent by the Pentagon to the Senate and obtained by USA TODAY.

Stephen Hedger, a top official for legislative affairs, wrote Friday to Sen. John McCain saying that Defense Secretary Ash Carter considers the Petraeus matter closed, according to the letter, which was obtained by USA TODAY from a Pentagon official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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Pentagon’s Progressive Revolution Adds More Maternity Leave

Pentagon increases maternity leaveThe Pentagon announced Thursday a series of changes to its maternity policy, saying female troops could receive as much as 12 weeks of paid leave, new fathers could take 14 paid days off, and the military would pay for troops to freeze sperm and eggs.

It was a seemingly transformational announcement and yet it was not welcome news all in uniform. Some called setting such standards across the service branches was micromanaging by the Pentagon. Others said it would affect force readiness. Most of all, for female members of the Navy and Marine Corps, it meant six weeks less of leave than they were promised just six months ago.

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New U.S Navy Ship Struggles in Test to Fend Off Attacking Boats

US Navy Ship StrugglesThe U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship struggled in drills at sea to fend off a swarm of small attacking vessels like the Iranian boats it could encounter in the Persian Gulf, according to the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester.

The fast-attack boats were ultimately defeated by the USS Coronado during three mock engagements in August and September to test its guns and targeting gear. But in two exercises an attacker came too close, penetrating the vessel’s “keep-out” zone, Pentagon testing director Michael Gilmore said in his annual report on major weapons submitted to congressional defense committees.

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Pentagon in open brawl over spending priorities

Pentagon at odds over spending prioritiesA brawl has broken out at the top rungs of the Pentagon over how to prepare the military for long-term threats, in a rare public fight that pits leaders of the military branches against Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

Carter wants to use the Pentagon’s upcoming, approximately $580 billion budget request to solidify the Obama administration’s goals of investing in more advanced weapons such as next-generation fighters and submarines, and high-demand skills such as cyber warfare.

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How David Petraeus avoided felony charges and possible prison time

David petraeus Inside a secure conference room on the 6th floor of the Justice Department in early 2014, top federal law enforcement officials gathered to hear what criminal charges prosecutors were contemplating against David H. Petraeus, the storied wartime general and former CIA director whose public career had ended about 15 months earlier over an extramarital affair.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director James B. Comey listened as prosecutors did a mock run through the government's case, a preview of how they would present their evidence to Petraeus' lawyers in order, they hoped, to force a guilty plea.

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Why Is the US Military Still Burning Its Explosive Waste in the Open Air?

US military polluting airA 100-foot-long incinerator manufactured in Oklahoma is arriving this week at Camp Minden, a US military facility in northwest Louisiana where a massive and unstable stockpile of explosive artillery propellant known as the M-6 awaits destruction within its metal chamber.

For the residents of neighboring towns and the nearby city of Shreveport, the idea of 15 million pounds of hazardous and explosive waste slowly being fed into the incinerator may be unsettling, but it's far better than the government's original plan to "open burn" the M-6 on trays set out in the open air. Chemicals in the M-6 can produce cancerous fumes, and unlike an open burn, the incinerator has some air pollution controls.

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Navy SEAL Turns Over Picture of Bin Laden’s Body, Faces Investigation of Business Ties

matthew BissonetA former Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden and wrote a bestselling book about the raid is now the subject of a widening federal criminal investigation into whether he used his position as an elite commando for personal profit while on active duty, according to two people familiar with the case.

Matthew Bissonnette, the former SEAL and author of No Easy Day, a firsthand account of the 2011 bin Laden operation, had already been under investigation by both the Justice Department and the Navy for revealing classified information.

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