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About the header imageA UH-60 Black Hawk from Task Force 34, 1st Battalion 244th Assault Helicopter Battalion flies over a mosque during a routine flight on Feb. 27. From US Army on Flickr.
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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
America’s top military officer warned the withdrawal of most U.S. and allied forces from Afghanistan by the end of next year could reverse gains made in the war against the Taliban and further destabilize the region. – Associated Press No … Continue reading
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel renewed a defense agreement with Qatar on Tuesday during a visit aimed at showing U.S. commitment to Persian Gulf allies despite disagreements over policies on Iran and Syria. – Washington Times The U.S. air operations center … Continue reading
If the 2014 U.S. defense spending bill goes through as proposed, [Congress] will ban the use of U.S. funding to integrate Chinese missile defense systems with U.S. or NATO systems, effectively making it impossible for Turkey to operate Chinese equipment … Continue reading
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faces a tough challenge as he looks to reassure nervous allies in the Gulf that the U.S. will continue its strong military support to the region, even as world powers move forward on the nuclear pact … Continue reading
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Wednesday he clearly understands a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 – known as the “zero option” – is a “possibility” – CNN’s Security Clearance Defense Secretary … Continue reading
In an unprecedented move, 44 has appointed Christine Fox, the Pentagon’s former chief program and budget analyst, to serve as acting deputy defense secretary while the search continues for a candidate to fill the position on a full-time basis, defense … Continue reading
The Pentagon is prepping an American vessel to destroy Syria’s confiscated chemical weapons, should President Obama hand that mission to U.S. forces. – DEFCON Hill The Pentagon is deploying several submarine-hunting aircraft to a hotly contested air defense zone in … Continue reading
Budget reductions have forced the Pentagon to consider cuts in everything from commissaries, to base elementary schools, to the venerable Stars and Stripes newspaper. But senior Defense officials say the new budget scrutiny has also produced innovations and business-efficiency efforts … Continue reading
Two long-range American bombers flew through airspace that China recently declared it has the right to police in what Pentagon officials described as a routine flight but which sent a clear message that the United States rejects the Chinese claims. … Continue reading