Martin Dempsey

People in the Syrian city of Tabqa toured the streets in celebration after Islamic State militants took over a government air base nearby on August 24, 2014.

Washington is talking tough on ISIS, but its plans for intervention don’t seem to measure up


A growing number of high-ranking American officials say that ISIS, the militant group that controls much of northern Iraq, must be defeated. The White House is considering plans to send ground troops to aid Iraq in the fight, but experts say even those expanded plans won’t be enough to win.

The Takeaway Answers Listener Questions on U.S Intervention in Syria

What Does U.S. Intervention in Syria Mean for Israel?

President Obama nominates new Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey

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Senator Rand Paul on the NSA Scandal & Military Sexual Assault

Pentagon Presents $1B Per Month Plan for U.S. Action in Syria

For the first time since the conflict in Syria began, the Pentagon has laid out all of the viable military options for U.S. involvement in the war torn nation–and the price tag that goes along with it. In a letter from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey outlined five possible […]

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Israel’s ‘Alliance of Evil’

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The Obama administration is sending a message to the Israelis not to attack Iran’s nuclear sites. Not yet at least. US officials are thought to be trying to persuade Israel to give economic sanctions against Iran more time.

Top Brass: President Nominates Dempsey as Joint Chiefs of Staff

On Memorial Day, President Barack Obama announced his nomination for two top military positions. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey will replace Navy Adm. Michael Mullen as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey would be joined in the Pentagon by Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., who would serve as his vice chairman. Also announced,  Gen. […]