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2008-06-30 00:02:02

The U.S. Department of Defense is resisting orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up three military bases, officials say. The Washington Post reported Sunday the EPA says the military dumped chemicals at the sites that pose imminent and substantial dangers to public health and the environment. Additionally, the Pentagon has refused to sign agreements that cover 12 other military sites on the Superfund list of the most polluted places in the country. The contracts...

2008-06-20 15:00:12

A site memorializing the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the U.S. Department of Defense headquarters may attract too many tourists, critics say. The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated and open to the public in September on the Pentagon's grounds in Arlington, Va., The Washington Post reported Friday. Critics worry the $32 million site will compromise the Pentagon's security. The Pentagon was not designed to be a welcoming and nice place to visit, like the mall, Steven E. Calvery,...

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2008-03-07 00:00:00

Pentagon officials notified Defense Department bases and installations within the U.S. last week to prohibit Google representatives from taking panoramic videos inside the facilities. The Pentagon message cited security risks in making detailed street-level maps freely available on the Google Maps public Web site. Street View is part of the Google Maps Web site that displays panoramic views to a specific user-selected location. The Pentagon policy follows an incident in which detailed...

2007-05-25 08:30:00

WASHINGTON -- China's recent success at destroying a satellite in low-Earth orbit threatens the interests of all space-faring nations and posed dangers to human space flight, the Pentagon said Friday. In its annual report on Chinese military developments, the Pentagon also said the People's Liberation Army is building a greater capacity to launch preemptive strikes. It cited as examples China's acquisition of long-endurance submarines, unmanned combat aircraft and additional precision-guided...

2006-08-30 16:18:06

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon, mindful of potential threats to U.S. security emerging from Africa, is considering creating a new military command responsible for the continent, defense officials said on Wednesday. "The notion of setting up an Africa Command is being considered by the secretary," said Pentagon press secretary Eric Ruff, referring to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Ruff said no decision has been made and any such proposal must be approved by...

2006-08-28 17:23:46

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Monday unveiled a plan to reorganize its policy office and make it easier to coordinate the so-called global war on terror within the U.S. government and with international allies. The chairmen of the House and Senate armed services committees, who must approve creation of a new assistant secretary position, were "inclined to be helpful," said Eric Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy, who served as U.S. ambassador to Turkey from July...

2006-08-05 06:31:46

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There is no evidence that senior Pentagon commanders intentionally provided false testimony to about the military's actions on the morning of the September 11 attacks, according to a report by the Defense Department's watchdog agency cited in the New York Times on Saturday. The Pentagon's office of inspector general said the Defense Department's initial inaccurate accounts could be attributed largely to poor record-keeping, the newspaper said in an article on its...

2006-08-05 01:15:32

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There is no evidence that senior Pentagon commanders intentionally provided false testimony to about the military's actions on the morning of the September 11 attacks, according to a report by the Defense Department's watchdog agency cited in the New York Times on Saturday. The Pentagon's office of inspector general said the Defense Department's initial inaccurate accounts could be attributed largely to poor record-keeping, the newspaper said in an article on its...

2006-07-28 13:45:34

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration plans to extend Singapore F-16 fighter pilots' use of an Arizona training range and munitions, in a deal valued at up to $301 million, the Pentagon said on Friday. Singapore needs the continued use of Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, to train pilots for its current and future F-16 inventory, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a notice to Congress. The long-term pilot training program enhances the...

2006-06-30 17:40:00

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday exempted the Navy for six months from a law protecting whales and other marine mammals, a move that may allow planned naval exercises using military sonar to proceed despite a lawsuit. The exemption allows the Navy to conduct the 13 exercises it plans over the next six months without seeking permission for each under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The exemption is allowed under law, but it was the first time the Pentagon had...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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