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Pentagon Essay Contest Honors Dead Saudi King

“I found the king to be a man of remarkable character and courage,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a statement.

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Listen: Pentagon Updates On Ukraine, Yemen, Kobani

Here’s the latest from the Department of Defense!

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Pentagon: U.S. Counter Terror Operations Continuing In Yemen

U.S. forces are still fighting Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen.

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Pentagon: ISIL Fortifying Defenses In Iraq, Syria

And roughly 6,000 ISIL fighters out of 20,000 – 30,000 have been killed since Operation Inherent Resolve began in August.

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Pentagon: Yemen Situation Still Unclear

Just who is in control of Yemen?

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Ashton Carter Nomination Hearing Set For Feb. 4

Senate Armed Service Committee Chair Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (Photo by James Cullum)

And the Senate Armed Services Committee has these other hearings set for this month.

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Town Hall: Guantanamo Bay Commander Fired For Connection To Suspicious Death

U.S. Navy Capt. Scott Gray, the temporary commander of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, will conduct a town hall meeting on Friday to discuss community concerns over a controversial death, possibly involving the former base commander.

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Hagel: Iraq PM Comments Not Helpful

And it was likely Chuck Hagel’s last press briefing as Secretary of Defense.

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JUST A DRILL: NORAD To Test Capabilities This Week Over D.C. Area

Expect to hear helicopters between midnight and 5:00 a.m. in the National Capital Region.

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Pentagon: Syrian Rebel Training In Preliminary Stages

And, over 3,000 U.S. troops have been approved to train Iraqi Security Forces.

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McCain: “We Are Not Winning” Against ISIL

“…and when we are not winning in war you are losing,” McCain told the Defense Secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday.

WH Calls On Congress To Reform ‘No Child Left Behind’

The White House “cannot support [the education law] as it currently stands,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a conference call with reporters.

The Hard Question: The Nicaragua Canal, Brought To You By China

Hard Question

In this edition of The Hard Question, host Blanquita Cullum discusses the $50 billion Nicaragua Canal and the involvement of China and Russia.

NJ Dems. To Introduce Bill For Christie Resignation

Both Senators sponsoring the bill said they were fed up with Christie’s frequent absences from New Jersey during his second term, and the fact he’s spent more than half of 2015 out of state

House Dems. Calls On Boehner To Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

“It’s unfortunate House Republican leaders continue to govern by crisis, instead of governing responsibly to get things done for the American people,” Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.

Air Force: F-16 Collides With Cessna In South Carolina

The F-16 pilot safely ejected.