Charles E. McGee, Tuskegee Airman Promoted by Trump, Dies at 102

In three wars, he flew a total of 409 combat missions. “We shattered all the myths,” he said of the accomplishments of Black pilots in World War II.

#deaths-obituaries, #discrimination, #mcgee-charles-edward, #race-and-ethnicity, #tuskegee-airmen, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Trump’s Covid and Election Falsehoods at Arizona Rally

The former president falsely claimed that white Americans were being denied the Covid-19 vaccine, among other inaccuracies.

#black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pelosi-nancy, #race-and-ethnicity, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whites

U.S. Charges Russia Sent Saboteurs Into Ukraine to Create Pretext for Invasion

The intelligence said the operatives were “trained in urban warfare and in using explosives,” and could try to stage an incident.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Considers Backing an Insurgency in Ukraine

Conversations about supporting Ukrainian insurgents in the event of a Russian invasion has revived the specter of a new Cold War.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Fear of Russia Brings New Purpose and Unity to NATO, Once Again

After years of drift, Trumpian ridicule and failure in Afghanistan, Russian demands for a new Iron Curtain in Europe have created unity in the alliance, at least for now.

#baltic-region, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Rockets Possibly Fired by Pro-Iran Assailants Target U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Four rockets were fired at the fortified compound that houses the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and suspicion fell on pro-Iran militias.

#baghdad-iraq, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iraq, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

We Must Stop Showering the Military With Money

America faces lots of challenges. A blank check for the Pentagon doesn’t help solve them.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #congressional-budget-office, #federal-budget-us, #law-and-legislation, #project-on-government-oversight, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

NATO and Russia Talk Frankly, but Past One Another for Now

Four hours of frank and serious discussion between Russia and the 30-member alliance leave unanswered whether Vladimir V. Putin will choose diplomacy or war.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Biden Administration Approves 5 More Guantánamo Releases

Nearly half of the last 39 detainees have now been approved for transfer, and the challenge for U.S. officials is to find countries to receive them.

#al-qaeda, #alwi-moath-hamza-ahmed-al, #detainees, #duran-guled-hassan, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #wolosky-lee-s

The Soldiers Came Home Sick. The Government Denied It Was Responsible.

U.S. service members and veterans have long insisted that the military’s garbage-disposal fires in war zones made them ill. Why were their claims stonewalled for so long?

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-dick, #feal-john, #iraq-war-2003-11, #politics-and-government, #respiratory-diseases, #sanchez-ricardo-s, #shulkin-david-j, #stewart-jon, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

20 Years Later, the Story Behind the Guantánamo Photo That Won’t Go Away

On Jan. 11, 2002, a sailor photographed 20 men in orange uniforms and on their knees, capturing one of the most damning post-9/11 images of U.S. detention policy.

#al-qaeda, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #photography, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Guantánamo Panel Approves Transfer of First High-Value Detainee

Guled Duran, a Somali, has been held in classified facilities since the C.I.A. took custody of him in 2004. He has never been charged with a crime.

#alwi-moath-hamza-ahmed-al, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #duran-guled-hassan, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russia Positioning Helicopters, in Possible Sign of Ukraine Plans

The step, which could be an indication that planning for an attack continues, comes as the number of Russian troops at the border has remained steady in recent weeks, despite U.S. expectations of a surge.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Biden Nominates Michael E. Kurilla to Lead Central Command

Lt. Gen. Michael E. Kurilla would take over as the United States tries to conduct operations in Afghanistan from afar.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #kurilla-michael-erik, #united-states-central-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Federal judge blocks the Defense Dept. from punishing Navy forces who refuse the vaccine.

“There is no Covid-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution,” the judge said in his ruling.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #defense-department, #freedom-of-religion, #oconnor-reed, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #vaccination-and-immunization

U.S. Military Focusing on ISIS Cell Behind Attack at Kabul Airport

The suicide bomber who killed nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. troops, had been freed from prison by the Taliban days before the attack.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Documents Reveal Flaws in Pentagon Dismissals of Civilian Casualty Claims in Iraq and Syria

A Times investigation found inconsistent approaches to assessing claims of civilians killed by coalition forces — including failures to conduct simple internet searches.

#amaq-news-agency, #arabic-language, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #freedom-of-information-act, #google-maps, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mosul-iraq, #new-york-times, #raqqa-syria, #syria, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #your-feed-visual-investigations

Sergey V. Lavrov Accused NATO of Stoking Ukraine Conflict

Sergey V. Lavrov accused the United States and its allies of stoking a conflict in the country’s east in comments that contrasted with a more positive tone coming from Moscow.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #lavrov-sergey-v, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Virginia Sues Town of Windsor, Accusing It of Discriminatory Policing

The suit comes after a monthslong investigation, which Attorney General Mark Herring said uncovered a pattern of “discriminatory, unconstitutional policing.”

#attorneys-general, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gutierrez-joe-windsor-va-police-officer, #herring-mark-1959-2020, #nazario-caron, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #windsor-va

Navy Fires Warship’s Top Two Officers, Citing ‘Loss of Confidence’

The commander and second in charge of the U.S.S. Montgomery were relieved of command in a rare punishment, reportedly over their handling of a sexual harassment case.

#phillip-lundberg, #richard-j-zamberlan, #sexual-harassment, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Pentagon Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo Bay

The concept is to permit two military judges to hold proceedings simultaneously starting in mid-2023.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

11 Years After Trying to Kill Each Other, a Marine and a Talib Meet Again

A Times reporter who once served in the Marines returned to the site of a major battle in Afghanistan to see what’s changed since the Taliban took over — and to meet a commander he once fought.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #marja-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

President Biden Signs $770 Billion Defense Bill

The National Defense Authorization Act passed Congress with bipartisan support, over the opposition of liberals pushing for more social spending.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #house-committee-on-armed-services, #law-and-legislation, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Policy Toward Pakistan Can’t Be All About Afghanistan

A reset won’t be easy: Resentment is rife.

#afghanistan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #pakistan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Edward D. Shames, Last Living ‘Band of Brothers’ Officer, Dies at 99

His company’s exploits in World War II were recounted in a best-selling book and later in an HBO mini-series.

#band-of-brothers-book, #band-of-brothers-tv-program, #deaths-obituaries, #shames-edward-d-1922-2021, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Another Judge Quits Guantánamo Case

No new judge has been named to preside in the trial of a Qaeda commander, which has had four judges in seven years.

#conflicts-of-interest, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #military-tribunals, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zimmerman-michael-d

U.S. Considers Warning Ukraine of a Russian Invasion in Real-Time

U.S. officials say intelligence sharing is essential to the Ukrainian government’s survival, even as they try to avoid escalating the situation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #kyiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

National Guard Takes on New Roles in Understaffed Nursing Homes

In Minnesota, an ambitious initiative is training hundreds of Guard members to become certified nursing assistants and relieve burned out nursing home workers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #minnesota, #national-guard, #nursing-homes, #reserves-military, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #walz-tim

‘We’re Still in It’: Biden Urges Calm as He Steps Up Omicron Fight

The president announced new plans including sending military medical professionals to overburdened hospitals and distributing 500 million free tests.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #speeches-and-statements, #tests-medical, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

The New Pentagon Papers: Civilian Casualties

Readers call for Pentagon accountability for the killing of civilians. Also: Julian Assange; Republican hypocrisy; two-family homes.

#affordable-housing, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #assange-julian-p, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

At Bagram Air Base, a Notorious Prison Lies Empty

Taliban fighters now guard the prison at Bagram Air Base, which once held thousands of Taliban and Al Qaeda members who were set free in August.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bagram-air-base-afghanistan, #military-bases-and-installations, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

To Fight Omicron, Biden Plans Aid From Military and 500 Million Tests

The president is set to unveil his initiatives, which also include creating new federal testing sites and deploying federal vaccinators, in a speech on Tuesday.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #speeches-and-statements, #tests-medical, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Pentagon Updates Its Rules on Extremism in the Military

“Liking” white nationalist and extremist content on social media could result in disciplinary action, Defense Department officials said.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #defense-department, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Human Toll of America’s Air Wars

A trove of internal documents, combined with extensive reporting across the Middle East, reveals the tragic, disastrous failures of the U.S. military’s long-distance approach to warfare.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #iraq, #middle-east, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Would You Sponsor an Afghan Refugee?

Americans can do a lot of good helping Afghans resettle in the United States.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

What to Know About the Civilian Casualty Files

A New York Times investigation found that the American air war in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan has been plagued by flawed intelligence, poor targeting and thousands of civilian deaths.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #military-aircraft, #syria, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia Lays Out Demands for a Sweeping New Security Deal With NATO

The proposal, coming as Russia masses troops on the border with Ukraine, was directed at the United States and Ukraine’s other Western allies.

#cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Defense Contractor Tried to Give Classified Information to Russia, U.S. Says

John Murray Rowe Jr. was arrested Wednesday on espionage-related charges. The Justice Department said he had exchanged more than 300 emails with an F.B.I. employee posing as a Russian agent.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #south-dakota, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Scientists Ask Biden to Cut U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

In a letter, the scientists also urged President Biden to declare that the United States would never be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Awards Medals of Honor for Bravery in Iraq and Afghanistan

“It’s just hard to explain where your soldiers got the courage they got,” the president said as he awarded the three medals.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cashe-alwyn-c-1970-2005, #celiz-christopher-a-1986-2018, #iraq-war-2003-11, #medal-of-honor-us, #plumlee-earl-d, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Vaccine Holdouts in Army and Navy Will Be Dismissed, Military Says

Governors of five states are seeking exemptions for their National Guard troops.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #national-guard, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #vaccination-and-immunization

NATO Signals Support for Ukraine Amid Russia Threat

The military alliance stood by its promise to open a path to Ukrainian membership amid warnings from Western intelligence agencies that Moscow could soon begin a military incursion.

#defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #russia, #stoltenberg-jens, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

‘Selling Kabul’ Holds Up a New Mirror After the Taliban Takeover

Sylvia Khoury’s play, which takes place over one night in Afghanistan in 2013, has only deepened after a pandemic postponement.

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Senate Passes $768 Billion Defense Bill, Sending It to Biden

Lawmakers in both parties linked arms in an overwhelming vote authorizing an increase in the Pentagon’s budget of roughly $24 billion more than President Biden requested.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #federal-budget-us, #senate, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Mental Health Crisis Among the Young

A health professional and an author/filmmaker write that we are failing our youths. Also: Memo to Democrats; military spending; moving away from coal.

#abeles-vicki, #anxiety-and-stress, #bruni-frank, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coal, #democratic-party, #global-warming, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mines-and-mining, #murthy-vivek-h, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youth

Waterboarded Prisoner Has Drowning Nightmares Two Decades Later, Doctor Testifies

Lawyers called a torture expert in a bid to spare a defendant a nauseating commute from prison to court by having him spend nights at Guantánamo Bay’s court compound.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #defense-department, #detainees, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

No U.S. Troops Will Be Punished for Deadly Kabul Drone Strike

The military initially defended the August strike, which killed 10 civilians including seven children, in the days afterward, but ultimately called it a tragic mistake.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-special-operations-command

As a Secret Unit Pounded ISIS, Civilian Deaths Mounted

An American strike cell alarmed its partners as it raced to defeat the enemy.

#central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #karama-syria, #syria, #talon-anvil, #terrorism, #townsend-stephen-j, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Iran’s Nuclear Program Ignites New Tension Between U.S. and Israel

Strains emerged during talks this week after a short period of strong relations between a new Israeli government and new American one.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Inside the Fall of Kabul: An On-the-Ground Account

Against all predictions, the Taliban took the Afghan capital in a matter of hours. This is the story of why and what came after, by a reporter and photographer who witnessed it all.

#afghan-air-force, #afghan-national-army, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #ghani-ashraf, #haqqani-khalil-ahmed, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #kabul-serena-hotel-kabul-afghanistan, #kandahar-afghanistan, #karzai-hamid, #mohib-hamdullah, #rangina-hamidi, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shariah-islamic-law, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls