Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten appears at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., July 30, 2019. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Faced with a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted a subordinate female officer, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, strenuously maintains that he is innocent.

However, he said, the experience of being accused has made him more aware of the problem of military sexual assault — and now he wants to be part of the solution.

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U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley addresses reporters during a media briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., October 11, 2019. (REUTERS/Erin Scott)

KABUL (Reuters) - The top U.S. general said on Wednesday that the chances of a successful outcome from peace talks on ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan were higher than before and could happen in the "near term."

Earlier this month the Afghan Taliban released American and Australian university professors held hostage for more than three years, raising hopes for a revival of peace talks.

The chances of successful peace talks are complicated by the Taliban's refusal to engage with what they call an "illegitimate" U.S.-backed government in Kabul.

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The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in mid-June 2019 briefly published the Pentagon's official doctrine on the use of nuclear weapons. The joint chiefs quickly pulled the document — Joint Publication 3-72, Nuclear Operations — from the public website.

"The document presents an unclassified, mostly familiar overview of nuclear strategy, force structure, planning, targeting, command and control and operations," commented Steven Aftergood, an analyst with the Federation of American Scientists.

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Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill/U.S. Army National Guard

President Donald Trump has officially nominated Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to take over as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Tuesday.

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Army Vice Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. James McConville. Photo: Dana Clarke/U.S. Army

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville has been nominated by President Trump to take over as Chief, replacing Gen. Mark Miley.

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DOD/D. Myles Cullen

Somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon’s D-ring, there’s one fierce — and full — gift locker. So we’re led to believe by Military Times’ Leo Shane III, who this morning published a listing of all the luxe gear and weird pricey presents given to U.S. military brass in 2015 and 2016 by their foreign counterparts — $170,000 worth.

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