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6:48 am, July 14, 2014

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The Pentagon engages Ukraine's military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had his first conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby says Hagel reaffirmed U.S. support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.. He said the goal was to keep dialogue between to two militaries as strong as possible well into the future.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:27pm EDT

The U.S. steps up joint training in eastern Europe

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. was stepping up joint aviation training with Polish forces. The Pentagon also is increasing American participation in NATO's air policing mission in its Baltic countries, he said. This and U.S. diplomatic efforts have come about since Russia's incursion into Ukraine

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:15pm EDT

Russian missile launch was "routine"

As if what's going on in Ukraine weren't enough, the Russian military on Tuesday test-fired a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile, fired from a launch pad in southern Russia, hit a designated target on a range leased by Russia from Kazakhstan. The National Security Council says, "This was a previously notified and routine test launch of an ICBM. As required under the New START Treaty, Russia provided advance notification of this launch to the United States. Such advance notifications are intended to provide transparency, confidence, and predictability and to help both sides avoid misunderstandings. Russia and the United States routinely flight test their ICBMs and SLBMs."

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:13pm EDT

North Korea steps over the line, again

North Korea launched several Scud missiles on Monday. The United States says they are a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the North launched two such short-range ballistic missiles from its southeast coast Monday morning that landed in the sea. It is the second reported launch of short-range missiles by North Korea in less than a week.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 05:12pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD's even-more-complicated-than-usual budget request

Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu offers news tidbits and buzz about the Defense Department.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 04:05am EDT

Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases

Military sexual assaults: Impassioned Senate debate but no change in the handling of cases

Friday - 03/07/2014, 04:50pm EST

General admits guilt on 3 counts; denies assault

Army general accused of sex assault faces up to 15 years for guilty plea to 3 lesser charges

Friday - 03/07/2014, 04:24am EST

Even defense hawks are pessimistic about DoD 2015 request for extra funds

The Obama administration says the Defense Department needs an additional $26 billion in excess of next year's Defense spending caps in order to carry out DoD's mission. But even the staunchest defenders of the Pentagon budget on Capitol Hill acknowledge that the extra funding is unlikely to materialize.

Friday - 03/07/2014, 03:52am EST
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Pentagon, Senate lawmakers already at odds over 2015 budget cuts

DoD's cost savings proposals for 2015 and beyond include something for every lawmaker to hate. The process of selling the budget on Capitol Hill officially kicked off Wednesday, and the reception was not exceptionally warm.

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 04:12am EST
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Gates: Compensation, benefits more than a third of DoD budget

When Robert Gates was secretary of Defense, he tried three years in a row to increase out-of-pocket expenses for TRICARE participants. But Congress voted that down every time.

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 05:39pm EST
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On DoD: Defense's inspector general hotline

On this week's show, Patrick Gookin, director of the DoD Inspector General Hotline, spends the full hour with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu to talk about wny the hotline's staff is now spending more time on its core mission.

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 01:36pm EST
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Pentagon seeks new out-of-pocket charges for TRICARE beneficiaries

Family members of active duty service members and military retirees would see new fees under the Defense Department's proposal to consolidate TRICARE plans, as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request sent to Congress Tuesday.

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 03:51am EST
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"Cuban Five" member released

A second member of the ``Cuban Five'' has returned to the Caribbean island and a hero's welcome after leaving a prison in the United States. 50 year old Fernando Gonzalez and four others were arrested in 1998 and convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. Gonzalez spent 15 years in prison.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 10:08am EST

NATO planning pull to out of Afghanistan

NATO says it's going to plan for all options for its future presence in Afghanistan, including a possible pullout of all its troops this year. NATO Head Anders Fogh Rasmussen says NATO was planning to keep a slimmed-down force in Afghanistan after 2014, but President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States could force it to pull out all its troops by the end of the year.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 10:05am EST

Aghanistan conflict could worsen

Portraying a difficult future for Afghanistan without U.S. help, Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey says that Afghanistan's refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States could make the war more difficult and inspire the enemy and encourage some Afghan security forces to cooperate with the Taliban to as he put it, ``hedge their bets.'' Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a SOFA with the U.S.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 10:03am EST

Afghanistan needs a bigger security force

A review of Afghanistan's future indicates the country could revert to a terrorist hideout unless U.S. and international partners put in place a larger Afghan security force than what's planned for 2014.The study released Thursday by federally funded CNA Strategic Studies also concludes that this larger force and the government ministries to support it will require international trainers and advisers at least through 2018.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 10:00am EST

Manhunt underway for al-Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of Al Qaida's most brutal terrorists is reportedly the target of one of the biggest manhunts in modern Middle Eastern history. A British newspaper is reporting he has a 6 million pound bounty on his head because he allegedly has 25 British extremists among his loyalists . The Mirror says he was sacked by al-Qaida for disobeying orders and beheading people in public.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 09:09am EST

Is Iran selling weapons to Iraq?

There are some strange bedfellows in the Middle East sometimes. Reuters is reporting, based on documents it has obtained that Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million. That would be a direct violation of a U.N. embargo on weapons sales by Tehran. The agreement was supposedly reached at the end of November, weeks after Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked the Obama administration for extra weapons to fight al Qaeda-linked militants.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 09:06am EST

Air Force to accelerate headquarters staff cuts

Air Force leaders intend to surpass their share of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's edict to reduce DoD headquarters spending by 20 percent and complete the task several years ahead of schedule. The personnel cuts are part of the service's plan to shrink its size in order to catch up with decades of deferred spending on readiness and modernization.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:52am EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: CIO switching DHS components, HUD stuck in 2005

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Another senior technology official at DHS is on the move; HUD quietly extended the HITS contracts to Lockheed Martin and HP Enterprise Services; Defense CIO Teri Takai doesn't have a lot of good things to say about the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act and a new DHS office will raise the level of focus on critical infrastructure security.

Friday - 02/28/2014, 05:03pm EST
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