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Pentagon Officials: Precision of Attack on Saudi Arabia ‘not something we’ve seen in the past’

All indications to this point are that Iran is in some way responsible for the Sept. 14 attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, a senior Defense Department official said. At a Pentagon news conference today, Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, said the attack on two civilian facilities has had a dramatic impact ...

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Esper Becomes 27th Defense Secretary

Dr. Mark T. Esper became the 27th defense secretary today during an early-evening White House swearing-in ceremony. Earlier in the day, by a 90-8 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Esper to serve in the office. Esper officially became the defense secretary when the president signed the appointment paperwork preceding the formal swearing in. Esper became acting defense secretary last month after then-acting ...

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Shanahan: U.S. Actions Deterred Attacks on Americans in Iraq

Aboard a military aircraft bound for multinational talks in Asia, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan was pressed for answers on tensions in Iran by reporters traveling with him. Noting that May has been “a pretty tense month,” the acting secretary explained that the Defense Department operates in a high-risk environment and gets intelligence consistently that speaks to the threats in ...

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Musician Gene Simmons Visits Service Members, Tours Pentagon

The Pentagon is filled with thousands of visitors every day, but not many of them are world-famous heavy metal rockers. Gene Simmons, bass guitarist, singer and co-founder of the rock band Kiss, said he made his trip to the Pentagon yesterday a priority after a service member attending a concert invited him to visit the building. “He thought I was ...

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Bush Service Dog Takes Oath As Hospital Corpsman

President George H.W. Bush’s former service dog has reported for duty at his new home at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Sully is a Labrador retriever trained to work with persons with disabilities. He was named after U.S. Airways pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, who safely landed a jet on the Hudson River in 2009. ...

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Israel Begins Effort to Counter Lebanese Hezbollah Tunnels

Israeli defense forces have begun an effort to counter tunnels dug in Northern Israel by the Lebanese Hezbollah group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Ottawa, Canada. The secretary is scheduled to participate in what he described as a small-group meeting in Ottawa to discuss defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Israel is ...

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