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Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults

...teleconference."For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us," said the BSA's president, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. "Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-28/boy-scout-board-approves-end-blanket-
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US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in Syria

...in a ground operation against IS. The U.S. has long complained about having no reliable partners among them. Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged earlier this month that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-28/us-turkey-plan-safe-zone-free-syria
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Army announces troop reductions

...off its course toward modernization is more budget uncertainty."The unpredictability is killing us," he said.Defense Secretary Ash Carter agrees."We've been going one year at a time budgetarily now for several years straight, and it's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-10/army-announces-troop-reductions
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Army cuts could grow if budget impasse persists

...off its course toward modernization is more budget uncertainty."The unpredictability is killing us," he said.Defense Secretary Ash Carter agrees."We've been going one year at a time budgetarily now for several years straight, and it's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-09/army-cuts-could-grow-if-budget-impasse-
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Boy Scouts executive committee OKs ending ban on gay leaders

...meeting on July 27.The committee action follows an emphatic speech in May by the organization's president, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, declaring that the long-standing ban on participation by openly gay adults was no longer sustainable...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-14/boy-scouts-executive-committee-oks-en
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Pentagon announces plan lifting transgender ban

...The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-14/pentagon-announces-plan-lifting-trans
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Senators quiz chiefs, criticize IS fight

WASHINGTON - Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-08/senators-quiz-chiefs-criticize-fight
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Iraqi training goal to fall way short of recruits

...fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24,000 Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday on Capitol Hill where lawmakers are already skeptical of the Obama administration's strategy...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-18/iraqi-training-goal-fall-way-short-re
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Russia to add 40 new missiles

...deterrent against an increasingly assertive Russia. And Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says he and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter have held talks about placing U.S. heavy army equipment in Poland.The NATO chief said he expected...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-17/russia-add-40-new-missiles
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US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground

...have the right mindset and ideology," and at the same time be willing to make combating IS their first priority, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the House Armed Services Committee on June 17."It turns out to be very hard to identify people...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-30/us-program-train-syrian-rebels-losing
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