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Document: Pentagon Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

Document: Pentagon Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

 Italian firefighters dressed in chemical, biological, radiological (CBR) suits set up a perimeter of signs around a container suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction (WMD) during a US led exercise in 2004. US Navy Photo

Italian firefighters dressed in chemical, biological, radiological (CBR) suits set up a perimeter of signs around a container suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction (WMD) during a US led exercise in 2004. US Navy Photo

The following is the Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, released on Monday. Read More

Opinion: The Wrong Debate on Coping with ISIS

Opinion: The Wrong Debate on Coping with ISIS

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ISIS fighters in June.

ISIS fighters in June.

Since the dawn of military aviation, proponents and skeptics of air power have vigorously debated its efficacy, often focusing on whether air power is capable of winning wars by itself. Not surprisingly, this debate is surfacing again as we consider whether and how the United States should be involved in the current crisis in Iraq. Read More

Pentagon Ends Philippine Counterterrorism Mission, Special Operations Forces to Remain in Country

Pentagon Ends Philippine Counterterrorism Mission, Special Operations Forces to Remain in Country

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An undated photo of a Marine with the Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines. DoD Photo

An undated photo of a Marine with the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines. DoD Photo

The decreasing threat from al Qaeda-linked terror groups in the Philippines has prompted Pentagon leaders to shutter one of the U.S. military’s long-running counterterrorism operations, but will maintain a sizable special operations force (SOF) in country for the foreseeable future. Read More

Chinese Ships Arrive at Pearl Harbor

Chinese Ships Arrive at Pearl Harbor

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An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo

An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo

Two Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships arrived at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Tuesday, according to Chinese press reports. Read More

Pentagon Picks New Afghan War Commander

Pentagon Picks New Afghan War Commander

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U.S. Army Gen. John Campbell assumes duties as the 34th Army Vice Chief of Staff during a ceremony at the Pentagon Auditorium Mar. 8, 2013. US Army Photo

U.S. Army Gen. John Campbell assumes duties as the 34th Army Vice Chief of Staff during a ceremony at the Pentagon Auditorium Mar. 8, 2013. US Army Photo

The Pentagon tapped Army Gen. John Campbell to be the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, making the four-star general responsible for overseeing the final American withdrawal from the country. Read More

Opinion: The Third Iraq War

Opinion: The Third Iraq War

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Undated photo of ISIS militants

Undated photo of ISIS militants

In the Naval War College’s Strategy and Policy course students have an opportunity to critically analyze both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). These two historical case studies are commonly referred to by students and faculty alike as the First Iraq War and the Second Iraq War. Now, before us we see the Third Iraq War unfolding. Despite what some pundits and former administration officials are saying America is still playing an active role in Iraq’s wars. Read More

Iraq and Afghanistan Dominate Senate Budget Hearing

Iraq and Afghanistan Dominate Senate Budget Hearing

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department's FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department’s FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

With aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and its battle group and amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) in position in the Persian Gulf, senators on Defense Appropriations Subcommittee asked very few questions about the budget but plenty on the rise of insurgents in Iraq, if will Afghanistan face the same fate in two years and what can the United States do about both on Wednesday. Read More

DoD Bolstering Cyber Warfare Capabilities in at Risk Nations

DoD Bolstering Cyber Warfare Capabilities in at Risk Nations

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German and American soldiers during a 2011 cyber warfare exercises. US Army Photo

German and American soldiers during a 2011 cyber warfare exercises. US Army Photo

Clarification: The article below has been clarified to include information on the Defense Department’s effort to bolster base cyber defense and cybersecurity measures within the networks of partner nations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region, based on additional comments by Maj. Gen. John Davis

The Pentagon’s cadre of cyberwarriors are working to bolster cyber security measures within civilian and military networks of individual countries, tagged by the Defense Department as being particularly susceptible to cyber attacks. Read More