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DoD Updates Manual on International Law Principles for Armed Conflict

The Defense Department has updated its guidance for DoD military and civilian personnel who implement the law of war in support of military operations. DoD said Friday the update on the 2015 Law of War manual provided to military commanders, legal practitioners and other personnel covers international law principles that establish measures to protect journalists. “[DoD] …

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US Officially Ends 13-Year Combat Mission in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have announced the official end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan, DoD News reported Sunday. Operation Enduring Freedom was formally concluded during a ceremony held Sunday at the International Security and Assistance Force’s Kabul headquarters, according to DoD News. “We give thanks …

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President Obama Supports Iraq’s Fight Against al Qaeda

President Barack Obama announced Nov. 1 that the White House has agreed to support Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s calls to counter a resurgent al Qaeda in Iraq, Reuters reported Nov. 1. Steve Holland writes that although the White House did not specify if it will provide military aid or …

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North Korea Govt Says It Will Grow Nuclear Arsenal

North Korea has vowed to strengthen its nuclear arsenal weapons as its government announced over the weekend that it entered an official state of war with South Korea, GMA Network reports. Citing the North’s official KCNA news agency, GMA reports the government has decided to build a light water reactor …

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Michele Flournoy: US Cyber Adversaries Would Play Offense Too

The U.S.’ adversaries in cyberspace would respond to attacks from the U.S. with offensive actions of their own, former Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy said Wednesday. AOL Defense reports she also said the country is not prepared to defend against cyber attacks. According to the story by Otto Kreisher, she supported …

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Senate Panel to Consider Report on War Contract Waste

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will meet Wednesday to consider a recent report on wasteful spending in contracts for the wars in Afghanistan in Iraq. In a 240-page report released in August, the Commission on Wartime Contracting detailed between $31 billion and $60 billion in waste, including …

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VA Paid $2.2B in Benefits for New Agent Orange Claims

More than $2.2 billion in retroactive benefits has been paid to nearly 89,000 Vietnam War veterans and their survivors for claims relating to Agent Orange exposure, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Wednesday. In Aug. 2010, VA added ischemic heart disease, hairy cell leukemia and other B-cell chronic leukemias and …

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Army to Shorten Most Tours of Duty

The Army announced Friday it will shorten the length of tours of duty for most troops from one year to nine months. The Army said the change will go into effect Jan. 1 and be fully implemented by April 1. The new deployment policy will allow soldiers more time at …

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