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Top Commander: U.S. Military Strugging with ‘Timely Responses’ to Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States is facing “significant challenges” sustaining its defense capabilities, both in the nuclear and conventional realm, and is at risk of no longer holding a military advantage over its enemies, warned the head of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: (L-R) Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Air Force Gen. John Hyten (L) and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran testify during a hearing before House Armed Services Committee March 8, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing …

Trump’s Pentagon Pick James Mattis: ‘The Capital of Israel is Tel Aviv’

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Pentagon said Thursday that the United States should continue treating Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, breaking with Republican members of Congress and intimations the incoming president could fulfill his campaign pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

U.S. Defense Secretary-nominee, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, is seen during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) December 7, 2016 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Mattis, who had retired from the military in 2013, will need a waiver from Congress because current federal law bars …

Gen. James Mattis: ‘Principal Threats’ Against America ‘Start with Russia’

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of defense, retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that, while he supports engagement with Russia, the “reality” is the Kremlin poses a “principal” threat to the United States.

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Sources: Capitol Hill Conservatives Agreed to Pull Conscience Protection from DOD Budget After VP-Elect Mike Pence Assurances

Capitol Hill conservatives allowed Democrats to strip the “Russell Amendment” out of the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2017 budget during conference negotiations after Vice-President Michael R. Pence and other members of the presidential transition team assured them that the incoming administration will restore protections for religion and conscience stripped by President Barack Obama.

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Top General Confirms Islamic State Targeted U.S. Troops with ‘Sulfur-Mustard’

The highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. confirmed that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) used a potentially deadly “sulfur-mustard blister agent” to target a base in northern Iraq that houses American troops. This marks the first recorded chemical attack on the United States since the jihadist group conquered swaths of Iraq in 2014.

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Intel Community Foresees Worst Year Ever for Jihadi Terror Against U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The latest annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) indicates that 2016 may be the worst year in history for terrorism, primarily at the hands of Sunni extremist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al Qaeda (AQ).

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Def Sec Carter: We Have Not Contained the Islamic State

Wednesday before a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter confirmed what Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers at a House Armed Services Committee hearing a week earlier, which was

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Obama Threatens Veto on Defense Bill over Military Spending, Gitmo

As the Associated Press notes, the defense policy bill “is one of the few bipartisan measures in Congress that has readily become law for more than a half-century,” but President Obama is threatening to veto this one, with Senate Democrats standing behind him.

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Hunter to McCain: Hold Army Sec Nomination Over Afghan Child Rape Scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) should hold up the nomination for the next Secretary of the Army until the military overturns its decision to kick out a decorated Green Beret for striking a child rapist, according to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA).

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