Departure of U.S. Contractors Poses Problems for Afghan Military

It is not just U.S. troops who are withdrawing from Afghanistan. Thousands of private contractors — who help keep the Afghan Air Force flying, among other tasks — are leaving as well.

#afghan-air-force, #afghan-national-army, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-department, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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F.B.I. Is Pursuing ‘Hundreds’ in Capitol Riot Inquiry, Wray Tells Congress

In two separate hearings, the F.B.I. director and Pentagon officials answered questions about the failure to adequately prepare for and respond to the Jan. 6 attack.

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Was Daniel Ellsberg’s Leak of the Pentagon Papers Really Heroic?

The way we control secrets has been established by Congress and the executive branch, both accountable to the public and the courts. Daniel Ellsberg, accountable to no one, took it upon himself to steer the ship of state.

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The Pentagon Papers’ Lessons Went Unlearned

As a soldier in Vietnam, I already knew what the Pentagon Papers revealed. In the years since, America’s leaders have repeated the same mistakes.

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What a Candid Pentagon Papers Memo Revealed About Washington

A White House correspondent examines a predecessor’s candid memo about how classified information is traded in the Beltway.

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As U.S. Withdraws, Afghan Interpreters Fear Being Left Behind

A program to bring people employed by the American military to the United States is backlogged, with thousands of applicants denied.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #defense-department, #state-department, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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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How the Pentagon Papers Shaped the Power of the Free Press

The Pentagon Papers created a delicate balance of power between the press and the government. Lately, it’s being threatened.

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U.S. Weighs Possibility of Airstrikes if Afghan Forces Face Crisis

The Pentagon is considering whether to intervene with warplanes or drones in the event that Kabul is in danger of falling to the Taliban, though no decisions have been made.

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How One Epic Document Exposed the Secrets of the Vietnam War

With the Pentagon Papers revelations, the U.S. public’s trust in the government was forever diminished.

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C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

The rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops has left the agency seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country.

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Iran’s Proxies in Iraq Threaten U.S. With More Sophisticated Weapons

Iran-backed militias in Iraq are suspected of carrying out recent drone strikes on sensitive American targets in Iraq, evading U.S. defenses.

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Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft

The strange objects witnessed by Navy pilots remain unexplained, but officials briefed on a new study say they are not secret technology from a classified American program.

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Why Are We All Talking About U.F.O.s Right Now?

U.F.O.s were once a taboo topic for the U.S. government, but not anymore. A long anticipated report on them is due this month.

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Old-Guard Senators Defy Changes in How Military Treats Sex Assault Cases

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has won broad backing for legislation that would cut out the military chain of command in such cases. Now she faces another big hurdle.

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Air Force Tries Virtual Reality to Stem Suicide and Sexual Assault

Officials are hoping that an immersive virtual reality experience aimed at getting airmen to intervene will succeed where years of traditional training have failed.

#defense-department, #headphones-and-headsets, #military-bases-and-installations, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-air-force, #virtual-reality-computers

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Pentagon Accelerates Withdrawal From Afghanistan

American troops are set to be out by early to mid-July, well ahead of President Biden’s Sept. 11 deadline, even as big issues remain unresolved.

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Risk of Nuclear War Over Taiwan in 1958 Said to Be Greater Than Publicly Known

The famed source of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has made another unauthorized disclosure — and wants to be prosecuted for it.

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Congress Now Supersedes Generals on Military Issues

The shift mirrors broader societal frustrations after two decades of wars, a pervasive problem of sexual assault and harassment of female troops and the exposure of political extremism in the ranks.

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Harry Reid: What We Believe About U.F.O.s

We still don’t know what they are — but we may be close to finding out.

#defense-department, #science-and-technology, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Guantánamo Detainee Agrees to Drop Call for C.I.A. Testimony

Under a deal with the military court, Majid Khan, who has admitted being a courier for Al Qaeda, will give up his chance to call witnesses to his torture in return for being released as soon as next year.

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White House to Investigate Brain Injuries Within C.I.A.

The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

#burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mysterious Ailments Are Said to Be More Widespread Among U.S. Personnel

The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

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Pentagon Chief Feared ‘Coup’ Accusations if He Deployed Troops to Capitol Riot

Christopher C. Miller, the acting defense secretary on Jan. 6, plans to defend the Pentagon’s actions before and during the violence when he testifies before a House panel on Wednesday.

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A Black Colonel Takes Command of a Key Marine Corps Brigade

The assignment gives Col. Anthony Henderson, whose promotion to brigadier general takes effect in July, further opportunity for advancement in a service that has had few African-American leaders.

#black-people, #defense-department, #henderson-anthony-m, #marine-corps-base-camp-lejeune-nc, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-politics-and-government

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US Defends Detention of Afghan at Guantánamo Despite Pullout

In the first Guantánamo habeas corpus case under the Biden administration, the government said U.S. forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan did not erode its detention authority.

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US Vessel Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Patrol Boats

The incident, in the Strait of Hormuz, was the third time in just over a month that vessels from the two countries have come dangerously close.

#defense-department, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #khamenei-ali, #kirby-john-f, #persian-gulf, #strait-of-hormuz, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

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Russian Spy Team Left Traces That Bolstered C.I.A.’s Bounty Judgment

But the U.S. lacked “evidence that the Kremlin directed this operation,” newly declassified information about the Russian team showed.

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Blinken Will Visit Ukraine in Show of Support Against Russia

The secretary of state will first meet with British officials and other American allies in London.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #group-of-seven, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #state-department, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

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Court Could Consider Whether Trump Interfered in Cloud Computing Contract

The decision could be a win for Amazon, which said it was passed over for the $10 billion Pentagon contract because of his animosity toward its founder, Jeff Bezos.

#amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #microsoft-corp, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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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What Do Women Want? For Men to Get Covid Vaccines.

As the Biden administration seeks to get most adults vaccinated by summer, men are holding back.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #gender, #men-and-boys, #unemployment, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Vaccination Gender Gap: Women Are Getting Shots at a Higher Rate Than Men

As the Biden administration seeks to get most adults vaccinated by summer, men are holding back.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #gender, #men-and-boys, #unemployment, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

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Pentagon Seeks Aircraft Carrier for Afghanistan Withdrawal

Military officials said the request was headed to the desk of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, who is expected to decide soon.

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Biden’s Plan to End Afghanistan War Gives Some Detainees Hope for Release

The legal basis for indefinite detention at Guantánamo is to prevent combatants from returning to the battlefield. But what if their old battlefield is no more?

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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.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #milley-mark-a, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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White House Warns Russia on Bounties, but Stops Short of Sanctions

The available evidence supporting a stunning C.I.A. assessment — which President Donald J. Trump’s inaction on prompted bipartisan uproar — remains less than definitive proof.

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U.S. and Allies Plan Fight From Afar Against Al Qaeda Once Troops Exit Afghanistan

Drones, long-range bombers and spy networks will be used in an effort to prevent Afghanistan from re-emerging as a terrorist base to threaten the United States.

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With Afghan Decision, Biden Seeks to Focus U.S. on New Challenges

The president’s choice to set a firm date for a full withdrawal reflected a belief that the priorities of 2021 require moving on from policies set in 2001.

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Biden to Announce Full Withdrawal of US Troops in Afghanistan by Sept. 11

The decision will keep more than 3,000 American troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline that was announced under the Trump administration.

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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.

#al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #kenya, #kirby-john-f, #shabab, #terrorism, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #black-people, #defense-department, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #whites

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Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China

As China grows stronger and bolder, some experts want to end Washington’s decades-long policy of “strategic ambiguity.”

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Biden Keeps Trump’s Policy Retaining Land Mines in U.S. Arsenal, for Now

On the campaign trail, Joseph R. Biden Jr. had pledged to reverse his predecessor’s land mine policy. A Pentagon spokesman said the matter was under review.

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Fort Sill Soldiers Suspended as Army Investigates Sexual Assault Claim

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the allegations, which were brought forward by a female trainee late last month.

#defense-department, #guillen-vanessa, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Pentagon Issues New Rules Overturning Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops

The guidelines, which follow an executive order from President Biden, allow transgender people to enlist and serve openly as the gender they identify with and receive medically necessary care.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #discrimination, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Officials Try to Sway Biden Using Intelligence on Potential for Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

If U.S. troops leave before any deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government, the militant group will take over much of the country, an intelligence assessment predicted.

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U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed

The undercount complicates President Biden’s decision on carrying out a complete withdrawal by May 1, as his administration tries to jump-start peace talks.

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Blinken Will Meet Chinese Officials After Asia Tour Next Week

In his first foreign trip, the secretary of state will visit Japan and South Korea before the first in-person diplomatic encounter between the United States and China in several months.

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Biden Endorses Female Generals Whose Promotions Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump’s Reaction

The unusual strategy to slow the promotions until after the election — intended to protect the officers’ accomplished careers — was devised by top Pentagon leaders.

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