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Dmitry Rogozin and the Great Twitter War of 2014

Last Thursday, Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted out a not-so-subtle jab at US President Barack Obama. We have different values and allies pic.twitter.com/aJ1312jJNx — Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin) July 31, 2014 It’s just the latest — if most animal-centric — shot fired on Rogozin’s english-language twitter feed, @DRogozin. (Defense News has been unable to determine why…

Introducing ‘CongressWatch Minute’

In our first CongressWatch Minute, Senior Congressional Reporter John T. Bennett discusses why Congress may stumble and bicker into failing to grant the Pentagon’s request for extra funding for Israel’s Iron Dome before leaving for a five-week summer break — even though the proposal has broad support among members of both parties in the House and…

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Marine Corps Pioneering Unmanned Helo Headed for Storage

  After almost three years in Afghanistan, 2,150 flight hours and more than 1,950 sorties, the Marine Corps’ two K-MAX unmanned helicopters are being put out to pasture in central New York State. The unmanned rotary wing aircraft—which hauled a total of 4.5 million lbs. of cargo across southern Afghanistan since December 2011 for Marines…

Then-US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (far left) and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin (far right) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on May 7, 2013. (US State Department photo via Flickr)

Obama’s Former Man in Moscow Stirs Hornet’s Nest on #MH17 Shootdown

When the Obama administration’s former top man in Moscow told Defense News that Russian leaders should apologize for the shootdown of an airliner in Ukraine, he was greeted with charges of hypocrisy. In a Twitter exchange late Tuesday evening, your correspondent asked Michael McFaul just what the “accountability” of Russian leaders he was calling for…

Some lime green socks are the choice for an eight-hour flight to Poland. (Sgt. Aaron Hostutler/DoD)

Chuck Hagel: The Best Dressed in President Obama’s Cabinet (Updated)

(Updated July 28, 2014, with video from a Defense News Minute) In a city where the powerful often wear boring, dark-color suits, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel bucks that trend. The Nebraskan can often be found wearing bright-colored socks, slick power ties and casual kicks that have made the man in charge of the world’s most powerful…

Aircraft mechanics load a Hellfire missile onto an MQ-1B Predator at Ali Air Base, Iraq, in 2008. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Johnson)0

DoD OCO Requests $700M for Bombs and Ammo

As the congressional oversight panels continue their review of the Pentagon’s $58.6 billion 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations budget request, much of the focus has been on the high-profile items, such as a $4 billion request for a new counterterrorism fund and $1 billion to boost US military presence in Europe. But the request includes $53 billion…