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James Mattis: Defense Funding Increase to Support Military Readiness, Address Budget Shortfall

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said additional defense funds under the fiscal 2017 omnibus spending bill would support efforts to rebuild military readiness and address budget shortfalls facing the Defense Department, DoD Buzz reported Tuesday. Mattis noted that the defense spending boost will aid the campaign against the Islamic State militant group and support ongoing …

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Maj. Gen. Steven Rudder Nominated as Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation

Maj. Gen. Steven Rudder, director for strategic planning and policy at the U.S. Pacific Command, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve deputy commandant for aviation at the U.S. Marine Corps headquarters. The Defense Department said Wednesday that President Trump also endorsed the promotion of Rudder to the rank of lieutenant general. Rudder previously …

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Ash Carter, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Discuss Strategic Partnership for Afghanistan’s Security

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have met in Kabul to discuss U.S.-Afghanistan strategic partnership in support of Afghanistan’s security, DoD News reported Friday. Terri Moon Cronk writes Carter said at a press conference that U.S. and coalition partners will continue to aid Afghan troops and …

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White House Releases Report on Legal Frameworks for US Military’s Use of Force

The White House has issued a document that describes legal and policy frameworks which guide the U.S. military’s use of force and related national security measures such as detention, transfer and interrogation. National security departments and agencies prepared the report in accordance with a presidential memorandum that also directs the National Security Council to review …

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DoD to Mitigate ‘Ghost’ Afghan Forces Through Verification, Biometric Registration

The Defense Department has said several efforts are underway to address so-called “ghost” soldiers in Afghanistan such as person-by-person verification and biometric registration, Stars and Stripes reported Friday. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a letter to DoD that there are gaps between the number of assigned Afghan forces and …

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Brown University Report: US Govt’s War-Related Expenditures to Hit Nearly $5T by 2053

A new report published by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs projects the U.S. federal government to spend a total of $4.79 trillion on overseas contingency operations, veterans’ medical care and homeland security efforts from 2017 through 2053. Neta Crawford, professor of political science at Boston University …

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Gen. Joseph Votel: Meetings With Partners Within Centcom’s Area of Responsibility Aim to Address Regional Security

U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. Central Command, has said his meetings with U.S. allies’ military and government leaders as part of his visits to countries that comprise Centcom’s area of responsibility seek to build up regional security and stability, DoD News reported Aug. 30. Cheryl Pellerin writes Votel …

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Gen. John Nicholson Requests India to Boost Military Support in Afghanistan

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has called on India to boost military aid for the Middle Eastern nation in support of Western sanctions against Russia, Defense News reported Thursday. Vivek Raghuvanshi writes Nicholson has met with Ajit Doval, India’s national security adviser, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, foreign …

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