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In this June 24, 2015, file photo, Adm. James A. Sandy Winnefeld, Jr., speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)
In this June 24, 2015, file photo, Adm. James A. Sandy Winnefeld, Jr., speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)
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Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases

The Pentagon misled Congress by using inaccurate or vague information about sexual assault cases in an effort to blunt support for a Senate bill that would make a major change in how the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct, an Associated Press investigation found.

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Ash Carter, Thomas Snee
Defense Secretary Ash Carter honors Vietnam Veteran Thomas Snee, who served in the Navy, with a commemorative pin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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US to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe

U.S. officials say the Pentagon will be deploying an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing effort to rotate troops in and out of the region to reassure allies worried about threats from an increasingly aggressive Russia.

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In this Wednesday, March 9, 2016 photo, Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi's convoy refuels during a during a tour at the front line in their fight against Islamic State group militants in the Samarra desert, on the border between Anbar and Salahuddin provinces, Iraq. Iraqi forces are again trying to clear Islamic State group fighters from the sprawling deserts that stand between recent territorial gains in Anbar province and the IS-held city of Mosul to the north. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
In this Wednesday, March 9, 2016 photo, Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi's convoy refuels in Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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US says IS chem weapons effort “degraded” but not destroyed

The U.S. has "disrupted and degraded" the Islamic State's ability to produce chemical weapons by launching multiple airstrikes in Iraq based on information provided by a militant leader who was captured last month and turned over to the Iraqi government on Thursday, Pentagon officials said.

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Obama Makes a Statement on the Counter-ISIL Campaign
U.S. President Barack Obama in the Pentagon briefing room December 14, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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Pentagon says US bombed IS training camp in Libya

American F-15E fighter-bombers struck an Islamic State training camp in rural Libya near the Tunisian border Friday, killing dozens, probably including an IS operative considered responsible for deadly attacks in Tunisia last year, U.S. and local officials said. The strike did not appear to mark the beginning of a sustained U.S. campaign in Libya but a Pentagon spokesman said "it may not be the last."

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Ash Carter
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Pentagon lays out plan to take back Mosul, Raqqa from IS

Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out broad plans Wednesday to defeat Islamic State militants and retake the group's key power centers in Iraq and Syria. And he announced that a special commando force has now arrived in Iraq.

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Chelsea Bradley Manning
FILE - In this June 5, 2013, file photo Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, then-Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban

Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

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Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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US protests intercept of reconnaissance plane by Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. is protesting an intercept of a U.S. reconnaissance plane by a Russian fighter jet last week, calling it "unsafe and unprofessional" amid what it views as increasingly aggressive air operations by Moscow.

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President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Ashton Carter, his nominee for defense secretary, Friday.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Ashton Carter, his nominee for defense secretary, Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Obama taps Pentagon veteran Carter as defense chief

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department Friday, heralding his new nominee as one the nation's "foremost national security leaders."

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Ashton Carter, who could be the next defense secretary, testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Ashton Carter, who could be the next defense secretary, testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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GOP senator: Obama picks Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. White House officials, however, insisted no final decision has been reached.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a briefing at the Pentagon Oct. 30.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a briefing at the Pentagon Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Hagel reported as resigning as Defense secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team.

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