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Russian sanction could be "catastrophic"

A day after the U.S. hit several Russian arms companies with sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, a top U.S. general is warning that congressional efforts to cut off dealings with Moscow's main weapons exporter could be "catastrophic" for U.S. forces. Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said 88 Russian helicopters the Pentagon is buying for Afghan security forces were critical for protecting U.S.troops that remain in the country after the end of this year.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , sanctions , Russia , Joseph Dunford ,

Friday - 07/18/2014, 08:40am EDT

Work: DoD to experience 'trough' of readiness as it resets force

Robert Work, the new deputy defense secretary, told members of the House Armed Services Committee that the Defense Department will experience a two-year trough in readiness as it resets its force,

Tags: DoD , OCO , Robert Work , James Winnefeld , readiness , counterterrorism , budget , Michael OConnell , House , House Armed Services Committee

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:22pm EDT

Air Force engineers develop lifesaving, IED-detecting technology

Sean C. Young and Benjamin J. Tran, two electronics engineers with the Air Force Research Lab created an aerial sensor that has helped U.S. service members to find and destroy dangerous improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan.

Tags: Sean Young , Benjamin Tran , Air Force , DoD , Air Force Research Laboratory , technology , IEDs , drones , Sammies , Service to America Medals , people

Monday - 07/07/2014, 01:45pm EDT

Investigation begins into Bergdahl kidnapping

The Army has initiated its investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Paktika Province, Afghanistan on or about June 30, 2009. The Army has appointed as the investigating officer Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, an Army officer with Afghanistan combat experience. The Army says the primary function of its investigation, as in any other investigation, is to ascertain the facts. With that being said, the Army's top priority remains Sgt. Bergdahl's health and reintegration.

Tags: Bowe Bergdahl , Army , investigation , kidnapping , Kenneth Dahl

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 05:57am EDT

Stability, development, and security during the Afghanistan transition

How has USAID sought to promote stability and order in Afghanistan? What is USAID's three-fold transition strategy? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Larry Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator & Director, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, USAID.

Tags: Business of Government Hour , IBM Center for the Business of Government , Michael Keegan , Larry Sampler , USAID ,

Friday - 06/06/2014, 04:02pm EDT

Former contractor pleads guilty to fraud scheme

Former contract employee was charged with allegedly defrauding the United States in connection with a contract to provide reconstruction-related services in Afghanistan.

Tags: Crime of the Week , contracting , industry , PAE Inc. , Ciera Crawford

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 04:47pm EDT

Afghanistan drawdown announced

President Barack Obama has announced that 9800 troops will be left behind next year when all combat troops pull out of Afghanistan. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement, "I strongly support the president's decision to maintain a limited U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after our combat mission ends there later this year." Hagel said the move will do two things: "it will help ensure that al-Qaida cannot reconstitute itself in Afghanistan, and it will help us sustain the significant progress we have made in training and equipping the Afghan national security forces."

Tags: Barack Obama , Chuck Hagel , troops , withdrawal , al-Qaida , Afghan national security forces

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 10:20am EDT

White House holds meeting on foreign policy

White House officials held private meetings last week aimed at soothing lawmakers' concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, determining the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan, and defense spending. Based on anonymous reports from some in attendance, a May 20th meeting didn't turn out too well. At several points during the meeting with Chief of Staff and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, the participants began to leave one by one.

Tags: White House , Susan Rice , Syria ,

Sunday - 05/25/2014, 10:50am EDT

Thousands missing in Afghanistan landslide

War isn't the only tragedy in Afghanistan. On Friday, a landslide triggered by heavy rain buried approximately one-third of a remote northeastern village, killing at least 350 people and leaving more than 2,000 missing. Villagers reportedly looked on helplessly and the governor appealed for shovels and other equipment to help dig through the mass of mud that flattened the homes in its path.

Tags: landslide ,

Monday - 05/05/2014, 09:07am EDT
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