Surviving Relatives of U.S. Drone Strike Victims Remain Stranded in Afghanistan

Nearly a year after the strike that killed 10 civilians, more than 30 people the Biden administration pledged to help resettle in the U.S. are still trying to leave the country.

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Lawmakers to Investigate Sexual Abuse in Junior R.O.T.C. Programs

The House oversight committee wants the Pentagon to report on sexual misconduct in the high school programs and how it holds instructors accountable.

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U.S. Insists It Will Operate Around Taiwan, Despite China’s Pressure

The confrontation threatens to overwhelm President Biden’s efforts to find a series of issues in which the United States and China can work together.

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A Large Object Landed on His Sheep Farm. It Came From Space.

“It’s not something you see every day on a sheep farm,” a farmer said of the pieces of debris that wound up in rural Australia. They are thought to be from a SpaceX spacecraft.

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Democrat Seeks Inspector General Inquiry Into Pentagon’s Missing Jan. 6 Texts

Messages from the phones of top Trump administration officials at the Defense Department who were involved in the response to the Capitol riot appear to have been erased.

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How the C.I.A. Tracked Ayman al-Zawahri, the Leader of Al Qaeda

The U.S. search for Ayman al-Zawahri had spanned decades. His presence on a balcony at a safe house in Kabul presented an opportunity to strike.

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U.S. Drone Strike Said to Have Killed Ayman al-Zawahri, Top Qaeda Leader

The strike, carried out over the weekend, was the first attack since American forces left Afghanistan last year.

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US Defense Department Official Says Russia’s War Effort Is Failing

A senior U.S. Defense Department official said there was growing evidence that steep Russian losses had left some units ill-prepared to fight.

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Why Pelosi’s Proposed Taiwan Visit Is Raising U.S.-China Tensions

Beijing has issued strongly worded warnings implying that China might use military force if Nancy Pelosi moves forward with a planned trip to Taiwan.

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Special Military Cell Flows Weapons and Equipment Into Ukraine

A little-known group at U.S. European Command in Germany fills Ukraine’s battlefield requests with donations from more than 40 countries.

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The Biden administration will send another $270 million in military aid to Ukraine.

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Why Did It Take So Long to Deploy the National Guard on Jan. 6?

The House select committee’s hearing on Thursday could shed light on what steps were and were not taken by the Trump White House to send troops to help quell the violence at the Capitol.

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House Passes $840 Billion Military Policy Bill

The House moved to increase President Biden’s requested Pentagon budget by $37 billion, reflecting a growing bipartisan appetite in Congress to raise military spending.

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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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Where an Army Paycheck Is an Easy Target

An entire financial ecosystem surrounds the nation’s military installations. It’s a perilous landscape for young soldiers with little financial experience.

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The U.S. is losing its military edge in Asia, and China knows it

America can no longer deter China without help from its allies.

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Military Clears Crew of Plane That Took Flight as Afghans Fell to Their Deaths

Crowds of people had surged onto the runway at the airport in Kabul during the final days of the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan.

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U.S. Lacks a Clear Picture of Ukraine’s War Strategy, Officials Say

Intelligence agencies know far more about Russia’s military, even as the United States ships billions of dollars in weapons to the Ukrainians.

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U.S. Fails to Assess Civilian Deaths in Yemen War, Internal Report Says

A Saudi-led coalition has killed civilians with U.S. weapons, but the State Department and the Pentagon have fallen short on tracking the deaths, U.S. investigators found.

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U.S. Warship Arrives in Stockholm for Military Exercises, and as a Warning

For Sweden and Finland, which want to join NATO, the U.S.S. Kearsarge is a promise of the protection that membership in the alliance would bring against President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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Is Biden’s Foreign Policy Team the Best of ‘the Blob’?

It is certainly cohesive. But the downside of cohesion is groupthink.

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U.S. Will Send More Advanced Rocket Systems to Ukraine, Biden Says

In an Op-Ed, the president said such systems would enable Ukraine to “fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table.”

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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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Biden Approves Plan to Redeploy Several Hundred Ground Forces Into Somalia

The president also signed off on targeting about a dozen Shabab leaders in the war-torn country, from which Donald J. Trump largely withdrew in his final weeks in office.

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Russian Guided Weapons Miss the Mark, U.S. Defense Officials Say

The lack of warplanes at Russia’s Victory Day parade underscores President Vladimir V. Putin’s failure to build a capable modern air force.

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House Panel to Hold Public Hearing on Unexplained Aerial Sightings

A subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee will hear testimony next week from two Pentagon officials.

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U.S. Intelligence Helped Ukraine Strike Russian Flagship, Officials Say

The help that sank the Moskva, the most significant loss by any navy in 40 years, is part of an administration effort providing real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine.

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Trump Proposed Launching Missiles Into Mexico to ‘Destroy the Drug Labs,’ Esper Says

It is one of the moments in his upcoming memoir that the former defense secretary described as leaving him all but speechless.

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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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Trump Officials Gave Pandemic Loan to Trucking Company Despite Objections

A congressional report raises new questions about a pandemic relief loan to a troubled trucking company with close ties to the Trump administration.

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Trump Officials Awarded $700 Million Pandemic Loan Despite Objections

A congressional report raises new questions about a pandemic relief loan to a troubled trucking company with close ties to the Trump administration.

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Seeking Arms for Ukraine, Pentagon Buyers Scour Eastern European Factories

Soviet-designed ammunition is part of the ‘life blood’ for Ukrainian troops fighting Russia, and the United States is keeping it flowing.

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What to Know About the Weapons Being Sent to Ukraine

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The U.S. is bolstering Ukrainian artillery and air power.

Weeklong training for Ukraine’s soldiers on howitzers is taking place outside of their country, a U.S. defense official said. Additionally, new spare parts have allowed Kyiv to get more than 20 warplanes back in service.

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The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

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Anticipating the need for coastal defense, Ukraine asked for anti-ship missiles, U.S. officials say.

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U.S. Sends Algerian Man Home From Guantánamo Bay After 5-Year Delay

The transfer had been arranged during the Obama administration but was put on pause under President Donald J. Trump.

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Biden Aims to Boost Military and Social Spending in 2023 Budget

The president will unveil his latest budget proposal amid war in Ukraine and concerns at home about rising costs.

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Conflicting reports emerge on whether Russia is still in full control of Kherson.

A U.S. official said Ukrainian forces were fighting fiercely in the city, but Ukrainian and Russian officials disagreed.

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Russian troops halted outside Kyiv as focus shifts to heavy fighting in Donbas.

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U.S. Makes Contingency Plans in Case Russia Uses Its Most Powerful Weapons

A team of national security officials has been assigned to sketch out responses if President Vladimir V. Putin unleashes chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

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Why We Need Wartime Dissent

The reasons to doubt the wisdom of our foreign policy establishment have not suddenly evaporated.

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A General Fights to Illuminate Mental Health Issues in the Military

The military has struggled to meet the mental health needs of troops, lawmakers and service members say.

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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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House Democrats Ask Pentagon for Details on Plan to Reduce Civilian Casualties

In a letter on Tuesday, more than 40 lawmakers called it imperative that the military uphold “consistent standards for protecting the lives of civilians.”

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Sept. 11 Prosecutors Are in Plea Talks That Could Avert a Death-Penalty Trial

Pentagon prosecutors have struggled for more than a decade to hold the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his accused accomplices in the attacks.

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Over Ukraine, Lumbering Turkish-Made Drones Are an Ominous Sign for Russia

The Bayraktar TB2 has become a rallying symbol for Ukrainians, who are singing songs about them and posting videos of their success.

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‘Inadequate’ Security Led to Deaths of 3 Americans in Kenya Attack, Report Finds

The inquiry also found shortcomings in the sharing of intelligence before the deadly assault by the Shabab in 2020.

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Pentagon Will Close Hawaii Fuel Depot That Leaked Petroleum

A November leak at the fuel-storage facility contaminated drinking water, forcing more than 3,000 military families to leave their homes for temporary accommodation.

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