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U.S. Must Improve Engagement With Locals, Advises Odierno

Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno said Thursday that U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has taught the Army the importance of achieving stability by engaging with local populations. “It’s about understanding the underlying fabric of the societies, that’s where we made our mistakes,” Odierno said during an appearance before the Center for Strategic […]

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Panetta Defends Benghazi Response

Panetta says the U.S. lacked sufficient intelligence to safely deploy special operations troops at the start of the attack

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South Korean Defense Minister Raises Specter Of 3rd NK Missile Test

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin told reporters Wednesday that North Korea may be gearing up for a third high-profile ballistics missile test, six months after a test rocket launched by the secretive country failed to fly more than two minutes. “North Korea has been preparing for this for a very long time,” Kim said […]

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Former Military Personnel Claim Romney’s Foreign Policy Views Murky

Obama supporters with military backgrounds told reporters Monday that this evening’s televised foreign policy debate between the two Presidential candidates highlights what they describe as Mitt Romney’s shaky grasp on world affairs. “It’s a little difficult … to pin down Governor Romney positions on key national  security issues in part because he hasn’t’ laid out […]

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LISTEN: Former Air Force Official Questions Pentagon’s Decision To Delay Missile Testing System

The Pentagon is delaying the testing of a new missile defense system manufactured by Raytheon called JLENS – officially called the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System program. The program has full Congressional support and approval from the Secretary of Defense for overseas testing, but the Pentagon (facing sequestration) is now withholding […]

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ISAF Official Denies Afghanistan’s Security Transfer Will Be Sped Up

ISAF’s Deputy Commander played reports Wednesday that NATO may speed up its transition of security responsibilities in Afghanistan in light of a rash of insider attacks from Afghan forces. “I think the reporting of those comments was perhaps at best misleading and perhaps at worst somewhat mischievous,” Lt. Gen. Adrian Bradshaw of the British Army […]

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NATO Secretary General’s Term Extended

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s term as the head of the international military coalition will be extended, the coalition decided Wednesday. The upcoming term, which will Rasmussen’s fifth, will last until July 31st 2014. Rasmussen’s tenure as NATO head has placed him in a key role overseeing NATO action in Libya as well as […]

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Obama’s Sequester Move Irks Senate Republicans

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) unleashed a blistering criticism of the Obama administration today for relaxing lay-off notice rules for defense contractors. On Friday, the administration’s Office of Management Personnel informed contracting giant Lockheed Martin that it would not be required to provide lay-off notices to employees 90 days in advance. The company announced that it […]

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Afghanistan War Enters 11th Year As Death Toll Hits 2,000

The war in Afghanistan officially entered its 11th year on Sunday, the same day that media outlets reported that 2,000 American soldiers have died since the start of the conflict. Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens was the latest American casualty confirmed by the Defense Department. Stephens, a 39 year-old man from Tolar, Texas, died […]

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Panetta Says Benghazi Attack Was Terrorism, But Perpetrators’ Affiliations Remain A Mystery

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters Thursday that the attack on a U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi was a blatant act of terror, but that the group behind the violence was not yet identified. “A group of terrorists obviously conducted that attack on the consulate and against our individuals,” Panetta said during […]

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Belle Boyd Is Arrested, NASA Is Formed And Elizabeth Dole Is 78

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Here’s what happened today in American political history.

Click here for: Tuesday, July 29

● With liberty for none

● Israel is winning the P.R. war

● Atheists lose Ground Zero monument dispute

● Fist-bumping beats germ-laden handshake

● Border state gun sales reports are upheld

● Social Security depletion date is unchanged

Hagel Phones Ukraine Counterpart, Pledges Support

Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey requested additional security assistance from the U.S. during the phone call, but the Pentagon would not specify what type of aid was requested.

Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down By Appeals Court

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“Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life,” Judge Henry Floyd said in the ruling.

LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – July 28, 2014

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Ban Ki-moon blames Israeli and Palestinian leaders for lack of ‘political will,’ and the Ukrainian armed forces go on the offensive near the site of MH17.

Deal Reached To Provide VA With $17 Billion In Emergency Funding

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The bill would authorize $10 billion funds for outside medical care for veterans while empowering the VA Secretary to fire senior-level employees.