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WikiLeaks Reveals Contractors Caught in Afghan Crossfire

Leaked Defense Department files from the controversial website WikiLeaks.org appear to confirm that Pakistan’s ISI spy agency attempted to poison at least one contractor using alcoholic beverages.  The incident happened in June 2007 but the bizarre story was recently lent credence by a leaked intelligence warning issued in February 2007 …

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Gen. Petreaus Releases New Counterinsurgency Guidance for Afghanistan

To successfully conduct counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, the United States should “learn and adapt,” Army Gen. David Petraeus said last week. Petraeus, who serves as the current commander of the U.S.  Central Command, last Thursday released new guidelines on conducting counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, which included earning the trust of …

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Mattis Appears before Senate in Confirmation Hearing

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis yesterday appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to head U.S. Central Command. Mattis, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, explained the need for continued military, civilian and regional cooperation to successfully drive …

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal Retires

Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who recently commanded all U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, retired last Friday in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called McChrystal one of America’s greatest warriors and a treasured friend and colleague. “We bid farewell to Stan McChrystal …

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Gates to Strengthen Military Ties with Indonesia

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Indonesia today to meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to further strengthen defense ties between the United States and Indonesia. Gates told Yudhoyono the United States’ first order of business was to establish a process of re-engagement with Kopassus, the special forces …

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DoD to Award $227 Million in Research Grants to Academic Institutions

The Department of Defense last week announced plans to award $227 million over a five-year-period to 32 academic institutions to conduct multidisciplinary basic research. Awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the academic institutions and DoD research offices that will make the awards: the Army Research Office, …

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Armed Forces Report Recruiting Successes for June

The active-duty services reported recruiting successes for June, a traditionally active month for recruiting, defense officials said yesterday. As a majority of recruits are recent high school graduates, the busiest recruiting months typically are May through September, said Cynthia Smith, a DoD spokeswoman. The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine …

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Gates Recommends Mattis as Commander of U.S. Central Command

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday his recommendation for Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis as next commander of U.S. Central Command. Mattis is currently commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and, if confirmed, will succeed Army Gen. David H. Patraeus, who is now commander of U.S. and NATO …

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Obama: Afghanistan Crucial to National Interests

During a break in the G-20 Summit yesterday, President Barack Obama called Afghanistan a remaining crucial situation to national interests. “I think that we’re going to need to provide assistance to Afghanistan for a long time to come,” he commented, explaining the “very poor country” will continue to need help …

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Education Activity Director Moved to New Position

The leader of the Department of Defense Education Activity Shirley Miles has been temporarily assigned to another job within the department, according to DoD. The complete details of the reassignment remain unknown, but is effective immediately. Miles was director of the activity since June 2008, and Marilee Fitzgerald has been …

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