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Reserve, Guard Soldiers Committing Suicide at Higher Rates

April 25, 2014 The Pentagon has some mixed news on military suicides: there was an overall decline of roughly 15 percent in 2013. But, in a likely reflection of the increased strain on America’s reserve component over the past 12 years, more Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers took their life last year...

Pentagon Sending 600 U.S. Troops to Eastern Europe

April 22, 2014 The Pentagon is sending about 600 U.S. troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia in a show of support for Eastern European countries uneasy with Russian forces still lingering near Ukraine. “Nothing we've seen out of Russia or their armed forces, is de-escalating...

Poland Fears Putin’s ‘New Russia’ Doctrine

April 17, 2014 Just weeks ahead of taking over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission in Eastern Europe, Poland’s defense minister is worried about a possible “Putin doctrine” that aims to recreate the Soviet Union with a “New Russia.” “That doctrine could give rise and has already gave [sic] rise to concern, especially in...

NATO Ramps Up Its Military Presence in Eastern Europe

April 16, 2014 NATO is increasing security in the region as pro-Russian gunmen continue to stir up tensions in eastern Ukraine. The additional measures involve “more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after a meeting of the...

Where Genocide Is Most Likely To Happen Next

April 15, 2014 Twenty years after the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, researchers at The University of Sydney have created a model predicting which countries will experience targeted mass violence across the globe. Known as the Atrocity Forecasting Project, the model plugs in more than a dozen “instability variables,” which include statistics on...

Here’s a Map of the World’s Fastest Growing Militaries

April 14, 2014 The United States may be cutting its military spending, but 23 nations have doubled their defense spending over the past decade, according to a report released by a leading arms observation group on Monday. Afghanistan tops the list of nations with the sharpest increase in defense spending over the past...

NATO Won’t Rule Out Sending U.S. Troops to Eastern Europe

April 9, 2014 U.S. troops could be a key part of a plan by NATO to reassure its 28 member nations, particularly those near Russia, that the alliance has their back, the top NATO military commander said Wednesday. NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove is drafting a plan to respond to Russia’s annexation of...

Army, National Guard Fight Over Apache Helicopters

April 8, 2014 The Army National Guard is pushing back against a plan to send all of its 192 Apache attack helicopters to the active duty Army. In exchange, the Guard and Reserve components would receive 111 UH-60 Blackhawk transport and utility helicopters from the Army in a broader aviation restructuring after more...

‘Comprehensive Review’ of Military Medals to Begin in June

March 21, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a full appraisal of military decorations and awards, with particular emphasis on how to recognize contributions from troops conducting drone and cyber warfare, to begin in June. The order follows more than a year of controversy over the Distinguished Warfare Medal, or DWM, a new...

Russians Tell Hagel 'No Intention' of Crossing Into Ukraine

March 20, 2014 Russia’s defense minister told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russian troops will not march further into Ukraine, during a nearly hour-long telephone conversation on Thursday. Hagel called on Sergei Shoygu to get his counterpart to “explain Russian intentions with respect to forces they have aligned near Ukraine’s eastern and southern...