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Gen. Philip Breedlove Wants Pause on EUCOM Troop Reductions

Philip Breedlove, chief of the U.S. European Command, has said the command needs additional troops in order to respond to the threat of Russian military action, Military Times reported Monday. Andrew Tilghman writes that EUCOM moved some forces to the continent’s eastern region after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean region earlier …

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Afghan Tribal Assembly to Decide on Security Accord with the U.S

An assembly of Afghan tribal elders will convene next week to examine a security pact between the U.S. and Afghanistan concerning post-2014 U.S. troop presence, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday. The article notes nearly 2,500 Afghan civilian leaders will participate in the Loya Jirga forum beginning Nov. 21 and consider whether …

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Report: US, NATO Confident in Afghan Security Accord

The U.S. and NATO are optimistic that Afghan leaders will approve a deal to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014, Reuters reported Tuesday. Phil Stewart writes Afghanistan’s tribal elders assembly, Loya Jirga, is scheduled to meet next month to discuss the new bilateral security agreement. “Im confident we will …

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Mullen Highlights Troop Families Needs Before Retirement Friday

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is retiring Friday after serving a four-year term as the nation’s top uniformed military officer and a 40-year career in the Navy. Mullen will transfer the chairmanship to Gen. Martin Dempsey, formerly Army chief of staff, during a ceremony …

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Senate Confirms Ashton Carter as Next Deputy Defense Secretary

In a unanimous vote Friday, the Senate confirmed Ashton Carter as the next deputy defense secretary. Carter currently serves as undersecretary of defense, technology and logistics. Carter replaces William Lynn, who announced his departure in July. “Ash has a steady hand, a keen intellect, and an effective management style that …

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Army Surgeon General: Amputations Up During Afghan War

Since the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan, the number of U.S. troops who have had amputations has nearly doubled as a result of mines and roadside-bombs, according to an Army surgeon general report released Tuesday. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker commissioned the 87-page report, examining dismounted complex blast …

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Repealed

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military has officially been repealed and is no longer in effect. The Defense Department sent a memo Tuesday announcing the policy change, which takes effect 60 days after President Barack Obama certified the military’s readiness for repeal …

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