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Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:45:00 -0500


Newly Signed Defense Authorization Act Contains a Dire Warning on Climate Change

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:45:00 -0500

Climate change will bring more failed states and terrorist organizations, radar failures, and military bases underwater, according to the U.S. military.

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Allies Are Key, Says Trump’s National Security Strategy

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:00:00 -0500

The document, to be unveiled next week, will be the latest administration policy position that looks beyond “America first.”

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Preview of Trump's National Security Strategy Shows Gap Between President's Words and Actions

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:47:14 -0500

The current plan is to roll out the NSS on December 18, an administration official said.

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Pentagon’s Ambitious Goal: Launch a Weapons Program in Just 12 Months

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:00:00 -0500

The defense acquisition undersecretary is looking to rapid capabilities offices as models for more formal programs.Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ellen Lord speaks at the 2017 Dubai Air Show.

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Newly Revealed Experiment Shows How F-35 Could Help Intercept ICBMs

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:00:00 -0500

In 2014, the sensor-studded plane demonstrated an ability to track missiles, leading to a “tactically significant” improvement in targeting.

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Northrop Tests Spy Drones That Deploy in a Fake Bomb

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:00:00 -0500

The disposable Remedy is intended to drop from a fighter jet and fly slow enough to avoid radar.

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A Former U.S. Diplomat Is Visiting North Korea To 'Test The Waters' For Diplomacy

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:51:59 -0500

It will be the highest-level visit in more than six years, and takes place with the region on edge over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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More Than 200 U.S. Diplomats, Civil Servants and Servicewomen Say They’ve Been Harassed At Work

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:49:24 -0500

Including ambassadors and employees of the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security.

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North Korea Is Boasting On TV That Its Missiles Can Hit Anywhere In the U.S.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:43:02 -0500

The announcement follows its third test of an intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday.

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North Korea Ends Its Pause in Missile Tests

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:38:20 -0500

Along with speculation it was signaling a desire for talksNorth Korean soldiers keep watch where a North Korean defector crossed the border on November 13, at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone, in South Korea, on November 27.

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Top Enlisted Leaders Push Back: There Is No Readiness ‘Crisis’

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0500

Recent deadly accidents are concerning, but part of the risk of military operations around the globe, they said.U.S. Army soldiers provide fire support for Iraqi Security Forces near Al Qaim, Iraq, as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

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Watchdogs Differ on U.S. Troops’ Handling of Afghan Child Sex Abuse

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:00:04 -0500

IGs for Pentagon and Afghanistan reconstruction took different approaches to a serious problem.Soldiers from Blackfoot Troop, 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment patrol outside their forward operating base in 2013.

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IG Cites Homeland Security for Abusing Its Power, Blocking Negative Report

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:18:54 -0500

One audit finds Trump administration violated court orders when enforcing its initial travel ban.Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was one lawmaker who promised "repercussions in Congress" if the Trump administration attempts to bury the report on initial travel ban implementation.

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All Quiet on the North Korean Front?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:16 -0500

It would be a mistake to interpret a lack of missile tests as a willingness to engage in denuclearization talks.U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy Joseph Yun speaks in Tokyo in April.

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As the Air Force Turns Its Focus to Space, This Small Team Could Lead the Way

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500

Once seen as a threat to traditional acquisition channels, the Operationally Responsive Space office is making it faster and cheaper to put new capabilities into orbit.The seal of the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space office.

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The U.S. Military Has Banned All Service Members In Japan From Drinking

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:55:40 -0500

Members of the U.S. military serving in all of Japan have been temporarily banned from drinking alcohol both on and off base following a fatal accident in Okinawa.Protesters attend an anti-U.S. military bases rally in 2016.

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A Fight Is Brewing Between Congress and the Military Over Cyber War

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500

Should in-theater commanders be allowed to launch attacks that currently require approval from the national command authority?Gen Joseph L. Votel, commander United States Central Command, gives opening remarks during the Chairman of Defense tri-lateral discussion between Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States during his visit to Iraq in July.

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Has the Mueller Probe Hamstrung Trump's Foreign Policy?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:53:53 -0500

Nixon and Clinton managed to get a great deal done of overseas while facing special prosecutors at home, but Trump has more weaknesses than they did.Trump speaks at the United Nations in September.

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Army Chief: The US Needs More Troops in Europe

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500

The U.S. is "on track," but additional armored forces, long-range artillery and bridging capabilities would help deter Russia, Milley says.

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Air Force Wants to Get New Nuclear Weapons Faster

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:58:00 -0500

Just months into the first development contracts, the service’s top general is looking for ways to speed things up.Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force CMSgt. Kaleth O. Wright visit Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

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Post-9/11 U.S. War Costs Will Soon Top $5.6 Trillion

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:03:47 -0500

The average American taxpayer has spent $23,386 on wars since 2001, report researchers. UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter lands during hot and cold load training in Iraq in October.

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Congress Is Concerned About Who Gets to Launch Nuclear Bombs

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:47:17 -0500

Here are three questions to consider after lawmakers hear testimony on nuclear authority.Se. Bob Corker listens during a hearing Tuesday.

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The Pentagon’s Spending Data Doesn’t Add Up

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:30:41 -0500

The DATA Act was supposed to create financial transparency, but a watchdog found plenty of inaccuracies.

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Can Two Nuclear Powers Fight a Conventional War?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0500

The Pentagon just wargamed that scenario as part of its effort to determine what it needs for 21st-century deterrence.Crew chiefs from the 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 131st Bomb Wing perform a phase inspection on a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber aircraft at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

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Defense Authorization Bill Allows Pilot Program on Curbing Bid Protests

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:03:59 -0500

A Senate-proposed “loser pays” mandate on major contracts was watered down.

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