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Why is Russian President Putin at odds with the rest of the world?

"The President of Russia now has a view of history since 1945 that is completely at odds with how the rest of the world looks at history," says Former National Security Advisor James Jones. The real issue, which many view as a festering problem, is Putin's alleged grudge about the way the Cold War turned out. "He believes and he has said that worst thing that has happened in the last century is the dissolution of the Soviet Empire," says Jones.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Vladimir Putin , James Jones , Russia , Cold War , Soviet Union

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 08:45am EDT

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 , sanctions , Russia , Joseph Dunford , Afghanistan

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

Russia hit by new U.S. sanctions

The United States has imposed new sanctions on lucrative Russian energy and defense entities, as well as major banks. The Obama administration is trying disable an insurgency in eastern Ukraine widely believed to be backed by Moscow. Prior U.S. sanctions hit Russian individuals and companies. The new sanctions stop short of fully cutting off key Russian economic sectors.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Russia , Ukraine , sanctions

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 05:01pm EDT

The F-35 gets good and bad news

The F-35 is back in business, at least on a limited basis. The military is allowing some flying capabilities. It was grounded back in June when part of the engine of a U.S. Air Force F-35 A-model broke apart and ripped through the top of a jet as it prepared for take-off. As a result, the plane will not fly in the Farnborough International Airshow in England.

Tags: F-35 , Air Force , Farnborough International Airshow , Pentagon and Beyond ,

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 09:55am EDT

What's next for Bergdahl?

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has a desk job. This ends the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner back to active duty soldier. This opens the door to an Army investigation into his disappearance and his 5 years in captivity. It's not clear when Bergdahl will face Army investigators, whose finding will determine whether he has to face charges or any other disciplinary action.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Army , Bowe Bergdahl

Monday - 07/14/2014, 11:06pm EDT

Could some of the Benghazi victims have been saved?

The Associated Press is reporting that senior military leaders told Congress in a closed door session that two of the four U.S. deaths in Benghazi might have been prevented. Military leaders say if commanders had known more about the intensity of the gunfire directed at the CIA facility where Americans had taken refuge, they could have taken action. AP reports they thought the fighting had subsided and the Americans who had fled to the CIA base about a mile away were safe.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Benghazi , CIA

Monday - 07/14/2014, 09:13am EDT

Convicted spy dies in prison

Pete Earley, author of Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring, reports Walker's brother Arthur Walker, 79, has died. Earley says he died July 4th at the Butner Prison in Butner, North Carolina of acute kidney failure, about one month shy of a parole hearing. In his blog, Earley explains Arthur was the older brother of John Anthony Walker Jr., "who remains in poor health, at the same Butner prison. John, who is 76, is scheduled for parole on May 20, 2015, but is in the later stages of throat cancer, according to a family friend."

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Pete Earley , John Walker , Arthur Walker , Butner Prison

Friday - 07/11/2014, 02:56pm EDT

Olsen leaving NCTC

National Counterterrorism Center Director Matt Olsen is leaving his position later this year. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says Olsen has led the office for three years, integrating the counterterrorism community by seeking to strengthen key partnerships in the intelligence community. The NCTC is a key tool in the U.S. intelligence arsenal and is designed to warn against terrorist attacks. Its function is also to provide U.S. decision makers the intelligence they needed to counter terror threats.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , NCTC , Matt Olsen , James Clapper

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 09:37am EDT

Senate advances cybersecurity defense

The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The legislation is designed to expand information shared about cybersecurity threats and defensive mechanisms between the government and companies and within the private sector. The goal is to combat the rapid increase in attacks on computer systems that have resulted in the theft of millions of Americans' personal information and hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for businesses.

Tags: Senate Intelligence Committee , Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act , Pentagon and Beyond

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 09:21am EDT

Chemical weapons destruction underway

The Pentagon says the transfer of Syrian chemicals from the Danish container ship Ark Futura to the Motor Vessel Cape Ray is complete. Cape Ray departed the Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Monday for international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where neutralization operations will soon begin. The neutralization process should take several weeks to complete. Secretary Hagel expressed his thanks to Danish and Italian authorities for their support in this process and said in a statement he "is enormously proud of everyone who helped make possible this safe and incident-free transfer."

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , DoD , Chuck Hagel , chemical weapons , Syria , Italy , Denmark

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 08:41am EDT
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