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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.

Pentagon Kicking Some Brass, Hasan Rests Case, Syrian Gas Attack Alleged

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To save money, the Pentagon has announced plans to cut senior officers starting next year.

Manning Sentenced, No U.S. Help for Syrian Rebels, Navy vs. Whales

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B-1 Bomber Crash, Naval Explosion, DOD Punishes Internet Porn Personals, Commercial UAVs Coming

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MHN: U.S. Lacks Leverage In Egypt, Iraq Asks for Help as Civil War Looms

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Military Headline News brought to you by Defensetracker.com   * To curb drinking problems in the ranks, the Navy is changing its liquor sales policies. The sea...

Military Headline News: Week In Review

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Another curious mix of military and veterans stories this week ranging from the merely interesting to budding game changers.

Military Headline News: US Likely Staying in Afghanistan for Years

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For months now we’ve known the United States planned to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014.

MHN: U.S. Halts Liberty in Mexico, U.S-Philippine Troop Agreement Nears

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Twelve of Mexico’s 31 states are now off limits to American troops due to security concerns.

MNH: Air Force Nukes Make News Again, Manning Troubled Before Intel Breach

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Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com. * The sentencing hearing for Bradley Manning has turned to his mental state when he leaked classified...

MHN: Manning Up for Nobel Peace Prize, Pentagon Eyes Retirement Cuts

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More then two million retirees and survivors now collect more then $50 billion each year and Defense Department officials fear that amount could double in 20 years.

MHN: Troop Suicides All in their Heads? “…Bradley Manning” Wins Award

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What causes combat troops and veterans to kill themselves? The answer might have a huge impact on the living.

MHN: Embassies Stay Closed Over Terrorism Concerns, States Mulling Drone Use

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State Department embassies and consulates remain closed across the Muslim world this week. Now we are learning the reasons why.

Military Headline News: Manning, Obama and Afghanistan

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By Rick Rogers Defensetracker.com Welcome to August, everybody. As always, a lot of ground to cover today, from Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pending sentencing to rebuilding Afghanistan to...

MHN: Snowden Finds a Home, Post 2014 Afghanistan Troop Deal Said Near

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The second year of mandated military budget cuts is shaping up to be more painful than then the first.

Handicapping Pfc. Manning’s Sentence, Drone Hunting and Picking the Pockets of Privates

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This biggest story this week is the Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pending verdict – unless Edward Snowden turns himself in to U.S. authorities or becomes French.

Manning Intel Case Under Deliberation, One MOH Recipient Dies, Another Named

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Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com * The case of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is now in the hands of the military judge...

MHN: U.S. Promises No Death Penalty for Snowden, Suicide Attack Kills 3 Americans

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Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com   * The U.S. won’t seek the death penalty against Edward Snowden, the former intelligence analysis who leaked...

MHN: Simon Wiesenthal Center Takes 'Last Chance' at Bagging Nazi War Criminals

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Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com   * American military leaders are hoping to learn just how many U.S. troops will be staying in...

U.S. Weighs Syrian Options, Air Force Considers Cali Drilling Lease

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U.S. military options in Syria range from training and advising rebels fighting to topple the government there to putting American troops on the ground.

Military Headline News: Bringing Propaganda Home, Natl Guard Porn Madam Canned

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Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com * U.S. government propaganda isn’t just an export any longer. 1940s legislation that for decades barred the government...

MHN: Army Loses Combat Records, AF Plane Lost in 1952 Found

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The Army has admitted losing – or not keeping – combat records for an untold number of soldiers and National Guardsmen who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military Headline News: Is Imminent Danger Pay in Imminent Danger?

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is spending big money to end veteran homelessness by its self-imposed deadline of 2015.

U.S. Might Yank Troops, Judge Raps Gitmo Forced-Feeding, Fort Hood Braces for Trial

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  Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com * For months it was a given that perhaps 10,000 U.S. and NATO troops would be staying...

Military Headline News: U.S. Death Toll in Afghanistan Tops 2,100

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After years of losing ground, the Department of Veterans Affairs might be gaining the upper hand processing veterans’ claims.

Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Defense Barred, Gulf War Illness News

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A military judge has barred Maj. Nidal Hasan from using “the defense of others” legal strategy to justify allegedly killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009.

Vet Charities Among 50 Worst, Obama Words Aid Sex Defendants

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Four veterans’ organizations are named among the 50 worst charities in America, according to a yearlong investigation by CNN and its media partners.

Military Headline News: Week In Review

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Military Headline News - Rick Rogers   The name Edward Snowden became known around the world this week. He is the self-admitted man behind what’s described as...

Judge Dismisses Burn Pit Suit, Colleges Oppose Troop, Vet Tuition Break

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Just how many U.S. and NATO troops will stay in Afghanistan past 2014 won’t likely be known until this fall, said Gen. Joe Dunford, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan

MHN: Manning Prosecutors Make Case, Congress Holds Line on TRICARE Fees

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Prosecutors in the ongoing Bradley Manning case are accusing the Army private of helping the enemy by divulging code words and other sensitive military information.

MHN: Israeli Base Exposed, Letter from American POW, the Gun that Can’t Miss

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The family of American POW Bowe Bergdahl said they received a letter from their son, captured nearly four years ago in Afghanistan.

MHN: Edward Snowden, Rectal Bombs, Syrian Refugees Stateside Bound?

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If the name Edward Snowden doesn’t ring a bell yet, it soon will.

Military Headline News: Cyber Gate, Troops Arrested In Sting Op

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Just how many shoes will drop in the budding Cyber Gate scandal?

Military Headline News: Week In Review

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A Florida lawyer has written Congress alleging that some veterans are falsifying Department of Veterans Affairs benefit claims for sleep apnea.

House Committee Votes to Strip Commanders of Authority, Segal Flacks for Russians

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There’s a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. Apparently there won’t be any in the military’s chaplain corps either.

Military Headline News: China Running on Iraqi Crude that U.S. Protects

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Here’s a hint, it’s not the county that bled driving Saddam Hussein from power or that spent more than $1 trillion there.

Sunday Read: Catch Up on Week's Top Stories

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Starting in July most of the nearly 250 military commissaries will close Mondays -- and some on Tuesdays, too.

Soldier to Plead in Massacre, U.S. Troops to Syria?

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Five years ago, the Veterans Affairs Department made finding homes for all homeless veterans a top priority.

Military Headline News: Sex Tapes Punishable Under Military Law

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There are some things that civilians can legally do that service members just can’t. Add another item to that list.

China Hacks Def. Programs, Germany Pays $1B to Holocaust Survivors

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China has hacked its way into the secret plans of dozens of U.S defense programs, including the Patriot Missile and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to The Washington Post.

MilitaryHeadlineNews: Marines Facing Punishment, Base Closures Beaten Back

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Some Marines are in hot water for posting threatening and obscene messages on social media sites aimed at President Obama and a member of Congress. At least that’s what they’re accused of.

The Sunday Read: Catch Up on the Week’s Top Military Stories

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The Army sergeant convicted of murdering five fellow service members in 2009 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.