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James Thurman: US Army’s Size, Budget Need Reconsideration

Retired U.S. Army Gen. James Thurman has said the U.S. government should reconsider the budget and the number of soldiers the service branch needs, the Army reported Thursday. Thurman said at a Thursday Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that Russia’s resurgence and other national security challenges the country currently faces also …

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JIDA Aims to Detect Suicide Bombers Through New System

The Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency has funded the development of a platform that works to detect improvised explosive devices, the Army website reported Sunday. C. Todd Lopez writes the Standoff Suicide Bomb Detection System consists of a terahertz imager and long-wave and mid-wave infrared imaging sensors to screen individuals for IEDs. …

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Gen. Joseph Dunford Becomes 19th Joint Chiefs Chairman

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, assumed the role of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a ceremony held Friday in Arlington, Virginia, the Washington Post reported. Missy Ryan writes Dunford took over the position from retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey during a handover ceremony attended …

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Theresa Marie Whelan: US Should Leverage Geospatial Intell-SFO Relationship

A Pentagon official has said that counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted in a “hand-in-glove” relationship between geospatial intelligence and special operations forces, DoD News reported Tuesday. Theresa Marie Whelan, principal deputy assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict, told an audience at the GEOINT Symposium she believes it is …

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Nicholas Rasmussen: Terror Landscape Veers From Central Leadership

Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, outlined the center’s efforts to combat current terrorist threats around the world during testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday. “[Our] attention is concentrated on the security crises in Iraq and Syria—and rightly so. But we continue to detect, disrupt, and defeat threats from …

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Senate Confirms Ashton Carter as Defense Secretary

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Ashton Carter as the country’s next defense secretary in the same week that Congress received an authorization request from the White House for use of military force against the Islamic State group. Carter’s nomination for the role moved through the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday via a …

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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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