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FEMA, DoD: Russian troops on American soil rumor is false

Media reports that claimed that an "unnamed source" from the DoD confirmed that 50,000 Russian troops are on "American soil" as part of a training program for disaster management and "crowd functions" have been denied.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 30 comments

Op-Ed: What is Afghanistan's future after NATO troops exit?

Washington - While the US media was engrossed in speculation and in some cases humanizing the Boston terror suspect, Afghanistan was front and center at NATO. A trilateral meeting among the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan was held on April 24 in Belgium.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 5 comments

Op-Ed: NATO withdrawal and the ability of the Afghan National Army

Washington - As NATO prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, politicians and military leaders highlight the positive in an attempt to convince the public that the war yielded positive results. The Taliban is targeting Afghan forces in its spring offensive.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 10 comments

Op-Ed: Make or break time for Afghan Security Forces

Kabul - As NATO prepares to leave Afghanistan, there is a flurry of activity, warnings and a visit by the US Chief of Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey to assess the type and level of training US forces could provide. It is make or break time for Afghan forces.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 6 comments

Op-Ed: Afghanistan success is an illusion - Soviet similarities

Kabul - As the war winds down in Afghanistan, there are similarities with the Soviet withdrawal in 1979. While politicians and military brass emphasize the defeat of the Taliban and the ability of Afghan Security Forces. This defies the reality of Afghanistan.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 8 comments

The Taliban Spring Offensive, deadly week in Afghanistan

Washington - This week has been a particularly deadly week for US soldiers in Afghanistan. Nine US soldier were killed in Afghanistan, 33 were wounded in action. Afghan security forces are taking the lead, as the Taliban are cranking up their spring offensive.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 8 comments

Op-Ed: Evolution of Warfare - Drone Distinguished Warfare Medal

Washington - With the evolution of warfare, the US government has turned to drone operations, which is the engagement of the enemy from afar. The Pentagon has announced an award for drone pilots, the Distinguished Warfare medal.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 7 comments

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagels' first visit, Kabul Afghanistan

Kabul - The new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on Friday night to get a first hand look at the war on the ground. Hagel will be responsible for an orderly draw down and the oversight of a residual force.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 2 comments

Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defense Secretary 58-41

Washington - The US Senate has confirmed former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to become the Secretary of Defense. Despite initial objections the Senate voted 58-41 to confirm President Obama's pick. While 41 votes came from Republicans, four voted in favor.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Afghanistan: Casualties and the future of NATO post 2014

Washington - NATO Defense ministers met in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, taking stock on the progress in Afghanistan. DOD reports indicate that there were no US soldiers killed in Afghanistan this week, however one NATO soldier was killed on Friday.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 2 comments
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