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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...

Smith Tries for BRAC, McKeon Shoots Him Down

May 6, 2014 The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee member is adding an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would let the Pentagon to close excess military facilities. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., said his proposal for another Base Realignment and Closure would be different than the 2005 round,...

It’s Too Soon to Cut Funding for A-10s, Lawmakers Say

May 5, 2014 Eight leading senators appealed to the Senate Appropriations Committee to save the Air Force’s controversial A-10 aircraft fleet from the Pentagon budget’s chopping block as lawmakers inch closer to a final draft of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015. The proposal to retire the fleet of 353...

Veteran Unemployment Rate Drops, But Still Outpaces the Rest of the Country

May 2, 2014 For the fourth year in a row, veterans are having a harder time than non-veterans finding jobs, though the percentage of recent veterans unable to find work is in decline, according to a report released Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But there remains a growing pool of Iraq...

Terrorist Attacks Have Increased By 43 Percent in the Last Year

April 30, 2014 The number of terrorist attacks, kidnappings, deaths and injuries across the globe rose by 43 percent last year, according to the State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2013. The annual report, released Wednesday, outlines the trends and events in global terrorism every year, tallying country-by-country efforts in counterterrorism and up-to-date...

To Fight Russia, Ukraine Must Also Fight Corruption, Biden Says

April 30, 2014 Less than a month before Ukrainians go to the polls to elect a new president, Vice President Joe Biden said the country’s interim leaders must work to shed the nation’s legacy of corruption that allows Russian aggression and influence to destabilize the region. Biden also said that President Barack Obama...

Kerry: NATO Members Must Increase Military Spending

April 29, 2014 In a stern warning from Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry urged NATO members in Europe to increase their defense spending over the next five years in the face of escalated Russian efforts to destabilize Ukraine and “change the security landscape of Eastern and Central Europe.” “We cannot continue to...

Obama Boosts Asia Pivot, Expands U.S. Troop Access to Philippines

April 28, 2014 President Barack Obama delivered new tangible proof of his much-touted pivot to Asia on Monday by finalizing an agreement with Manila that allows for additional U.S. troops and equipment to rotate through the Philippines’ military bases. The deal permits greater numbers of Americans to train and modernize the Filipino military...