The U.S. Army is training military cats, hoping they will be a cheaper alternative to dogs that conduct drug-sniffing operations.
Or so that's the claim in a news post celebrating April Fools' Day.
"Soldiers around the regiment have been doing their part to support the program by capturing stray cats in their neighborhoods and bringing them into the detachment located on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. More than 100 cats have been collected since the program started earlier this month," says the "press release" from the Army's website.
The Pentagon has funded a number of programs designed to produce free-flying airships and tethered aerostats such as balloons and blimps to be used as platforms for surveillance equipment, but a watchdog says the military doesn't have a good eye on its budget or organization.
The various programs cost $7 billion between 2007 and 2012. An investigation by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' watchdog arm, found that the Pentagon has little comprehensive idea of how many projects are running, what they're working on or what they're costing.
America’s top military officer is opposing the demotion of a four-star general who is accused of spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on lavish travel and other expenses in a case that has been sitting on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s desk for weeks, The Associated Press reports.