Tag: United States Defense and Military Forces

Capitol Police Detail Failures During Pro-Trump Assault

In testimony prepared for her video appearance before the House Appropriations Committee, Chief Pittman also suggested that officers were underequipped for the violence they faced and did not have easy access to the additional supplies of chemical sprays and other substances they needed to disperse the crowd. “Instead, the department had to send in personnel […]

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Lloyd Austin Tackles Military’s Sexual Assault Problem

WASHINGTON — After years of failure to curb the scourge of sexual assault in the military, Lloyd J. Austin III, the new secretary of defense, is open to considering significant revisions to how those crimes are prosecuted, a potential sea change that generations of commanders have resisted. Overhauling the way the military handles sexual assault […]

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Biden Ends Military’s Transgender Ban, Part of Broad Discrimination Fight

At the Pentagon, officials said they welcomed the action, and indicated that the department would begin implementing it quickly. “The department will immediately take appropriate policy action to ensure individuals who identify as transgender are eligible to enter and serve in their self-identified gender,” Mr. Austin said in a statement. “No one will be separated […]

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Biden Lifts Transgender Military Ban

The estimated 200,000 transgender Americans of recruiting age includes James Wong, an engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University who, while in the Girl Scouts as a child, became an ace at survival skills, including starting a fire using only a flint and an ax. “I like leading people, I like solving problems, I want to […]

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

The stars of the new space age include not only famous entrepreneurs but a rising generation of dreamers and doers. Small companies, developing states and even high schools now loft spacecraft into orbit. But Beijing is intent on dominating the democratized space age. It is building ground-based lasers that can zap spacecraft and rehearsing cyberattacks […]

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

Beijing’s rush for antisatellite arms began 15 years ago. Now, it can threaten the orbital fleets that give the United States military its technological edge. Advanced weapons at China’s military bases can fire warheads that smash satellites and laser beams with a potential to blind arrays of delicate sensors. And its cyberattacks can, at least […]

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

HONG KONG — China sent warplanes into the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, a show of force to the Biden administration that signals Beijing’s plans to maintain pressure on Taiwan even as it calls for a reset with the United States. Taiwan’s military said that four Chinese fighter jets, eight bombers and one anti-submarine aircraft […]

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Lloyd Austin Confirmed as Defense Secretary

The Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd J. Austin III as defense secretary, filling a critical national security position in President Biden’s cabinet and elevating him as the first Black Pentagon chief. The 93-2 vote came a day after Congress granted General Austin, a retired four-star Army general, a special waiver to hold the post, which […]

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Pentagon Official Approves Guantánamo Trial of 3 Men for Indonesia Bombings

WASHINGTON — After years of delay, the U.S. official overseeing military commissions at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Thursday approved the prosecution of three Southeast Asian prisoners accused of conspiring in two deadly terrorist bombings in Indonesia in 2002 and 2003. The Pentagon announced the charges two days after Lloyd J. Austin III, President Biden’s defense […]

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Congress Grants Waiver to Austin to Serve as Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a special waiver to allow Lloyd J. Austin III, a retired four-star Army general, to serve as secretary of defense, eliminating a hurdle to confirmation for a crucial member of President Biden’s national security team who is poised to become the first Black American to […]

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12 National Guard Members Removed From Inauguration Duties Amid Extremist Threats

General Austin added later, “We can do a better job of screening the folks we bring in.” The F.B.I. investigation into the Capitol rampage, still in its very early stages, has identified at least six suspects with military links out of the more than 100 people who have been taken into federal custody or the […]

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

An American soldier discussed targets for potential terror attacks in the United States and shared instructions for killing American troops in the Middle East with someone he believed was an Islamic State supporter, federal authorities said on Tuesday. While stationed in Germany last fall, the soldier discussed possible targets including the National September 11 Memorial […]

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Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is intensifying efforts to identify and combat white supremacy and other far-right extremism in its ranks as federal investigators seek to determine how many military personnel and veterans joined the violent assault on the Capitol. In the days since a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, senior leaders of […]

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Mike Pompeo Leaves State Department With a Dubious Legacy

In Europe, Mr. Pompeo is credited with helping to strengthen NATO as a bulwark against Russia, including through increased military spending. Alexander R. Vershbow, a former NATO deputy secretary-general who was also a former United States ambassador to Russia and South Korea and an assistant defense secretary, said Mr. Pompeo had helped protect NATO from […]

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Six Great Movies About Presidents

Watch it on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube [Read The New York Times review.] ‘Seven Days in May’ The characters in this jittery 1964 thriller are fictional, but the situation — particularly of late — feels all too real. Kirk Douglas plays a Marine colonel who suspects that a hawkish Air Force […]

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Pentagon Moves to Block Exam of Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

WASHINGTON — In his final days as Secretary of the Army, Ryan D. McCarthy has moved to thwart a federal judge’s order for an independent examination of a mentally ill prisoner at Guantánamo Bay who was previously tortured there, the Justice Department disclosed on Friday. Lawyers for the prisoner, Mohammed al-Qahtani, 45, had obtained the […]

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New Warnings of Violence as Security Tightens for Inauguration

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials are vetting hundreds of potential airplane passengers and beefing up airport security as officials amplify warnings of violence before the presidential inauguration from extremists emboldened by the Capitol attack last week. The Transportation Security Administration is increasing the number of federal marshals on flights and explosive-detection dogs at airports. Screening […]

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Hypersonic Superweapons Are a Mirage, New Analysis Says

Military experts call hypersonic warheads the next big thing in intercontinental warfare. They see the emerging arms, which can deliver nuclear or conventional munitions, as zipping along at up to five miles a second while zigzagging through the atmosphere to outwit early-warning satellites and some interceptors. The superfast weapons, experts say, lend themselves to surprise […]

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A Scoop About the Pentagon Papers, 50 Years Later

Janny Scott was researching the life of Neil Sheehan, the New York Times reporter who broke the news of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, when she noticed a gaping, unanswered question. How did Mr. Sheehan actually get the documents? In all of the articles, movies and special reports about the story over the years, he […]

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Why Did the Taliban Free an Imprisoned Afghan Police Officer?

Under Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. peace envoy, the American government has been willing to take dramatic steps, even in the face of opposition from the military and law enforcement, to extricate the United States from its longest war and bring about some type of peace in Afghanistan. In addition to the large-scale prisoner releases, the […]

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Inaugural Security Is Fortified in D.C. as Military and Police Links Are Eyed in Riot

Mr. Sanford’s arrest was unrelated to the death of a Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, who was said to have been struck in the head by a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials. Later in the day, charges were unsealed against a man accused of beating a police officer on the Capitol grounds […]

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Trump Appointee to Temporarily Lead Pentagon; Retired Admiral Will Be Spokesman

WASHINGTON — A low-profile deputy defense secretary will be the lone Trump holdover running the Pentagon until President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s defense secretary pick is confirmed. Mr. Biden is also planning to install John F. Kirby — the former spokesman for John Kerry when he was secretary of state, Chuck Hagel when he was […]

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Ted Lumpkin Jr., a Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 100

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Ted Lumpkin Jr. had a story about his time as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black flying unit in American military history. His fighter group was flying missions out of Ramitelli Air […]

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Rare Pentagon Mission: Armed Troops in Capital

Foreign interference that may be masked as domestic unrest is another point of concern. If the protesters cannot get near the inaugural events, Department of Homeland Security officials are worried they may turn to cyberinterference, in an effort to black out Mr. Biden’s first words to the nation, and the world. There are similar concerns […]

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Military Chiefs Remind Troops of Their Oath After Fallout From Assault on Capitol

Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, asked the acting secretary of defense, Christopher C. Miller, this week for the military’s various law enforcement agencies to cooperate with the F.B.I. in investigating whether current or former service members were involved in the deadly mob. Capitol Riot Fallout Updated  Jan. 13, 2021, […]

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Justice Dept. Pursues at Least 150 Suspects in Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and the F.B.I. have embarked on a nationwide manhunt to track down scores of people who attacked the Capitol last week, according to law enforcement officials, as they grapple with the fallout from the widespread government failure to protect the building. Investigators are pursuing more than 150 suspects for prosecution, […]

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Afghan Leaders Sideline Spokesmen in an Escalating Misinformation War

KABUL, Afghanistan — After Ahmad Jawad Hijri saw the wounded children in the hospital and learned of the Afghan airstrike that put them there, killing nine others around their age in northern Afghanistan, he never expected that his response would land him in jail. But Mr. Hijri, then the spokesman for the governor of Takhar […]

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Defense Secretary Pick, Lloyd Austin, Unlikely to Be in Job on Biden’s First Day

At the same time, the Biden team was slow to get the general’s financial disclosure forms to Capitol Hill for vetting, doing so only this weekend. Such delays caused the confirmations of many early Trump administration officials to linger. The Presidential Transition Updated  Jan. 10, 2021, 1:26 p.m. ET Many lawmakers from both parties have […]

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Biden’s Pick for Defense Secretary Unlikely to Be in Job on Administration’s First Day

At the same time, the Biden team has been slow to get the general’s financial disclosure forms to Capitol Hill for vetting. Such delays caused the confirmations of many early Trump administration officials to linger. The Presidential Transition Updated  Jan. 8, 2021, 10:32 p.m. ET Many lawmakers from both parties have balked at having another […]

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Pelosi Pressed Pentagon on Safeguards to Prevent Trump From Ordering Military Action

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California on Friday took the unprecedented step of asking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about “available precautions” to prevent President Trump from initiating military action abroad or using his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons in the last days of his term. In a phone call to the […]

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