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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Op-Ed: US and ISAF report no weekly casualites in eleven year Afghan war

Washington - After eleven years of war in Afghanistan neither NATO or the US military are reporting any casualties during the past week. As NATO transitions responsibilities to Afghan security forces, casualty figures remain unchanged.

DOD: US Military Casualties in Afghanistan as of 25 January 2013

Washington - As the war winds down in Afghanistan, so does the number of NATO casualties. This week one US soldier was killed in action (KIA) and 14 were injured. A Polish NATO soldier was also killed. The US soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device.

US DOD blocks some LGBT sites but Rush Limbaugh is fine

Washington - While openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans (LGBT) may now serve in the US armed forces, according to the news site AmericaBlog, the Defense Department is blocking access to a number of websites that are described as LGBT

Pentagon report: DoD whistleblowers left vulnerable to reprisals

An internal report by the Pentagon says reporting misconduct or waste of money might get U.S. military personnel punished.

Army reports suicide rate increased in July

Arlington - US soldiers killed themselves at the rate of more then one per day in July, according to data released by the Army last week, making it the worst month on record for Army suicides since the military began releasing monthly suicide records in 2009.

Defense Department hired spooks; operation may have gone rogue

The Defense Department used contractors to track and kill militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The legality of this operation is questionable and further concerns are raised by the fact that it may have gone 'rogue'.

DOD purchasing PS3s for the military

The Department of Defense is buying 2,200 Playstation 3's because of cost. Cheaper than purchasing what they really need.

Op-Ed: Why Afghanistan Matters

The news from Afghanistan lately could not be more unsettling. A resurgent Taliban, rampant government corruption, key ISAF force mistakes, and growing public discontent on all sides. The stakes could not be higher. How do we turn the "Right War" around?

Prepare for 'Irregular Warfare'

In the modern electronic age, where nations often have no borders, warfare may soon be waged without the public even knowing it.
 

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