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Last Build Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 15:45:40 -0400


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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'It Is Irritating': The U.K.'s Anger Over U.S. Intelligence Leaks

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:00:12 -0400

The British home secretary says she has “been very clear with our friends” about the release of information related to the Manchester attack.Amber Rudd speaks in London in March.

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Trump’s Military Buildup Won’t Begin Until 2019

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:02:25 -0400

Pentagon officials says they're working to fix readiness first, then grow the military.U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Chadwell, left, performs a propeller hydraulic fluid level check while Staff Sgt. William Aker does an engine inlet inspection on a C-130E Hercules aircraft somewhere in southwest Asia in 2010.

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Michael Flynn Invokes the Fifth

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:37:46 -0400

President Trump’s former national security adviser won’t comply with the Intelligence Committee’s demand for Russia-related documents, his lawyers said Monday.

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Trump Reportedly Tried to Enlist Intel Chiefs to Defend Against Russia Inquiry

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:27:31 -0400

Report says the president asked Daniel Coats and Michael Rogers “to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.”

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Watchdog Criticizes Process That Led to Cuts in Defense Long-Term Travel Per Diems

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:57:46 -0400

The cuts reduced employees’ willingness to travel, GAO finds.

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New Tactics, Quicker Decisions Are Helping to ‘Annihilate’ ISIS, Pentagon Says

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:58:54 -0400

The military’s top leaders credit Trump for delegating authority and directing efforts to surround ISIS fighters.

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NATO Laying Groundwork to Send More Troops To Iraq, Afghanistan

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:37:37 -0400

The bump could come with more alliance responsibility for fighting ISIS in Iraq.Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with his counterparts during a NATO Military Committee in Chiefs of Defense session in Brussels.

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Did Trump Know Flynn Was Under FBI Investigation When He Appointed Him?

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:10:54 -0400

According to "The New York Times," the former national-security adviser informed the presidential transition on January 4 that his undisclosed lobbying for Turkey was under scrutiny.

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How Pentagon Contracting Is Killing the Military’s Technological Edge

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:32:20 -0400

Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” is a quick read compared to some procurements, and far more satisfying.

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The Pentagon Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:51:15 -0400

The Trump administration is pledging to audit the Department of Defense for the first time in its history while simultaneously demanding a record spending increase. Can it do both?

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Freedom for Chelsea Manning

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:44:00 -0400

She spent seven years of a 35-year prison sentence at the Fort Leavenworth military facility in Kansas.

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Mattis Fills Key Executive Positions at the Pentagon

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:58:56 -0400

Former official: Defense Secretary James Mattis’ political SES appointments are mainstream choices.Secretary of Defense James Mattis listens during a National Security session at the 2017 Somalia Conference in London on May 11.

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How Bad Was Trump's Reported Disclosure of Classified Information?

Tue, 16 May 2017 10:12:49 -0400

If you’re known as someone who cannot keep a secret, the world’s secret-keepers are not going to tell you much.President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 10.

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The Pentagon’s New Algorithmic Warfare Cell Gets Its First Mission: Hunt ISIS

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:40:32 -0400

Turning hours of drone video into actionable intelligence is just the start for the fast-moving machine-learning team.An Iraqi soldier inspects a recently-discovered train tunnel, adorned with an Islamic State group flag in March.

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How American Special Operators Gradually Returned to Somalia

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:50:39 -0400

A U.S. soldier was killed in the country this month for the first time in more than two decades. What was he doing there?United States soldiers return fire at snipers from behind a wall just outside the compound of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid in Mogadishu in 1993.

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Spy Chief Searching for Cuts Across Entire U.S. Intelligence Community

Sat, 13 May 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Trump's new intelligence chief, Dan Coats, says he’s already moving on GOP lawmakers’ request to streamline all 17 agencies, including his own ODNI.CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers on May 11, 2017, before testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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In Afghanistan, Trump Is Poised to Re-Escalate a Hopeless War

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:44:17 -0400

Barely anyone in the United States is paying attention.A group of American soldiers rest near Sar Howza, Paktika province, Afghanistan in 2009.

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Intelligence Leaders Are Practically Begging Trump to Condemn Russian Hacking

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:25:14 -0400

The president’s unwillingness to call out Moscow’s electoral meddling is doing the Kremlin a favor, one former top spy testified to lawmakers.Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens at left as National Security Agency and Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017,

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Trump Advisers Call for More Troops in Afghanistan

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:43:24 -0400

The request recommends sending at least 3,000 U.S. troops to break the military stalemate in the country.

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Employees Evacuated from Washington Nuclear Site

Tue, 09 May 2017 13:53:52 -0400

Officials: No evidence of tunnel collapse or airborne radioactive particles.

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Conservative Legal Group Sues Agencies Over Details on Trump Security Spending

Tue, 09 May 2017 12:53:05 -0400

Judicial Watch raps Pentagon and Homeland Security for FOIA non-responses.Trump steps off Marine One after returning from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.

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U.S. Confirms the Death of ISIS Leader in Afghanistan

Mon, 08 May 2017 16:19:16 -0400

Officials say Abdul Hasib was killed in a special operations raid last April that also killed two U.S. Army Rangers.Soldiers give a demonstration to Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers during field artillery training at Shinwar, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan in 2012.

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The First U.S. Casualty in Somalia Since 'Black Hawk Down'

Fri, 05 May 2017 15:34:34 -0400

A Navy SEAL died during a special-operations mission against al-Shabaab.Al-Shabaab fighters display weapons as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu, Somalia.

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John Kelly Lays Out His Border Security Vision

Fri, 05 May 2017 09:59:00 -0400

The DHS chief says fostering economic development in Central America is just as important as rigorously enforcing U.S. immigration laws at home.

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