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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

Obama discusses Iraq with Abdullah

President Obama spoke recently with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to convey his best wishes as Ramadan begins. The two leaders discussed the current situation in Iraq, and the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to the stability of Iraq and to the entire region. They reaffirmed the need for Iraq's leaders to move expeditiously to form a new government capable of uniting all of Iraq's diverse communities. The President thanked the King for Saudi Arabia's pledge of $500 million to help alleviate the suffering of all Iraqis who have been displaced by the violence. The two leaders agreed to continue to consult closely on regional developments.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Barack Obama , Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud , ISIL , Saudi Arabia , Iraq

Monday - 07/07/2014, 11:58am EDT

Hagel expresses condolences

Defense Secretary Hagel called his Israeli counterpart this week to express his condolences to both the families of the Israeli teenagers who were found dead in the West Bank and to the people of Israel. The Pentagon says Hagel pledged his continued support for finding the perpetrators and urged all parties to refrain from steps that could be further destabilizing. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon thanked Secretary Hagel for his call and updated him on events unfolding in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 11:54am EDT

Female reaches top Navy ranking

The Navy has its first female four-star admiral, Michelle Janine Howard. She was promoted on Tuesday to the service's highest rank. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 and in 1999 became the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship. She was a key figure is the real-life rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somalia pirate. The story later became a block-buster movie.

Tags: Navy , Pentagon and Beyond , Michelle Howard , Richard Phillips , Naval

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 11:38am EDT

Pacific military talks take place

The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, hosted his counterparts from the Republic of Korea and Japan on Tuesday in Hawaii to exchange views on regional security issues. They discussed the evolving security environment, in particular the enduring North Korea nuclear and missile threat, as well as ways to promote peace and stability in the region.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Martin Dempsey , Korea , Japan , North Korea , nuclear threat , missile

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 12:04pm EDT

Ceasefire expires

What's next in Ukraine? A 10-day ceasefire in eastern Ukraine expired Monday night, with no immediate word from the country's president on whether he would extend it, and no sign that the pro-Moscow separatists had met his demands to ease the violence. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed the situation in a phone call with leaders of Russia, Germany and France. He repeatedly said the rebels had not fulfilled the conditions of the ceasefire.

Tags: Ukraine , Pentagon and Beyond , ceasefire , Petro Poroshenko , Russia , Germany , France

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 12:03pm EDT

How many US advisors are in Iraq?

Of the 300 troops authorized by President Barack Obama, 180 have arrived in Baghdad. Half are advisors and the remaining 90 are setting up an operations and intelligence analysis unit. The Pentagon confirms that Predator drones, armed with Hellfire missiles, are now also being used over the capitol for force protection.

Tags: military advisers , Pentagon and Beyond , Iraq , Baghdad , DoD , Predator drones , Hellfire missiles

Monday - 06/30/2014, 09:29am EDT
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