Considering the rich and varied menu of threats to our national security on offer these days, the leadership at the Department of Defense—the part of the government meant to secure us from foreign enemies—can at times seem to have misplaced its focus.
Take the curious fact reported in the press over the weekend that General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was heard to say in a “recent meeting” that “combating Ebola” is the DOD’s “number one priority.”
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a serious and “immediate threat initially to the region, our partners, and to the United States of America in the longer term,” during a Facebook Town Hall on Thursday.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) on Sunday praised the work and life of journalist James Foley, a native of her state, as numerous lawmakers reiterated their disgust and concern over his “brutal” murder.
General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and principal military adviser to President Obama, has written an article for Foreign Policy magazine, stating his view of the military’s role in America’s foreign affairs.
Written in a slick, corporate-sounding, richly euphemistic style, the average reader may be left wondering just what, precisely, the point of the article is. Who could disagree with such comments as “a new century [has] brought new dangers,” or, “In each region of the world, we face serious — but very different — security challenges”?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces will probably not be able to recapture ground they have lost to Islamist militants without assistance, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said Tuesday that Israel is confident the U.S. military will intervene in Iran if the country abandons diplomatic talks and develops nuclear weapons.
The risk of war in Asia will increase over the next 10 years as U.S. military forces struggle to maintain their edge amid declining budgets and increasing threats, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.