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Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Only a few weeks ago, Army leadership was planning to shrink its force to levels unseen since before World War II. But that was before Islamic State terrorists threatened to take over Iraq and Syria, before Russia invaded Ukraine and before the U.S. began deploying 4,000 troops to West Africa to help control the Ebola outbreak. Now the Army's Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, suggests the Army and political leaders need to rethink their plans. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the Army Expo about the Army's next steps.

Tags: Ray Odierno , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Army , AUSA , Islamic State , Syria ,

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:01pm EDT
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Obama discussing strategy

Could the U.S. strategy to fight ISIL be changing?

Tags: strategy , ISIL , Barack Obama , Syria , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 05:09pm EDT

GAO: Length of DoD withdrawal from Afghanistan to surpass Iraq

The Department of Defense expects a longer and possibly a more costly withdrawal of Army and Marine Corps equipment from Afghanistan than in Iraq, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Tuesday.

Tags: Jory Heckman , Afghanistan , DoD , GAO , Army , Marine Corps

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 12:05pm EDT

Obama busy with bilateral meetings

President Barack Obama is going to holding a number of bilateral meetings this week on the sidelines of this week's UN meetings.

Tags: Barack Obama , United Nations , Felipe VI , Spain , Haider al-Abadi , Hailemariam Desalegn , Abdelfattah Al Sisi , Benjamin Netanyahu , Ethiopia , Egypt , Israel , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:35am EDT

Kerry chairs U.N. debate on Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry will chair a ministerial debate of the United Nations Security Council today.

Tags: United Nations , John Kerry , debate , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:53am EDT

Marine faces court martial

Court martial has been recommended for a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq and later winding up in Lebanon for eight years. Cpl. Wassef Hassoun, 34, face a general court martial on charges including desertion and theft. A Marine general will have the final say on whether to try Hassoun. He disappeared in 2004 from his posting in Fallujah, Iraq.

Tags: Wassef Hassoun , court martial , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:21am EDT

The US to stand by Iraq

The U.S. has promised to stand by Iraq as its new leaders appealed for help in facing the deadly insurgency from ISIL. Secretary of State John Kerry made the pledges during a daylong visit to Baghdad, just as President Barack Obama prepared to outline his strategy for defeating the Islamic State militant group.

Tags: ISIL , John Kerry , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:54am EDT

Military fight against ISIL may require more money

The Pentagon may need to ask Congress for more money if the Obama administration steps up attacks against ISIL. DoD has not yet stated publicly how much it has spent so far in the fight against ISIL. The U.S. operation in Iraq so far has included relief drops of 636 bundles of food, water and medical supplies, at least 100 air strikes and about 60 reconnaissance aircraft missions a day.

Tags: ISIL , DoD , military aid , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 08/29/2014, 09:00am EDT

How great of a threat does ISIL pose to the US?

"The immediacy is in the number of Europeans and other nationalities who have come to the region to be a part of that ideology," said Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey. He made the comments while discussing the strength of ISIL in Syria and Iraq. The immediate problem for the U.S. he says is that some of those foreign fighters which came from the U.S. may have already gone home.

Tags: ISIL , Martin Dempsey , JJ Green , Pentagon and Beyond , Syria ,

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:14am EDT

What is a 500lb bomb?

Navy jets have been dropping 500 lb. bombs in Iraq on ISIL positions in northern Iraq. The 500 lb. bomb is one of the smallest and one of the most common air-dropped weapons in the world. Although the nominal weight is 500 lbs., its actual weight varies considerably depending on its configuration, from 510 lbs. to 570 lbs. It comes with a streamlined steel casing containing 192 lbs. of Tritonal high explosive. The bombs being used in Iraq are laser-guided for precision.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , 500 lb bomb , ISIL ,

Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:22am EDT
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