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Restoring Focus on the Nuclear Mission — Following a series of nuclear-weapon handling mistakes and personnel problems, senior U.S. officials have acknowledged that the United States has lost focus on the nuclear mission. The U.S. Department of Defense is now engaged in a comprehensive effort to restore standards. What were the underlying problems? How is the Department of Defense planning to solve them?

Why We Have to Worry About ISIS South of the Border — A top US commander warns Caribbean and South American countries are unable to track 100 foreign fighters that could return from Syria. With little ability to track and monitor foreign fighters when they return, it would be relatively easy for those fighters to "walk" north to the U.S.

US Military Concerned ISIS Fighters Returning to Caribbean Could Reach Border — The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean who could easily make their way to the United States said the top U.S. military commander for the southern hemisphere. Kevin Baron is executive editor of Defense One.

US Military Reveals Massive Plan To Attack, Retake Mosul From Islamic State — U.S. forces are amassing and training 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish forces in preparation for a spring attack to retake Mosul, Iraq from an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 fighters of the Islamic State, or ISIS. Kevin Baron is executive editor of Defense One.

Jordan’s Revenge and the Arab World’s ISIS Awakening — This is the moment the Pentagon hasbeen waiting for. All those years of "building partner capacity," to train, equip, fund, strengthen and professionalize the militaries of Middle East dictators and kingdoms, are about to pay off. The unthinkable immolation of Jordanian pilot First Lt.

Jordan’s Retaliation Is the Real Arab Awakening the Pentagon Has Been Waiting For — This is the moment the Pentagon has been waiting for. All those years of "building partner capacity," to train, equip, fund, strengthen and professionalize the militaries of Middle East dictators and kingdoms, are about to pay off. Kevin Baron is executive editor of Defense One.

Pentagon sees training allies as its greatest hope — In an old rock quarry in Jordan, a sprawling $200 million state-of-the-art special operations training center has risen over 25 square kilometers. It is a hub for the elite troops of the world's militaries, including Americans, Iraqis and Afghans, to learn cutting edge counterterrorism techniques.

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AFRICOM Commander Wants Full Counterinsurgency Plan for Boko Haram — The top commander of troops in Africa said he would like the military to do more to fight the terrorist group Boko Haram, but that it's up to Nigerian and U.S. policy officials to decide how much they're willing to change the trajectory of that group's violent stronghold on the region.

Analysis: U.S. efforts in Yemen limited by realities of the region — WASHINGTON - When it was revealed that the Nigerian man suspected of trying to bomb an American airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas had once passed through Yemen, the U.S. wasted little time dispatching Gen. David Petraeus to the chaotic Arab nation. Counterterrorism experts have long cautioned that the U.S.
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Mar 26, 2015

RT @JeffreyGoldberg: Negotiating with the Iranians in Switzerland, bombing their allies in Yemen, bombing their enemies in Syria and Iraq. Makes sense.

Mar 26, 2015

RT @DefenseOne: The D Brief: Saudis move on Yemen; Bergdahl tried to escape 12 times; Brad Carson apologizes for CWs & more…

Mar 25, 2015

RT @CraigMWhitlock: So now we have bombing campaigns in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Plus irregular airstrikes in Libya, Somalia. And endless war in Afghanistan.

Mar 25, 2015

I have a few reasons to celebrate and be obnoxiously happy today. So here, 23 bourbon cocktails from @foodandwine:…

Mar 25, 2015

RT @RichardEngel: US officials confirm to @NBCNews that Saudi Arabia has started bombing rebel positions inside #Yemen. NO indication of troops crossing in

Mar 25, 2015

RT @marieharf: .@JohnKerry has landed in Geneva. #IranTalks with @JZarif begin tomorrow morning. Important negotiations in the days ahead.

Mar 25, 2015

RT @DefenseOne: War? What War? Afghan President Draws Far Less Interest From Lawmakers Than Netanyahu Did by @mollymotoole

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