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As Anti-ISIS Forces Close In on Mosul, Coalition Leaders Focus on What’s Next

govexec.com — JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland - Before they begin the long-anticipated push to liberate Mosul, a battle many expect to mark the final chapter of the Islamic State's reign in Iraq, military leaders of the "counter-ISIL" coalition say they need more planning for what happens next.

As Anti-ISIS Forces Close In on Mosul, Coalition Leaders Focus on What’s Next

defenseone.com — Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio At a closed-door meeting outside Washington, the multinational group called for more post-conflict planning. Before they begin the long-anticipated push to liberate Mosul, a battle many expect to mark the final chapter of the Islamic State's reign in Iraq, military leaders of the "counter-ISIL" coalition say they need more planning for what happens next.

A 'Military Vote' That Doesn't Really Exist

yahoo.com — Myth 1: President Obama will win the military vote because Osama bin Laden was killed under his command. Myth 2: Mitt Romney will win the military vote because he wants to build up the armed forces to be "so strong no one would ever think to challenge [them].'' Truth: There is no military vote.

Obama Scraps Planned U.S. Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan

defenseone.com — Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio President Obama announced 8,400 Americans will remain into the next administration and again called on the Taliban for an elusive peace. U.S. President Barack Obama announced he will keep 8,400 U.S.

Why Do Brexit and Trump Still Shock National Security Elites?

defenseone.com — Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio You have failed to listen, understand, communicate, and explain. Are you watching this, today? Does Brexit have your attention? If you're reading this in Defense One, you're likely a national security professional of some kind, or at least a fanboy or fangirl of foreign policy.

A Pentagon Reporter Goes Home to Orlando

defenseone.com — Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio A Pentagon reporter raised in Orlando returned to measure the distance from the battlefield to the homefront, and found something unexpected. ORLANDO, Fla. - The good news is it's a long way from Fallujah to Orlando.

And the War Came: A Call for Unity-Not to Arms-in My Hometown Orlando

defenseone.com — Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio Executive Editor, Defense One Read bio A Pentagon reporter raised in Orlando returned to measure the distance from the battlefield to the homefront, and found something unexpected. ORLANDO, Fla. - The good news is it's a long way from Fallujah to Orlando.

NATO to join ISIS fight; Former Marine saved Orlando lives; Russian hackers hit DNC; A busy 24 hours in the South China Sea; and a bit more.

defenseone.com — NATO is set to jump into the war against the Islamic State in Iraq. In three weeks at the Warsaw summit, alliance leaders are expected to formally agree to send trainers and other help into Iraq to join the U.S.-led counter-ISIS coalition. NATO is already sending planning teams to Tampa to sync up with Central Command and U.S.

'I feel your hardship and your sacrifice'

stripes.com — Defense Secretary Robert Gates should have been tired and grumpy after a long, dusty day in airplanes and helicopters crisscrossing Afghanistan's southern provinces. But after briefings, photo ops and speeches he stood straight up and smiled proudly to perform the last item on the agenda: pinning valor medals on three soldiers deployed in Kandahar's very dangerous Arghandab district.

Gates finds troops optimistic, anxious on the front lines

stripes.com — COMBAT OUTPOST KOWALL, Afghanistan - The next few weeks may be the most important period of the Afghanistan War. That is what Defense Secretary Robert Gates heard from commanders he visited Tuesday in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand and Kandahar provinces, echoing what the commander of coalition forces in the east said one day earlier.
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Victoria's Secret ain't a secret no more w @Frank_Konkel and Florida-Georgia Line! #FGL https://t.co/esU9EXVEZr

Jul 16, 2016

RT @Conflicts: BREAKING: Former Air Force Commander Akın Öztürk, dubed the mastermind behind coup attempt detained - @DailySabah https://t.co/yBN4VrRHLD

Jul 16, 2016

JUST IN: Pentagon still accounting for US personnel in #Turkey but "All indications at this time are that everyone is safe and secure."

Jul 16, 2016

JUST IN: Pentagon says "U.S. facilities at Incirlik are operating on internal power source" and commercial cut not affecting ops. #Turkey


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