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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...

U.S. Special Ops Adds to African Presence for 'Secret' Price Tag of $70 Million

May 27, 2014 The U.S. has deployed teams of additional U.S. Special Operations soldiers across North and West Africa in recent months as part of a low-profile Pentagon program to counter the spread of al Qaeda affiliates, according to The New York Times. The elite troops included trainers from the Army’s Green Berets,...

After Benghazi, Specialized Crisis Response Teams Are Now the ‘New Normal’

May 20, 2014 CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported the Marine Air Ground Task Force based in Spain responds to hotspots in North Africa and the Middle East. The MAGTF area of responsibility does not extend to the Middle East. As unrest spreads in Libya, a team of 250 Marines is...

Don't Blame China for Territorial Disputes, Says Top General Visiting Pentagon

May 15, 2014 At a high-profile visit to the Pentagon, China’s senior military commander said that his country is not to blame for territorial spats with its neighbors and insisted China intends to contribute to regional peace. China’s relations with Japan, as well as U.S.-Chinese military relations, have been tested in recent months...

Why the U.S. Has Few Options To Help Find Kidnapped Girls in Nigeria

May 9, 2014 For those watching closely, last month’s kidnapping of more than 270 schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria comes both as no surprise and with abundant challenges. Abubakar Shekau, the group’s leader, warned in a video last May that he would begin kidnapping girls, in retaliation for the...

House Committee Votes to Keep A-10 Funding Through 2015

May 8, 2014 The House Armed Services Committee voted to adopt an amendment that keeps the Air Force’s contentious A-10 “Warthog” aircraft flying through the next fiscal year. The amendment passed through committee late Wednesday with a 41-20 bipartisan vote. It will be funded by moving $635 million over to the Overseas Contingency...

Check Out This Video of a Helicopter Transforming Into a Truck

May 7, 2014 The Pentagon’s Osprey can take to the skies like a helicopter and an airplane—but pilots can’t land them and then drive them like a truck across rugged terrain or fly them remotely. Enter the Black Knight Transformer, a hybrid “multi-copter” that will bring the Army one step closer to an...