Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill are challenging theU.S. military to rethink how it classifies terrorist attacks on U.S. soil after the Defense Departmentdecided the 2009 attack at Fort Hood and the attack on a recruiting office in Arkansas were domestic killings rather than flash points in the global war on terrorism.
Those classifications mean the dozens who were wounded or killed at Fort Hood, Texas, and those killed or injured in Little Rock, Ark., were not [...]
About 60,000 active-duty troops and reservists owe the IRS roughly $390 million in back taxes, in part because of confusion caused by frequent overseas deployments and address changes.
“Military tax returns are a little more complicated,” said Theresa Buchholz, a tax research analyst with H&R Block Tax Services in Kansas City, Mo.
Among the reasons servicemembers are susceptible to tax troubles:
•Confusion over eligibility rules for a tax break on income earned while serving in [...]
WASHINGTON — The American staff sergeant suspected of killing 16 Afghan villagers had been drinking alcohol — a violation of military rules in combat zones — and suffering from the stress related to his fourth combat tour and tensions with his wife about the deployments on the night of the massacre, a senior American official said Thursday.
“When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol and [...]
Stars And Stripes reports that as of May 2011, U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq totaled $9.7 billion a month, or roughly the entire annual budget of The Environmental Protection Agency.
While the total amount spent on the two wars could range anywhere from $3.7 up to $5.2 trillion, depending how much the Pentagon pulled from its base budget, even small chunks could power many efforts at home.
The amount the U.S. [...]
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) was guilty of “astonishing” failures in its purchase of a Â£10.5bn fleet of tanker aircraft, a committee of MPs has said.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the MoD had no idea if its deal to buy the 14 Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft was good value for money.
The planes are not due to start entering service until October 2011 – five-and-a-half years behind schedule.
No-one from the [...]