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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...

The D Brief: Pentagon: troops exposed to chems; Robin Raphel under investigation; Austin on ground troops; JIEDDO to Iraq; and a bit more.

November 7, 2014 More than 60 Russian tanks and trucks entered Ukraine overnight. BBC this hour, here. Chemical weapons exposure during the last Iraq war may be a much bigger issue than previously thought. In mid-October, C.J. Chivers of the NYTs broke the story of U.S. troops’ exposure to nerve or mustard gas...

The D Brief: Austin’s briefing won’t be televised; Former SEAL sues his lawyer; Death rate in Afg unsustainable; and a bit more.

November 6, 2014 A U.S. drone attack in northwestern Syria last night targeted alleged former French intel officer and Khorasan Group senior leader David Drugeon. Jennifer Griffin and Justin Fishel for Fox News on the known-knowns so far from that strike: “The drone struck a vehicle traveling in Syria's Idlib province that was...

As End Looms, US Warns Afghan Troops Taking ‘Unsustainable’ Casualties

November 5, 2014 This past year has been shaky for Afghanistan. The massive NATO drawdown is well under way. Former President Hamid Karzai is out and a new president now shares the spotlight in Kabul along with his election rival. But the greatest and most telling development this year could be the unprecedented...

The D Brief: The “wave” isn’t a national security mandate; Hagel abruptly cancels Vietnam trip; 10th Mountain ends ops in Afg; and a bit more.

November 5, 2014 If you think the mid-terms are a national security mandate, you might want to think again. Defense One’s Molly O’Toole on the elections: “Don’t expect a sudden, dramatic shift in direction on national security in Congress after Tuesday night’s midterm elections. On Wednesday morning, the U.S. military will still be...

The D Brief: U.S. reassessing Syria policy; If GOP wins, what happens?; Bob Hale to Booz, Allen; Ebola’s secret killer; and a bit more.

November 4, 2014 Yes it’s election day, but meantime, American officials are weighing whether to broaden the air campaign in Syria. A militant group that is a rival to the Islamic State and is poised to take over a “strategically vital corridor” from Turkey may be in the U.S. military’s sights after members...

The D Brief: No oversight for Afghanistan war?; A SEAL in hot water; Command Master Chief: it’s the mess’ fault!; An Ebola care center rises; and a bit more.

November 3, 2014 A spring offensive: The Iraqis are preparing a big anti-Islamic State offensive with assistance from the U.S. The NYT’s Michael Gordon and Eric Schmitt from Washington on Page One: "Iraqi security forces, backed by American-led air power and hundreds of advisers, are planning to mount a major spring offensive against...

The D Brief: Dempsey hints at expansion into Anbar; Hagel: “it’s complicated;” Did the military give us a sleep disorder?; Shane Harris leaves FP; and a bit more.

October 31, 2014 Gen. Marty Dempsey emphasized publicly for the first time that the mission in Iraq should probably expand into Anbar Province. Despite the fact that the Islamic State controls wide swaths of territory in Anbar, west of Baghdad, the Pentagon has publicly shrugged in response to questions if the U.S. military...

The D Brief: Is Hagel safe?; Is cyber threat over-hyped?; A look inside Boeing’s new offices; Turkey alliance crumbles, and a bit more.

October 30, 2014 Does Team Obama have a problem with Chuck Hagel and John Kerry? Not necessarily. But the series of crises, from Ukraine to Syria to Iraq to Bowe Bergdahl, to the VA and now Ebola, has given rise to speculation, first fed by the WaPo’s David Ignatius earlier this month, that...