If the access problem for Aberdeen Proving Ground isn't dealt with in a substantially more robust way in the next few years — a BRAC round in 2013 notwithstanding — the day will come when the post is regarded as being an inferior location because of access issues. When that day is followed by another round of base closing and realignment, Aberdeen Proving Ground and Harford County could end up facing the harsh economic reality that BRAC may have given, but it can also take away.
President Barack Obama says his new defense strategy will make U.S. military forces "leaner," but officials in Maryland say the focus of the local installations and contractors on intelligence, cyberwarfare and research and development is likely to protect the state from the cuts feared elsewhere.
The number of sexual assaults reported at the Naval Academy doubled during the 2010-11 academy year, and the percentage of midshipmen reporting unwanted sexual contact also doubled, from one in 12 to one in six, according to a report release Tuesday by the Pentagon.
U.S. officials declared an end to the mission in Iraq on Thursday, lowering the flag used by the American forces in a ceremony at Baghdad International Airport attended by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Marylanders from nearly every walk of life could be affected by across-the-board budget cuts starting in 2013 as a result of the congressional supercommittee's failure to reach an agreement to trim the nation's spiraling budget deficits.
The buzz of propellers drifted down over the airfield as the stubby gray plane came into view. The loadmaster from the Maryland Air National Guard crew dropped the rear hatch open. One by one, six soldiers filed out of the airplane and into the sky.