DOTMIL

August 2012


Source: No Evidence Afghan Forces Helped Attack U.S. General's Plane

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There is no evidence that Afghan forces assisted Taliban forces with an attack that damaged Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey's plane, a senior Pentagon official tells U.S. News & World Report.

Enemy fighters fired rockets into an American base in Afghanistan early Tuesday morning and ...

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

Little U.S., NATO Leaders Can Do About 'Insider Attacks'

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A number of recent fatal attacks on U.S. and Nato forces by Afghan security forces reveals there are few ways for U.S. and NATO officials to prevent similar attacks in the future.

On 32 occasions during the first eight months of this year, individuals wearing Afghan security uniforms have attacked ...

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

Loathed Continuing Resolution Might Be Way Out of Defense Cuts

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Washington insiders often lament lawmakers' newfound use of governmentwide spending measures each year to keep all federal agencies operating. But one budget guru says this newfound ritual might be the lone way to avoid the thing feared most in defense circles: sequestration.

Unless lawmakers send ...

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

Top Obama Aide: National Security Leaks 'Absolutely' Have Caused Damage

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A senior aide to President Obama is calling for any White House official who knowingly leaked details about classified national security programs to be prosecuted.

Details of national security programs that have been made public in recent months have been "unconscionable," John Brennan, Obama's ...

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

White House Official: Obama Yet to Rule Out Syrian Intervention

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A senior White House official says President Barack Obama has yet to rule out sending U.S. military forces to quell Syria's bloody civil war.

John Brennan, the White House's top homeland security and counterterrorism official, also says Syria is "awash" in weapons despite rebel leaders' claims that ...

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

Would Petraeus Betray Obama as Romney's VP?

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The White House and CIA are firmly denying a report that President Obama believes Mitt Romney wants CIA Director David Petraeus as his running mate. And one GOP source doubts Petraeus would even accept.

The Drudge Report raised eyebrows when it posted a piece Tuesday alleging President Obama ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
Romney, Mitt

Rebel Forces Planning 'Tremendous' Offensive in Eastern Syria

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Rebel forces in Syria are planning an intense offensive in the eastern part of the civil war-torn nation over the next two weeks as they seek to put the final dagger in Bashar al-Assad's regime.

A senior opposition official tells U.S. News & World Report the Free Syrian Army and other rebel factions ...

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

Former Admiral to U.S.: Fix Own Problems, Then Lecture Others

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A former U.S. military commander has a blunt message for America: Fix your own myriad problems before lecturing Middle East nations about theirs.

From the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to pressing Iran to suspend its nuclear weapons program, Washington essentially is a bottomless well of advice and ...

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

Crumbling: Nearly 20 Senior Syrian Military Officers Defect Assad's Regime

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Nearly 20 high-ranking Syrian military officers defected to Turkey on Monday, says an opposition source who added Bashar al-Assad's regime "is falling apart."

The source tells U.S. News & World Report that 17 senior military officers have fled the country on the same day former Prime Minister Riad ...

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

Obama Exempts Military Personnel From Cuts; Civilian Workers, Weapons At Bigger Risk

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President Barack Obama will protect all accounts used to pay for military personnel from deep spending cuts that would kick in Jan. 2 if lawmakers fail to pass a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction measure, placing a bulls eye on civilian employees and weapon programs.

The move "is considered to be in ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
defense spending
deficit and national debt

Regime Fires Mortars Into Syrian Streets As U.S. Plans For Post-Assad Era

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly is firing mortars and cluster munitions on his own citizens as his forces and rebel elements continue a bloody civil war. Instead of stepping in to drive Assad from power even as more and more civilians die, however, Washington and its allies continue to ...

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

Academics: Pentagon Data Shows MRAPs Not Safer Than Other Vehicles

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The massive blast-resistant vehicles the George W. Bush administration bought last decade and sent to Iraq often are hailed as the Pentagon's wisest purchase in some time. But two academics are challenging assertions in a controversial new piece.

The Pentagon since the mid-2000s have fielded 30,000 ...

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

Three Reasons Skipping Afghanistan Won't Hurt Mitt Romney

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Mitt Romney wants to be commander in chief. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, two U.S. commanders in chief have kept thousands of American troops deployed to Afghanistan. Yet, when Romney traveled last week to Europe and the Middle East, he opted against visiting those troops.

In 2008,

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

Bipartisan House Defense Panel Erupts in Shouting Match

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There was screaming. There were allegations. There was partisan bickering. For nearly three hours Wednesday, one of the last-remaining bastions of political cooperation in Washington staged what one lawmaker dubbed a political "spectacle."

The House Armed Services Committee has long taken pride in a ...

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