As U.S. Seeks to Close Guantánamo, Saudi Center Could Be Option

The Biden administration is looking for places to safely send cleared Guantánamo detainees who cannot go home. Could a program in Saudi Arabia provide a solution?

#detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #prisons-and-prisoners, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia, #shutdowns-institutional, #terrorism, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

What Are Burn Pits, and How Did They Harm U.S. Troops?

Veterans and their advocates describe continuously burning fires on overseas bases that consumed the military’s trash and produced toxic smoke.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #respiratory-diseases, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Biden Signs Bill to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits

President Biden, who has long advocated the expanded benefits, has speculated that his son Beau developed brain cancer because of exposure to burn pits when he served in Iraq.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #iraq, #law-and-legislation, #stewart-jon, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

Military Base Names and the Cult of the Confederacy

By renaming military bases, the Defense Department dismantles an enduring legacy of the Lost Cause.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #confederate-states-of-america, #discrimination, #history-academic-subject, #military-bases-and-installations, #minorities, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #segregation-and-desegregation, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

After 246 Years, Marine Corps Gives 4 Stars to a Black Officer

Gen. Michael E. Langley is the first Black person to attain the highest rank in the corps, whose most senior leadership had until now consisted entirely of white men.

#black-people, #hiring-and-promotion, #langley-michael-e, #segregation-and-desegregation, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-politics-and-government

Senate Passes Burn Pits Legislation, Expanding Benefits for Veterans

Republicans who had blocked the bill, which would extend benefits to an estimated 3.5 million veterans, allowed it to pass after trying unsuccessfully to limit funding for the treatments.

#federal-budget-us, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #toomey-patrick-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

Special Military Cell Flows Weapons and Equipment Into Ukraine

A little-known group at U.S. European Command in Germany fills Ukraine’s battlefield requests with donations from more than 40 countries.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #international-relations, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stuttgart-germany, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

The Biden administration will send another $270 million in military aid to Ukraine.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #defense-department, #kyiv-ukraine, #milley-mark-a, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #weapons

We Are Retired Generals and Admirals. Trump’s Actions on Jan. 6 Were a Dereliction of Duty.

A civilian leader’s misuse of the military could imperil one of the foundations of American democracy.

#house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #milley-mark-a, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

House Passes $840 Billion Military Policy Bill

The House moved to increase President Biden’s requested Pentagon budget by $37 billion, reflecting a growing bipartisan appetite in Congress to raise military spending.

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With Few Able and Fewer Willing, U.S. Military Can’t Find Recruits

Fighting headwinds from the pandemic, the tight labor market and demographic shifts, the armed forces may fall further short of enlistment quotas this year than they have in decades.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #shortages, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

U.S. Military Says Senior ISIS Leader in Syria Killed in Drone Strike

The attack was the latest in a series of American operations against ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria.

#al-qaeda, #al-qurayshi-abu-ibrahim-al-hashemi, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command

Sexual Abuse of Teens in the Military’s J.R.O.T.C. Program

Former students say military veterans who led J.R.O.T.C. classes in U.S. high schools fashioned themselves as mentors, then used their power to manipulate and abuse.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #education, #reserve-officers-training-corps, #sex-crimes, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Army Bases That Honor Confederate Traitors Could Soon Be Renamed for These Heroes

The names “embody the best of the United States Army and America,” a commission established by Congress wrote in announcing its choices.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #fort-a-p-hill-va, #fort-benning-ga, #fort-bragg-nc, #fort-gordon-ga, #fort-hood-tex, #fort-lee-va, #fort-pickett-va, #fort-polk-la, #fort-rucker-ala, #harlem-hellfighters, #johnson-henry-lincoln-1897-1929, #moore-harold-g-1922-2017, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Where an Army Paycheck Is an Easy Target

An entire financial ecosystem surrounds the nation’s military installations. It’s a perilous landscape for young soldiers with little financial experience.

#credit-and-debt, #defense-department, #fort-campbell-ky, #omni-military-loans, #personal-finances, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #veterans

NATO Expansion, Compliments of Mr. Putin

Make the affirmative case for NATO enlargement.

#defense-and-military-forces, #finland, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stoltenberg-jens, #sweden, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Commando Network Coordinates Flow of Weapons in Ukraine, Officials Say

A secretive operation involving U.S. Special Operations forces hints at the scale of the effort to assist Ukraine’s still outgunned military.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

The Researchers Who Are Resurrecting Psychedelic Therapy for Veterans

Four Veterans Affairs clinicians, frustrated with existing treatments for addiction and PTSD, have turned to drugs the government still deems illegal.

#addiction-psychology, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ecstasy-drug, #mental-health-and-disorders, #methamphetamines, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Overlooked No More: William B. Gould, Escaped Slave and Civil War Diarist

He served nearly three years in the U.S. Navy and documented almost all of it, leaving an invaluable record of Black life during the war.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #diaries, #gould-william-b-1837-1923, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

The U.S. is losing its military edge in Asia, and China knows it

America can no longer deter China without help from its allies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #south-china-sea, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Military Clears Crew of Plane That Took Flight as Afghans Fell to Their Deaths

Crowds of people had surged onto the runway at the airport in Kabul during the final days of the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

The Incomplete Picture of the War in Ukraine

Information blind spots could have serious implications for U.S. military aid.

#audio-neutral-informative, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

DNA Can Identify Unknown Soldiers. It Also Reveals Old Mistakes.

With modern tools, the U.S. military is learning that some unidentified remains from 20th century battles are those of service members it thought were found and sent home long ago.

#bones, #cemeteries, #deaths-fatalities, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #lebanon-tenn, #missing-in-action, #tarawa-kiribati, #tests-medical, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #walker-edward-glen, #world-war-ii-1939-45

U.S. Fails to Assess Civilian Deaths in Yemen War, Internal Report Says

A Saudi-led coalition has killed civilians with U.S. weapons, but the State Department and the Pentagon have fallen short on tracking the deaths, U.S. investigators found.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #government-accountability-office, #houthis, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

Adm. Linda Fagan to Become First Female Service Chief

In 1985, the service had no gender-based prohibitions on where women could go. That cleared the way for Admiral Linda L. Fagan to rise to the top.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #commandant-of-the-coast-guard, #fagan-linda-l, #gender, #icebreakers, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-coast-guard-academy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

A Balm for Psyches Scarred by War

MDMA-assisted treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder “represents real hope for long-term healing,” health experts say.

#clinical-trials, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #ecstasy-drug, #iraq-war-2003-11, #johns-hopkins-university, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mithoefer-michael, #multidisciplinary-assn-for-psychedelic-studies, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #traumatic-brain-injury, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #vietnam-war, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

The Women of Fleet Week Hit the Town

Shore leave for 3,000 sailors in New York City no longer means a night out for the boys.

#fleet-week, #manhattan-nyc, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #women-and-girls

The Moral Cost of Killing Our Enemies in Secret

What does it mean to be a citizen of a state that kills for you but doesn’t tell you about it? Are you still responsible?

#drones-pilotless-planes, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Vows to Defend Taiwan, But China Has The Upper Hand

Biden pledges to defend Taiwan against China but U.S. is outgunned

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

U.S. Speeds Up Reshaping of Taiwan’s Defenses to Deter China

The Biden administration is taking lessons from the war in Ukraine to turn Taiwan into a “porcupine” bristling with weapons that would inflict severe pain if attacked.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

In This Small Thai Village, American History Runs Deep

In 1944, a U.S. military plane crashed in a spot the locals named “Deadman’s Torso Flat.” A team has found remains that it hopes are those of the airman.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency, #military-aircraft, #thailand, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

‘I Want to Reset My Brain’: Female Veterans Turn to Psychedelic Therapy

Traumatized by war and sexual assaults, some U.S. veterans and veterans’ spouses are seeking help in a Mexican clinic that treats depression and addiction with potent hallucinogens like toad poison.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #dr-martin-polanco, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mexico, #nemeroff-charles-b, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Pentagon Faults Review of Deadly Airstrike but Finds No Wrongdoing

The military’s inquiry followed a New York Times investigation describing allegations that officials sought to conceal dozens of civilian casualties.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #baghuz-syria, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Congress Holds First UFO Hearing in Half a Century

An intelligence subcommittee will hear testimony from two Pentagon officials on observations by military pilots and others.

#carson-andre-d-1974, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Panel to Hold Public Hearing on Unexplained Aerial Sightings

A subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee will hear testimony next week from two Pentagon officials.

#carson-andre-d-1974, #defense-department, #gallego-ruben-1979, #gillibrand-kirsten-e, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #schiff-adam-b, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

The Unseen Trauma of America’s Drone Pilots

Killing targets in remote attacks has had a deep and troubling effect on those who fly the missions.

#audio-neutral-informative, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #united-states, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

U.S. Intelligence Helped Ukraine Strike Russian Flagship, Officials Say

The help that sank the Moskva, the most significant loss by any navy in 40 years, is part of an administration effort providing real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-sea, #defense-department, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As Diplomacy Hopes Dim, U.S. Marshals Allies to Furnish Long-Term Military Aid to Ukraine

Germany said it would send Ukraine dozens of armored antiaircraft vehicles, a major shift for a country that has been reluctant to escalate the conflict with Russia.

#arms-trade, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #foreign-aid, #germany, #international-relations, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

For Peace in Ukraine, Is the Only Way More War?

Western countries are flooding Ukraine with weapons. Can they help end the assault, or will they just make it bloodier?

#debatable, #defense-and-military-forces, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

The End of the All-Male, All-White Cockpit

Airlines are struggling to find enough pilots and to diversify a profession that has been very resistant to change.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #black-people, #careers-and-professions, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #labor-and-jobs, #minorities, #pilots, #race-and-ethnicity, #shortages, #skywest-inc, #united-airlines, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vocational-training, #women-and-girls

What to Know About the Weapons Being Sent to Ukraine

#defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #kyiv-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stuttgart-germany, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

Fearing a Trump Repeat, Jan. 6 Panel Considers Changes to Insurrection Act

The 1807 law allows a president to deploy American troops inside the country to put down a rebellion. Lawmakers fear it could be abused by a future president trying to stoke one.

#esper-mark-t, #law-and-legislation, #martial-law, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #project-democracy, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #indian-springs-nev, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mental-health-and-disorders, #military-aircraft, #pilots, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #shaw-air-force-base-sc, #syria, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #veterans, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Military Memo Adds to Possible Interstellar Meteor Mystery

The U.S. Space Command seemed to confirm a claim that a meteor from outside the solar system had entered Earth’s atmosphere, but other scientists and NASA are still not convinced.

#asteroids, #astrophysical-journal-letters, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #loeb-abraham-1962, #meteors-and-meteorites, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #office-of-science-and-technology-policy, #papua-new-guinea, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-space-force

Sikhs Sue Marine Corps Over Restrictions on Beards

The Marine Corps says it needs uniformity, especially during boot camp, and that beards pose risks. Sikhs say the rules are arbitrary and needlessly burden religious liberty.

#beards-and-mustaches, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #freedom-of-religion, #hair, #sikhs-and-sikhism, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #turbans, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

For 25 Years, My Dad Helped Build Weapons of Death

My father fled Vietnam only to spend the rest of his life in American factories helping shore up the same military that had set our family adrift.

#connecticut, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war, #vietnamese-americans, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Navy to Name Ship After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The ship, a replenishment oiler, is designed to carry fuel to the Navy’s operating carrier strike groups.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Supreme Court, in Case on Veteran Hurt by Burn Pits, Debates War Powers

The justices seemed split on whether Congress can allow suits against states that discriminate against injured service members returning from conflicts.

#federal-state-relations-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #torres-le-roy-1972, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Could the U.S. do More for Ukraine?

President Biden says that Ukraine has the full support of the U.S. Volodymyr Zelensky disagrees.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #internal-storyline-no, #ruble-currency, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

My Brother-in-Law Is Awful to His Girlfriend. Should I Break Them Up?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether to intervene when a family member is in an emotionally damaging relationship — and more.

#dating-and-relationships, #ethics-personal, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces