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U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lt. Gen. Valdas Tutkus, chief of defense, Republic of Lithuania, salute during the playing of national anthems for their countries at a ceremony welcoming Mullen to Vilnius, Lithuania, Oct. 22, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lt. Gen. Valdas Tutkus, chief of defense, Republic of Lithuania, salute during the playing of national anthems for their countries at a ceremony welcoming Mullen to Vilnius, Lithuania, Oct. 22, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Lithuanian honor guard sailors salute U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a ceremony welcoming Mullen to Vilnius, Lithuania, Oct. 22, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Lithuanian honor guard sailors salute U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a ceremony welcoming Mullen to Vilnius, Lithuania, Oct. 22, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Latvian Chief of Defense Brig. Gen. Juris Maklakovs receive wreaths for laying at the Kalpaks Memorial, Riga, Latvia, Oct. 21, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Latvian Chief of Defense Brig. Gen. Juris Maklakovs receive wreaths for the Kalpaks Memorial, Riga, Latvia, Oct. 21, 2008. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

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'Not a Lot of Give' in Draft Iraq Agreement, Mullen Says

SHANNON, Ireland, Oct. 22, 2008 – There is "not a lot of give" in putting in place the draft status of forces agreement between Iraq and the United States, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. During an interview with reporters traveling with him, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen reiterated his belief that Iraqi forces are not ready to assume sole responsibility for security in the nation. Story»

Mullen Continues Talks
With Baltic Allies

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Oct. 22, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with officials here today as he continued to reaffirm America's commitment to the collective defense of NATO during meetings with allies in the Baltic republics. Story»

Mullen Reassures Baltic Republics

RIGA, Latvia, Oct. 21, 2008 – Following a meeting this morning in Helsinki, Finland, with his Russian counterpart, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff traveled here to discuss defense issues with Latvian officials. Story»

Dialogue With Russian Defense
Chief Encourages Mullen

HELSINKI, Finland, Oct. 21, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today he is encouraged that his Russian counterpart reached out to keep the dialogue between the two countries open. Story»

Mullen Meets With Russian Counterpart in Helsinki

HELSINKI, Finland, Oct. 21, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with his Russian counterpart here today in the first face-to-face meeting between the two powers since Russia’s invasion of Georgia in August. Story»

Chairman Says Time Has Come for Iraq to Act on Status Agreement

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Oct. 21, 2008 – Iraq is running out of time to approve a status of forces agreement that will let U.S. forces remain in the country past Dec. 31, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Story»

Serbian, U.S. Officials View Balkans Regionally, Mullen Says

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Oct. 21, 2008 – Serbian and American military officials understand the two nations disagree about Kosovo, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today, but they recognize the relationship has to be about more than just that nation. Story»

Mullen Visits Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia, Oct. 20, 2008 – The military-to-military relationship between the United States and Serbia is growing closer, the top military officers of both countries said here today. Story»

Mullen Arrives in Belgrade

BELGRADE, Serbia, Oct. 20, 2008 – Navy Adm. Mike Mullen today became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit this European capital. Story»