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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) has begun carrying out a game-changing plan for sustainment on a global scale, one that relies heavily on competition to help drive down costs. – Defense News Investigators have narrowed their focus to the … Continue reading
The Pentagon is pushing back against the notion that there is ‘mission creep’ in Iraq, as more troops, aircraft and ammunition are deployed to defend against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants. – Military.com Control of Terrain in … Continue reading
For the first time in its history, the Navy promoted a woman on Tuesday to become a four-star admiral. Surrounded by friends, family and peers, Adm. Michelle J. Howard was promoted to her new rank at the Women in Military … Continue reading
44 has authorized another 200 U.S. troops to secure the American Embassy in Iraq as well as Baghdad’s international airport, bringing the total U.S. deployments to Iraq this month to 775. – Washington Post The Pentagon wants to partner with … Continue reading
The U.S. is speeding up shipments of 800 Hellfire missiles to Iraq to help the embattled Baghdad government beat back the threat posed by Sunni militants, the Pentagon said Friday. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required) The Pentagon pushed back … Continue reading
The U.S.-Iraq joint operation center has begun functioning and additional teams of American special-operations forces have arrived in Baghdad, the Pentagon said Thursday. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Absent from the White House’s formal notification to Congress of a … Continue reading
Senior administration officials’ closed-door briefing to senators Tuesday night revealed that the White House did not anticipate and was not prepared for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), which has wreaked havoc … Continue reading
Today’s Syria Situation Report – Institute for the Study of War The nation’s top Marine said Taliban attacks had grown “more desperate” as they looked to inflict casualties on American troops drawing down from Afghanistan. – The Hill The al … Continue reading
The U.S. military is expected to significantly increase the number of troops, ships and watercraft rotating through Australia as a result of the beefed-up Force Posture Agreement announced last week. – Stars and Stripes The 300 U.S. advisers authorized to … Continue reading