Tag: Defense Department

Esper Claims Defense Dept. Is Improperly Blocking Parts of His Memoir

On Nov. 8, Mr. Esper emailed his successor, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, about his concerns. When he submitted the manuscript for review in May, Mr. Esper wrote, he was confident it contained nothing that was classified or compromised national security, a view he still holds. But when the office returned the manuscript to […]

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Guantánamo Bay: Beyond the Prison

GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Mention this place, and people tend to think of caged men wearing orange uniforms and on their knees, the image of opening day at the wartime prison four months after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But this military base is more than one big prison. About 6,000 people live at […]

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Pentagon Forms a Group to Examine Unexplained Aerial Sightings

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Tuesday night announced a new group to investigate reports of unidentified aerial phenomena in sensitive areas, work that will be overseen by both the military and the intelligence agencies. The group will lead an effort to “detect, identify and attribute objects” in restricted airspace, as well as mitigate any threats […]

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U.S. Tries to Convince Arab Allies It Isn’t Quitting Middle East

MANAMA, Bahrain — The Biden administration is trying to convince its Arab allies that the United States, despite appearances to the contrary, is not fed up with the region and headed for the doors. It is a tough sell. At a meeting on Saturday in Bahrain that comes on the eve of global talks meant […]

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AI Weekly: Defense Department proposes new guidelines for developing AI technologies

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more This week, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the division of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that awards emerging technology prototype contracts, published a first draft of a […]

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Biden Met With Xi. But Is His China Policy Right?

The choreography has been exquisite. President Biden spent his first nine months in office trying to gain leverage over China: He patched up trade disputes with America’s allies. He hosted the first-ever in-person meeting of leaders of “The Quad,” which forged deeper ties between the United States, India, Japan and Australia, all of which sit […]

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Pentagon Chief Orders Briefing on 2019 Syria Airstrike That Killed Dozens

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered the military’s top commander in the Middle East to brief him on details of a U.S. airstrike in Syria in 2019 that killed dozens of women and children, the Pentagon said on Monday. The Pentagon’s top spokesman, John F. Kirby, said Mr. Austin, who became […]

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Military Can’t Find ISIS Safe House That Prompted Kabul Drone Strike

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has approved General Said’s findings and recommendations, the chief Pentagon spokesman, John F. Kirby, said last week, and has left it up to the four-star generals leading the military’s Central and Special Operations commands to decide, probably in the next few weeks, whether anyone should be disciplined or rebuked […]

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Google Wants to Work With the Pentagon Again, Despite Employee Concerns

Three years after an employee revolt forced Google to abandon work on a Pentagon program that used artificial intelligence, the company is aggressively pursuing a major contract to provide its technology to the military. The company’s plan to land the potentially lucrative contract, known as the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability, could raise a furor among […]

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China Could Have 1,000 Nuclear Warheads by 2030, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON — China is continuing to strengthen its strategic nuclear arsenal and could have 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030, according to a new Defense Department report released Wednesday. The Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on China’s military might estimates that China could have 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027 and 1,000 three years later. In […]

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Military Grants Few Coronavirus Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, where thousands of workers who interact with patients were supposed to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 8, officials have taken a dim view of such exemptions. Since the department issued a vaccine mandate for its 115,000 frontline health care workers this past summer, about 88 percent of the 380,000 […]

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Military Grants Few Vaccine Exemptions as Deadlines Loom

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, where thousands of workers who interact with patients were supposed to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 8, officials have taken a dim view of such exemptions. Since the department issued a vaccine mandate for its 115,000 frontline health care workers this past summer, about 88 percent of the 380,000 […]

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How 3 Strangers a World Away Came to the Rescue of a Badly Burned Afghan Girl

Asma told her family she wanted to be a doctor. They asked her what kind. A children’s doctor? Not just any doctor, Asma told them, pointing an index finger in the air, as she often did to make a point. “I want to be the head doctor.” The death of Asma’s father meant that the […]

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U.S. Pledges to Pay Family of Those Killed in Botched Kabul Drone Strike

[explosion] In one of the final acts of its 20-year war in Afghanistan, the United States fired a missile from a drone at a car in Kabul. It was parked in the courtyard of a home, and the explosion killed 10 people, including 43-year-old Zemari Ahmadi and seven children, according to his family. The Pentagon […]

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Lawmakers Press to Rescue Afghan Relatives of U.S. Troops

WASHINGTON — More than a month after a frenzied U.S. effort to evacuate thousands facing retribution from the Taliban in Afghanistan, members of Congress are still quietly pushing the government to help extract a small group of stranded Afghans who are direct relatives of American military service members. The service members, some of whom have […]

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The U.S. Military Said It Was an ISIS Safe House. We Found an Afghan Family Home.

new video loaded: The U.S. Military Said It Was an ISIS Safe House. We Found an Afghan Family Home. Recent episodes in Visual Investigations Using evidence that’s hidden in plain sight, our investigative journalists present a definitive account of the news — from the Las Vegas massacre to a chemical attack in Syria. Using evidence […]

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The Secret War Over Pentagon Aid in Fighting Wildfires

In July, as wildfires tore through the American West, President Biden met with the region’s governors to find better ways to battle the flames. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California requested use of military satellites that are designed to warn of missile attacks, calling the orbital fleet “a game changer” for spotting and fighting wildfires. Mr. […]

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General Milley Back in the Center of a Political Battle

WASHINGTON — Nearly 16 months after he walked across a Lafayette Square aggressively cleared of protesters with then President Donald J. Trump, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is still trying to make amends. He has apologized in a video that infuriated Mr. Trump. He has stood up against […]

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America’s Top General Back in the Center of a Political Battle

WASHINGTON — Nearly 16 months after he walked across a Lafayette Square aggressively cleared of protesters with then President Donald J. Trump, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is still trying to make amends. He has apologized in a video that infuriated Mr. Trump. He has stood up against […]

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This Is No Way to Run a Democracy

Bret Stephens: Hi Gail. So it turns out that Joe Biden really did win Arizona last year. Are you … shocked? Gail Collins: Pass the champagne, Bret. We’ll drink a toast to the fact that recount-wise, it’s been easy to find excuses to celebrate. Arizona’s recheck showed Biden actually getting a few more votes than […]

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