Taliban, Afghan Officials Say reach Pact to Reduce Violence

Afghan, international and Taliban forces will observe a seven-day period of reduced violence in Afghanistan beginning at midnight (1930 GMT), an Afghan official and Taliban leaders said on Friday.

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Taliban Claims to Have Finalized Peace Deal with the U.S.

A Taliban spokesperson has claimed that the organization has finalized a peace deal with the U.S. to end more than 18 years of war.

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Is the Era of Small Wars Over?

With Russia seeking to regain lost territory in Eastern Europe and to reestablish itself as a great power coupled with an expansionist China in Asia the United States has begun to re-calibrate its own national security strategy back to strategic power competition.

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Iran, North Korea Are Building New, Better Submarines to Face Foes At Sea

Iran and North Korea are updating their aging fleets and building new and more advanced submarines in order to counter their adversaries in open waters.

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VA Deputy Secretary Fired After ‘Loss of Confidence’

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie abruptly fired the second-highest department official on Monday, saying he had lost confidence in his ability to perform the job.

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The Spectacular & Public Collapse of Navy Force Planning

Planning for a 21st century Navy of unmanned vessels, distributed operations, and great power competition has collapsed. Trapped by a 355-ship force goal, a reduced budget, and a fixed counting methodology, the Navy can’t find a feasible solution to the difficult question of how its forces should be structured.

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