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The War America Isn’t Fighting

February 20, 2018
Susan Glasser | POLITICO
Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells us about his Pentagon plan to counter Russia—and why both Obama and Trump have failed to execute it.
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U.S. Commander Sees Urgent Need for Recovery in Raqqa

January 23, 2018
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military commander overseeing the war against Islamic State visited the city once claimed by the group as its capital, saying Monday that a more difficult campaign now must begin to help local residents regain control and prevent a slide back into extremist hands.
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U.S. Border Plan in Syria Fuels Tensions With Turkey

January 18, 2018
Nancy Youssef, Sune Engel Rasmussen, Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal
A U.S. plan to turn its Syrian Kurdish allies into a semiprofessional border force is stoking new tensions with NATO ally Turkey, which threatened Wednesday to launch an attack on Kurdish areas of northern Syria.
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Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms

January 17, 2018
David Sanger, William J. Broad | The New York Times
A newly drafted United States nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure, including what current and former government officials described as the most crippling kind of cyberattacks.
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Pentagon Demurs on Explanation of Satellite Debacle

January 12, 2018
Nancy Youssef, Andy Pasztor | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon refused to say anything at a briefing Thursday about why a classified U.S. government satellite launched by a contractor failed to reach a stable orbit and instead plummeted back into the atmosphere in what is presumed to be a total loss over the weekend.
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A Trump-Era Military Dilemma: Enlisted, but Unwelcome

January 2, 2018
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
One weekend a month, Kyungmin Cho, a 20-year-old sophomore at Temple University and aspiring Army recruit, makes the two-hour drive to an Army base in New Jersey, dons a uniform and recites the U.S. Army Soldier’s Creed.
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Atkins: Transgender in the military OK’d — with a hitch

December 12, 2017
Kimberly Atkins | Boston Herald
The Pentagon decision to allow recruitment is also the latest break by Mattis from Trump on the issue. In August, after weeks of uncertainly following Trump’s tweet, Mattis announced that transgender troops would be allowed to continue serving pending a department study.
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