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Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:27:37 -0500


House Speaker: Budget Fights Have ‘Pushed Our Military Past the Breaking Point’

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:27:37 -0500

Paul Ryan highlighted defense hawks’ concerns about readiness and funding as Congress tries to avert a shutdown.

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New, Temporary Federal Agency Will Push for National Service

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:10:40 -0500

Commission will start national “conversation” to consider need to reinstate the draft.Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., (left) and Jack Reed, D-R.I., championed the project.

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America Quietly Starts Nation-Building in Parts of Syria

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:46:15 -0500

The U.S. has escalated its presence in the country, and has signaled no timetable for when it will end.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice speak to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on Wednesday, Janurary 17.

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Trump Administration Criticized for Misleading Math in Its 'Foreign Terrorists' Report

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:50:52 -0500

Trump's list of terrorists also includes run-of-the-mill thieves. Detainees attend a class provided by Joint Task Force Guantanamo in 2010

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As America’s Nukes and Sensors Get More Connected, the Risk of Cyber Attack Is Growing

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:12:04 -0500

Future nuclear weapons will be more sophisticated and better integrated with other equipment. That has benefits and drawbacks.The tip of a LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile near Lansford, N.D.

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U.S. Arrests a Suspected Mole Who May Have Rattled the CIA's Operations in China

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:23:34 -0500

Arrest comes as the United States wrestles with how to counter Beijing’s efforts to obtain counterintelligence from American sources.President Trump speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in November.

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Nuclear Command Network Would See Comprehensive Upgrade Under Trump Plan

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:49:15 -0500

While the ICBMs, bombers, submarines and cruise missiles get lots of attention, the network connecting them also needs updating.First Lt. Pamela Blanco-Coca and 2nd Lt. John Anderson simulate key turns of the Minuteman III ICBM in a Launch Control Center on the F.E. Warren Air Force Base Missile Complex in Wyoming.

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Pentagon Denies Gag Order, Says ‘Services Are Allowed to Talk About Readiness’

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:57:00 -0500

They just have to do so carefully — or behind closed doors.Pentagon spokesperson Dana White told reporters today the services are encouraged to talk about readiness shortfalls — but carefully, or in closed-door sessions with Congress.

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Trump Orders Intel Agencies To Protect Americans from ‘Unmasking’

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:26:29 -0500

The president has accused officials in the Obama administration of abusing the privilege to request redacted names from intelligence reports.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

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The Pentagon’s Secrecy Is Undermining Its Quest for a Bigger Budget

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

Last year, U.S. Navy and defense leaders warned their people to watch what they say. Lawmakers say that’s made it harder to argue for spending bumps on Capitol Hill.Last March, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson warned top officers and civilian officials against talking too openly with the press.

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Navy: More Ships, Tech, Training, Could Help Prevent Collisions at Sea

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:47:30 -0500

The comments come as the Pentagon prepares to submit a budget plan expected to call for increases in the size of the military.The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald aboard the heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf before being transported to Huntington Ingalls Industries for repairs.

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There Are 5,000 Tunnels Under North Korea, and U.S. Soldiers Are Training To Fight In Them

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:23:37 -0500

North Koreans are "world class tunnelers."Soldiers of the U.S. Army 23rd chemical battalion wearing gas masks gather at a tunnel in 2015.

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Will Pakistan Close NATO’s Supply Routes into Afghanistan? Mattis Plays Down Possibility

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:14:36 -0500

‘I’m not concerned,’ the defense secretary tells reporters after the White House announced an intention to suspend military aid to Islamabad.In this Nov. 26, 2013, file photo, a Pakistani man walks by a truck carrying NATO military vehicles at a terminal in Karachi, Pakistan.

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As Talks to Avoid Shutdown Near Climax, Pentagon Continues Bemoaning Stopgap Budgets

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:39:25 -0500

Lawmakers meet Trump for weekend negotiations while Defense managers scramble to manage priorities.

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‘Surprising Capabilities’ Guru Tapped to Lead Air Force Acquisition

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0500

But assuming Will Roper wins confirmation, what will become of the Strategic Capabilities Office he helped create?Strategic Capabilities Office Director William Roper has been named as the Air Force's new acquisition chief.

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Why Do People Refer to a Non-Existent 'Nuclear Button'?

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:10:30 -0500

It’s, in fact, a briefcase—but that’s little consolation if you’re faced with annihilation.A miliary aide carries 'the football' in 2010 onto Air Force One.

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When the War Comes, What Should We Civilians Do?

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:59:01 -0500

The military can’t do it all. The U.S. needs a national civilian emergency corps, trained and ready to help in case of the next disaster, be it cyber, nuclear, or natural.Commuters crowd a platform after exiting the L train in the Union Square subway station in New York in May.

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Kim Jong Un Warns That He Has a 'Nuclear Button' on His Desk

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:42:10 -0500

Kim is by turns confrontational and conciliatory in his new year's speech.Kim Jong Un speaks in his annual address in undisclosed North Korean location in a still from KRT.

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How Pakistan Is Responding to Trump

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Pushed by Trump, Tillerson, and Mattis to do more to fight terrorism, Pakistan has instead taken public steps to push back in recent weeks.Pakistani traders rally in Islamabad earlier this month, condemning U.S. President Donald Trump for declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Congress Rushes Pentagon $4B for Missile Defense Improvements

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 10:46:28 -0500

The emergency bill is light on details, but it appears to fulfill the military’s wide-ranging November request.A Ground-Based Interceptor at Fort Greely, Alaska.

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The Pentagon’s New Artificial Intelligence Is Already Hunting Terrorists

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:56:00 -0500

After less than eight months of development, the algorithms are helping intel analysts exploit video over the battlefield.Coalition airstrikes on DAESH gas oil separation plant near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria.

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Pentagon Sexual Harassment Prevention Needs Fine-Tuning, Watchdog Says

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:35:11 -0500

GAO suggests Defense ensure all branches allow anonymous reporting of alleged incidents.

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New National Security Strategy Sees Rising Russia, Retreat on 'Democratic Peace'

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Donald Trump’s first strategy talks about threats and nation-state competition but also signals a reluctance to compete philosophically or morally.

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Three Things the U.S. Military Needs to Fight in Europe

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

One year into rotational deployments on the continent, here’s what the Army and Marines say they need.

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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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