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The D Brief: A chem attack in Iraq? Will Hagel serve Turkey? Flournoy on what Congress should do; No more ISIS candy; and a bit more.

October 24, 2014 ISIS may have just attacked Iraqi police with chlorine gas. Eleven Iraqi officers were sickened and this could be one of the first effective attacks and heighten fears of the dangers U.S. troops face, even if they are not technically in combat. Loveday Morris for the WaPo: from Balad, Iraq:...

The US Military Is Intensifying the Fight Against Ebola

October 23, 2014 The Pentagon is beginning a new chapter in its broadening efforts to fight Ebola. A 30-person team of medical specialists training at Fort Sam Houston in Texas are expected to wrap up on Saturday, DOD spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson said. The group—the Pentagon’s equivalent of a medical SWAT team—consists...

The D Brief: A big disconnect in Syria? McCain calls Kirby an idiot; China hits back on anti-missile radar; Mike Flynn, back on the grid; and a bit more.

October 23, 2014 Canada’s Harper: we won’t be intimidated. BBC, this hour, here. More on the attack in Canada below, including a tick-tock of the episode in Ottawa. Meantime, “A big disconnect:” The U.S. only to train Syrians in a defensive role. The Obama Administration’s policy in Syria seems to be premised more...

The D Brief: Panetta in hot water?; Robots could fight Ebola; How do you recruit civilians to work on the frontlines?; Are airdrops of weapons effective? Mortar rounds in Baghdad; and a bit more.

October 22, 2014 Will Panetta face consequences for allegedly violating the CIA’s secrecy agreement with the release of his book? Panetta's publisher has to be loving the amount of press Panetta is getting for "Worthy Fights," even if not all of it is positive. Weeks after it first came out, it's still making...

The D Brief: Turkey loosens up; Navy civilians deny a secret "silencer" op; Sam Power to the Defense One Summit; Debating a "principled resignation" and a bit more.

October 21, 2014 Turkey is loosening up a little, agreeing to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross its border with Syria to help fight militants in Kobani. The NYT's Kareen Fahim and Karam Shoumali: "…The decision represents an important shift by the Turkish government, which has angered Kurdish leaders and frustrated Washington for...

The D Brief: U.S. mil helps the Kurds fight in Kobani; Swedish sub search; Nat-sec could help the GOP win the Senate; What's the Ebola Bus?; "Tamer" Bugs out; and a bit more.

October 20, 2014 For the first time, U.S. drops weapons and ammo to Kurdish fighters in Kobani. Eric Schmitt for The New York Times: “In a sign of the growing symbolic and operational significance of the town to both sides, three United States C-130 transport planes for the first time dropped 27 bundles...

The D Brief: Biden's son ejected from Navy; Why wasn't a toaster-sized Ebola device used?; Lloyd Austin speaks; Why Maj. Gen. Piatt was delayed; Would Ernie Pyle smile? and a bit more.

October 17, 2014 A toaster-sized-life saver? A rapid Ebola-detecting device the U.S. military is using in Africa sat unused at the Dallas hospital when America’s “patient zero” walked through the door. Defense One’s Patrick Tucker with the scoop, here. He reports: “It’s a toaster-sized box called Film Array, produced by a company called...

The D Brief: What if Kobani falls? The military doesn't need more money for war; The Pentagon finally names the problem; Hagel sees a role for the Army as a coastline force; Building a better military robot; and a bit more.

October 16, 2014 Learning to share: Kurdish fighters are feeding coalition war planners targeting data on ISIS around Kobani—and the escalated air campaign seems to be working. Eric Schmitt and Kareem Fahim for The New York Times: Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said “the airstrikes had killed ‘several hundred’ Islamic State fighters....

The D Brief: Mustard gas and chems offer battlefield perils past and present in Iraq; Defense firms target European customers; CIA rebel training largely ineffective; US contractor shot dead in Saudi Arabia and a bit more.

October 15, 2014 Some American troops suffered nerve or mustard gas exposure during the Iraq war, suggesting ISIS getting their hands on the stuff there is not out of the question. C.J. Chivers for The New York Times on Page One: “Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United States’...

The D Brief: Was the Turkey basing announcement premature?; Hagel seizes climate change; Surprise! Industry is courting Army leaders, big time; Jacob Freedman gets a new gig and a bit more.

October 14, 2014 Welcome to the inaugural edition of The D Brief, Defense One’s new, first-read national security newsletter. We may be familiar to you from other national security newsletters. Indeed, The D Brief is nat-sec newsletter version 3.0 for us. Just like before, we’ll deliver to your inbox our brand of news,...