DOTMIL

February 2012


Obama Administration to Confront Syria Crisis on Capitol Hill

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The Obama administration, after months of carefully worded statements, is sending senior officials to Capitol Hill for hours of testimony about the unrest in Syria. But when they arrive, they will find lawmakers who are all over the place about what-if anything-Washington should do.

President Obama ...

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Department of Defense
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national security terrorism and the military
Syria
Obama administration
Obama, Barack

Key General: White House Briefed on Iran Target Options

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The Air Force has provided the White House with options for a strike against Iran's nuclear weapons sites, but a former top Pentagon official is warning that America and Israel lack the weaponry to halt Tehran's atomic arms program. "Our obligation is to provide options" to the defense secretary ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
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national security terrorism and the military
Iran

Senators: U.S. Forces at Risk Due to Syrian Chemical Weapons

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Several senators are raising concerns that unrest in Syria could allow that nation's chemical and other weapons to be used against U.S. forces and allies in the region.

"The growing breakdown of order and security in Syria could place its significant stockpiles of poison gases and operational ...

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Syria
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

Top Dem Seeks Faster Afghan Withdrawal

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Obama administration officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill will consider bringing U.S. forces out of Afghanistan faster amid new and deep tensions between the two nations, says Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee.

"There is a general concern...about recent events and how ...

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War in Afghanistan (2001-)
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Department of Defense
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national security terrorism and the military

Koran Burning May Be Beginning of the End for Afghan War

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Holy books were mistakenly burned. American military personnel were murdered. Thousands of Afghans poured into the streets. Several days of unrest and violence in Afghanistan reveals a U.S. military focused on getting the job done and what experts say is an Afghan population that is simply fed up.

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Department of Defense
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national security terrorism and the military
Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001-)

Back To The Future: Candidates Revive Bush Pre-emption Doctrine

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Thought former President George W. Bush's embattled war doctrine of striking a potential foe before it strikes the U.S. or its allies died in Iraq last decade? Think again. The leading Republican presidential candidates are channeling Bush by hawkishly vowing to strike Iran before it fields a ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military

Proposal to Give Special Ops Boss More Sway Faces Scrutiny

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The top U.S. Army commander said Tuesday that a recent push to give special ops troops more authority to deploy worldwide was unnecessary and that the commanders of regional forces should maintain control.

[See photos of U.S. Navy SEALs.]

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said the current ...

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national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

Army Chief Warns National Guard, Reserve Could Get Budget Ax

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A second round of deep budget cuts could force the Army to shed up to 100,000 more troops, including steep reductions in Army Reserve and National Guard forces, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno told reporters Tuesday in Washington. The ground service was able to fashion a 57,000-troop ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military

Intel Official: Iranian Missiles Could Hit Nearby U.S. Targets, Europe

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Iran has the ability to fire missiles at U.S. targets in the Middle East and "temporarily" close a key sea transit route, a senior intelligence official said Thursday.

Tehran has a missile arsenal capable of reaching "targets throughout the region and into Eastern Europe," Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess,

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national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

U.S. Official: 'No Out of the Ordinary' Military Moves on Syria, Iran

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The Pentagon has initiated no special troop or equipment moves in preparation for possible U.S. military operations in Iran or Syria, a senior Defense Department official tells DOTMIL.

Amid the daily escalations in both sensitive situations, Defense Department officials say it is business as usual ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
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national security terrorism and the military
Iran
Syria

McCain Blasts Obama Over Defense Cuts

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Republican Sen. John McCain is slamming President Obama for failing to craft a plan that would steer the military away from additional spending cuts the Pentagon says would trigger a "doomsday" scenario. But it was a congressional failure that plotted the course for the next batch of cuts, Obama's ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
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national security terrorism and the military
McCain, John
Obama, Barack

Pentagon Chief Panetta: U.S. Will Do 'Everything' to Stop Iran

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As Iran and Israel traded barbs over a dual bombing plot—including suspected "magnet bomb" attacks against Israeli diplomats in New Delhi and Tbilisi— U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Tehran Tuesday about its nuclear ambitions and support for terrorist organizations.

Panetta told lawmakers ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Iran
Panetta, Leon
Nelson, Ben

Syrian Opposition Groups Pleading for Outside Assistance

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Syrian opposition groups are lobbying the United States and other nations to set up a sweeping effort in order to get humanitarian aid into the violence-ravaged nation. Those escalating calls come as a senior U.S. senator said the Pentagon is crafting plans to get involved.

[See photos of the ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Syria

Walking a Fine Line on China, Obama Pacific Command Nominee is Muscular, Conciliatory

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The U.S. admiral tapped to become the top American officer in the Asia-Pacific region on Thursday walked a rhetorical tightrope about Washington's China policy, underscoring the challenge for the Obama administration.

Adm. Samuel Locklear, tapped to become U.S. Pacific Command chief, was at times ...

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foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Department of Defense

Escalation: Senators Call for U.S. Military Action in Syria

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Two GOP senators who called for U.S. military intervention in Libya before President Obama green-lighted that mission are now calling for something similar in Syria.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain of Arizona and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina weighed in late Wednesday on ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
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national security terrorism and the military
Syria
Senate

Military Says US Forces Will Still Fight Taliban Next Year

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U.S. military officials insist they are moving ahead under the existing Afghanistan war strategy, saying the Obama administration has not asked commanders to come up with plans to ramp down combat missions during 2013.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently told reporters the U.S. would end its ...

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foreign policy
Department of Defense

Second-in-Command Discounts Negative Views of Afghan War

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A top U.S. military official in Afghanistan discounted two recent reports Wednesday that suggest realities on the ground in the country are more dire than American commanders let on, saying he is "cautiously optimistic."

Army Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told reporters at the Pentagon that a negative ...

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War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Afghanistan
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

U.S. to Egypt: Shape Up or Lose Military Aid

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An ongoing dispute between Washington and longtime ally Cairo could lead the Obama administration to cut off $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt. 

That means Egypt could miss out on everything from American-made F-16s, Abrams tank upgrades, advanced missile and radar systems, combat and ...

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foreign aid
Egypt
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

U.S. Targets Tehran's Central Bank

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President Obama announced on Monday tougher sanctions against Tehran, the latest step in his efforts to pressure Iran into giving up its nuclear weapons ambitions. Obama, in a letter to lawmakers, continued a diplomatic strategy in which he has in the last 24 hours played both the "good cop" and ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
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national security terrorism and the military
Iran
money
banking
Israel

Pentagon Adviser: Taliban Think They Can Outlast U.S. Troops

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A report based on interrogations of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan shows the U.S.-led war effort is failing to meet Washington's goals, says a Pentagon adviser.

The report, prepared by the NATO command running the allied war effort, is one in a series drawn from interrogations of thousands of ...

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War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Afghanistan
Taliban
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

Politics at Heart of Latest Afghanistan Policy Flap

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President Obama's political foes are slamming his defense secretary's announcement that U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan largely will end next year, but such a time line has been implied for months by military leaders.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta caused a public dust up Wednesday when he ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Afghanistan
Panetta, Leon

Combat Stress May Have Led to Afghan Killings of NATO Troops

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On the same day that yet another Afghan soldier shot and killed a NATO service member, U.S. military officials told Capitol Hill lawmakers that combat stress and personal problems may have motivated Afghan troops to turn their guns on their NATO trainers. They sidestepped religion or ideology as a ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
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national security terrorism and the military
NATO
Sarkozy, Nicholas