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Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:53:00 -0400


Slain Soldier's Mother: 'Trump Did Disrespect My Son'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:53:00 -0400

Despite claiming he was better at consoling the families of slain servicemembers than his predecessors, Trump offended the family of La David Johnson and skipped calls and letters to other grieving loved ones.Donald Trump lays a wreath at the Pentagon Memorial before a 9/11 Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon.

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How US Special Operators Helped Take Down Joseph Kony’s Army With Tailored Messages

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:20:00 -0400

For six years, an elite Army team waged psychological warfare against a murderous warlord. Here’s how they won.The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony answers journalists' questions following a meeting with UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland at Ri-Kwangba in southern Sudan in 2006

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Why Trump Accused Obama of Not Consoling Families of Fallen Soldiers

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:39:49 -0400

The president touched off a brief firestorm with the unfounded charge, but real answers about why four service members were killed in Niger remain elusive.

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If War with Russia Breaks Out, Borders and Bureaucracy Could Slow the West’s Response

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400

In a summer of multinational exercises in Europe, the first thing the U.S. Army learned was: ‘Borders are hard.’Task Force War Eagle under the command of 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment crossed the border from Romania to Bulgaria July 18, 2017 for the Dragoon Guardian convoy to continue on for more Saber Guardian 17 exercises.

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Are Trump's Feuds With Tillerson and Corker a Prelude to War?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:22:37 -0400

While it’s tempting to view the spats as just more palace intrigue, they reveal a president impatient with diplomacy and drawn toward military force.

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The U.S. Air War in Afghanistan Is Nearing Surge-Era Intensity

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:09:12 -0400

The latest figures from Air Force Central Command show that more bombs are being dropped than have been in nearly seven years.U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, from the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, drop 2,000 pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions on a cave in eastern Afghanistan in 2009.

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Should Uncle Sam ‘Send in the Marines’ After Hurricanes?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:00:00 -0400

The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.Marines conduct sling load operations using a Navy MH-53 in order to pick up barriers to strengthen the broken dam at Guajataca on Oct. 6.

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Pentagon: We’ll Keep Buying Software That Russian Spies have Looked Through

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:10:25 -0400

The U.S. military will still buy consumer-off-the-shelf products from several tech companies that allowed Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, an intelligence outfit, to intimately probe. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, holds a computer chip and a cell phone programmed to receive signals from Glonass in 2010.

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Get Lasers Into the Field Faster, Lawmakers Tell the Pentagon

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:37:48 -0400

The Senate’s version of the annual defense bill provides $200 million for rapid prototyping of directed energy weapons.The Sodium Guidestar at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range sits on a 6,240 foot hilltop at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

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The U.S. Will Be Dropping A Lot More Bombs on Afghanistan

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:42:42 -0400

More air support for Afghan forces will help drive the Taliban to the negotiating table, Mattis and Dunford tell Congress.Mattis speaks at the Presidential Palace in Afghanistan on Sept. 27.

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CIA Director Vows to Slash Bureaucratic 'Vines,' Lauds Republican Predecessors

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:32:01 -0400

Pompeo wants fewer advance reviews of operations, quicker in-the-field decision making.CIA Director Mike Pompeo said, “It’s a matter of clearing out things that get in officers’ way.”

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DARPA-Funded Radar Lets Planes See Through Smoke and Clouds

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

A promising approach to a decades-old quandary: how to get a clear field of view to the ground?Master Sgt. Michael Berger, a special mission aviator from the 920th Rescue Wing, prepares for takeoff prior to a night flight on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter July 6, 2017. The night exercise included a two-ship formation.

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Trump's Undermining of Rex Tillerson

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:49:33 -0400

The president’s latest tweets question the value of U.S. diplomacy with North Korea.

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Here’s How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Wars

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 06:56:00 -0400

Previously unreported Pentagon data shows how much the average U.S. taxpayer has paid for combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria.

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Could North Korea Shoot Down U.S. Warplanes?

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0400

Some of Pyongyang's surface-to-air missiles are old, but its newer ones could threaten American aircraft.Aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, U. S. Marine Corps, Japan Air Defense Force and Republic of Korea Air Force conduct a show of force flight south of the Demilitarization Zone in South Korea on Aug. 31.

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The Marines Finally Have Their First Female Infantry Officer

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:47:45 -0400

The lieutenant, who wants to keep her identity private, will lead a 40-person platoon.Marines participate in an exercise during the Infantry Officer Course at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Sept. 18, 2017.

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Here Are the Options for Dealing With North Korea

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:42:48 -0400

As tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to intensify, two experts discuss the remaining options.

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U.S. Was ‘Ill-Prepared’ to Help Train Afghan Security Forces, IG Finds

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:09:38 -0400

“One U.S. officer watched TV shows like Cops and NCIS” for lesson plans, watchdog says.A Marine with Task Force Southwest watches as an Afghan National Army soldier with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center fires an M4 carbine at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan.

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‘Cyber Defense Is Very Much About Political Decisions’

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:50:49 -0400

When European defense ministers played a tabletop cyber defense exercise, things got hard very quickly.As part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the country hosted the informal meeting of EU defense ministers earlier this month.

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Analysis: Giving the Deep State More Leeway to Kill With Drones

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:43:05 -0400

President Trump is poised to compound the most grave moral failing of his predecessor by making targeted killings less safe, less legal, and less rare.

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Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:19:14 -0400

It’s hard to persuade arms makers to boost production, even to fight ISIS, without cash on the barrelhead.An airman attaches fins to GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in 2016.

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Trump Threatens to 'Totally Destroy North Korea'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:57:51 -0400

The president also hinted at the UN General Assembly that the U.S. might quit the Iran nuclear agreement.

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Vietnam War: Who Was Right About What Went Wrong – and Why it Matters in Afghanistan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:41:39 -0400

Was Vietnam 'a quagmire' or a 'stalemate machine'? Understanding this 50-year-old debate can shed light on why the U.S. is currently locked into a 'forever war.'Secretary of State Dean Rusk, President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.

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In Mexico, Mattis Plays Down Political Rhetoric, Seeks to Build Trust

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:20:55 -0400

Defense Secretary Mattis touts "a growing relationship built on trust and respect" between the U.S. and Mexican militaries.Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis stands with Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Mexico’s secretary of national defense, during an armed forces parade in Mexico City on Sept. 15.

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Harvard Rescinded Chelsea Manning’s Fellowship after CIA Chief Mike Pompeo Cancelled a Visit

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:40:25 -0400

He says he objected to the former soldier as a convicted felon and that his criticism had nothing to do with her being a transgender woman.Pompeo called Manning an "American traitor."

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