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Obama 2nd term nominations

In after-hours work, Senate quickly confirms Gen. Joseph Dunford to be the next Joint Chiefs Chairman; will take over in September - @LeoShane

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LGBT rights

Pentagon to start dismantling military's transgender ban Monday, official says - @USATODAY

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Iran nuclear program deal

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells Senate committee the Iran nuclear deal 'places no imitations on what the Department of Defense can and will do to pursue our defense strategy in the region' - @mollymotoole

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United States Department of Defense

Email network used by Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey taken offline after suspicious activity, Pentagon says; no indication any classified systems were impacted, officials say - @cnnbrk

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Fight against Islamic State militants

Pentagon says there will likely be an increase in US Air Force personnel to Turkey to help fight Islamic State - @margbrennan

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Shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Pentagon asks that individuals not stand guard at military recruiting offices following Chattanooga shootings - @Reuters

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Afghanistan

US military: Al-Qaida member in charge of suicide bombings and operations involving explosives is killed by an airstrike - @nytimes

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US military anthrax shipments

Pentagon says poor testing led to Army shipping live anthrax specimens - @USATODAY

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Pentagon prepares to provide Ukraine with radar to help counter artillery used by Russia-backed rebels, @WSJbreakingnews reports

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Syria

Editor's note: Muhsin al-Fadhli, who was killed in Syria on July 8, per the US military, was described as a key al-Qaida figure. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said al-Fadhli was one of the few al-Qaida leaders who had advance knowledge of the September 2001 attacks. - Tom

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Israel

Pentagon chief Ash Carter not offering new arms deal to Israel - @AP

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Shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting: 'It is with a heavy heart that I learned of today's tragic events in Chattanooga. My thoughts and prayers - along with those of the men and women of the Department of Defense - are with the families of those killed in this senseless act of violence'

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Ashton Carter

Update: Defense Secretary Carter confirms Pentagon is finalizing plan to allow transgender people to openly serve in military - @nytimes

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LGBT rights

More: Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with President Obama last week to discuss ending ban on transgender military service, source tells @BuzzFeedNews

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LGBT rights

Report: Pentagon finalizing plan to lift ban on transgender individuals in military, sources tell @AP

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Fight against Islamic State militants

US: Coalition military forces conducted 15 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, 16 in Iraq on Thursday - statement

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US 2015 budget debate

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says US Army's plan to cut 40,000 troops 'is another dangerous consequence of budget-driven strategy'; 'Stopping this decline will require the Congress to find a bipartisan solution that ends sequestration once and for all' - statement

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Fight against Islamic State militants

President Obama, at Pentagon, says mission to defeat Islamic State will take time and have set backs; says US will persevere and ultimately prevail

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Fight against Islamic State militants

At Pentagon, President Obama cites risk of Islamic State-inspired 'lone wolves' carrying out attacks in US; says US must 'pick up our game to prevent these attacks' - @OKnox

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Fight against Islamic State militants

President Obama, at Pentagon, says US is starting to progress in Islamic State fight; working with Iraq, UN to rebuild cities

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