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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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Former Naval Academy Football Player Is Acquitted of Sexual Assault

March 21, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
A military judge on Thursday found a former United States Naval Academy football player, Joshua Tate, not guilty of sexually assaulting a fellow midshipman when she was too drunk to consent, bringing partial resolution to a highly publicized case that has lasted for nearly two years.
Vice President Joe Biden
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Biden on mission to reassure NATO allies in Eastern Europe

March 19, 2014
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Poland on Tuesday for a two-day tour to reassure Eastern European allies unnerved by Russian aggression in Ukraine that the United States is committed to their security.
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Hagel Warns Russia Not to Intervene in Ukraine

February 28, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned Russia on Thursday to stay out of the turmoil in Ukraine, while NATO defense ministers issued repeated statements meant to show support for the new leadership in Kiev.
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How will proposed military savings affect strategy and security?

February 25, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presented a plan to reshape the nation's military after more than a decade of war. Measures include cutting active-duty rolls, eliminating certain technology and making adjustments to benefits. Gwen Ifill weighs the options and the potential side effects with former National Security officer Gordon Adams and Thomas Donnelly of the American Enterprise Institute.
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Pentagon Officials Say They’re Willing to Assume Risks of a Reduced Army

February 25, 2014
Helene Cooper, Thom Shanker | The New York Times
In shrinking the United States Army to its smallest size since 1940, Pentagon officials said Monday that they were willing to assume more risk the next time troops are called to war.
Chuck Hagel
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Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level

February 24, 2014
Helene Cooper, Thom Shanker | The New York Times
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.
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Report: US drone may have killed dozen civilians

February 21, 2014
Kimberly Dozier | Associated Press
A U.S. military drone strike in Yemen last December may have killed up to a dozen civilians on their way to a wedding and injured others, including the bride, a human rights group says. U.S. officials say only members of al-Qaida were killed, but they have refused to make public the details of two U.S. investigations into the incident.
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Dead Guards on Freighter Are Identified as Former Navy SEAL Members

February 21, 2014
Mark Mazzetti, Nicholas Kulish | The New York Times
Two former Navy SEAL members who had been hired to protect the container ship that was attacked by Somali pirates in 2009 — an episode that became the basis of the Oscar-nominated film “Captain Phillips” — were found dead while the ship, the Maersk Alabama, was docked in the Seychelles, officials said Thursday.
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