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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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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As Russia Pounds Ukraine, NATO Countries Rush In Javelins and Stingers

The American weapons are part of a $350 million package that President Biden authorized on Saturday.

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How Ukraine’s Military Has Resisted Russia So Far

Ukrainian troops have mounted a stiffer-than-expected opposition against a superior force in the early days of the war. But U.S. officials say it may not last.

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Ukrainian Forces Use Home-Turf Knowledge to Stymie Russia

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Ukraine’s military was “fighting with extraordinary skill and courage.”

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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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China Could Have 1,000 Nuclear Warheads by 2030, Pentagon Says

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Beijing the “No. 1” nation-state military challenger to the United States.

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France and the United States Seek an Elusive Reconciliation

The Biden administration is poised to offer the French some defense-related emollients after their falling out over a sabotaged submarine deal. But some damage may last.

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China’s Weapon Test Close to a ‘Sputnik Moment,’ U.S. General Says

Gen. Mark A. Milley said the Chinese test of a hypersonic missile “has all of our attention.”

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An Ethically Challenged Presidency

We can no longer accept his “word as a Biden.”

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Stephanie Grisham’s Book Won’t Save Her From Her Sins

Telling the truth about the 45th president now doesn’t make up for enabling him then.

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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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General Milley Back in the Center of a Political Battle

Gen. Mark Milley will appear in what could be the most significant televised congressional hearing involving senior military leaders in years.

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General Milley and the Proper Role of the Military

A recent story about the chairman of the Joint Chiefs’ actions during the waning days of the Trump presidency may not be as bad as it sounds. But there’s a deeper problem.

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Woodward’s Book on Trump Describes General’s Secret Calls to China

In a sign of his concerns, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.

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Book on Trump Describes General’s Efforts to Reassure China

In a sign of his concerns, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.

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Military Analysis Raises Questions About Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

A preliminary analysis said that it was “possible to probable” that explosives were in the car and that drone operators took only a cursory scan of the courtyard before launching an attack.

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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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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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What if January 6 Wasn’t a Coup Attempt, General Milley?

There is something grandiose about his conception of his place in government.

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Trump Aides Prepped Insurrection Act Order Amid Protests

President Donald Trump never invoked the act, but fresh details underscore the intensity of his interest last June in using active-duty military to curb unrest.

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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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Milley Pushes Back Against G.O.P. Accusations of a ‘Woke’ Military

“I want to understand white rage, and I’m white,” General Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Republican congressman who objected to the teaching of “critical race theory.”

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks

The nation’s military has a history of downplaying white nationalism and right-wing activism, but the siege of the Capitol has created a new urgency for dealing with them.

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Rare Pentagon Mission: Armed Troops in Capital

The troops will be the National Guard and not active-duty. But officials know such events are fraught with risk and cite Kent State in 1970, Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Tehran in 2009.

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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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How a String of Failures Led to the Capitol Siege

Poor planning among a constellation of government agencies and a restive crowd encouraged by President Trump set the stage for the unthinkable.

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Democrats Ready Impeachment Charge Against Trump for Inciting Capitol Mob

Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened decisive action against the president for his role in the insurrection against Congress if he refused to resign.

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Pelosi Pressed Pentagon on Safeguards to Prevent Trump From Ordering Military Action

But short of the cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment or impeaching and convicting the president, it would be unconstitutional to defy legal orders from the commander in chief, experts note.

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Leader of Proud Boys, a Far-Right Group, Is Arrested as D.C. Braces for Protests

About 340 National Guard troops are expected to deploy in support of local law enforcement before demonstrations against the election results.

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Leader of Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, Is Arrested as DC Braces for Protests

About 340 National Guard troops are expected to deploy in support of local law enforcement before demonstrations against the election results.

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What to Know as Troubled Afghan Peace Talks Enter a New Phase

The Afghan government and the Taliban are set to continue negotiations toward a cease-fire in early January, but several fundamental issues stand in the way of progress.

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‘Is Austin on Your List?’: Biden’s Pentagon Pick Rose Despite Barriers to Diversity

With retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III’s nomination to be the first Black defense secretary, the Pentagon comes face to face with its record as a place where people of color struggle to climb.

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Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

So far, there is no evidence the appointees harbor a secret agenda or arrived with an action plan. But their sudden appearance amounts to a purge of the Pentagon’s top civilian hierarchy without recent precedent.

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Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

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Trump Aide Insists U.S. Will Reduce Forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 Troops

The national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, reiterated a plan to draw down troops to 2,500 by early 2021, sidestepping President Trump’s call for a Christmas exit.

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Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon

The president’s demands to draw down forces in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria seek to fulfill a campaign promise. But officials warn rapid troop reductions could bolster adversaries.

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U.S.-Russia Military Tensions Intensify in the Air and on the Ground Worldwide

Recent altercations in Europe, the Middle East and off the coast of Alaska have heightened tensions between the two rival powers.

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Pompeo Says He and Military Warned Russia on Bounties for Killing U.S. Troops

The secretary of state’s acknowledgment came as a new detail surfaced about the intelligence that led to the C.I.A. assessment.

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Nixon Also Called In the Military Against Protesters

Washington’s police chief took the blame. But Nixon was behind the decision.

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Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Some officials say that a joint American-Israeli strategy is evolving — some might argue regressing — to a series of short-of-war clandestine strikes.

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