Iraq

Carter Seeks 1.6% Pay Increase, Funds to Counter Russia and China

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The Pentagon's $582.7 billion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 includes a modest 1.6 percent pay increase, more funding to counter ISIS, Russia and China, and projects to develop an "arsenal plane" and swarming "microdrones" while keeping the A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft in the inventory. In an address Tuesday to the Economic Club o... more

Air Force Announces More Re-Enlistment Bonuses for Expanding Force

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The Air Force has roughly tripled the number of job specialties for which it is offering reenlistment bonuses in 2016, adding to last year's list of almost entirely combat-specific career fields roles intended to meet demands of a growing force. The service is adding several thousand more airmen to 2016 accessions, but it needs to ensure things... more

Lawmaker: Congress Must Fight for Higher Troop Pay Raise

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A 1.6-percent pay raise for military members proposed as part of the president's fiscal 2017 budget is "ridiculous," says one lawmaker who oversees the House subcommittee responsible for personnel issues, including pay. "I think it's ridiculous that we're not giving the full pay raise as calculated by law to our men and women in uniform, e... more

No Letup for ISIS in Syria Ceasefire Agreement: US Military

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves the militant group's flag in Raqqa, Syria on June   29, 2014. (Reuters)

The U.S. military will not change operations in Syria or participate with air drops in the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Aleppo region of Syria as a result of the potential ceasefire declared by world powers, the Pentagon said Friday. "There are no immediate plans for the U.S. to be part of this effort," Navy Capt.  Jeff Davis, a Pen... more

CIA Director Says ISIS has Used, Can Make Chem Weapons

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CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported. "We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan told CBS News, which released excerpts of an interview to ai... more

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