Navy releases retention study; LCS, F-35 get negative reviews

Sailors of USS Carl Vinson

The Navy released its 2014 Retention Study to better understand the current perceptions of U.S. Navy sailors. Specifically, what impacts their decision-making when deciding to remain in uniformed service or to seek employment elsewhere? The study also sought to understand the three core areas underpinning a sailor’s perception of the quality of service they experience, namely quality of work, quality of life, and quality of leadership. Perceptions about the Littoral Combat Ship are perhaps the most concerning results of the surface warfare officer component of the survey. Sixty percent of respondents do not want … [Read more...]

How Pentagon cuts could affect military news coverage

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The war in Iraq is over. The one in Afghanistan will wrap up by the end of this year. But this week’s news from the Pentagon is about the perennial war they fight each year — the one for dollars, equipment and bases. This time, the military is proposing cuts, at least on paper, that may change how and when reporters cover the military. … [Read more...]

Three recognized for investigative reporting of veterans and DoD

Lobotomy files

The Shorenstein Center named six 2014 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting finalists. Among the finalists, one focused on World War II veterans who were lobotomized by the government. A special citation was given to two reporters for their series on widespread accounting malpractice by the Department of Defense. … [Read more...]

Scooping ‘the Boys’ of Vietnam Press


During her seven years covering the Vietnam War, Beverly Deepe Keever broke through the male-dominated world of war reporting and nearly changed history with her discovery that Richard Nixon’s 1968 campaign was sabotaging the Paris peace talks, notes combat reporter, Don North, in his review of her memoir. … [Read more...]

Richard Engel explains ‘stages of war’ reporters go through

In "Office Politics," NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel assesses the Arab Spring. He gives MSNBC’s Alex Witt a breakdown of what he calls the "stages of war" and his reactions to the atrocities he has seen covering wars around the world. Engel reveals whether or not he has time for a personal life given his globetrotting lifestyle. … [Read more...]