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By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Today, President Barack Obama nominated Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense. This comes after mounting speculation of an unwanted, undesirable and difficult position to fill challenged the administration’s recent efforts.
By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Two U.S. airstrikes were conducted in Iraq last Friday night. One, near the city of Mosul, destroyed a convoy of 10 armed Islamic State vehicles at what was believed to be a gathering of the leadership.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

It was reported that Swedish navy vessels located a Russian submarine in their national waters. Reports and official language has been corrected from emphasizing ‘Russian’ to stressing ‘foreign’ underwater vessel that is hiding or lurking in Swedish waters. Violating a state’s waters is considered a hostile act but there is more going on here that is silent, due to “operational secrecy.”

“We don’t know what it is.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Today China’s naval forces join rival states in the largest international maritime exercise in the world (June 26 to August 1).

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