December 5, 2014 |
Long before Ashton Carter became a nuclear physicist, an Oxford professor, a Pentagon strategist, or the presumed nominee for secretary of defense, those who grew up with him in Abington recognized a spark. "He was brilliant. I remember thinking, 'Yeah, that guy's going to be president someday,' " said Lois Odabas, who graduated with Carter in Abington High School's Class of 1972. Robert Miller, who met Carter when both were at Highland Elementary School, recalled one time when his father took them swimming at a local park.
September 23, 2014 |
International Housekeepers Week, celebrated worldwide in the hotel industry last week, resonates personally with Robert Allen, general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. "My dad passed away when we were young," Allen said. "My mom needed to get a job, and she was a housekeeper in a hotel. You look and you see her come home after taking a bus, getting home at 7 p.m., and having to help me with homework. Cook a meal. Clean. "We can never do enough for these people," he said.
May 27, 2014 |
A memorial service will be Tuesday, May 27, for Irvin Hamburger, 86, formerly of Elkins Park, who died Sunday, Feb. 9, of pneumonia at Martins Run in Media, where he had lived for the last six years. The service will be at 11 a.m. in the retirement community at 11 Martins Run. A native of Washington, Mr. Hamburger loved flying. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After graduating from the Catholic University of America he spent several years in the construction business with his father.
January 25, 2014 |
It was only once that a flash of anger and annoyance broke through the otherwise well-modulated and pleasant persona that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates presented to the capacity crowd at the National Constitution Center last Friday. Gates, on a tour to promote his book about his years as defense secretary under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was asked why the military had resisted building specially hardened troop carriers that, in the few instances where they had been used, had proved so effective in protecting soldiers from the devastating blasts of improvised explosive devices or roadside bombs used throughout Iraq by enemy fighters.
January 6, 2014 |
After a 30-year military career in which he earned three graduate degrees, rose to the rank of colonel, and served as an aide to Pentagon brass, Robert Freniere can guess what people might say when they learn he's unemployed and lives out of his van: Why doesn't this guy get a job as a janitor? Freniere answers his own question: "Well, I've tried that. " Freniere, 59, says that his plea for help, to a janitor he once praised when the man was mopping the floors of his Washington office, went unfulfilled.
July 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The United States is delaying delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in light of the military overthrow of Mohammed Morsi as president, but it has not decided whether to suspend military aid more broadly, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Pentagon press secretary George Little said President Obama made the decision to hold up the F-16 delivery while the administration continues to review options and consult with Congress on military assistance generally. The four F-16s were to be delivered under a previously arranged sale of 20. Eight of the F-16s were delivered earlier this year; after the four originally set for delivery this week the final eight were to be sent later this year.
July 17, 2013
Liz Cheney to run in Wyo. CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary, her campaign said Tuesday. Liz Cheney, 46, is the elder of Dick Cheney's two daughters. Her announcement is a political challenge unlike anything Wyoming has seen for years, maybe decades. Republicans in the state rarely challenge incumbents of their own party in national office. All three members of the state's congressional delegation and all statewide elected officials are Republican.
July 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is eyeing plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in as many as 18 countries and five waterways around the world, saving about $120 million a year while taking a bite out of troops' salaries, The Associated Press has learned. Senior defense and military leaders are expected to meet later this week to review the matter and are poised to approve a new plan. Pentagon press secretary George Little declined to discuss details but said no final decisions have been made.
July 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from "dysfunction to total failure," according to an internal study suppressed by military officials. Largely beyond the public spotlight, the decades-old pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence is sluggish, often duplicative and subjected to too little scientific rigor, the report says. The report paints a picture of a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a military-run group known as JPAC and headed by a two-star general, as woefully inept and even corrupt.
May 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Designs for many of the nation's most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry. Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared by the Defense Science Board for Pentagon leaders.