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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Will Senators Inhofe and Reed Stand Against a Bill to Protect Service Members?

The military justice system is in dire need of an overhaul. Two senators are standing athwart a bipartisan fix.

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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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There’s a Sexual Assault Crisis in the Military.

Troops are more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow service member than shot by an enemy in war.

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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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A Top Democrat Warns Against a Hasty Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

Senator Jack Reed said he favored seeking an extension of the May 1 deadline for withdrawing troops that President Donald Trump and the Taliban negotiated last year.

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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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Senators Seek Answers on Coronavirus Protections at Guantánamo Bay

In a letter, they asked the Pentagon how the military is safeguarding troops and prisoners from an outbreak of Covid-19 given the base’s limited health care facilities.

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