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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said Tuesday that the United States should be on a “high state of alert” as the anniversary of 9/11 approaches. – The Hill 44 on Wednesday pledged that the U.S. would “degrade … Continue reading
Defense insiders are abuzz about the prospect of a congressional mea culpa on defense spending. The collective hope stems from a world picture that suddenly includes several burgeoning threats that were on 44’s “junior varsity” list at the start of … Continue reading
Aircraft from the carrier George H.W. Bush have struck about 30 targets in Iraq since the U.S. military began pounding the insurgents who are destabilizing Iraq, Navy officials said Wednesday. – Military Times As the Pentagon works to analyze and … Continue reading
The U.S. military, at the request of host nations in the region, is no longer identifying the specific land-based aircraft carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, a defense official told Military Times on Tuesday. – Military Times The mission for U.S. … Continue reading
Almost 8,000 senior enlisted personnel must go before a continuation board later this year to determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire. – Navy Times The Navy’s Standard Missile-6 successfully intercepted a mock cruise missile flying low … Continue reading
Navy jets are again at the tip of the spear, striking targets inside Iraq. But they had to break off air support operations over Afghanistan to do it, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert said. – Military Times Last … Continue reading
There are now almost 1,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Another 129 troops were sent to Iraq this week. Including 100 or so troops who are assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, a total of about … Continue reading
The U.S. intelligence community Monday pushed back at reports that the White House was not warned about the growing strength of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ahead of the group’s recent offensive. – The Hill Air strikes … Continue reading
With American strikes beginning to show clear effects on the battlefield, Kurdish forces counterattacked Sunni militants in northern Iraq on Sunday, regaining control of two strategic towns with aid from the air. – New York Times Retired U.S. Army Gen. … Continue reading