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Early Bird Brief

Get the 411 on today's top military, defense and national security stories.

The U.S. military is still whacking moles in Iraq's Anbar Province

The Islamic State group controls the Euphrates Valley near the Syrian border. Daily airstrikes conti…

Marine infantry squads may have their own UAVs in 2017

The Marine Corps wants every infantry squad to at least have its own quad copter.

British naval commander wants U.S. Marine aviation on aircraft carrier

The commander of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new aircraft carrier, would like to see US Marine Co…

Report: Veterans an untapped resource for charities, communities

The advocacy group Got Your Six is challenging non-veterans to use veterans' military experience and…

Newman's Own award winners are meeting the unique needs of military, veterans

Whether they're training wounded warriors for high-paying jobs in cybersecurity or providing recycle…

Obama defends allowing women to serve in combat jobs

Visiting an Army base in Virginia, the president explained in detail his decision to allow women to…

Ash Carter: U.S. will sharpen 'military edge' in Asia

The U.S. will seek to “sharpen our military edge” in the Pacific even as it hopes China will improve…

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The Marines won't promote anyone to gunny who hasn't completed this new training

Starting Oct. 1, sergeants and staff sergeants are required to complete new professional military ed…

Best for Vets: Places to Live 2016 — new rankings of 125 cities

For many people, Hawaii and sunny Southern California are dream vacation destinations. For you, coul…

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The U.S. military is still whacking moles in Iraq's Anbar province

The Islamic State group controls the Euphrates Valley near the Syrian border. Daily airstrikes conti…

Report: Veterans an untapped resource for charities, communities

The advocacy group Got Your Six is challenging non-veterans to use veterans' military experience and…

7 Afghan military students AWOL from U.S. posts

Four of the students went missing over Labor Day weekend.

British Naval Commander Wants US Marine Aviation on Aircraft Carrier

The commander of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new aircraft carrier, would like to see US Marine Co…

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Turkey closes 12 TV stations for alleged security threat

News reports said the stations ordered closed are mostly pro-Kurdish or left-leaning.

Hundreds of civilians are trapped in Benghazi amid fighting, Amnesty International says

They have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies.

Carrier bolsters French presence for Mosul offensive

French warplanes are flying over Iraq after the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier rejoined the U.S…

Russia accuses U.S. of siding with 'terrorists' in Syria

Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with "terrorists" in Syria, in a sign of es…

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Fight over privatizing veterans care moves from campaign trail to House

A key House Democrat on Wednesday offered a resolution that opposes the privatization of Veterans Af…

Trump and Clinton clash over ISIS, Iraq in first presidential debate

About one-third of the event was devoted to national security issues, but both candidates made refer…

Clinton, Trump to meet separately with Israel PM Netanyahu

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to meet separately with Israel's Prime Minister Benjam…

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Newman's Own award winners are meeting the unique needs of military, veterans

Whether they're training wounded warriors for high-paying jobs in cybersecurity or providing recycle…

Congress approves fertility services for wounded veterans, but no funding

The Veterans Affairs funding bill allows VA to pay for fertility treatment and adoption services but…

New veterans cemetery in Omaha opens with memorial service

A new national cemetery for veterans in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa has opened with a service…

Celebrities, political leaders raise awareness for military caregivers

Star-studded Washington event calls attention to those who help wounded troops, vets

Best for Vets: Places to Live 2016 — new rankings of 125 cities

For many people, Hawaii and sunny Southern California are dream vacation destinations. For you, coul…

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Troops and their families can expect cuts to pools, libraries and other MWR programs

Budget cuts to morale, welfare and recreation programs will close some facilities and reduce operati…

Significant interest from the private sector in running commissaries

A “significant number” of organizations have expressed interest in the idea of privatizing commissar…

Commissary savings compared to outside the gates: Will customers get answers?

Officials to start local price comparisons

The Pentagon is closer to extending a generous new benefit to millions of veterans

The Pentagon is closer to extending a generous new benefit to millions of veterans

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Newman's Own award winners are meeting the unique needs of military, veterans

Whether they're training wounded warriors for high-paying jobs in cybersecurity or providing recycle…

New bank lending rules to protect troops will be enforced starting Oct. 3

Troops and their families will have stronger protections against predatory lenders starting Oct. 3 -…

Flu shots required for all students at Defense Department schools

Children attending the Department of Defense Education Activity schools must get flu shots by Dec. 1…

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Fresh words for forever wars — 19 new books from Belleau Wood to Wall Street to Washington

Here’s your guide, listed by category and in order of reading satisfaction and relevance, to the sea…

Nominations open for Military Child of the Year awards

Anyone who knows an awesome military kid can nominate a candidate for the honor.

Worth's late TD run helps Navy beat Tulane, 21-14

Will Worth is getting a pretty good handle on this late-game heroics stuff.

George W. Bush paintings book coming in 2017

The next book from former President George W. Bush will be more about pictures than words.

Mission Family: Absentee voting keeps getting easier

Military families have a lot of resources to help them vote by absentee ballot.

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