Afghan Government Backs Repatriation of Guantánamo Detainee

Afghanistan has intervened in U.S. federal court seeking the return of an Afghan prisoner who has been held since 2007, but never charged.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #asadullah-haroon-gul, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #ghani-ashraf, #hezb-i-islami, #justice-department, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Afghan Government Backs Repatriation of Guantánamo Detainee

Afghanistan has intervened in U.S. federal court seeking the return of an Afghan prisoner who has been held since 2007, but never charged.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #asadullah-haroon-gul, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #ghani-ashraf, #hezb-i-islami, #justice-department, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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After 10 Months at Sea, a Giant Carrier Returns to a Changed Nation

A mounting pandemic death toll. A contested election. A riot at the Capitol. “The world at home has become completely different and we don’t know what we are coming home to,” one sailor on the Nimitz said.

#aircraft-carriers, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

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After 10 Months at Sea, a Giant Carrier Returns to a Changed Nation

A mounting pandemic death toll. A contested election. A riot at the Capitol. “The world at home has become completely different and we don’t know what we are coming home to,” one sailor on the Nimitz said.

#aircraft-carriers, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

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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 Says ‘America Is Back.’ Should It Be?

Unless he challenges the fundamental premises of U.S. foreign policy, he will repeat the mistakes of his predecessors, but in a more competitive world.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #obama-barack, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Over 160 Confederate Symbols Were Removed in 2020, Group Says

The Southern Poverty Law Center said more “symbols of hate” were removed from public property last year after the death of George Floyd than in the previous four years combined.

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National Guard Deployment at the Capitol Riot Was Delayed by Confusion and Inaction

As violence grew out of control on Jan. 6, the head of the Capitol Police made an urgent request for the National Guard. It took nearly two hours to be approved.

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Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

The administration’s measured response to a rocket attack in Erbil sharply contrasts with a Trump-era campaign against Iran that, more often than not, caught Iraq in the crossfire.

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Viral Video Moves Sexual Harassment in Marine Corps to Forefront

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said he found the video from a visibly distraught female Marine “deeply disturbing.”

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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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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Biden Faces Deadline on Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The question is whether the small contingent of American troops can accomplish anything after 20 years — and whether full withdrawal would clear the way for Taliban advances.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #obama-barack, #peace-process, #taliban, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Turkish Forces in Syria Protect 5 Million People

Three years ago, Turkey’s intervention in Syria was widely criticized. But today Turkish forces are all that protect five million vulnerable people.

#afrin-syria, #akar-hulusi, #assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #free-syrian-army, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills a U.S. Military Contractor

Some saw the barrage of rockets aimed at an airport in the northern city of Erbil as a test of the new administration in Washington.

#civilian-casualties, #erbil-iraq, #iran, #iraq, #kurds, #military-bases-and-installations, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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A Black Soldier’s Heroism, Overlooked in 1965, May Finally Be Lauded in 2021

Comrades repeatedly told the Army that Capt. Paris Davis, one of the first Black officers in the Special Forces, deserved the Medal of Honor. The Army kept losing the paperwork.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #davis-paris, #discrimination, #medal-of-honor-us, #united-states-army, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #vietnam-war

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The Taliban Close In on Afghanistan, Pushing the Country to the Brink

The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #kandahar-afghanistan, #raziq-abdul, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink

The Taliban have positioned themselves around several major population centers, including the capital of Kandahar Province, as the Biden administration weighs whether to withdraw or to stay.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #corruption-institutional, #kandahar-afghanistan, #raziq-abdul, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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In First Pentagon Visit as President, Biden Praises Black Americans Serving in Military

With the nation’s first Black vice president and first Black defense secretary at his side, Mr. Biden said that contributions of African-Americans in the military had not always been recognized.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brown-charles-q-jr, #defense-department, #harris-kamala-d, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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3 People Stranded on Uninhabited Island Are Rescued After 33 Days

During a routine flyover, a surveillance crew spotted the people waving a makeshift flag on an island in the Bahamas. They had survived on conchs and rats, the Coast Guard said.

#anguilla, #cuba, #key-west-fla, #rescues, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Biden Inherits Growing Risks on Nuclear Arms Control

With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #iran, #merkel-angela, #middle-east, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Intruder Boards a Military Plane at Joint Base Andrews

An unarmed man was given a summons for trespassing after he gained access to the base on Thursday and boarded an aircraft typically used by senior government and military leaders, officials said.

#kirby-john-f, #security-and-warning-systems, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Inside the Shadowy Militias Luring Unsuspecting Afghans to Fight, or Die

Afghanistan’s poor are being deceived into defending outposts from the Taliban, sometimes under the guise of construction work — a scheme partially bankrolled by the government.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #balkh-province-afghanistan, #ghani-ashraf, #local-government, #noor-atta-mohammad, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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U.S. Should Slow Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Bipartisan Panel Urges

A study group appointed by Congress finds that removing international forces by the May 1 date set in the 2020 U.S.-Taliban peace agreement could lead to a civil war in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #ayotte-kelly-a, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #dunford-joseph-f-jr, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #khalilzad-zalmay, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #stoltenberg-jens, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Judge Postpones Guantanamo Arraignments Over Covid Concerns

A military judge who was to travel to Guantánamo Bay this week ruled that the health risks the base posed were reason enough to delay the arraignments of three prisoners.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #indonesia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

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U.S. Aircraft Carrier Returning Home After Long Sea Tour Watching Iran

The Pentagon had extended the deployment of the Nimitz in the Middle East after Iranian threats against President Donald J. Trump and U.S. troops in the region.

#aircraft-carriers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #iran, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uss-nimitz

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Pentagon Halts Plan to Vaccinate the 40 Prisoners at Guantánamo Bay

The decision to vaccinate the prisoners ignited criticism over whether the government was prioritizing terrorism suspects over American citizens.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden’s Nightmare May Be China

Think dealing with Mitch McConnell will be tough? Managing a reckless Xi Jinping will be even harder.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Biden Visits Walter Reed, Where His Son Battled Brain Cancer

“I’ve spent a lot of time at Walter Reed,” Mr. Biden said as he left the White House for the visit on Friday. “They’re great Americans. They’re great people.”

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #reed-walter-national-military-medical-center, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Airstrike Kills Top ISIS Leader in Iraq

The joint operation with Iraqi forces was aimed at stemming the group’s resurgence, and illustrates Iraq’s continued reliance on the U.S. military.

#baghdad-iraq, #baghuz-syria, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #iran, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kirkuk-iraq, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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11 Fort Bliss Soldiers Hospitalized After Ingesting ‘Unknown Substance’

Two of the soldiers were in critical condition, military officials said, adding that the substance was acquired “outside of authorized food supply” channels.

#fort-bliss-tex, #texas, #united-states, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Pentagon Begins Independent Inquiry Into Special Ops and War Crimes

The Defense Department inspector general will examine whether elite U.S. commando forces are doing enough to comply with the laws of armed conflict and hold violators accountable.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-department, #inspectors-general, #iraq-war-2003-11, #navy-seals, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-special-operations-command, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Pentagon May Send Troops to Assist With Vaccines, Enlarging Federal Role

The move would be the first significant sign that the Biden administration is taking more control of a vaccine distribution effort that states are struggling to manage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #national-guard, #reserves-military, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Capitol Police Detail Failures During Pro-Trump Assault

The acting chief of the Capitol Police told lawmakers that the department knew days ahead of time of the risk of violence targeting lawmakers but was unprepared when the mob attacked on Jan. 6.

#attacks-on-police, #defense-department, #delauro-rosa-l, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #house-committee-on-appropriations, #murphy-christopher-scott, #national-guard, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #ryan-timothy-j-1973, #stenger-michael-c, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sund-steven-a, #torres-norma-j-1965, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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Lloyd Austin Tackles Military’s Sexual Assault Problem

President Biden has been a vocal proponent of moving the cases outside of the military chain of command, even as general after general has argued against them.

#metoo-movement, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #law-and-legislation, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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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.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #reed-jack, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Lifts Transgender Military Ban

The president’s order, reversing a Trump administration policy, creates opportunities for young people whose dreams of serving in the military had been sidetracked.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #discrimination, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Five Takeaways From the Developing Space War Between China and the U.S.

The Biden administration is inheriting the menace of Chinese antisatellite arms as well as an innovative way of trying to defuse the escalating threat.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-department, #obama-barack, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-space-force

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How Space Became the Next ‘Great Power’ Contest Between the U.S. and China

The Biden administration faces not only waves of Chinese antisatellite weapons but a history of jumbled responses to the intensifying threat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-department, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #obama-barack, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-space-force

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China Sends Warplanes to Taiwan Strait in a Show of Force to Biden

The exercises, which included 13 warplanes on Saturday and 15 on Sunday, were the biggest so far this year and the first under the new U.S. administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #military-aircraft, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #uss-theodore-roosevelt-cvn-71-ship

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Lloyd Austin Confirmed as Defense Secretary

In a 93-2 vote, Senators helped President Biden fill a critical national security position and elevated the first Black Pentagon chief.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #defense-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Pentagon Official Approves Guantánamo Trial of 3 Men for Indonesia Bombings

The case was dormant throughout the Trump administration, and then a military official suddenly approved it as the first new case at Guantánamo since 2014.

#bali-indonesia, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #indonesia, #jemaah-islamiyah, #military-tribunals, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Congress Grants Waiver to Austin to Serve as Defense Secretary

The action paved the way for a historic vote on Friday that will make Lloyd J. Austin III, a retired four-star Army general, the first Black American to lead the Pentagon.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #black-people, #defense-department, #house-committee-on-armed-services, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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12 National Guard Members Removed From Inauguration Duties Amid Extremist Threats

Two of them made threatening comments toward lawmakers, and one expressed support for President Trump. The others were removed for a wide variety of reasons.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #harris-kamala-d, #inaugurations, #national-guard, #presidential-transition-us, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Soldier Discussed Attack on 9/11 Memorial, Prosecutors Say

Cole Bridges was arrested after he discussed a possible attack with an F.B.I. informant posing online as a sympathizer with the Islamic State.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #national-september-11-memorial-and-museum, #new-york-city, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #inaugurations, #milley-mark-a, #national-guard, #race-and-ethnicity, #reserves-military, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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Mike Pompeo Leaves State Department With a Dubious Legacy

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks to his political future, his turbulent tenure is characterized by investigations into his leadership and ethics.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #israel, #koch-charles-g, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

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Pentagon Moves to Block Exam of Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

In his final days in office before a new administration takes over, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy changed a regulation to sidestep court rulings requiring the medical examination.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #justice-department, #mccarthy-ryan-d, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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New Warnings of Violence as Security Tightens for Inauguration

Commercial airlines have tracked an increase in checked weapons, and federal law enforcement raised fresh alarms about extremist plots.

#airport-security, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #inaugurations, #security-and-warning-systems, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Hypersonic Superweapons Are a Mirage, New Analysis Says

Two scientists find revolutionary claims about the evasion of detection and defenses to be “nonsense.”

#defense-advanced-research-projects-agency, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #physics, #presidential-transition-us, #research, #scienceglobal-security-journal, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-science

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A Scoop About the Pentagon Papers, 50 Years Later

A former Times reporter obtained the answer to a major question involving Neil Sheehan’s source, then had to keep it secret until last week.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #ellsberg-daniel, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #pentagon-papers, #scott-janny, #sheehan-neil, #the-post-movie, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam

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