Advanced U.S. Arms Make a Mark in Ukraine War, Officials Say

The powerful and highly mobile weapons systems, which can fire guided rockets with a range of 40 miles, are desperately needed in the battle for eastern Ukraine.

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U.S. Officials Predict Path of War in Ukraine

As Russia makes slow but steady progress, the arrival of new weapons systems will help Ukraine hang onto territory, U.S. officials and analysts say.

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U.S. and Allies Pledge Additional Arms for Ukraine, but Kyiv Wants More

Some NATO countries are wary of sending heavy weapons, hoping for a negotiated truce, but the alliance insists publicly that it is committed to helping Ukraine defeat Russia.

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Pentagon Faults Review of Deadly Airstrike but Finds No Wrongdoing

The military’s inquiry followed a New York Times investigation describing allegations that officials sought to conceal dozens of civilian casualties.

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West Increases Pressure on Putin, Including Sanctions on Reputed Girlfriend

The Russian leader was challenged by the prospect of an enlarged NATO, plans to get Ukrainian grain exports past a Kremlin blockade, and sanctions on his purported mistress.

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U.S. Intelligence Is Helping Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Officials Say

Targeting assistance is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine.

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Fears Mount That Ukraine War Will Become a Broader Conflict

American and European officials say their concern is based in part on a growing conviction that the war will not end any time soon.

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Behind Austin’s Call for a ‘Weakened’ Russia, Hints of a Shift

The United States is edging toward a dynamic that pits Washington more directly against Moscow, and one that U.S. officials see as likely to play out for years.

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Next Phase of War Will Be Pivotal for Russia and Ukraine, U.S. Says

Reflecting a renewed sense of urgency, President Biden announced that the United States would send the Ukrainians $800 million more in military aid.

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U.S. Adds ‘Kamikaze Drones’ as More Weapons Flow to Ukraine

NATO allies are focused on providing Kyiv with high-tech defensive weapons that are easy to use and move.

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Pentagon Orders 7,000 More Troops to Europe

Military officials gave a grim assessment of the toll on Ukraine, saying that Russian forces were moving to decapitate the government in Kyiv.

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Ukraine Fighting May Open Door to Russian Invasion, U.S. Warns

As shelling intensified in the east, officials warned that Moscow might use false claims of “genocide” against Russians in the region as a pretext for an attack.

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Mentally Ill Detainee, Suspected of Planned Role in 9/11, Set for Transfer

A parole-like board for prisoners at Guantánamo Bay recommended repatriating the Saudi man, whom the military tortured and so could not be put on trial.

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National Guard Is Not Exempt From Vaccine Mandate, Defense Secretary Says

Lloyd J. Austin’s rejection of the governors’ request to exempt their states’ troops from the national military coronavirus vaccine mandate sets the stage for a possible court fight.

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Austin Orders Military to Step Up Efforts to Prevent Civilian Harm

A new directive outlines steps intended to change how commanders think about their jobs, after New York Times investigations into botched airstrikes.

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Pentagon Puts 8,500 Troops on ‘High Alert’ Amid Ukraine Tensions

The move signals a shift for the Biden administration as the United States and NATO allies brace for possible Russian military action.

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Drone Strike Video Shows Killing of Civilians in Afghanistan

The New York Times obtained footage of the botched strike in Kabul, whose victims included seven children, through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

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Pentagon Updates Its Rules on Extremism in the Military

“Liking” white nationalist and extremist content on social media could result in disciplinary action, Defense Department officials said.

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Senate Passes $768 Billion Defense Bill, Sending It to Biden

Lawmakers in both parties linked arms in an overwhelming vote authorizing an increase in the Pentagon’s budget of roughly $24 billion more than President Biden requested.

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No U.S. Troops Will Be Punished for Deadly Kabul Drone Strike

The military initially defended the August strike, which killed 10 civilians including seven children, in the days afterward, but ultimately called it a tragic mistake.

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To Counter China, Austin Vows to Shore Up Alliances With Others in Region

“America is a Pacific power,” the defense secretary said as he laid out a strategy to block efforts by China to dominate the region.

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Pentagon Chief Orders New Inquiry Into U.S. Airstrike That Killed Dozens in Syria

A four-star Army general will review reports that dozens of civilians were killed in a 2019 strike and that top military officers and civilian officials sought to conceal it.

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U.S. Tries to Convince Arab Allies It Isn’t Quitting Middle East

The defense secretary faced tough questions about how countries were supposed to deal with a U.S. national security policy that upends itself with each president.

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Pentagon Chief Expected to Discuss 2019 Airstrike That Killed Dozens

A Times investigation found that the bombing in Syria was carried out by a shadowy Special Operations unit.

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Pentagon Chief Orders Briefing on 2019 Syria Airstrike That Killed Dozens

A Times investigation found that dozens of women and children were killed in the bombing, which the military sought to conceal.

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Milley, Austin Testify to a House Panel on Afghanistan

The three top U.S. defense officials have a second day of congressional testimony on Wednesday, this time in front of the House Armed Services Committee.

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Gen. Milley Says He Warned Biden Against Afghanistan Withdrawal

During a heated Senate hearing, Gen. Mark Milley also defended his actions in the final months of the Trump administration.

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Pentagon Asks Personnel to Report Any Symptoms of Mysterious Ailments

The episodes, known as Havana syndrome, have left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

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From Afghanistan to the World Cup, Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Steps Up

The Gulf state played a major role in the American airlift, the latest evidence of the small but gas-rich country punching above its weight on the world stage.

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Pentagon Leaders Wary of Working With Taliban

Cooperation with the group in fighting an Islamic State affiliate is “possible,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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At Least 12 U.S. Troops Among Masses of Dead in Kabul Suicide Attack

Bombers struck a huge crowd outside the airport, killing dozens of civilians in the waning days of the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan.

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Biden Says Troops May Stay in Kabul Longer to Assist Evacuations

Tens of thousands of people trying to flee remain in the country, unable to leave.

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After Years of Chinese Influence, U.S. Tries to Renew Ties in Southeast Asia

Lloyd J. Austin III, the American defense secretary, became the first high-ranking official in the Biden administration to travel to a region that has long received close attention from Beijing.

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Bill to Change How Military Prosecutes Felonies Faces Resistance

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has spent years building support for a measure to remove commanders from decisions about prosecuting sex crimes, but some colleagues now worry it goes too far.

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Biden Supports Changing Military Law on Sexual Assault Cases

A growing movement supports independent investigations and prosecutions of sexual assault cases, outside of the military chain of command.

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U.S. to Move Afghans Who Aided Troops to Third Countries

The move is meant to place interpreters and others who worked with departing American forces somewhere safe until visas for them to enter the United States are processed.

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Defense Secretary Backs Changes to Military Law on Sexual Assault

A legislative clash looms over whether the military justice system should be overhauled to change the way all serious crimes are handled.

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Pentagon Weighs Proposal to Send Dozens of Troops Back to Somalia

The plan for a “train and assist” mission would partly reverse President Donald J. Trump’s withdrawal of nearly all American ground forces from the country.

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Defense Secretary Backs Changes to Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Lloyd Austin signaled support for removing sexual assault cases from the military chain of command but declined to endorse a broader measure to deal with other serious crimes.

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As Military Addresses Diversity, Republicans See Culture War Target

The Pentagon’s leadership is taking steps to promote inclusion in the military, prompting a political backlash.

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A US Envoy is Heading to the Middle East to Urge Calm Between Israel and Palestinians

American officials voice support for Israel, but the secretary of state says it “has an extra burden” to prevent civilian deaths.

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Pentagon Struggles to Wean Afghan Military Off American Air Support

Afghan commanders are asking for more help from American warplanes, illustrating their dependency on American air power.

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After Failures to Curb Sexual Assault, a Move Toward a Major Shift in Military Law

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has fought for years to remove commanders from deciding assault cases. Now, more colleagues and a Pentagon panel agree.

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General Warns of Challenges to Tracking Terrorist Threats in Afghanistan After U.S. Exits

The military is examining where it can reposition troops to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming a terrorist base.

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Debating Exit From Afghanistan, Biden Rejected Generals’ Views

Over two decades of war, the Pentagon had fended off the political instincts of elected leaders frustrated with the grind of Afghanistan. But President Biden refused to be persuaded.

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Biden to Withdraw All Combat Troops From Afghanistan by Sept. 11

After years of arguing against an extended military presence in Afghanistan, President Biden is doing things his way, with the deadline for withdrawal set for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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Pentagon Chief Orders New Review of Attack in Kenya That Killed 3 Americans

The unusual review of the conclusions of the initial inquiry comes more than a year after the attack by the Shabab revealed security lapses at the base.

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Pentagon Announces New Steps to Weed out Extremism in Troops

Defense Department officials acknowledge that rooting out far-right extremist thinking from a military of 1.3 million active-duty troops will be an uphill slog.

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Let’s Cut Our Ridiculous Defense Budget

President Biden wants to change the paradigm. That may be easier than changing the Pentagon.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Secret Visit to Afghanistan

The trip makes Lloyd J. Austin III the first member of President Biden’s cabinet to visit the country. He met with the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani.

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