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Last Build Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:04:05 -0400


Election Could Have a Major Impact on DHS Agencies

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:04:05 -0400

A new analysis shows how Clinton and Trump might reshape the direction of Homeland Security.

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The U.S. Relief Mission to Haiti Is Also a Signal to America’s Neighbors, and Russia

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:48:53 -0400

The leader of U.S. Southern Command hopes helpful actions speak louder than Moscow’s words.Joint Task Force Matthew delivered over 10,000 pounds of supplies on their first day of relief operations.

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Should Sailors Be Able to Reprogram Their Ship?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:00:25 -0400

The U.S. Navy’s newest destroyer is automated to an unprecedented degree. Should the crew be allowed to harness it with code?The future Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is pierside at Canton Port Services in preparation for its upcoming commissioning on Oct. 15, 2016.

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Why the U.S. Military Still Flies Cold War-Era Planes

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:41:43 -0400

The U-2 shows how old technologies die hard.A U-2 Dragon Lady piloted by Maj. J.J., 1st Reconnaissance Squadron student pilot, prepares to land Aug. 31, 2016, at Beale Air Force Base in California.

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Feds Charge Three Kansas Men in Domestic Terror Plot

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:15:55 -0400

Prosecutors say the trio targeted an apartment complex housing immigrants and a mosque for a post-election attack.

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How Geography Explains Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:28:10 -0400

Because of its location, America can choose whether it wants to be a gatekeeper or a global policeman.

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Potemkin Jets Unlikely To Fool U.S. Satellites

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:32:47 -0400

But Russia’s inflatable decoys just might tie up scarce U.S. resources long enough to make a difference.

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The U.S. Is Making Its Border Stations More Welcoming

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:48:59 -0400

Despite Republican appeals for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, America is investing in more secure, welcoming facilities along its borders.Mariposa Port of Entry is shown in 2011

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Pentagon Urgently Pushing Anti-Drone Tech to ISIS Fight

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:42:17 -0400

From mast-mounted radar to drone-jamming guns, the U.S. military’s anti-IED office is rushing to keep up.The DroneDefender from Battelle can interrupt a drone's control link at 400 meters.

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US Allows Qatar to Buy F-15s — and Seals a $19B Sale of Jetliners

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:01:43 -0400

Officials deny linking the military and commercial deals, but insiders say otherwise.An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from Los Llanos Air Base, Spain.

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A Military View on Climate Change: It’s Eroding Our National Security

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0400

Politicians are still debating whether climate change is real, but military planners call it a serious threat. A retired rear admiral explains how climate change affects U.S. national security.The guided missile destroyer USS Barry deploys to sea from Naval Station Norfolk ahead of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Pakistan to Obama: Kashmir Will Hurt Our Ability to Help Fight the Taliban

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:50:02 -0400

Pakistan wants President Obama’s help in the Kashmir conflict with India, Pakistan’s senate defense chairman will tell the National Security Council on Friday.An Indian paramilitary soldier runs for cover amid tear gas smoke as Kashmiri protesters throw stones and bricks at him during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on Friday.

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The Army’s Next Drone May Fit in a Soldier’s Pocket

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:45:47 -0400

The service could start buying palm-sized UAVs to complement its Pumas and Ravens as soon as 2018, according to one official.The U.S. Army has two rucksack-portable drones, including the hand-launched Puma shown here. The service is looking to procure a smaller, shorter range UAV as soon as next year.

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The Russian Hack of the DNC

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:17:15 -0400

U.S. intelligence officials said they are “confident” only senior Moscow officials could have authorized it.

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An End to U.S.-Philippine Defense Cooperation?

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:32:27 -0400

The Philippines’ decision to call off coordinated military exercises with the U.S. marks a significant shift in the long-time allies’ relationship. Marine Corps Capt. Kevin Jones, a San Antonio native, explains Marine Corps infantry tactics to members of the Philippine Marine Corps

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The U.S. Army Equipment That Ended Up on eBay

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:10:00 -0400

Eight people, including six soldiers, have been charged with conspiring to steal and sell sensitive military equipment on the website.

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The Air Force Just Dropped Two Fake Nukes

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:43:02 -0400

The tests in the Nevada desert come as tensions rise with Russia and the Pentagon seeks to replace its aging nuclear arsenal.A B-2 bomber releasing a B61-11 JTA in a previous legacy flight test.

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Cashiered Army General Abused Purchase Card at Strip Clubs, IG Confirms

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:21:10 -0400

Onetime Ash Carter aide Ronald Lewis initially denied “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.”

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Obama Orders New Diversity Push in National Security Agencies

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:45:25 -0400

Presidential memo adds new reporting requirements and rewards aimed at enhancing problem-solving.

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Army Warns that Future War with Russia or China Would Be ‘Extremely Lethal and Fast’

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:00:17 -0400

Leaders say warfare in the coming decades will be fundamentally different from the past 25 years.Soldiers conduct patrols during a Situational Training Exercise (STX) as part of the Basic Leaders Training Course in Vermont in August.

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Pentagon Fronts Bomb Buys For Allies Fighting ISIS

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:54:26 -0400

A special budget account is being used to boost weapons production ahead of allies' formal orders.Staff Sgt. Stefano Cothran, a 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load team member, secures a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition to a pylon during the 2014 Global Strike Challenge on Barksdale Air Force Base, La. in 2014.

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Military Spending by the U.S. Has Declined, but It Still Dwarfs That of Any Other Nation

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:44:45 -0400

Last year the military spending of nearly $600 billion accounted for 36% of the world share.

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Government’s Recent Hostage Recovery Activities Deemed Largely Effective

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:57:19 -0400

Several dozen were recovered in first year since Obama clarified policies, counterterrorism agency’s report notes.Coordination was largely effective in the first year of President Obama’s enunciated policies on hostage recovery activities.

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The Suspension of U.S.-Russian Cooperation in Syria

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:47:34 -0400

The U.S. said Russia has failed to live up to its agreement to allow aid workers into Aleppo.Children peer from a partially destroyed home in Aleppo, Syria in February.

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The Biggest Threat Facing America’s Army: Unpredictability

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 10:21:49 -0400

Foes are increasing their reach in unexpected ways, while budget whiplash is needlessly draining the force of time and resources.Staff Sgt. Shawn Kruse waits for a helicopter in Jaghori, Afghanistan, in 2009.

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