House Stands Down on Women in the Draft

After the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision in the defense authorization bill that would require women to register for the draft, the Rules Committee watered down the language of the House version of the bill, downgrading that requirement to a mere study.

While most Democrats were expected to vote in favor of adding women to the draft, many Republicans voiced opposition. Sen. Ted Cruz even suggested supporters of the measure were “nuts.”

Obama: We’re Hitting ISIS ‘Harder Than Ever’

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 Carter Opens All Military Jobs to Women

In a landmark decision Thursday, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter ordered the military to open all combat jobs to women, making "no exceptions" granted to applicants qualify for the position.

What You Missed: House Hearing on U.S. Middle East Strategy

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday, discussing the United State’s military strategy in Syria and Iraq.

Obama Calls on Russia to Shift Syria Strategy

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande held a joint news conference Tuesday, discussing how the two countries will proceed militarily in regard to their efforts to destroy the Islamic State. The two world leaders called upon Russia to shift its military focus to taking down the Islamic State, rather than propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“Given Russia's military capabilities and the influence they have on the Assad regime, them cooperating would be enormously helpful in bringing about resolution of the civil war in Syria, and allow us all to refocus our attention on ISIL,” Obama said.

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Carter Denies Combat Role After Iraq Rescue Mission

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter gave more details on the first combat death since the 2011 Iraq withdrawal. Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler was killed during a rescue mission of 70 hostages held by the Islamic State terror group.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler, who will be welcomed home tomorrow by his family, by my wife and myself, who died after assisting our close Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga partners in the rescue of 70 hostages held by ISIL.