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Russian Influence Operations in Washington

By Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Speaking to the U.S.-Russia Forum on June 16, 2014, the Russian Ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, told the participants that there are “no ideological divides” between the U.S. and Russia. He said both countries were “market economies” with “democratic systems.” He called for increased U.S.-Russian cooperation and claimed that the Edward Snowden “affair”—the case in which the former CIA and NSA contract employee fled to Russia with highly classified documents—was “thrown on us,” as if the Russian intelligence service, the FSB, was caught flat-footed by his defection.  

A Blatant Betrayal or Savvy Chameleon?

By Major Rusty Bradley, USA (Ret.)

I’d barely made it into the operations center when my intelligence sergeant shoved a piece of paper into my hand. I’d come in looking for an update on three new Taliban commanders in our area of operations. They’d arrived a few months before and they’d already conducted several successful attacks on US convoys and now were building an IED network.


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When Marines on a patrol in the Nad Ali District went toe-to-toe with the Taliban, one of them was hit. Now, they had to get their wounded comrade out.
By Cpl. Paul Peterson, USMC

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Navy Divers to Investigate Wreck of USS Houston
By Harold Hutchison

During the Battle of Sunda Strait, almost seven hundred American sailors were killed when the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30) was sunk by Japanese forces. Now, 72 years after the battle, the United States Navy is sending divers to check out the wreck of the vessel.

Navajo Code Talkers: The Uncrackable Language

By Cpl. Chelsea Flowers Anderson, USMC

Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez was born “among the oak trees” in Chichiltah, N.M. He spent his childhood herding sheep for his grandmother before leaving the close-knit community to attend a boarding high school in Tuba City, Ariz. It was there that Nez learned about a secret Marine Corps mission that would take him far away from his people and into the battlefields of World War II.

Close behind the Bougainville front lines, Navajo Code Talkers Cpl. Henry Blake Jr. and Pfc. George H. Kirk, both serving with a Marine signal unit, are shown operating a portable radio set in a clearing they have hacked from the dense jungle in Dec. 1943. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Division)

D-Day Archival Footage

Landing at Omaha Beach

Archival footage of Allied troops during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June, 1944.


Chester Nez Passes On at 93
By Harold Hutchison

The last of the 29 men who started the Navajo Codetalker program that helped save the lives of countless Marines and GIs in the Pacific Theater of World War II died earlier this week. Chester Nez was 93.

Chester Nez (center), one of the 29 original codetalkers, during WWII.
(U.S. Navy photo)


HUD Spokesman Calls Platoon-mates “Psychopaths”
By Harold Hutchison

As criticism of the exchange of five high-ranking Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl grew, both from new details about the Qatari government’s lack of action and from reports of Bergdahl’s conduct in Afghanistan, some Obama officials began to push back, with one Obama Administration official calling Bergdahl’s platoon-mates “psychopaths.”

Troops from the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan.
(U.S. Army photo)


Tribute to a soldier whose career included taking part in the rescue of PFC Jessica Lynch.

72nd Anniversary of Battle of Midway

The U.S. Navy remembrance ceremony of the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. The event featured several veterans who survived the battle and hundreds of sailors from the Washington, D.C. area. Speakers are: Admiral Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey, Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations, United States Marine Corps Vice Admiral Charles D. Michel, Deputy Commandant for Operations, United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mark L. Tidd, Chief of Navy Chaplains, United States Navy.


A Decisive Battle Too Many Have Forgotten
By Harold Hutchison

Seventy-two years ago today, in a span of five minutes, American dive bombers turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific Theater near Midway by fatally damaging three Japanese carriers. Yet, if you were to do a “man on the street” interview similar to those done on late-night talk shows, how many Americans would have heard of the Battle of Midway?


By Rusty Bradley

I was a tactical operations center chief when Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked off his firebase.  The entire room held its breath as we read the message, an American soldier was missing. Phones were abuzz and video conferences under way as preparation for contingency operations to support the search were already underway. There would be no limit in the effort to determine the best way to support the search for the missing American.


Did Obama Lie About Search for Bergdahl?
By Harold Hutchison

The controversy surrounding the release of Bowe Bergdahl has continued to explode as the family of at least one Soldier killed in Afghanistan claims that the Obama Administration lied about the circumstances leading to his death, comparing it to the Administration’s portrayal of the 11 September, 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

2LT Darryn Andrews
(DOD photo)


Obama Violated Law to Secure POW’s Release
By Harold Hutchison

A wounded Afghan is moved to a medevac chopper.
(DOD photo)

Days after Barack Obama announced that the United States had secured the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by releasing five Afghans being held at Guantanamo to the custody of the Qatari government, controversy has erupted over the exchange.


Only American POW of Operation Enduring Freedom Freed After Five Years
By Harold Hutchison

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for almost five years, was released by the Taliban earlier today. The release comes just days after Barack Obama announced a troop withdrawal slated to be finished by the end of 2016.