News and Current Events

Troops on the Ground to Assist in Iraq

  • 12/18/2014 - 10:08

    Although they are not directly fighting Islamic militants, the US has about 1,500 troops in Iraq - helping the Iraqi military to repel attacks by ISIS and other militant groups. That number will soon grow, though, as funding was provided in the most recent National Defense Authorization Act for 1,500 troops to deploy in the coming months.

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Sgt. Maj. of the Army Speaks About Training

  • 12/11/2014 - 09:39

    The top enlisted member of the Army, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, said that the Army needs to get back to training for a major conventional war and start moving away from the counterinsurgency training of the past 10+ years.

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Congress Insists on Joint Camo Pattern

  • 12/08/2014 - 09:46

    It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at Military.com.

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Defense Secretary Hagel Resigns

  • 11/24/2014 - 15:06

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has officially announced his resignation on Monday, the first Cabinet official to leave following midterm elections that left Democrats the minority in both the House and the Senate. Defense Secretary Hagel, who served as an enlisted soldier during Vietnam, faced numerous challenges during his almost 2-year term.

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Afghanistan IG: Nation Building "Abysmal Failure"

  • 11/18/2014 - 15:38

    The man in charge of holding government agencies responsible for their work (or lack thereof) in Afghanistan, John Sopko, has described America's 13-year mission building attempt there as "an abysmal failure".

    According to this article on Stripes.com Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Sopko spoke to reporters on Tuesday, and pulled no punches in describing the waste and mismanagement he has seen.

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