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Mattis: ‘We are not winning’ in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary James Mattis stated unequivocally that “we are not winning in Afghanistan” in a Congressional hearing Tuesday. Speaking to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mattis was under fire from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who questioned the former four-star general on why Trump’s administration has delayed in its roll-out …

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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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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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