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Dempsey: Syrian Rebel Training May Take 12 Months

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey

PARIS -- Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey cautioned, however, that it may be a year before the Sy... more

School Districts Stock Up on Military MRAPs, M16s, Grenade Launchers

The L.A. Unified's School District police department received a MRAP vehicle like this one through a federal program. (AP Photo/The Republican-American, Steven Valenti, File)

LOS ANGELES -- School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon's surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police re... more

US Seeks to Keep Artillery Brigade Near Korean DMZ

Members of Battery B, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, conduct a live fire exercise with the M-270A1 multiple launch rocket system in South Korea, on March 7, 2013. Carlos R. Davis/Army

SEOUL, South Korea -- The U.S. wants to keep an artillery brigade stationed near the Demilitarized Zone after the planned relocation of American forces to the southern half of South Korea, according to media reports. The request to keep the 2nd Infantry Division's 210th Fires Brigade at Camp Casey was made earlier this week during military cons... more

Militants Planned to Target US Ships With Hijacked Pakistani Frigate

Al-Qaida militants, who tried to hijack a Pakistan Navy frigate earlier this month, intended to use it to target U.S. Navy vessels on anti-terrorism patrol in the northwestern Indian Ocean, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing Pakistani security officials. The Sept. 6 raid, which was foiled after a firefight and a suicide bombi... more

Pentagon Doubles Funding to Battle Ebola Outbreak to $1 Billion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers don protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia on Aug. 17, 2014. CDC photo by Athalia Christie

The costs to the Defense Department in battling the Ebola epidemic in West Africa with 3,000 troops will be in the range of $1 billion, the Pentagon said Friday. The troops are expected to be in West Africa, mostly in Liberia for about six months, although the mission for Operation United Assistance could be extended, said Rear. Adm. John Kirby... more

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