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Last Build Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:55:37 -0400


Inside the West Wing Tug-of-War Over Russia and Ukraine

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:55:37 -0400

The president has been all over the map on Ukraine. The people around him have been much more consistent.Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, June 20.

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U.S. Wastes $28 Million on Afghan Soldiers's Uniforms, Watchdog Says

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:42:38 -0400

A report deemed the camouflage pattern inappropriate for a country that is only 2.1 percent forest.Afghan National Army recruits stand in formation during their graduation ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Center Sept. 22, 2011

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Business Experience Bites Trump’s Pentagon Nominee

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:50:59 -0400

Congress might hold up the president’s pick for deputy defense secretary over his three-decade career with Boeing, among other things.

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U.S. Military Shoots Down 'Hostile' Drone in Syria

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:47:43 -0400

The move signals escalating tension in the region between U.S.-backed forces and those loyal to the Assad regime.Syrian government troops take up positions in southern Syria in May.

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Military and Veterans Groups Advocate Benefit Parity Between Active Duty, Reserve Soldiers

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:09:12 -0400

Reservists deployed for pre-planned operations don’t earn educational and other benefits afforded troops.Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced a bill that would allow reservists deployed through 12304b to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and protect them from wages lost while deployed.

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Trump Appears to Fault Obama, Calls Otto Warmbier's Death a 'Disgrace'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:41:01 -0400

He said the 22-year-old University of Virginia student “should have been brought home a long time ago” from North Korea.

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Is Momentum Building for Another Round of BRAC?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:55:45 -0400

Think tank analysts across the political spectrum urge Congress to bite bullet and close obsolete bases.

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U.S. Navy Calls Off Its Search for Missing Sailors

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:48:28 -0400

Their bodies were found inside a flooded compartment in the USS Fitzgerald, which had crashed the day before with a container ship.

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After A Shooting, What Do Security Pros Do Behind Closed Doors?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:16:42 -0400

Wednesday’s attack on a congressional baseball practice will trigger re-evaluations of security posture, and decisions on next steps.Capitol Hill Police officer Nathan Rainey stands guard on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

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Analysis: Between the Lines of Comey's Testimony

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0400

The former FBI director left a number of hints about where the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election could go.

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Dunford: Without Better Funding, U.S. Will 'Lose Competitive Advantage' In Just a Few Years

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:31:02 -0400

Gen. Dunford, and then Defense Secretary Mattis, deliver a dire warning to House lawmakers.Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis prepare to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday June 13, 2017, before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Homeland Security IG: Secret Service Budget Not Sufficient to Improve Hiring

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:45:34 -0400

Low morale, burnout and attrition remain key challenges to the embattled agency.Homeland Security IG John Roth said that "In 2015, it took 298 days to hire a special agent, and 359 days to hire a uniformed officer."

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What Did Mike Pompeo Do?

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:06:35 -0400

Reports that Trump asked intelligence chiefs to help shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn raise the question of whether the CIA director was asked to do the same, and how he reacted if he was.

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Without Trump’s Stalled Travel Ban, DHS Chief Not ‘Fully Confident’ of U.S. Security

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:49:21 -0400

Kelly told lawmakers that terror attacks, like the recent one in London, demonstrate the need for increased vetting of refugees and improved border security.Kelly and Trump attend the Coast Guard graduation ceremony in Connecticut in May

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U.S. Carries Out Another Airstrike in Syria

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:35:47 -0400

The nation resorted to military action after pro-regime forces breached a deconfliction zone.An F-22A Raptor launches from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility for strike operations in Syria Sept. 23, 2014.

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Russian Fighter Jet Intercepts a B-52 Over the Baltic Sea

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:41:57 -0400

A tense exchange near Russia’s border as European Command-led exercises get underway.

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New Air Force Secretary Sounds a Lot Like the Old One

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:34:27 -0400

In her first Washington event, Heather Wilson says the service needs new planes, faster.Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee, as a part of the confirmation process March 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

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Navy Sends Congress $5.3B Wishlist of Planes, Ships and More

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:00:22 -0400

The 48-item ‘unfunded priorities list’ arrived a week after the service’s $172 billion budget request for 2018.An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 participates in an air power demonstration over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

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Stinger Missiles Can Now Shoot Down Small Drones

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:21:28 -0400

A missile that gained notoriety in the 1980s has been updated for today’s battlefield.A soldier prepares to fire a Stinger missile from an Avenger vehicle at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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Former Air Force Mechanic Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Joining ISIS

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:44:10 -0400

Investigation was conducted under FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.Civilians flee fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants in Mosul.

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Pentagon Wants to Get Started on New Air Force Two and Doomsday Planes

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:26:53 -0400

The aging C-32 and E-4B may be replaced by similar aircraft, or at least with planes that share some gear.Air Force Two arrives at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on May 20.

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U.S. Conducts Successful Missile Defense Test

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:03:44 -0400

The simulated attack is likely a response to North Korea’s increased missile testing. An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time May 3, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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Iraq and Afghanistan: The $6 Trillion Bill for America’s Longest War is Unpaid

Tue, 30 May 2017 09:10:03 -0400

In past wars, taxes were increased to cover some of the extra spending. That's not the case for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the costs are adding up fast.

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U.S. Puts Multi-Warhead Interceptor On the Fast Track

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:28:14 -0400

Officials won’t say it’s because of North Korea. But experts say Pyongyang’s planned ICBMs will almost certainly release decoys to cloak their nukes.Artist's conception of the Multi-Object Kill Vehicle deploying to attack an incoming missile.

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The Greatest Loss of Civilian Life in the U.S. Fight Against ISIS

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:45:40 -0400

The Pentagon confirmed that a U.S. airstrike inadvertently set off ISIS explosives that killed more than 100 people in Mosul.

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