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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U.S. Punishes 24 Chinese Officials on Eve of First Talks Under Biden

Setting a confrontational tone ahead of meetings in Alaska, the United States punished Chinese officials involved in eroding democracy in Hong Kong.

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Visiting Japan, Top U.S. Envoys Set Combative Tone for China Talks

American and Japanese officials issued a two-page statement that left little doubt that President Biden would defy Beijing in territorial disputes, challenges to democracy and other regional crises.

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North Korea Accuses Washington of Raising ‘a Stink’ in First Comments on Biden

The country took a confrontational stance against the United States in its first official remark directed at President Biden’s administration.

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Biden Goals Converge in Asia: Rebuilding Alliances and Countering China

A flurry of diplomacy, which includes talks in Tokyo and Seoul, is a prelude to the administration’s first in-person meeting with top Chinese envoys.

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South Korea Will Pay More for U.S. Troop Presence

South Korea has agreed to increase its payment for the upkeep of American troops by 13.9 percent this year. The deal removes a major thorn in the alliance.

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Younger Military Personnel Reject Vaccine, in Warning for Commanders and the Nation

About one-third of the troops have declined to take the vaccine. Many say they worry the vaccines are unsafe or were developed too quickly. Others want a sense of independence, even in uniform.

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Biden Orders Airstrike in Syria Targeting Iran-Backed Militias

President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.

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U.S. Airstrikes in Syria Target Iran-Backed Militias That Rocketed U.S. Troops in Iraq

President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against the militias whose attacks in Erbil this month killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member.

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After 10 Months at Sea, a Giant Carrier Returns to a Changed Nation

A mounting pandemic death toll. A contested election. A riot at the Capitol. “The world at home has become completely different and we don’t know what we are coming home to,” one sailor on the Nimitz said.

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After 10 Months at Sea, a Giant Carrier Returns to a Changed Nation

A mounting pandemic death toll. A contested election. A riot at the Capitol. “The world at home has become completely different and we don’t know what we are coming home to,” one sailor on the Nimitz said.

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Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

The administration’s measured response to a rocket attack in Erbil sharply contrasts with a Trump-era campaign against Iran that, more often than not, caught Iraq in the crossfire.

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Viral Video Moves Sexual Harassment in Marine Corps to Forefront

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said he found the video from a visibly distraught female Marine “deeply disturbing.”

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Promotions for Female Generals Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump’s Reaction

Under a Biden administration, the nominations are expected to go from the Pentagon to the White House within weeks and then to the Senate for approval.

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Lloyd Austin Tackles Military’s Sexual Assault Problem

President Biden has been a vocal proponent of moving the cases outside of the military chain of command, even as general after general has argued against them.

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Biden Ends Military’s Transgender Ban, Part of Broad Discrimination Fight

The action reverses a Trump administration move, and came less than a week after the new president issued another wide-ranging civil rights executive order.

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Five Takeaways From the Developing Space War Between China and the U.S.

The Biden administration is inheriting the menace of Chinese antisatellite arms as well as an innovative way of trying to defuse the escalating threat.

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Senate Confirms Austin in Historic Vote, Installing First Black Defense Secretary

The former general was approved overwhelmingly, after Congress granted him a waiver from a law that bars anyone who has been retired from active-duty military service for fewer than seven years from leading the Pentagon.

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Lloyd Austin Confirmed as Defense Secretary

In a 93-2 vote, Senators helped President Biden fill a critical national security position and elevated the first Black Pentagon chief.

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Congress Grants Waiver to Austin to Serve as Defense Secretary

The action paved the way for a historic vote on Friday that will make Lloyd J. Austin III, a retired four-star Army general, the first Black American to lead the Pentagon.

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Trump Appointee to Temporarily Lead Pentagon; Retired Admiral Will Be Spokesman

David Norquist will be Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s acting defense secretary, if only for a few days. A retired rear admiral, John Kirby, will be the Pentagon press secretary.

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Military Chiefs Remind Troops of Their Oath After Fallout From Assault on Capitol

The Joint Chiefs of Staff told the United States’ armed forces to defend the Constitution and reject extremism in a memo that condemned last week’s violence.

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Defense Secretary Pick, Lloyd Austin, Unlikely to Be in Job on Biden’s First Day

The nominee, Lloyd J. Austin III, a retired four-star Army general, must obtain a congressional exemption from a law that bars recent active-duty officers from serving in the top Pentagon job.

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Biden’s Pick for Defense Secretary Unlikely to Be in Job on Administration’s First Day

The nominee, Lloyd J. Austin III, a retired four-star Army general, must obtain a congressional exemption from a law that bars recent active-duty officers from serving in the top Pentagon job.

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In Trying for a Diverse Administration, Biden Finds One Group’s Gain is Another’s Loss

The pressure on the Democratic president-elect is intense, even as his efforts to ensure ethnic and gender diversity already go far beyond those of President Trump. And it’s coming from all sides.

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The Battle Over Biden’s Defense Secretary Has Begun

The president-elect’s pick would be the second recently retired general to lead the Pentagon in less than four years. That’s not supposed to happen.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #debatable, #defense-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Civilian Control of the Military Is Vital

Biden must give a better explanation for why a waiver is justified and how to stop this from becoming a trend.

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Team of Rivals? Biden’s Cabinet Looks More Like a Team of Buddies

In making his picks for the new administration, the president-elect has put a premium on personal relationships.

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