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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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Report: US Donated Iraq $300M in Military Equipment During 2014

The federal government has donated military equipment and vehicle maintenance services worth approximately $300 million to Iraq in 2014, Defense News reported Tuesday. Paul McCleary writes the donation included Kevlar helmets, body armor, medical kits and technology for countering improvised explosive devices as well as tank and helicopter sustainment training support. …

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Elissa Slotkin to Be Nominated Asst. Defense Secretary for Int’l Security Affairs

Elissa Slotkin, principal deputy assistant defense secretary for international security affairs, will be nominated as assistant secretary of the same office within the Defense Department, the White House announced Thursday. Slotkin has held her current role since 2012 and manages policy development for the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Europe and NATO regions alongside …

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John Allen: Coalition Fighting Islamic State Must Consider Physical, Info, Financial Spheres

Gen. John Allen, special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group, has outlined the coalition’s focus on establishing clarity across several so-called “lines of effort” to defeat IS. In an interview posted Wednesday on the State Department website, the retired U.S. Marine Corps general told Elise Labott of CNN about the …

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President Obama to Send 300 Military Advisers to Iraq

President Barack Obama has pledged to send as many as 300 special forces to assist Iraq’s military in its efforts to stop al-Qaeda-linked insurgent activity, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The President also reiterated that U.S. combat troops will not return to Iraq and that U.S. will hold back on …

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