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Carter: US is retooling fight against IS

...train them and equip them, rather than trying to create such forces anew, which was the previous approach."A Defense Department program to train and equip moderate rebels to combat the Islamic State was a failure, and CIA-backed rebels fighting...
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While Clinton used home email, State's networks were at risk

...hackers linked to China.The Russian hackers who broke into State's email system also infiltrated networks at the Defense Department and the White House, officials say, and no clear line can be drawn between their success and State's dismal...
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US draws a line on protecting CIA-backed rebels in Syria

...which has trained and funded as many as 10,000 Syrian rebels over the last two years, is separate from the failed Defense Department training program that the Pentagon ended last week. The Pentagon program required fighters to promise to take on...
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China warns US Navy after ship sails by Chinese-built island

...surveillance aircraft as it flew over Fiery Cross Reef, where China has conducted extensive reclamation work.A Defense Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the Lassen's movements, said the patrol was completed...
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Officials: CIA-backed Syrian rebels under Russian blitz

...willing to promise to take on IS exclusively. That program was widely considered a failure, and on Friday the Defense Department announced it was abandoning the goal of a U.S.-trained Syrian force, instead opting to equip established groups...
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US intel official not optimistic about cyber deal with China

...said. "The problem is a lack of deterrence."Robert Work, deputy secretary of defense, acknowledged that the Defense Department needs to improve deterrence. "We do believe there are some things the department is doing that are working, but...
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Only handful of US-trained Syrians fighting IS

...we'd hoped for."On another issue, Austin said he would take "appropriate actions" if an investigation by the Defense Department's inspector general finds that senior defense officials altered intelligence to exaggerate progress being made...
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Bid to shut Guantanamo roils Pentagon, White House, Congress

...frustrated because President Barack Obama discussed the issue with Carter when he was hired this year to lead the Defense Department, and they believed Carter was on board with the White House's plans to act faster.Other U.S. officials note...
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Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits state President Barack Obama travels in Alaska near the Arctic Circle.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Defense Department "positively identified a number of Chinese naval vessels in that region, but based on their analysis they have...
Lab accidentally sent live anthrax to Alaska

...The shipments are not known to have caused any sickness but have nevertheless sparked a massive review by the Defense Department.In July, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said that "By any measure, this was a massive institutional...


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