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Obama, at West Point, plays down military power, emphasizes diplomacy

May 28, 2014
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama praised the potential of American leadership around the globe on Wednesday while laying out a new definition of that term, downplaying military might and emphasizing diplomacy, alliances and the will to “lead by example.”
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As Wars End, Military Gives Its Trademarks New Vigilance

May 27, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
United States Marine G-string underwear. The Starfleet Marine Corps Academy. And the motto from a human resources company: “The Few. The Proud. The Well-Paid.”
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Inside America's Shadow War on Terror—and Why It Will Never End

May 16, 2014
James Kitfield | National Journal
The muezzin's call to predawn prayers had not yet woken the seaside Somali town of Barawe when a lone figure stepped out of a two-story villa near the water's edge. In the darkness of a walled compound, he smoked a cigarette, the glow of ash rhythmically illuminating his face. It was an effect that was heightened by the night-vision goggles focused on him. When the man stepped back inside, the commander of Navy SEAL Team Six, his own face hidden under black grease, directed his commandos to take up their positions and storm the villa. The date was Oct. 5, 2013, and inside was a Kenyan named Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, or Ikrimah—the leader of al-Shabaab suspected of masterminding the gruesome killing of non-Muslims at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.
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Senate Drops Bid to Report on Drone Use

April 30, 2014
Mark Mazzetti | The New York Times
The Senate has quietly stripped a provision from an intelligence bill that would have required President Obama to make public each year the number of people killed or injured in targeted killing operations in Pakistan and other countries where the United States uses lethal force. The move highlights the continued resistance inside the government about making these operations, primarily carried out using armed drones, more accountable to public scrutiny. In a letter to the Senate earlier this month, James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, expressed concern that a public report would undermine the effectiveness of the operations.
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In New Officers’ Careers, Peace Is No Dividend

April 14, 2014
Helene Cooper, Thom Shanker | The New York Times
Col. Jeff Lieb, the deputy commandant of the United States Military Academy and a veteran of the war in Iraq, paced before a group of cadets standing in formation and shouted at them about their lives after graduation.
Pierre Thomas
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Who Was the Shooter at Fort Hood?

April 4, 2014
Pierre Thomas | ABC News
Iraq War veteran Ivan Lopez, 34, was believed to be suffering from serious mental health issues.
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How Does a Shooting Happen at an Army Base?

April 3, 2014
Martha Raddatz | ABC News
ABC's Martha Raddatz talks about the Fort Hood community, the soldiers and families who live there.
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