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Jurors believed Chris Kyle's killer 'knew the consequences'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 15:04
In the end, Eddie Ray Routh couldn’t get beyond his own conscience. The former Marine corporal’s own words — captured on secret recordings — contributed to his conviction this week of capital murder in the deaths of acclaimed former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield, who lost their lives trying to help him.

Experts on Islamic State worry US is underestimating fight for Mosul

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:47
U.S. commanders pressing for an attack on Mosul perhaps as early as this spring may be underestimating the importance of the city to its Islamic State occupiers, who are likely to put up a huge fight to retain their control, experts who’ve studied the extremist organization say.

European concern over Russia not reflected in defense spending

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:39
Russia’s intervention in Ukraine may have been a “game changer” for NATO, but the concern voiced in capitals across Europe has not been reflected in defense spending, which in many cases is decreasing, according to an analysis released Thursday.

DODDS student chefs battle for European culinary title

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:15
Pan-fried catfish and sweet potato chips weren’t the only things heating up at the DODDS-Europe Culinary Faire this week.

POW/MIA groups ask Congress to investigate JPAC reorganization

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:45
Four POW/MIA family groups representing every conflict back to World War II have banded together to express their displeasure with the Defense Department’s current personnel accounting reorganization and have asked Congress to step in again.

Burial services set at Arlington for missing WWII airmen shot down over New Guinea

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:45
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that the remains of a group of U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families.

Volunteer force: Middle-class US with a southern drawl

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:36
A new “Population Representation” report on the U.S. military affirms that the four-decade-old volunteer force is a healthy cross-section of America, if just a little smarter, a little better educated and with a deeper southern drawl than the nation as a whole.

Put up a fight for Britain’s military

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:30
Perhaps this rapid British retrenchment was inevitable. Yet defense budgets should be determined by security needs, not the other way around.

Conservative veterans group proposes privatized health care

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:05
Concerned Veterans for America is calling for the Veterans Health Administration -- the wing of the VA that oversees health care -- to be turned into an “independent, government-chartered nonprofit corporation.”

Fewer plastic bags fits with military’s efforts

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:55
The point is to guide people to a more sustainable way of living. To, as the military is fond of saying, change hearts and minds.

Germany will again recognize expired US state driver's licenses

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:35
Americans who have expired stateside licenses but valid U.S. forces licenses can resume driving in Germany after local authorities backed down from a policy that had stripped driving privileges from some DOD personnel and dependents.

Cyber threats expanding, new US intelligence assessment says

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:33
The U.S. has elevated its appraisal of the cyber threat from Russia, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday, as he delivered the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.

Army veteran's guilt over surviving Iraq is a wound that won't heal

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:08
Arvin Reyes had a confession to make: One of the soldiers killed in a 2007 ambush in Iraq, his friend Spc. Shin Woo Kim, hadn't died at the hands of the enemy. Reyes said he had to tell the truth. He had accidentally shot Kim. Sloan Sulham was astounded. He knew more than anyone else alive that Reyes was innocent. Could he ever convince Reyes that his guilt was only in his mind?

New book tells story of Revolutionary War hero John Stark

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:33
His words grace New Hampshire's license plates - "Live Free or Die" - yet most people outside New England would be hard-pressed to identify Gen. John Stark, despite his heroics in two 18th century wars, including key roles in some of the American Revolution's most significant battles.

Activists: Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:04
The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday.

Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's meeting with Djiboutian Ministers

DoD News Releases - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 00:00
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