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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.
Martha Raddatz
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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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Majority of veterans say they would join military again, despite scars of war

April 1, 2014
According to a new survey, 89 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans say they would join the military again, while also reporting a spike in suicide, reduced physical wellness and feelings of disconnection. Gwen Ifill talks to two veterans, Tom Tarantino of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Nathan Smith of Hire Heroes USA, as well as Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post.
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Air Force Fires 9 Officers in Scandal Over Cheating on Proficiency Tests

March 28, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
The Air Force said Thursday that it had fired nine officers and accepted the resignation of the commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana as it continued to deal with a widespread cheating scandal among the men and women entrusted with the launching of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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Military Cuts Render NATO Less Formidable as Deterrent to Russia

March 27, 2014
Helene Cooper, Steven Erlanger | The New York Times
President Obama and European leaders pledged Wednesday to bolster the NATO alliance and vowed that Russia would not be allowed to run roughshod over its neighbors. But the military reality on the ground in Europe tells a different story.
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Obama Renewing U.S. Commitment to NATO Alliance

March 27, 2014
Peter Baker, Michael D. Shear | The New York Times
President Obama has spent much of his presidency mired in the challenges of a world well outside the borders of Europe — the turmoil of the Middle East, the power struggles in Asia and the terrorist threats percolating in northern Africa, Pakistan and elsewhere.
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