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U.S. Airborne Lands in Eastern Europe as Ukraine Tensions Rise

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(VOA News - April 23, 2014 4:50 AM) U.S. Army paratroopers landed Wednesday in Poland, at the start of military maneuvers aimed at easing anxieties in allied eastern European countries alarmed at Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. The Pentagon said the exercises, slated to last about a month, initially involve about 600 troops, including 150 members of an airborne combat team based in Italy. Additional

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: Defense Secretary Hagel on Sequester, Military Spending

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Recently confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel held a press briefing at the Pentagon on Friday, March 1, 2013, to address how DOD will respond to forced cuts under budget sequestering. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter also fielded questions. Hagel expressed concerns about the impact of cuts on military readiness. Some steps to be taken are expected to include a civilian hiring freeze, civilian

DOD Identifies Army Casualty in Afghanistan, Sgt. David J. Chambers of Virginia

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DoD has announced another U.S. casualty in the Afghanistan conflict, Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, of Hampton, Va. Chambers was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) while on dismounted patrol in Kandahar Province.   The Pentagon’s news release follows: U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) News Release On the Web: Media contact: +1 (703) 697-5131/697-5132   

U.S. Naval Fleet is Shrinking


(Heritage Foundation – Brian Slattery – January 16, 2013) After long delays, Russia has deployed a new ballistic missile submarine, or nuclear submarine, for the first time in more than 20 years. This marks a significant step forward for its navy, which has pledged tens of billions of dollars to revitalize its fleet. The U.S. Navy, unfortunately, has had trouble both in revitalizing its subs

Gulf War Commander Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

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(VOA News -Dec. 27, 2012) Retired Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died.  He was 78. Schwarzkopf died Thursday in the southern city of Tampa, Florida, where he lived in retirement.  There is no word yet on a cause of death. A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly