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Who gets custody of terrorists?

Who should have custody of suspected terrorists? It's being debated on the hill./The latest dispute centers on a provision that would require military custody of a suspect determined to be a member of al-Qaida or an affiliate and involved in the planning or carrying out of an attack on the United States. The administration says such a step would hamper efforts by the FBI or other law enforcement while requiring military custody for all terror suspects.

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Monday - 10/10/2011, 11:38pm EDT

Capture list

How do American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki get on a kill or capture list? Reuters reports, it's a secret panel of Sr. U.S. government officials on the National Security Council that decide and then send their recommendations on to the President. Former National Security staffer Juan Zarate says, it's an important process. "You have Senior National staff along with counsel reviewing anything the U.S. does from a National Security perspective that touches on law of war, war of terror issues, he says." The National Security Council says no such panel exists.

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Monday - 10/10/2011, 11:37pm EDT

Vietnamese military leader reminds US of history

The U.S. should have learned from its failures in Vietnam. Those words from a top Vietnamese military leader visiting the U.S. Lt. Gen. Vo Tien Trung speaking at the War College in Washington, said the US should have learned that military aggression is folly. He made the remarks during a question and answer session after a speech at the college. And he added in his own words that his message to Americans was that no matter how powerful your army, it is not legitimate to attack other countries.

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Monday - 10/10/2011, 11:35pm EDT

Cartwright goes back to DoD

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is bring back former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. James Cartwright just weeks after he retired. he won't be in uniform though. Instead, he'll serve on the powerful Defense Policy Board. Other nominees to the board include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick and former Rep. Jane Harman. Their job is to provides advice and opinions to the defense secretary on policy matters.

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Monday - 10/10/2011, 11:33pm EDT

Dempsey makes a personal statement

In a personal move, the new Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey invited members of the press in to see a large original oil painting of General George Marshall in his office. He pointed out that he identifies with certain of Marshall's approaches to dealing with war. He also displayed a small wooden box that sits on a desk that General Douglas Macarthur used. The box, belonging to Dempsey , contains what he calls casualty cards, small cards with the names and images on them of U.S. military personnel killed in action --so that he won't forget them.

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Monday - 10/10/2011, 11:32pm EDT

Reverse reviews: Soldiers rating their bosses?

Oct. 1 was the deadline for Army Officers to have completed at least one 360-degree evaluation, which includes reviews from superiors and subordinates, Army Times reports.

Tags: DoD Report , Federal Drive , Army

Monday - 10/10/2011, 11:32am EDT

Navy: 25 percent of assault hotline calls improperly handled

Navy auditors say that one in four test calls to sexual assault hotlines failed or were improperly handled, The Navy Times reports.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , Navy

Monday - 10/10/2011, 11:17am EDT

Army aviators in high demand on the battlefront

Army aviators the soldiers who fly attack missions, ferry troops and supplies and evacuate the wounded are in ever-increasing demand even as America eyes the exits in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan conflict, which marked its 10th anniversary Friday, is in many ways a helicopter war.

Tags: Air Force , Iraq , Afghanistan , military

Friday - 10/07/2011, 06:43pm EDT

Panetta won't rule out extending Libya mission

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says there is no clear set of conditions in Libya that will trigger an end to the combat mission.

Tags: Libya , Leon Panetta , NATO

Friday - 10/07/2011, 12:48pm EDT

US ships will dock in Spain as part of missile-defense plan

Spain will allow U.S. military ships to dock in its ports as part of a new antiballistic missile defense system designed to better protect Europe against a potential Iranian nuclear threat.

Tags: DoD Report , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amy Morris

Thursday - 10/06/2011, 11:00am EDT
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