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US Gen. Dempsey Leaves Mixed Legacy on Russia, Syria, Iraq

A military budget squeeze. Russian aggression in Ukraine. The rise of the Islamic State group. Those are the crises that shaped U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey’s four years as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.The Chairman is the president's top military adviser. Budget crunch In a VOA interview, Chairman Dempsey said Congress cut the budget during his tenure in ways that were wildly unpredictable.  “Uncertainty is almost as dangerous to national security as...

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