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Troops serving overseas during the holidays

While the vast majority of Americans sat down with family for a fall feast on Thanksgiving, hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members were on guard around the world, ensuring their fellow citizens enjoyed a day of peace. For them, it is another duty day. TOURS OF DUTY There

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Troxell: Soldiers at DMZ ready

South Korean and American troops on and near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea are ready, well-supplied, well-trained and prepared, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman said following a visit over the weekend. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell accompanied his boss, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford,

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Chief: Challenges ahead for Air Force

The Air Force chief of staff spoke about the challenges facing his service and what the Air Force must do in the future for the joint force, during a meeting with the Defense Writers' Group this week. Gen. David L. Goldfein emphasized the importance to the joint force of incorporating the

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Should technology take over?

Maybe the idea behind the Terminator movie franchise isn't so far-fetched. In the Terminator films and TV shows, a worldwide computer defense network becomes self-aware and sees humans as the enemy and attacks. Scientists around the world are currently working on artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, uses for big data and other innovations,

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Pacific still important

It is important for the U.S. military to continue its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week. Navy Adm. Harry Harris, Jr. noted that four of the five strategic problem sets that Defense Secretary Ash Carter has stressed -

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Licenses from 5 states banned at DoD bases

Defense Department installations will no longer accept driver's licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington as proof of identity, DoD officials said. Federal Policy The ban, which also includes licenses from American Samoa, is a consequence of the REAL ID Act of 2005. The REAL ID Act grew out of the

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