After Capitol Riot, Senate Taps Intelligence Official to Lead Security

Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson held top intelligence posts in the military before she joined a post-Jan. 6 security review of the Capitol. She will have an all-female leadership team.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Does Requiring Only Men to Register for the Draft Violate the Constitution?

The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether one of the last sex-based distinctions in federal law should survive now that women can serve in combat.

#discrimination, #draft-and-recruitment-military, #national-coalition-for-men, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #womens-rights-project

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Does Biden Really Want to End the Forever Wars?

If he does, he must work with Congress and go well beyond narrowing old permission slips for conflict.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Secret Visit to Afghanistan

The trip makes Lloyd J. Austin III the first member of President Biden’s cabinet to visit the country. He met with the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ghani-ashraf, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Why Is It So Tough to Leave Afghanistan?

The foreign policy establishment just can’t admit when it got things wrong.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #national-security-council, #peace-process, #polls-and-public-opinion, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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The U.S.-China Talks: A Meeting of Friends and Foes

What, exactly, are the political stakes? We asked our correspondent David Sanger for a rundown.

#blinken-antony-j, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wang-yi

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As Biden and Xi Begin a Careful Dance, a New American Policy Takes Shape

Top administration officials will meet with their Chinese counterparts for the first time on Thursday as the United States shifts to a more competitive posture with Beijing.

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A Secret War. Decades of Suffering. Will the U.S. Ever Make Good in Laos?

America has never taken responsibility for spraying Agent Orange over the neutral country during the Vietnam War. But generations of ethnic minorities have endured the consequences.

#agent-orange-defoliant, #central-intelligence-agency, #defoliants-and-herbicides, #dioxin, #laos, #leahy-patrick-j, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vientiane-laos, #vietnam-war

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American Soldiers Help Mozambique Battle an Expanding ISIS Affiliate

With a small military training program, the United States military has joined efforts to fight a brutal insurgency that has devastated northern Mozambique.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #mozambique, #tanzania, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wagner-group

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Biden Goals Converge in Asia: Rebuilding Alliances and Countering China

A flurry of diplomacy, which includes talks in Tokyo and Seoul, is a prelude to the administration’s first in-person meeting with top Chinese envoys.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #japan, #south-korea, #suga-yoshihide, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi

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White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership with private industry.

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U.S. Has 1,000 More Troops in Afghanistan Than It Disclosed

The undercount complicates President Biden’s decision on carrying out a complete withdrawal by May 1, as his administration tries to jump-start peace talks.

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After Capitol Riot, Lawmakers Chafe at Security Measures

There is bipartisan interest in removing fencing around the Capitol and dismissing the National Guard troops deployed there, but law enforcement officials fear new threats.

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The Fighter Jet That’s Too Pricey to Fail

The F-35 is a boondoggle. Yet we’re stuck with it.

#boeing-company, #defense-and-military-forces, #f-35-airplane, #military-aircraft, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #smith-david-a, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Congress Closes Loophole That Made Veterans a Target of For-Profit Schools

The new economic stimulus package makes a tiny change that military veterans pushed for in hopes of stemming aggressive recruiting tactics.

#american-public-education, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #colleges-and-universities, #corinthian-colleges-inc, #for-profit-schools, #itt-technical-institute, #student-loans, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

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Where Fitness Is the Job, Army Struggles to Be a Fair Boss With Female Troops

As the Army revises its physical test and otherwise rethinks fitness, it faces difficult questions: Do current requirements penalize women? Do they overshadow expertise and intellectual preparation?

#blumenthal-richard, #exercise, #hiring-and-promotion, #national-guard, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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South Korea Will Pay More for U.S. Troop Presence

South Korea has agreed to increase its payment for the upkeep of American troops by 13.9 percent this year. The deal removes a major thorn in the alliance.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #south-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Why Is Space Command Moving Into Mo Brooks’s Backyard?

The congressman from Huntsville, Ala., was quick to claim that the 2020 election was stolen. His district continues to get special treatment.

#alabama, #brooks-morris-jackson, #colorado, #huntsville-ala, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #presidential-election-of-2020, #space-and-astronomy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Remote C.I.A. Base in the Sahara Steadily Grows

The agency has been conducting surveillance flights from the base, which has grown since 2018. Any drone strikes would be limited while the Biden administration carries out a review.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #drones-pilotless-planes, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kahl-colin-h, #mccaul-michael-t, #military-bases-and-installations, #obama-barack, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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I Asked the Head of Space Force What the Agency Has Done for Me Lately

Gen. John Raymond has put up with plenty of mockery. But, he says, there’s nothing funny about protecting U.S. interests from Russian and Chinese anti-satellite technology.

#carell-steve, #china, #russia, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-space-force

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Biden Endorses Female Generals Whose Promotions Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump’s Reaction

The unusual strategy to slow the promotions until after the election — intended to protect the officers’ accomplished careers — was devised by top Pentagon leaders.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #endorsements, #esper-mark-t, #milley-mark-a, #richardson-laura-j-1963, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #van-ovost-jacqueline-d, #women-and-girls

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Biden Seeks Update for a Much-Stretched Law That Authorizes the War on Terrorism

The legal basis for the war against Al Qaeda and its successors is aging and frayed, but how to replace it has long bedeviled lawmakers.

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‘F.T.A.’: When Jane Fonda Rocked the U.S. Army

A newly exhumed documentary delves into the actress’s anti-Vietnam vaudeville tour of American military bases in 1972.

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Passed Over 3 Times by the Marines, a Black Colonel Is Being Promoted

Col. Anthony Henderson, a combat-tested Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, is being promoted to brigadier general. Since the Marines first admitted African-American troops in 1942, only 25 have reached general in any form.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #henderson-anthony-m, #senate-committee-on-armed-services, #spencer-richard-v, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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A College President Worried About the Risks of Dorm Isolation. So He Moved In.

Col. Mark Anarumo, the president of Norwich University, had been through suicides of students during in-room lockdown. He thought he could help by moving into the dorm.

#anarumo-mark-c, #anxiety-and-stress, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dormitories, #mental-health-and-disorders, #norwich-vt, #norwich-university, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Officials Put ‘Unusual’ Limits on D.C. National Guard Before Riot, Commander Says

Maj. Gen. William J. Walker testified that he did not receive permission to deploy troops for hours on Jan. 6, as violence by pro-Trump supporters escalated.

#defense-department, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #mccarthy-ryan-d, #metropolitan-police-department-dc, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #national-guard, #senate-committee-on-homeland-security-and-governmental-affairs, #senate-committee-on-rules-and-administration, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sund-steven-a, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-william-j, #washington-dc

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Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones

Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.

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Rockets Hit Iraqi Base Where U.S. Troops Are Stationed

At least 10 missiles were fired on the Ain al-Asad air base one week after U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militia positions along the Syrian-Iraqi border.

#iraq, #military-bases-and-installations, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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The Military’s Extremism Problem Is Our Problem

Yes, veterans were involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. But this isn’t just the military’s problem to solve.

#draft-and-recruitment-military, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

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Younger Military Personnel Reject Vaccine, in Warning for Commanders and the Nation

About one-third of the troops have declined to take the vaccine. Many say they worry the vaccines are unsafe or were developed too quickly. Others want a sense of independence, even in uniform.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #blue-star-families, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fauci-anthony-s, #national-guard, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate-committee-on-armed-services, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Why President Biden Must Withdraw From Afghanistan

Breaking our agreement with the Taliban to pull out by May will endanger American troops and entrench them in an unwinnable war.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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In a Changing Military, the Army Eases Its Rules for Women’s Hair

The Army, which is increasingly dependent on female soldiers, has issued new regulations that allow women to wear lipstick and no longer limits their hair to a tight, disciplined bun.

#black-people, #breastfeeding, #hair, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #women-and-girls

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Away From Silicon Valley, the Military Is the Ideal Customer

While much has been made of tech’s unwillingness to work with the Pentagon, start-ups are still plumbing the industry’s decades-long ties to the military.

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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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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.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #military-bases-and-installations, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-organizational, #race-and-ethnicity, #sons-of-confederate-veterans, #southern-poverty-law-center, #states-us, #symbols, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iraq-war-2003-11, #iraqi-army, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #state-department, #stoltenberg-jens, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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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.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #milley-mark-a, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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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