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Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:56:57 -0500


Hiring Freeze Forces Military Spouses to Make Tough Choices

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:56:57 -0500

Pentagon says it's looking at potential solutions for civilians blocked from new jobs when their spouses relocate.

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Three Urgent Tasks for Trump’s National-Security Team

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:59:00 -0500

The administration needs a single line on various policies — but even more urgently, it must fill about 100 top federal jobs, says James Stavridis.

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‘Our Readiness for a Terrorist Attack Is Dangerously Low’

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:51:44 -0500

“I’ve never seen anything quite like” Trump’s approach to national security, says a former counterterrorism adviser to three presidents.

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How McMaster Could Change the Way the U.S. Goes to War

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:43:56 -0500

How did Trump’s new National Security Advisor win over the president — and what changes might he make in his new role?Donald Trump, right, listens as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20.

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F-35 General: Boeing Heard Nothing ‘Unreleasable’ in F-35 Call With Trump

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:02:08 -0500

The discussions that we had were all pre-decisional,” Lt. Gen. Bogdan tells lawmakers.Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg at Trump Tower after discussing the Advanced F-18 Super Hornet, the F-35, and under-development Air Force One replacement.

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Should Jeff Sessions Recuse Himself From the Russia Inquiries?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:26:35 -0500

Justice Department regulations appear to suggest the attorney general should not be involved in any investigations into Trump associates’ ties to Russia.

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What Is the Logan Act and What Does It Have to Do With Flynn?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:32:07 -0500

An obscure federal law is attracting attention amid controversy over the former National Security Adviser’s contacts with Russia.

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New Nuclear Delivery Platforms Will Likely Cost More than Planned. Here’s Why.

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:25:45 -0500

The Pentagon hasn’t purchased nuclear bombers, missiles, and subs in decades, so it’s tough to predict how much new ones will cost.The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson is shown in the Puget Sound on Feb. 13.

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Did Michael Flynn Tell the FBI the Truth?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:26:00 -0500

The former national security adviser learns the hard way: It’s always the cover-up that gets you.

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Did Trump Aides Speak With Russian Intelligence Before the Election?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:22:41 -0500

According to The New York Times, the FBI found that several associates of the president had been in contact with Kremlin intelligence officials, despite months of official denials.

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Flynn's Calls With Russia's Ambassador: Who Knew What, and When?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:32:15 -0500

A timeline of the events that led to the national-security adviser’s resignation

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Flynn Resigns As National Security Adviser

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:35:09 -0500

The retired general acknowledged he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassadorMichael Flynn speaks during the Feb. 1 news briefing at the White House.

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Pentagon’s Audit Readiness Still a Work in Progress

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:01:41 -0500

GAO finds all the services provided iffy financial data to outside auditors.

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Donald Trump Used His Club’s Restaurant as a Situation Room This Weekend

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:52:57 -0500

After North Korea launched a ballistic missile, Trump strategized in front of dozens of diners at Mar-a-Lago.Donald Trump sits down to dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, second from left, at Mar-a-Lago in Florida on Friday, Feb. 10.

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An Unintended Side Effect of Trump's Border Wall

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:40:49 -0500

Since the Great Recession, more Mexicans have left the United States than migrated there. Constructing a barrier along the southern border may discourage more from going.The fence runs along Tijuana in 2012.

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The Future of Deportations Under Trump

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:26:04 -0500

The administration's new policies expand who is eligible for deportation, and an Arizona mother who has lived in the country for 21 years may be its first example.People walk past a mural painted on a border structure in Tijuana, Mexico.

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For the U.S. Army, 'Cyber War' Is Quickly Becoming Just 'War'

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:30:49 -0500

Combat brigades will soon head into firefights with cyber specialists…and possibly IT lawyers.Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service soldiers coordinate to tactically enter and clear rooms during an urban operation terrain exercise near Baghdad, Iraq.

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Afghanistan Needs ‘Thousands’ More Troops, U.S. General Says in New Assessment

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:47:29 -0500

The commander of U.S. forces lays the first major war decision on President Donald Trump’s desk.Gen. John Nicholson briefs reporters at the Pentagon in 2016.

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Trump's Attack on the Legitimacy of Critiquing Military Operations

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:43:15 -0500

The president took to Twitter to argue that publicly discussing the success or failure of a mission “only emboldens the enemy.”A woman walks past anti-Saudi and U.S. graffiti sprayed on a wall of the closed Saudi embassy in Sanaa, Yemen in 2015.

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Former NSA Contractor Indicted for Stealing Classified Files

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:07:22 -0500

Grand jury accepts Justice Department allegations against Harold Martin.

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Donald Trump and China’s President Finally Broke the Ice — By Snail Mail

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:49:29 -0500

In his letter to Xi, Trump wished the Chinese people a "happy Lantern Festival," though the Lunar New Year holiday period ended last week in China.Xi Jinping is seen in Beijing in December.

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USAID Faulted for Lax Oversight of Afghan Land Reforms

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500

SIGAR found that $41.2 million contract lacked vital information.

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What Are U.S. Forces Doing in Yemen in the First Place?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:19:20 -0500

Last week’s raid was an embarrassing and costly failure—in the context of a much larger one.A man walks amid the rubble of a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Feb. 2.

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The Future Depends on Fixing Readiness Now, Vice Chiefs Tell Lawmakers

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:54:59 -0500

Service leaders’ annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill also serves as Phase One of Mattis’ long-range plan.

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