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US military leaders quietly concerned about proposal to lift ban on transgender troops: AP report

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the AP his most senior advisers had expressed 'serious reservations' about making accommodations for self-identified 'transgender' individuals.

Chuck Out

The departure of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense has been greeted as a surprise, but it really shouldn’t have. President Obama nominated him for the job, in January 2013, as the right man to watch over the winding down of two wars and the drawdown of the defense budget. Show More Summary

The Best Defense

President Obama is about to nominate Ashton Carter as his fourth secretary of defense, and it’s fair to ask why the previous three burned out so quickly. Many news stories, including one in today’s New York Times, blame it on the...Show More Summary

Andrea Mitchell Grills Panetta on Yemen: ‘What Kind of Success Story Is This?’

3 days agoNews : Mediaite

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell grilled former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday over President Barack Obama's claims that Yemen is an example of the success of his administration's counterterrorism policy.

Former defense secretary to investigate EPA evaluation of Alaska mine proposal

3 days agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Seriously? Former defense secretary in the Clinton administration William S. Cohen announced that his firm has been retained by the Pebble Partnership to investigate the EPA's evaluation of their Pebble Mine project. LINK (via:Watchdog.org)

Argentina condemns British ‘provocation’ in Falklands

Argentina branded Britain’s plans to beef up its defenses in the Falkland Islands a “provocation” and a pre-election stunt Wednesday. On Tuesday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said London would spend £180 million ($268 million) over 10 years to counter […]

DoD Concerned Over Crimea, But Declines to Comment on Black Sea Operations

The US Department of Defense is concerned by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remarks on nuclear forces readiness regarding Crimea, but will not make public the future US operations in the Black Sea, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon told Sputnik.

SASC Chair McCain Strong on UCLASS

Word is out today of a letter Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain sent to the Secretary of Defense outlining his desire to see the Navy develop UCLASS for action in contested environments. Here is the money quote from...Show More Summary

UK Played Major Role in Fight Against ISIL - British Defense Secretary

The UK has played a major role in the military campaign devoted to fighting the Islamic State terrorist group, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Wednesday, rejecting the Commons Defense Select Committee’s suggestion that Britain’s contribution has been “modest.”

Senator: Pentagon must watch Taliban swapped for Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is asking Defense Secretary Ash Carter to take every reasonable step to make sure that the five Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are not allowed...Show More Summary

Argentina Slams UK for Using Falklands As Pretext to Boost Defense Budget

On Tuesday, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the House of Commons that Britain planned to invest up to $260 million in modernizing UK defenses over the next 10 years and maintain the current level of about 1,200 personnel in the Falkland Islands.

Honoring The Heroes Who Supported Afghanistan's Pursuit of Peace and Security

Afghan President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter paid tribute to the men and women in uniform during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns monument in Arlington National Cemetery.  Yesterday, Secretary Kerry and Secretary C

Falklands Defense Unshaken by Alleged Argentina Threat - Official

Earlier on Tuesday, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain was going to boost its military defenses and set aside $268 million for a 10-year program to bolster the Falkland Islands’ defenses amid invasion fears from Argent...

Britain says to boost defense of disputed Falkland Islands

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will reinforce its military presence on the disputed Falkland Islands to ensure they are properly protected, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday, a move rejected as unnecessary by Argentina which lays claim to the archipelago.

Carter: Troop Data in Online Kill List Was Not Stolen

The names, photos and addresses of 100 U.S. military members posted online by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division were not stolen from confidential government files, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

UK to Boost Falklands Defense to Counter Argentina Invasion Fears - Reports

UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon will announce troop and equipment reinforcements to the Falklands on Monday. The move comes in response to a UK Defense Ministry review suggesting an invasion to the islands is likely.

US to Support 352,000 Strong Afghan Security Force

The US Defense Department will seek funding to support 352,000 Afghan security forces until 2017 in order to ensure the security gains are not lost, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said after meeting with Afghan leaders at Camp David.

Britain Has Second Largest Budget in NATO - UK Defense Secretary

UK Defense Secretary said Britain has the second defense budget in NATO, outstripped only by the United States, a country with a larger annual military budget than all the EU members combined.

Pentagon Panel Proposes Sweeping Changes that Could Impact Guantanamo Force-Feeding

6 days agoNews : Vice News

A committee that advises the Secretary of Defense has recommended that military healthcare workers be allowed to bow out of medical procedures that violate their profession's code of ethics.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Address US Service Members at Pentagon

US Department of Defense said that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will meet with US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Monday and will address US service members and veterans who have served in Afghanistan.

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