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U.S. Signs 25-Year Military Pact with Australia

August 12, 2014 The United States and Australia finalized a 25-year deal to more than double the number of American troops training with their Aussie counterparts in a significant step forward for the Obama administration’s contentious “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry announced the...

U.S. Air Strikes Are Having a Limited Effect on ISIL

August 11, 2014 The army of Islamist fighters threatening the Kurdish stronghold of Irbil in northern Iraq shows no sign of retreat despite more than a dozen U.S. air strikes on their positions, a top Pentagon official said Monday. Four more air strikes were carried out on Monday, after a barrage of strikes...

ISIL Is Now a ‘Full Blown Army’ in Iraq

July 23, 2014 During an often heated exchange on Capitol Hill, a State Department official told House lawmakers that the brutal extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is no longer “simply a terrorist organization—it is now a full-blown army.” “ISIL is worse than al-Qaeda,” said Brett McGurk,...

Biden Warns of 'Repercussions' Over Ukraine Crash

July 17, 2014 This story has been updated throughout. Vice President Joe Biden said "possible repercussions could flow" from the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 after it was shot down over contested Ukrainian airspace Thursday, as the White House called for an "immediate cease fire" between Russian and Ukrainian factions in the...

Special Operations Commander Says Burden On Elite Troops Is Here to Stay

July 10, 2014 The incoming top commander of the United States military’s elite forces said that Pentagon officials and lawmakers need to ease the burden on special operations troops and their families, who are bending under the compounded stresses of more than a dozen years of war in the world’s most dangerous places....

Hagel Declares ISIL Clear and 'Imminent Threat’ To U.S.

July 10, 2014 Extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, pose a “clear and imminent threat” to the United States, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday, singling out lawmakers who may have been underwhelmed by his classified testimony on Iraq and Afghanistan from Capitol Hill on Tuesday. “Make...

Afghans Will Learn Who Their New President Is, Probably, In Two Weeks

July 7, 2014 With 56 percent of the vote, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission announced former finance minister Ashraf Ghani led last month’s presidential runoff. But Monday’s results are not final, and the commission needs another two weeks to investigate seemingly endless allegations of election fraud before declaring a winner on July 22. Ghani...

Pentagon Urged to Focus on ‘Great Power Conflict’ to Save Budget

July 2, 2014 Forget terrorism. The Pentagon’s best chance to field the best military with the smaller budget imposed by sequestration may just lie in preparing for nuclear war with Russia and China. According to a new study, United States defense leaders should focus more on a “great power conflict” reflective of a...

Army's Gen. Campbell Picked To Lead Afghanistan War

June 24, 2014 Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell has been selected by President Barack Obama to take over U.S. command of the war in Afghanistan as it comes to an official end this year. If confirmed by the Senate, the four-star Army general will replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who...

Obama Picks Dunford as Next Marine Corps Commandant

June 5, 2014 Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, has been nominated by the president to be the next commandant of the Marine Corps. The nomination—subject to confirmation by the Senate—leaves open the question of who will take command of the roughly 50,000 U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan...