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White House Directs Pentagon Away From Discussion of US-China ‘Competition’

The White House has issued a directive that forbids the Defense Department to discuss the U.S. military’s interaction with China using “great power competition” and other potentially inflammatory phrases, Navy Times reported Monday. David Larter writes the new directive from the National Security Council requires Pentagon officials to find less provocative descriptions when …

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DoD Launches New Defense Innovation Office in Texas

The Defense Department has unveiled a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, that will work to connect the department with local innovators in an effort to acquire new technologies for warfighters and address national security challenges. Christy Abizaid, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia and a National Security Council …

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NBC: Ashton Carter, James Clapper Want Separate Leadership Structure for NSA, Cybercom

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper back a proposal to split the U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency, NBC News reported Friday. Ken Dilanian and Courtney Kube write the two military agencies, currently led by Adm. Michael Rogers, share computing systems at the organizations’ headquarters at Fort Meade in …

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Obama Nominates Gen. John Hyten as Next Stratcom Commander

President Barack Obama has nominated Gen. John Hyten, current commander of the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, as the next commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. If appointed, Hyten will support Stratcom with its global missions in strategic deterrence, space operations, joint electronic warfare, global strike and missile defense, …

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Former Centcom Commander John Abizaid Named Senior Defense Adviser to Ukraine

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has appointed John Abizaid, a retired U.S. Army general and former commander of the U.S. Central Command, as senior defense adviser to Ukraine. The Defense Department said Thursday Abizaid will give authoritative advice to Ukraine’s defense minister Stepan Poltorak and other senior Ukrainian officials. Abizaid will seek to support Ukraine’s efforts to align its armed forces with …

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Ashton Carter: DoD Makes Additional Commitments for UN Peacekeeping Efforts

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has outlined the Defense Department‘s new commitments to aid U.N. peacekeeping operations, DoD News reported Thursday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Carter said at the U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial in the U.K. that peacekeeping efforts are changing amid new global challenges and a wider reach of missions. Carter announced DoD will support …

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