Army chief: Pay raises could pose danger


Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno warns that the Army’s ability to modernize is threatened by ballooning compensation and benefit costs, Stars and Stripes reports. Ten years from now, 80 percent of the Army’s budget will be devoted to providing pay and benefits. “We can’t operate like that,” Gen. Odierno tells the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.

Intelligence nightmare

U.S. intelligence officials are overwhelmed by the jailbreaks from Iraqi prisons last week, the Daily Beast reports. “We just lost track of everyone we didn’t kill who was in al Qaida during the surge,” an intelligence analyst says.

Information war

For six years, U.S. planes have been broadcasting American TV programs over Cuba. The problem? It’s cost
$24 million and the signal is jammed by the Castro regime. “It’s hard to believe we are still wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on beaming a jammed TV signal — that fewer than 1 percent of Cubans can see,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., tells Foreign Policy’s The Cable.

Compiled by M.S. Scully.