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  1. Beginning in 2015, Marines conducting civil-military operations will have the ability to collect, process, analyze and share information using software from a smartphone. The mobile application, called MARCIMS, was developed by Marine Corps Systems Command and through science and technology funding from the Office of Naval Research. Marine Corps Systems Command

    Civil affairs Marines to get Android phones, new data collection app

    A new smartphone app for civil affairs Marines may make the next humanitarian aid mission a little bit smoother.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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    Financial help possible for families of troops deployed on Ebola mission

    Families of troops deployed to West Africa on the Ebola mission are eligible for emergency financial assistance from the nonprofit Operation Homefront on the same basis as those of troops deployed to combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, officials an

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  2. Iraqi security forces gather in front of a mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers, killing and wounding tens of people in a commercial area in the center of Baghdad on Oct. 20. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. advisory mission in Iraq remains limited in scope and impact

    More than one month after President Obama ordered U.S. troops to begin an advise-and-assist mission supporting the Iraqi military's fight against Islamic militants, that effort remains limited in its scope and effectiveness.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  3. Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobani, at sunset from the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against IS jihadists. Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images

    After arms drop, U.S. coalition strikes IS

    Syrian activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched new airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Kobani, following overnight airdrops of weapons to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  4. Smoke from a fire rises following a strike Sunday in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to 'valiant' Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be 'irresponsible' and

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  5. Attacks on Afghan checkpoints kill 4 troops

    Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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    Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams John Moore/Getty Images

    Top U.S. commander in Ebola fight sees progress

    The first of 17 U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in West Africa will open in a few weeks, the top commander of U.S. troops in the region told USA Today on Sunday.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  6. A veteran walks through a 'Hiring our Heroes' Job Fair on March 27 in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    These federal contractors are hiring vets now

    Companies that do business with the federal government employ a big chunk of the U.S. workforce — and if you're a veteran looking to join their ranks, federal law requires that they give you a leg up.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  7. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    One month in, mixed reviews on Iraq, Syria airstrikes

    On Sept. 23, the U.S. began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  8. Two Swedish Navy fast-attack craft patrol on Oct. 19 in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden. A Swedish military search for evidence of suspected undersea activity in its waters has entered its third day amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion. Marko Saavala / AP

    Sweden: 3 credible sightings in submarine search

    The Swedish military said Sunday it had made three credible sightings of foreign undersea activity in its waters during the past few days amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion in the area.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  9. Filipinos burn a mock American flag in front of the U.S. Embassy to condemn the murder of a transgender woman. A Marine was charged with her murder. Getty Images

    Marine's murder charge in the Philippines has international consequences

    The death of a Filipino transgender woman following a bilateral military training exercise made international waves after a U.S. Marine was charged with murder.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  10. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies Oct. 16 on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    CDC to revise Ebola protocol; military readies medical team

    Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear 'with no skin showing,' a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  11. Service members and civilians stand at attention July 2 at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Spain agreed to allow the U.S. to use Rota and the air base at Moron de la Frontera to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. MC William Clark / Navy

    Spain gives U.S. go-ahead to use bases against Ebola

    Spain has agreed to allow the U.S. to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  12. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an Oct. 18 news conference. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Turkey would oppose U.S. arms transfers to Kurds

    Turkey would not agree to any U.S.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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    President Obama speaks to media during an Oct. 16 meeting with his Ebola response team in the Oval Office of the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

    President Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  13. South Korean soldiers stand guard at a military check point Sept. 17 near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War. Ahn Young-joon / AP

    South Korea: 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

    Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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    Marines aboard an amphibious assault vehicle pass the amphibious assault ship Wasp during Bold Alligator 2012. Marines and sailors will conduct crisis response training during this year's blue-green exercise. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan V

    Bold Alligator is back

    The blue-green team will flex its amphibious muscles once again in Exercise Bold Alligator 2014, planned for late October-early November.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
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    Sgt. Nicholas Garton, with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, radios in a position during a week-long squad competition at Kangaroo Flats Training Area in Australia. The largest rotation of Marines to deploy Down Under are preparing to return to California following a six month rotation. Cpl. Scott Reel/Marine Corps

    Marines to return to California following six months Down Under

    After seven months away, the third group of Marines and sailors to go to Australia is headed back to California.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  14. Iraqi municipal government workers clean up debris following a car bomb explosion in central Baghdad's busy commercial Karradah neighborhood, Iraq, on Saturday. The car bomb exploded after nightfall Friday, near a cafe, killed and wounded tens of people, Iraqi officials said. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Iraq lawmakers approve interior, defense ministers

    Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's remaining Cabinet nominees on Saturday, including for the critical defense and interior portfolios, completing the formation of a government that will strive to push the Islamic State extremist gro

    • Oct. 18, 2014
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    This undated file photo provided on July 14, 2010, by the Pentagon shows Pfc. Philip W. Ackley's Korean War dog tag. The tag, which was found in North Korea's Unsan battlefield area where Ackley is believed to have been lost, was handed over to the U.S. by North Korean at the Panmunjom truce village in January 2010. The Associated Press

    Report faults Pentagon efforts to find MIAs

    The Pentagon's effort to find missing servicemembers from past wars is wracked with inefficiencies, lacks a clear mission and fails to differentiate remains that can be recovered from those lost forever, an inspector general's report charged Friday.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
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    DoD seeks to clarify policies on nonprofit groups

    The Defense Department is taking a new look at the barriers that complicate efforts by nonprofit groups to help service members and their families at some installations.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  15. The 2014 graduates of ICE's Human Exploitation Rescue Operative Corps. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

    Former special operations troops take up battle against online child predators

    Military members who can no longer fight the wars overseas are battling a new enemy at home: the murky online spaces where sexual predators prey on children.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  16. Protesters shout slogans at a rally Friday at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to reiterate their demand that a U.S. Marine who is a suspect in the death of a Filipino transgender be brought into Filipino custody. The Philippine government served a subpoena Friday for the Marine accused of the killing. Bullit Marquez / AP

    Philippines subpoenas Marine murder suspect

    The Philippine government served a subpoena Friday for a U.S. Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino in an emotional case expected to test the country's military ties with the United States.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  17. Members of the Arlington County Fire Department stage operations supporting the HazMat team at the Pentagon South Parking lot area on Oct. 17. Paul J. Richards / AFP via Getty Images

    Ebola concern sparks commotion at Pentagon

    In yet another indication of the rapidly rising anxiety over Ebola, a new scare erupted at the Pentagon on Friday morning after a woman on a tour bus in the building's parking lot who said she had recently traveled from Africa vomited, defense officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014

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