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“Meet the ‘Flynn Stones’: Holdovers from Mike Flynn’s Brief Term as National Security Advisor” NBC News

“Meet the ‘Flynn Stones’: Holdovers from Mike Flynn’s Brief Term as National Security Advisor” NBC News

Robert Windrem reports that  the new National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, has inherited staff from Michael Flynn’s brief time in the position. s’. While many are expected to remain in their positions through the transition, they may eventually be reassigned to other appointments.

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“Yemen SEAL Raid has Yielded No Significant Intelligence: Officials” NBC News

“Yemen SEAL Raid has Yielded No Significant Intelligence: Officials” NBC News

Robert Windrem, Cynthia McFadden, William M. Arkin, and Ken Dilanian write about the conflicting reports on the aftermath of the United States military raid in Yemen. Some officials say that no new information was gathered while Trump’s administration calls the raid a success. There are currently multiple investigations examining the outcomes of the raid; at least 25 civilians were killed along with a  U.S. SEAL, multiple other service members were injured and a $70 million U.S. aircraft was destroyed.

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“U.S. Flexes Its Military Muscles Off China” NBC News

“U.S. Flexes Its Military Muscles Off China” NBC News

Robert Windrem and William M. Arkin report that the U.S. is demonstrating a broad range of military capability in the South China Sea. This is meant to be overt and noticed by the Chinese government. It is also a response to North Korea’s military and nuclear posturing. The U.S. military actions are a continuation of strategy pursued under former president Barack Obama.

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“Ignore That Spy Ship Off The Coast. The Russians Aren’t Coming” NBC News

“Ignore That Spy Ship Off The Coast. The Russians Aren’t Coming” NBC News

Robert Windrem, William M. Arkin, and Courtney Kube report on the presence of a Russian ship, the SSV-175 Viktor Lenov. off the coast of Connecticut. They explain that the ship is a not a threat and is only capable of listening to radio transmissions. The Lenov has remained in international waters and the United States has ships in a similar proximity to Russia.

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“Inside the Navy SEAL Raid in Yemen Targeting al Qaeda” NBC News

“Inside the Navy SEAL Raid in Yemen Targeting al Qaeda” NBC News

Robert Windrem, William M. Arkin, and Ken Dilanian report on the Navy SEAL raid of a Yemeni compound. The targets of the raid were tipped off which led to a far more chaotic situation than intended. A senior military official said, “almost everything went wrong.” The preparation for the raid lasted several months and officials are still evaluating whether or not they recovered the intelligence that was sought.

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“SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid” NBC News

“SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid” NBC News

Robert WIndrem, William M. Arkin, Courtney Kube, and Charlene Gubash write that during the first military raid carried out under President Donald Trump two Americans were killed, the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki and a member of Seal Team 6. Karen Greenberg noted that, “intentional or not, the deaths of three al-Awlaki family members will enhance the al Qaeda narrative. The perception will be that it's not enough to kill al-Awlaki — that the U.S. had to kill the entire family.” The raid was intended to capture intelligence, particularly from computer equipment.

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“Did Obama Defeat ISIS in Libya?” NBC News

“Did Obama Defeat ISIS in Libya?” NBC News

Robert Windrem and Courtney Kube report that one of the the final military operations of the Obama administration was bomber strikes that killed approximately 90 ISIS fighters in Libya. However, defense officials stated that they are hesitant to declare ISIS as wiped out as they may be able to reassemble. With ISIS as a diminished presence, two rival governments contend for control of Libya.

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“Donald Trump Is Getting the Nuclear Football” NBC News

“Donald Trump Is Getting the Nuclear Football” NBC News

Robert Windrem and William M. Arkin report that before Trump’s inauguration, he will receive a briefing providing him with the tools and an understanding of how to wage nuclear war. Vice President elect Mike Pence, and Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis will also receive briefings. Trump’s position on nuclear war and weapons has been contradictory throughout his campaign.

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“U.S. Unveils Plan to Punish Russians for Election Hack” NBC News

Robert Windrem, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter, and William M. Arkin report that the U.S. government has enacted sanctions against Russia in response to the alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. election. The sanctions include expelling 35 diplomats, shutting down two Russian owned compounds in the U.S., sanctions against some Russian organizations, and the release of some technical information to help network defenders. Despite president-elect Trump’s dismissal of the Russian hacking allegations, other Republicans intend to push for even stronger sanctions against Russia.

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“Timeline: Ten Years of Russian Cyber Attacks on Other Nations” NBC News

Robert Windrem examines Russian cyber interference and attacks on other nations during the past decade. He asserts that the cyber attacks are an assertion of Russian power, whether they generate chaos, target political candidates, or attempt to diminish the European Union, NATO, and nation states. Cyber attacks are an effective tool for Russia to achieve foreign policy goals without traditional weaponry.

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“Why Didn’t Obama Do More About the Russian Election Hack?” NBC News

Robert Windrem, William M. Arkin, Ken Dilanian, and Cynthia McFadden report that the Obama administration did not address Russia’s cyber interference because they were concerned about appearing to influence the election. There has been bipartisan criticism that Obama was not forceful enough in addressing the issue. As more information has emerged, it appears that Putin and other senior Russian officials were both aware of and directly involved in the operation.

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“Intelligence Agencies Distressed by Trump’s Rejection of Findings on Russia” NBC News

Robert Windrem and Alex Johnson report that many who work within intelligence agencies are very concerned that Donald Trump dismisses their findings on Russian interference in the U.S. election. An former intelligence official speaking off the record noted it was “curious that someone who refuses to take intelligence briefings has decided that he doesn't agree with the analysis contained in them.”

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“CIA Concludes Russia Mounted Operation to Help Trump Win: Source” NBC News

Robert Windrem and Ken Dilanian report that the U.S. intelligence community has reached a consensus that Russia intervened in the U.S. election process with the specific goal of electing Donald Trump. Both Democratic and Republican networks were the subject of hacking campaigns but only information from the Democrats has been published. The president-elect rejected the conclusions of the intelligence community.

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“‘All Hands on Deck’ to Protect Election from Hack, Say Officials” NBC News

Robert Windrem, Ken Dilanian, William M. Arkin, and Cynthia McFadden report the U.S. government is preparing a massive coordinated effort across agencies to monitor the elections. For the first time, military and other cyber intelligence official will be monitoring intelligence about a U.S. presidential election. Possible interference might include document dumps, misinformation, or tampering with the power grid.

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“Exclusive: White House Readies to FIght Election Day Cyber Mayhem” NBC News

Robert Windrem, Ken Dilanian, Josh Meyer, Cynthia McFadden, and William M. Arkin report that across U.S. government groups, there is a major effort to prepare for any possible interference in the U.S. election. Interference can include disruptions to the power grid, or misinformation on social media. Less likely is vote tampering because of the patchwork system that varies from state to state as well as voting machines not being connected to the internet.

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“FBI Making Inquiry Into Ex-Trump Campaign Manager’s Foreign Ties” NBC News

Robert Windrem, Ken Dilanian, William M. Arkin, and Tom Winter report that the FBI is making an inquiry into the business dealings of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager. Manafort received $12.7 million in cash for representing a pro-Russian politician in Ukraine and was removed from the Trump campaign when his Ukraine ties were reported by the media.

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“FBI Director Comey Opposed Naming Russia in Hacking Probe: Officials” NBC News

Robert Windrem, Ken Dilanian, Pete Williams, and Alex Johnson report that FBI Director James Comey was against disclosing to the public that Russia was behind hacking efforts into U.S. political institutions. Comey was reportedly concerned about the information interfering with the U.S. election and disclosure being against Justice Department rules. Critics have pointed out that Comey did not express similar concerns and ignored Justice Department advisement when he disclosed that more Clinton emails were being investigated the prior week.

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