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September 12, 1993 | MIKE FEINSILBER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The general had charm and command presence. No one knew if he was a Republican or a Democrat, but the Democrats were in office, so it was logical for him to run as a Republican. But would he run? Was he interested? That was Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1951. And that's Colin Powell in 1993. Like Ike, Powell has the makings of a formidable presidential candidacy, if he's interested.
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April 6, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - On the day that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived in Afghanistan for an assessment visit, six Americans were killed Saturday in attacks by insurgents. Hours after Dempsey arrived, five Americans - three soldiers and two civilians - were killed when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded in Zabol province in the southeast. An Afghan doctor was also killed in the attack. Another American was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, military officials said.
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May 31, 1997 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Air Force Gen. Joseph W. Ralston, a calm and consensus-seeking former fighter pilot, has been chosen by Defense Secretary William S. Cohen to succeed Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defense officials said Friday. Ralston, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs for the last two years, has won wide support in the uniformed and civilian ranks of the Pentagon with his collegial oversight of a just-completed internal review.
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June 2, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Wednesday dismissed as "garbage" reports that a senior Marine general was passed over to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff because of his back-channel role in the 2009 administration debate on sending additional troops to Afghanistan. Speaking to reporters on his way to a security conference in Singapore, Gates denied that Gen. James Cartwright, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was not chosen as chairman because he helped White House aides develop options for sending fewer troops to Afghanistan than the number favored by Gates and other top Pentagon officials.
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May 28, 1993 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shakespeare called ambition "the soldier's virtue." And as the President ponders a replacement for Colin L. Powell as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it is a virtue in no small supply among the nation's top jet jockeys, naval officers and even a Marine or two. Behind the scenes at the Pentagon, the race is on to become the 13th chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
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December 7, 1989 | Associated Press
President Bush will name Adm. David E. Jeremiah, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House announced Wednesday.
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December 20, 1986 | United Press International
President Reagan has named the head of the North American Air Defense Command, Gen. Robert T. Herres, as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House said Friday.
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July 1, 1995 | Associated Press
President Clinton will nominate Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili for a second two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Clinton announced the nomination Friday.
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February 19, 1987 | Associated Press
President Reagan has nominated Rear Adm. Jerry O. Tuttle to be director of one of the staff organizations serving the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Tuttle, if confirmed by the Senate, would receive a third star and the rank of vice admiral. He would assume control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff office responsible for command, control and communications systems. Tuttle, 52, is a native of Hatfield, Ind.
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June 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Maj. Gen. Howard D. Graves, commandant of the U.S. Army War College, has been tapped for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as a top aide to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon announced Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, Graves will become assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
NATIONAL
May 30, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano and David S. Cloud, Washington Bureau
President Obama nominated Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, choosing Memorial Day to put the finishing touches on his new national security team and start what the administration hopes will be a gradual U.S. drawdown from the war in Afghanistan. In a Rose Garden presentation, the president said he was moving Dempsey from Army chief of staff to the higher post overseeing all Pentagon and military operations, selecting him in part because of his past two tours helping lead the war in Iraq.
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May 29, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
President Obama is expected to announce Monday that he will name Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, rounding out the new Pentagon team charged with the delicate task of winding down the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan. Obama is likely to nominate Dempsey as the successor to outgoing chairman Adm. Michael G. Mullen at an event in the Rose Garden on Memorial Day, an administration official said Saturday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.
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March 4, 2010 | By Julian E. Barnes
The U.S. military must use measured and precise strikes, not overwhelming force, in the wars it is likely to face in the future, the nation's top uniformed officer said Wednesday in outlining a revised approach to American security. The view outlined by Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, differs both from the doctrine of overwhelming force advanced by Colin L. Powell, a onetime Joint Chiefs chairman, and the "shock and awe" approach of former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
NATIONAL
July 6, 2009 | Associated Press
Vice President Joe Biden signaled that the Obama administration would not stand in the way if Israel chose to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, even as the top U.S. military officer said any attack on Iran would be destabilizing. Biden's remarks suggested a tougher U.S. stance against Iran's nuclear ambitions, but administration officials denied that. Instead, White House officials said, his televised remarks Sunday simply reflected the U.S.
WORLD
June 17, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes
North Korea may be able to overcome technical difficulties and assemble a missile capable of hitting West Coast cities within three years, a top Defense Department official said Tuesday, but it is unlikely to be able to deliver a nuclear warhead in that time frame. The U.S. assessment came as North Korea's rulers show signs of preparing for additional weapons tests in the face of international condemnation and new United Nations sanctions.
WORLD
May 19, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes and Laura King
The U.S. is jeopardizing its chances of success in Afghanistan by mistakenly inflicting casualties on civilians in airstrikes that undermine support for the war among the general population, the top U.S. military officer said Monday. Adm. Michael G.
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April 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush named Marine Gen. Peter Pace to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pace, 59, would succeed Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers. Pace was expected to win easy Senate confirmation. The first Marine selected for the top military post, he also is the second vice chairman to rise to chairman. Myers, due to retire Sept. 30, was the first. Bush also said he was nominating Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani Jr. as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
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August 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Senate confirmed Adm. Michael Mullen to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. President Bush in June chose Mullen, 60, to replace Gen. Peter Pace as the nation's top military officer amid the growing unpopularity of the Iraq war. The Joint Chiefs chairman serves a two-year term. Mullen had been chief of naval operations.
WORLD
March 3, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
Military leaders in Guinea-Bissau pledged to restore order and democracy in the tiny West African nation Monday after the assassination of President Joao Bernardo Vieira by soldiers, just hours after the army chief was killed in a bombing. Vieira and the head of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Batiste Tagme na Waie, were fierce rivals, and there was speculation that the president was killed to avenge Waie's death.
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September 1, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
washington -- President Bush traveled to the Pentagon's "tank" Friday to meet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and hear their concerns about the burdens placed on the military by the current troop level in Iraq. The meeting in the Joint Chiefs' secure conference room was the latest part of a wide-ranging assessment of the situation in Iraq in advance of the White House's mid-September report on progress and congressional testimony by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq.
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