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The D Brief: Dempsey says ME strategy will change; A PR war in Kobani; CIA to reorg; A former Marine PAO wins the National Book Award; Hagel doesn’t lose sleep; And a bit more.

November 20, 2014 Marty Dempsey, just back from Iraq, spoke at the Defense One Summit and said the U.S. has a sound strategy- but at the same time that strategy will change. Defense One’s Lubold: “…Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, who returned from the Middle East on Sunday, said he was ‘encouraged’...

Odierno: I Need More Money and Troops for Today's Threats

November 19, 2014 Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno is prepared to make his case to Congress that the constraints of sequestration reflect a completely different world than the one Pentagon planners see today and into the future. There were 510,000 active duty soldiers under the four-star general’s watch as recently as...

The D Brief: Dempsey, Vickers headline Defense One’s Summit; Hagel in D1: the new era at DoD; The fallout of the Uber exec; Mabus’ travel; Thornberry gets the nod; And a bit more.

November 19, 2014 Today is a big day for Defense One, as the second annual Defense One Summit gets underway this morning with a lineup of current national security leaders who will examine the purpose of today’s military, to borrow a word from Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, amid a slate of...

The D Brief: Todd Harrison takes the military to task; An Uber exec on a Pentagon board suggests oppo research on journos; Thornberry: no more defense cuts; Dental trouble at Langley; And a bit more.

November 18, 2014 Niiice: An Uber executive who serves on the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board is under fire for outlining a plan to go after journalists who are critical of his company. Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith: “A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to...

The D Brief: Are U.S. airstrikes making the Sunni-Shiite rift worse?; Dempsey: ISIS a “bunch of midgets”; An Army officer’s war on sugar; Hagel’s new initiative; And a bit more.

November 17, 2014 Qatar’s foreign minister warned that U.S.-led strikes in Syria are bringing the region’s Sunni-Shiite rift in sharper focus—and potentially upending an already delicate balance for the Arab coalition. The WSJ’s Jay Solomon: “[I]n an unusually explicit warning, Qatar’s chief diplomat stressed that the Mideast’s Sunni population increasingly view the U.S....

The D Brief: Pentagon open to greater troop role; Remembering David Abshire; Matt Spence leaving the Pentagon; Who’s going to the “Davos of Defense”?; Clapper gets a standing ovation; And a bit more.

November 14, 2014 Amid talk that the White House is considering revising its war strategy, the Pentagon is socializing the idea of a larger role for troops. President Obama has repeatedly vowed not to deploy “combat boots on the ground” in Iraq even as many inside the Pentagon and outside it fear that...

The D Brief: Pentagon is hamstrung, Work: making a better Pentagon budget; No rose colored glasses for Hagel; A new film on Blackwater; The NSA’s creeping problem; And a bit more.

November 13, 2014 The Pentagon is hamstrung when it comes to sending trainers to Iraq—until Congress strokes the check. Last week, the Pentagon announced that up to 1,500 trainers would go to Iraq to help train, equip and assist Iraqi and Kurdish forces in another turn in the American effort to bolster the...

The D Brief: Why did the Pentagon send a C-17 to China?; What’s a GOBI?; Hagel’s face; Leaving Afghanistan; and a bit more.

November 12, 2014 The Pentagon sent a C-17 to a China air show this week despite widespread concern that it just wasn’t a great idea. It was planned as a way to strengthen relationships with the Chinese military, but security and policy experts and officials feared it put American technology secrets in jeopardy,...

Ahead of Veteran’s Day, VA Announces Major Reforms

November 10, 2014 On the eve of Veteran’s Day, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald unveiled several major reforms to overhaul the embattled agency. In what he called “the largest restructuring in the department’s history,” McDonald sent a memo to employees on Monday informing them that he was creating a Chief Customer Service Officer,...

The D Brief: What’s the best way to hire vets?; A debate on China; The obstacles to fighting an air war; Happy 239th; and a bit more.

November 10, 2014 A new report from RAND this morning explores the effectiveness of the “100,000 Jobs Mission” that was begun in 2011 to promote veteran employment. The coalition, led by JPMorgan Chase & Co., has now grown to 175 companies and is responsible for hiring as many as 175,000 veterans. The JPMC...