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5:22 am, December 20, 2014

Pentagon & Beyond

National Security Correspondent J.J. Green has traveled three continents covering intelligence, terrorism, and security issues. From Afghanistan to Africa, Iraq to Ireland, there isn't anywhere J.J. won't go, nor anyone he won't talk with, to get the stories affecting the defense and national security communities.

Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death

Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists

Hagel sends condolences to the people of Pakistan

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sent condolences to his counterpart in Pakistan yesterday.

Russian Air Force accused of recklessness

NATO says Russian air force jets are a danger to civil aviation in the Baltic region.

Coalition forces continue to pound ISIL

U.S. military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria.

Hagel encouraged about Iraq

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, after meeting with Iraq's leaders in Baghdad, has indicated he was encouraged by their progress and vision for the future.

Iraqi forces get new start

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says Iraqi security forces have new momentum in their battle to regain territory lost this year to ISIL.

Audits Scheduled

The DoD has awarded contracts to independent public accounting firms to conduct audits of current year appropriated funds for all of the military services.

Hagel to address sexual assault among troops

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel releases a report Thursday on the Department of Defense's recent progress in addressing sexual assault.

Iran joins bombing campaign

In an unusual turn of events, Iran has joined the U.S. in bombing ISIL, but it's not something the U.S. set up.

US troops warned about social media accounts

The Pentagon says the FBI and DHS have issued guidance to U.S. military personnel warning them to be careful with the social media accounts.

Hagel meets with Brownlee

New Zealand Minister of Defense Gerry Brownlee visited the Pentagon this week. During his meeting with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Hagel praised the growth of the bilateral defense relationship and expressed appreciation for New Zealand's support for the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Military granted approval to target Taliban

President Barack Obama has approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al Qaeda after this year.

Hagel offers condolences to Romanian military

Eight people died and two sustained serious injuries in a military helicopter crash in Romania. They were on their way to train with U.S. forces in the region.

Ukraine to receive U.S. military aid

The United States is planning to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of Humvee vehicles.

Iraqi training gets early start

The U.S. military is accelerating its efforts to train and advise Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants.

Iraq conflict expected to be long

The Pentagon has warned Congress that the long, drawn-out military campaign against Islamic State militants is just beginning and could expand to include modest numbers of U.S. forces fighting alongside Iraqi troops.

Pentagon skeptical of Iranian drone

Iran has long bragged about capturing a downed U.S. drone, and this week it unveiled what it called a reverse-engineered copy.

Cybersecurity troubles looming

The military is redoubling its efforts to look at cybersecurity.

VA makes changes in time for Veterans Day

he Department of Veterans Affairs announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department.

Up to 1500 US troops headed to Iraq

Troops will be sent over the next few months in a non-combat role to expand the U.S. advise and assist mission and initiate a comprehensive training effort for Iraqi forces.

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