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    Hagel Announces Deployment of U.S. Troops to Jordan in Response to Worsening Syria Crisis

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday that he has ordered the deployment of U.S. troops to work with Jordan’s military to “improve readiness and prepare for a number of scenarios” related to Syria. The Army will send up to 200 personnel, including intelligence and communications specialists, from the headquarters of … More

    Air Force to Ground 1 in 3 Aircraft Over Budget Concerns

    Just days before President Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request, the Air Force reported that it will have to ground one-third of its aircraft due to budget constraints. Operations and maintenance accounts will be hit particularly hard, causing the Air Force to severely restrict which of its … More

    Syria: Al-Qaeda Consolidates Its Influence

    The leader of al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch, the Islamic State of Iraq, announced on Tuesday the formal merger of his organization and Jabhat al-Nusra (“Victory Front”), an al-Qaeda-controlled front group that has played a growing role inside Syria. Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared, “It’s now time to declare in front of … More

    Morning Bell: 3 Reasons the U.N.'s Arms Treaty Is Useless

    It sounds nice to say there could be a treaty that would make all nations responsible when it comes to their arms exports. Of course, it’s also impossible. The latest draft of the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which would regulate imports and exports of arms around the world, failed … More

    New Report of Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack as President Obama Lands in Israel

    President Obama stepped off his plane in Israel this week amid a new flurry of reports suggesting that chemical weapons may have been used in Syria. The Syrian government charged that rebel forces used the illegal weapons in an attack that killed 25 people and wounded 86 in the village … More

    Arms Trade Treaty, Day Two: Human Rights and Non-State Actors

    The morning’s discussion at the U.N. on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) brought into focus one of the underlying tensions among the nations negotiating the treaty. While the holier-than-thou contingent wants to use it as a way to restrain oppressive governments, the autocracies view it as a way to prevent … More

    Syrian Crisis Threatens U.N. Peacekeepers

    As the Syrian civil war escalates, it is increasingly spilling over Syria’s borders to threaten Syria’s neighbors and the long-established U.N. peacekeeping forces deployed along Syria’s border with Israel. On Wednesday, Syrian rebels captured 21 peacekeeping troops from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights near … More

    John Kerry’s First Foreign Trip: Not Exactly a Roaring Success

    Secretary of State John Kerry returns tomorrow to the United States after his first foreign trip as a member of the Obama Administration. It is probably with a sense of relief. Kerry did charm some of the European media (not exactly a difficult task) by showing off his language skills. … More

    U.S. Aid to Syrian Rebels Takes Congress by Surprise

    On Thursday, at the Friends of Syria Conference in Rome, Secretary of State John Kerry abruptly reversed U.S. policy on Syria. Much to the surprise of Members of the U.S. Congress—and possibly of the members of the Syrian opposition as well—Kerry announced that the U.S. will be supplying $60 million … More

    Iran Nuclear Program Advances Amid Terrorism Reports

    Iran defiantly continues to expand its uranium enrichment program despite international sanctions and multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, according to a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran has begun installing advanced centrifuges that will increase the rate of enrichment and reduce the amount of time it needs to … More