A Trump Victory May Push His Defense Secretary Out an Open Door

Mark Esper’s strained relationship with President Trump, since he balked at using active-duty troops to quell civil unrest, may result in Mr. Trump choosing his fourth defense secretary if he keeps the White House.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #cotton-tom, #defense-department, #ernst-joni, #esper-mark-t, #keane-john-m, #mattis-james-n, #mcsally-martha, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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What is a Militia? And Why Is the Word So Controversial These Days?

Federal authorities and academics have long described private paramilitary organizations as “militias.” Some critics say the term gives the groups more legitimacy than they deserve.

#justice-department, #michigan, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Vanessa Guillen Died ‘in the Line of Duty,’ Army Officials Say

The determination means the slain Army specialist’s family is entitled to military life insurance, final pay and allowance.

#bell-county-tex, #fort-hood-tex, #funerals-and-memorials, #house-of-representatives, #houston-tex, #sexual-harassment, #texas, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Refugees Who Assisted U.S. Military Denied Entry Into U.S.

President Trump has reduced the flow of refugees into the country to a trickle, and even Iraqis and Afghans who risked their lives for American service members have been cut off.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-refugee-assistance-project, #iraq-war-2003-11, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #translation-and-interpreters, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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Military Names Air Force Judge for Guantánamo Bay 9/11 Trial. But There’s a Snag.

The latest judge assigned to the long-running death penalty case is based in Virginia and has had a military career focused on defense work, but he has been on the bench for less than two years.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #september-11-2001, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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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This Ex-Taliban Commander Is Now the Face of Afghan Security

Rahmatullah Andar once fought the government and then turned against the Taliban. Now he is a prominent spokesman, and his story is an example of the long war’s many plot twists.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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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How One of the Most Stable Nations in West Africa Descended Into Mayhem

Burkina Faso once looked like a success story for U.S. military aid. But now it’s contending with a growing insurgency, an unfolding humanitarian crisis — and a security force targeting civilians.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #burkina-faso, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #mali, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #terrorism, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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America Has No Reason to Be So Powerful

Eighty years ago, the United States made a tragic decision to pursue global supremacy. The project has outlived its purpose.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #international-relations, #luce-henry-robinson, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Trump Thought He Had a Nuclear Deal With Putin. Not So Fast, Russia Said.

Trump administration officials want to broaden the New START accord and warn that the price of a new deal will rise after the election. Joe Biden supports a straight five-year extension of the deal.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #nuclear-weapons, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

Baseless claims are circulating online about a Democrat-led coup, inflaming tensions in an already turbulent election season.

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Roberta McCain, Mother of the Senator and His Beacon, Dies at 108

John McCain credited to her his will to survive as a prisoner of war. She later campaigned for him in his 2008 bid for the presidency.

#deaths-obituaries, #mccain-john, #mccain-roberta, #presidential-election-of-2008, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Top General Declines to Endorse Trump’s Afghan Withdrawal Timeline

The comments from Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came after the White House tripped over itself on the issue of Afghanistan troop levels in recent days.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-department, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #mattis-james-n, #presidential-election-of-2020, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Taliban Test Afghan and U.S. Resolve in Talks by Attacking a City

The insurgents have opened an offensive against the capital of Helmand Province even as their negotiators remain at the table in Qatar.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #lashkar-gah-afghanistan, #qatar, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Trump’s Virus Treatment Revives Questions About Unchecked Nuclear Authority

Even before the president was given mood-altering drugs, there was a movement to end the commander in chief’s sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.

#cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #dexamethasone-drug, #nuclear-weapons, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #twenty-fifth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-emergency-powers-us, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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Trump’s Campaign Talk of Troop Withdrawals Doesn’t Match Military Reality

President Trump has brought home few American combat troops over all even as his pressure campaign against Iran risks a new Middle East conflict.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #iran, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #presidential-election-of-2020, #syria, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Guantánamo Bay Navy Base Raises Health Alert and Closes Facilities

Residents received little information about the source of the health scare that halted activities at the outpost in Cuba.

#detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #international-committee-of-the-red-cross, #military-tribunals, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

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5 Were Cleared to Leave Guantánamo. Then Trump Was Elected.

The president reversed Obama-era policies on detainees, leaving in limbo five prisoners who had been judged eligible for transfer to other countries. Their fate could rest on the 2020 election.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #international-committee-of-the-red-cross, #nasser-abdul-latif, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #wolosky-lee-s

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An Afghan Boy’s Rape and Death Prompt a Rare Response: Arrests

Villagers confronted officials, and seven police officers are now in jail, in a rare official action to investigate child sexual abuse accusations in Afghanistan.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-independent-human-rights-commission, #afghanistan-war-2001, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #defense-and-military-forces, #ghani-ashraf, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kandahar-afghanistan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes, #special-inspector-general-for-afghanistan-reconstruction, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Trump Suggests Gold Star Families May Be to Blame for His Infection

The president, who is counting on support from military members and their families, suggested for the second time in a week that they might have spread the coronavirus at the White House.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #voting-and-voters, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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Justice Dept. Eases Election Fraud Inquiry Constraints as Trump Promotes False Narrative

The move comes as President Trump promotes a false narrative of widespread voter fraud ahead of the election.

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Islamic State ‘Beatles’ Fighters Being Brought to U.S. to Face Charges

The federal prosecution of two Britons involved in the kidnapping and torture of American hostages comes more than two years after they were captured in Syria.

#defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #emwazi-mohammed, #extradition, #foley-james-1973-2014, #great-britain, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kassig-peter-edward-1988-2014, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kotey-alexanda, #sotloff-steven-j, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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When the Patient Is Your Commander in Chief, the Answer Is Usually ‘Yes, Sir’

The system of military doctors has so hampered the public’s right to know that a commission should be established to re-evaluate the practice, critics say.

#conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reed-walter-national-military-medical-center, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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China Ramps Up a War of Words, Warning the U.S. of Its Red Lines

As the United States and Taiwan draw closer, state propaganda is sending the message that China will go to war if necessary.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #defense-and-military-forces, #global-times, #hu-xijin, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #xi-jinping

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For Veterans, Bonds Forged in Battle Are Tested by 2020’s Rancor

Toxic rhetoric and political polarization are doing what nothing else could: driving apart ex-Marines who had one another’s backs through wars and the stresses of civilian life.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #veterans

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In Wake of Recent India-China Conflict, U.S. Sees Opportunity

India’s border dispute with China has accelerated its relations with the United States. Others worry that warming ties ignore India’s persecution of Muslims.

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New 9/11 Trial Judge Steps Down, Citing Conflicts

The recusal of Col. Stephen Keane from hearing the case at Guantánamo Bay adds another roadblock to restarting pretrial hearings in the long-running case.

#al-qaeda, #conflicts-of-interest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #keane-stephen-f, #military-tribunals, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Stanley McChrystal, a Top General Fired Over Insults to Biden, Says He’ll Vote for Him

Fired after an article portrayed him and senior aides as disrespectful of Obama administration officials, General McChrystal added a coda to the story: He endorsed Joe Biden to be the next commander in chief.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #mcchrystal-stanley-a, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rolling-stone, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Repatriates Last of Islamic State Suspects Believed Captured in Syria

The suspects had been held by Syrian forces along with prisoners from other countries whose governments have been reluctant to take back the men.

#defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #justice-department, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

Despite the Pentagon’s talk of embracing quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the politics of killing off old weapons systems is so forbidding that the efforts often falter.

#artificial-intelligence, #carter-ashton-b, #china, #defense-department, #iraq, #moulton-seth-w, #obama-barack, #quantum-computing, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

U.S. and Iraqi officials say they are surprised by the proposed retreat, which could set back American efforts to fight the Islamic State and to limit Iranian influence.

#baghdad-iraq, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kadhimi-mustafa-al, #kataib-hezbollah, #muhandis-abu-mahdi-al-1954-2020, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Fake Guns, Fictional Battles, Real Uniforms: Inside the Immersive World of MilSim

Veterans, gamers, history buffs and gun enthusiasts are shelling out to take part in military simulations.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #firearms, #iraq-war-2003-11, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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At Pentagon, Fears Grow That Trump Will Pull Military Into Election Unrest

Defense Department officials said top generals could resign if Mr. Trump ordered the active-duty military into the streets to quell election protests.

#elections, #trump-and-his-generals-the-cost-of-chaos-book, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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U.S. Commandos Use Secretive Missiles to Kill Qaeda Leaders in Syria

The specially designed missiles use sharp blades and blunt force, rather than explosive warheads, to kill terrorist leaders.

#al-nusra-front, #al-qaeda, #assad-bashar-al, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #hurras-al-din, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khorasan, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #national-counterterrorism-center, #obama-barack, #syria, #syrian-observatory-for-human-rights, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-special-operations-command, #zawahri-ayman-al

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U.S. Rationale for Military Aid to Saudis in Yemen War Is Fraying

The Trump administration argues that its partnership with Saudi Arabia helps reduce civilian killings in Yemen. But State Department investigators and other U.S. officials say the efforts are flawed.

#arms-trade, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yemen

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Cindy McCain Endorses Biden, Citing Trump’s Disparagement of Troops

The widow of Senator John McCain praised Joe Biden’s “character and integrity” and noted that both he and her family had children who had served in the military.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #endorsements, #mccain-cindy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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A Divided America Is a National Security Threat

Political polarization is a “force multiplier” that deepens other threats and cripples our ability to combat them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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British Give U.S. Evidence Against ISIS ‘Beatles,’ Clearing Way for Trial

The men were half of a cell of Britons who held Westerners hostage in Syria, some of whom were beheaded for propaganda videos.

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Killing of 2 Marines in 2011 Almost Derailed Afghan Peace Talks

Even as they pushed for the release of other Afghan prisoners as part of a deal with the Taliban, U.S. officials privately dug in over freeing a man who had killed Americans.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #prisons-and-prisoners, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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Lost World War II Submarine Is Found in Southeast Asia

The U.S.S. Grenadier was scuttled in April 1943 after being attacked by Japanese bombers. Surviving crew members were tortured at a prison camp for more than two years, according to accounts.

#naval-history-and-heritage-command, #shipwrecks-historic, #strait-of-malacca, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #uss-grenadier, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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U.S. Sending More Troops to Syria to Counter the Russians

The deployment of armored vehicles, advance radar and more fighter jets comes in response to a Russian convoy ramming an U.S. ground patrol, injuring seven soldiers.

#defense-and-military-forces, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #russia, #syria, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Keith Krach, U.S. Official, Visits Taiwan Amid Rising Tensions With China

The trip by Keith Krach, an economic representative, defies Beijing’s opposition to formal exchanges. China sent two anti-submarine aircraft toward the island in response.

#communist-party-of-china, #defense-and-military-forces, #democratic-progressive-party-taiwan, #state-department, #taipei-taiwan, #taiwan, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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He Killed a Transgender Woman in the Philippines. Why Was He Freed?

The pardon of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton by President Rodrigo Duterte is the final chapter in a case that reignited debate over old defense treaties.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #military-bases-and-installations, #philippines, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #women-and-girls

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Military Police Considered Using Heat Ray on D.C. Protesters, Whistle-Blower Says

A National Guard officer called in to enforce the June crackdown on protesters testified that a top official sought out heat rays and sound cannons hours before a clash.

#barr-william-p, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeland-security-department, #national-guard, #nielsen-kirstjen, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Anthony M. Hopkins, Who Fought in Vietnam and the Gulf, Dies at 70

A tank commander, he earned a Purple Heart when he was badly wounded by shrapnel in an ambush in South Vietnam. Later a postal worker, he died of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #hopkins-anthony-m-1949-2020, #persian-gulf-war, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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