Tag: United States Defense and Military Forces

Trump Backs Away From Barriers on Foreign Uranium

WASHINGTON — President Trump said he would not impose quotas on imports of uranium, backing away from one of many trade confrontations the administration has threatened as it tries to protect American industry. Mr. Trump, in an announcement late Friday night, said that he did not agree with the commerce secretary’s findings that foreign uranium […]

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U.S. Service Member Is Reported Killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — An American service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Saturday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission reported. The brief announcement did not provide a name or other details, in accordance with the Pentagon’s policy of withholding information until the next of kin is notified. The death brought the number of American […]

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House Passes $733 Billion Defense Bill Checking Trump’s War Powers

WASHINGTON — The House gave final approval Friday to a sweeping defense bill that would put a liberal stamp on military policy, shackling President Trump’s ability to wage war in Iran and Yemen, restricting the use of military funds at the southwestern border and returning transgender troops to the armed forces. The sprawling $733 billion […]

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Judge Clears Way for Amazon and Microsoft to Compete for Giant Pentagon Contract

SEATTLE — A federal judge ruled on Friday that Amazon did not unduly influence the shape of one of the largest technology contracts in the Pentagon’s history, setting the stage for the Department of Defense to choose between Amazon and Microsoft for the $10 billion project. Oracle had alleged that Amazon and the Defense Department […]

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House Votes to Check Trump’s Authority to Strike Iran

WASHINGTON — The House voted Friday to curb President Trump’s ability to strike Iran militarily on Friday, adopting a bipartisan provision that would require the president to get Congress’s approval before authorizing military force against Tehran. The 251-170 vote reflects lawmakers’ growing desire to take back long-ceded authority over matters of war and peace from […]

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Acosta Resigned. The Caligula Administration Lives On.

On Monday, Donald Trump disinvited the then-British ambassador, Kim Darroch, from an official administration dinner with the emir of Qatar, because he was mad about leaked cables in which Darroch assessed the president as “insecure” and “incompetent.” There was room at the dinner, however, for Trump’s friend Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, […]

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Turkey Gets First Shipment of Russian Missile System, Defying U.S.

ISTANBUL — The first shipment of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system arrived in Turkey on Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced, a process that is expected to incur United States sanctions and will test the NATO alliance. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been insistent in his determination to purchase the S-400 system, Russia’s most […]

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American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia

SZOLNOK, Hungary — Secretive, behind-the-lines mission rehearsals and other operations by 1,400 American and allied commandos to combat shifting Russian threats have laid bare a fundamental tension in the Trump administration: While the president courts Moscow, much of his government considers it an increasingly dangerous foe. Just days before President Trump made light of Russia’s […]

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U.A.E. Pulls Most Forces From Yemen in Blow to Saudi War Effort

For four years, the United Arab Emirates have been the military linchpin of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, providing weapons, money and thousands of ground troops to a campaign to drive out Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Emirati forces led almost every major advance the coalition made. Now they have decided they can go no further. The […]

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The Vietnam War Was Already Lost, but I Had to Go Anyway

In the summer of 1969, the first American troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. Their war was over, but mine was just beginning. The previous November, Richard M. Nixon had been elected president with a “secret plan” to end the war. Surely peace was near. That same month I received my draft notice. About 24,000 of […]

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U.S. Missiles Found in Libyan Rebel Camp Were First Sold to France

WASHINGTON — A cache of powerful American missiles was sold to France before ending up in the hands of rebel fighters loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who is seeking to overthrow the United Nations-backed government in Tripoli. The four Javelin anti-tank missiles, which cost more than $170,000 each and are usually sold only to close […]

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Stressing War’s Toll, Taliban and Afghan Representatives Agree to Peace Road Map

DOHA, Qatar — Taliban and Afghan representatives, including some government officials, agreed on Tuesday to a basic road map for negotiating the country’s political future, a major step that could help propel peace efforts to end the long war, now in its 18th year. In a joint declaration after two days of unprecedented and often […]

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Maximum Diplomacy Can Prevent War With Iran

On Sunday, Iran announced that it had breached the limit on uranium enrichment — fissile purity of 3.67 percent required for electricity generation — detailed in the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other international powers. It has threatened to go further. President Hassan Rouhani had said on Wednesday that Iran would enrich […]

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Navy Admiral Slotted for Top Role Abruptly Announces Retirement

WASHINGTON — Adm. William F. Moran, who was nominated be the Navy’s next chief, abruptly announced his retirement in a statement on Sunday, citing an ongoing ethics investigation into his relationship with a subordinate who was “held accountable over allegations of inappropriate behavior.” Admiral Moran’s decision to decline his appointment to be chief of naval […]

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The Trial of a Navy SEAL Chief

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The trial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a decorated member of the Navy SEALs, offered rare insight into a culture that is, by design, difficult to penetrate. Our colleague tells us what he learned from […]

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The Most Important Road Trip in American History

On the morning of July 7, 1919, Dwight Eisenhower, at the time a 28-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Army, set out on a drive across the country. For the American military, World War I had illustrated the importance of being able to move large amounts of troops and equipment quickly over long distances, and Eisenhower’s […]

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NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade, Risking Further Tensions With Russia

BRUSSELS — NATO military officials are exploring whether to upgrade their defenses to make them capable of shooting down newly deployed Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles after a landmark arms treaty dissolves next month, according to three European officials. Any change to the stated mission of NATO’s current missile defense system — aimed at threats from […]

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With Flyovers and Flags, Trump Plays M.C. for the Fourth

WASHINGTON — In a made-for-television Independence Day production starring America’s military weaponry, President Trump on Thursday used the Lincoln Memorial as the backdrop for a homage to the country’s armed forces and a call for unity that has been largely absent during his divisive presidency. Flanked by Bradley armored vehicles and M1A2 tanks in front […]

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What to Expect Ahead of Trump’s Fourth of July Celebration

President Trump is transforming Washington’s traditional Fourth of July celebration into a rally for America stamped with his personal brand, featuring displays of military might and a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Here’s what to expect: Trump’s Speech White House officials say President Trump plans a nonpolitical speech that honors the American military […]

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