Tag: United States Defense and Military Forces

As China Speeds Up Nuclear Arms Race, the U.S. Wants to Talk

The nuclear relationship with Russia, he noted, is “far more mature, has a much deeper history to it.” After the summit meeting between Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi, he added, it is time to begin such conversations with China. “It is now incumbent on us to think about the most productive way to carry it […]

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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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The Military’s Broken Culture Around Sexual Violence and Suicide

Six months after her arrival in Iwakuni, Corporal Vassas was dead. The contours of her story are all too similar to those of other servicewomen. In May, an Army specialist, Kaylie Harris, 21, who reported she was raped by a man after she came out as gay, died by suicide. In 2018, an Army private, […]

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Ethiopian Leader Vows to Lead Troops as War Threatens to Widen

NAIROBI, Kenya — The Nobel Peace Prize has dogged Abiy Ahmed since he went to a war a year ago, stoking the outrage of critics who viewed the 2019 prize awarded to Ethiopia’s prime minister as a terrible mistake. But this week Mr. Abiy went a step further when he declared that he was heading […]

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Ian Fishback’s Death Highlights Veteran Mental Illness Crisis

In July 2019, Major Fishback informed Mr. Garlasco in an email that the C.I.A. was after him, he recalled. “I was like, dude, call me.” Major Fishback was in Europe with a new position. “He said, ‘I am going to give classified information to foreign governments if you don’t get the C.I.A. off my back.’ […]

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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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Maj. Ian Fishback, Who Exposed Abuse of Detainees, Dies at 42

Ian Fishback, an Army whistle-blower whose allegations that fellow members of the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq routinely beat and abused prisoners prompted the Senate to approve anti-torture legislation in 2005, died on Nov. 19 in Bangor, Mich. He was 42. His family, which announced the death in a statement, said the cause had not […]

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Army Cadets Tried to Get Navy’s Goat, Again. Commanders Were Not Amused.

Under the cover of darkness over the weekend, Army cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point crept into a secret compound, on a mission so dear to the cadet corps that it has survived generations of evolving warfare and official rebuke: stealing Bill the goat. The goat is the mascot of the […]

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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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On Putin’s Strategic Chessboard, a Series of Destabilizing Moves

“I welcome signs of readiness on the other side not just to produce and promote its own points and views,” Mr. Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister, said, “but also to listen to what we are telling them.” Before he sat down with Mr. Putin in Geneva in June, Mr. Biden met with leaders of the […]

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China’s Influence Looms Over Blinken’s Africa Visit

ABUJA, Nigeria — When Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken drove into Nigeria’s capital Abuja from the airport on Thursday, his motorcade zoomed past the China Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria building, a domed, almost palace-like structure along the expressway. It was a similar story a day earlier in Nairobi, where Mr. Blinken drove to […]

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Strike on U.S. Base Was Iranian Response to Israeli Attack, Officials Say

An armed drone strike last month on an American military base in southern Syria was Iranian retaliation for Israeli airstrikes in Syria, according to eight American and Israeli officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. The drone attack, which caused no casualties, would be the first time Iran has directed […]

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and Pentagon Standoff Over Vaccine Intensifies

WASHINGTON — A standoff between the governor of Oklahoma and the Pentagon over a coronavirus vaccine mandate for troops has turned into a stormy test of federal power, as President Biden moves to require vaccinations for a broad swath of the American work force. Last week, Oklahoma’s newly appointed adjutant general for the National Guard, […]

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Pentagon Chief Expected to Discuss 2019 Airstrike That Killed Dozens

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III is expected on Wednesday to make his first public comments about a U.S. airstrike in Syria in 2019 that killed dozens of women and children, Pentagon officials said. Mr. Austin, who became secretary earlier this year after the Biden administration began, received a briefing on Tuesday about […]

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Zalmay Khalilzad Battles Critics in U.S. and Afghanistan

The war ended on Mr. Khalilzad’s watch, but not on the terms he had hoped. Instead of the power-sharing government he imagined could restrain the Taliban, the militant group has assumed total control over the country, which is now facing economic collapse and famine. “Zal emerges from this as a quite tragic figure,” said Eric […]

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Russian Anti-Satellite Weapon Test Debris Forces Astronauts to Shelter

Russia carried out an antisatellite missile test on Monday, obliterating one of its own satellites in orbit. The test created a vast cloud of debris that continues to orbit Earth, and some of the material loomed dangerously close to the International Space Station, forcing astronauts to take shelter for hours in a pair of spacecraft […]

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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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Alan Paller, a Mover on Cybersecurity Threat, Is Dead at 76

Mr. Paller’s pet project was the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation, which hosts hacking challenges for high school and college students. The idea was based in part on the example of China, which runs regular hacking competitions to identify its next generation of digital warriors. “We have no program like that in the United States — […]

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How the U.S. Hid a Deadly Airstrike

Dave Philipps contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, […]

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The U.S. and China Need to Talk About Mutual Nuclear Vulnerability

BEIJING — Forget about nuclear might. It’s time for the United States to talk to China about mutual vulnerability. It’s clear that Beijing is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal. Commercial satellite images suggest China is building more than 100 new intercontinental ballistic missile silos. Reporting emerged last month that it tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile […]

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Book Excerpt: Navy SEAL’s Behavior Led Teammates to Change Their Mission

Throughout the contentious trial of Eddie Gallagher, a Navy SEAL chief accused of killing a prisoner in Iraq in 2017, Navy prosecutors never mentioned the name of the Islamic State fighter he had actually been charged with murdering. He was just “the kid” or “the victim,” sometimes “the dirtbag” — not even “John Doe.” In […]

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How the U.S. Hid an Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria

The Times investigation found that the bombing had been called in by a classified American special operations unit, Task Force 9, which was in charge of ground operations in Syria. The task force operated in such secrecy that at times it did not inform even its own military partners of its actions. In the case […]

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Qatar to Represent U.S. Interests in Afghanistan, Blinken Says

WASHINGTON — The tiny Middle Eastern nation of Qatar will serve as a diplomatic proxy for the United States in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Friday, representing American interests and helping to process visas for thousands of people who are looking to flee Taliban control. Qatar for years has been a […]

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The Challenges Faced by the Democrats

To the Editor: Re “A Woke-Up Call for Democrats,” by Maureen Dowd (column, Nov. 7): Ms. Dowd is ignoring what the president and the Democratic Party are up against in trying to save America from disaster. On the one hand, we have a truly inclusive, diverse and truth-telling Democratic Party that struggles to achieve a […]

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For a 96-Year-Old Veteran, the Parade Came to Him

Jack Le Vine did not march in the big Veterans Day parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Thursday, or attend the small service at the Brooklyn War Memorial. He spent the day on the block in Brooklyn where he was born, in the two-story brick-faced house with American flags out front and photos in […]

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On Veterans Day, the Parade Came to Him

Jack Le Vine did not march in the big Veterans Day parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Thursday, or attend the small service at the Brooklyn War Memorial. He spent the day on the block in Brooklyn where he was born, in the two-story brick-faced house with American flags out front and photos in […]

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Biden Marks First Veterans Day in Two Decades Without a War Underway

WASHINGTON — President Biden paid homage on Thursday to veterans, calling them the “solid steel spine” of the United States and the “soul of America” as he marked the first Veterans Day in two decades without troops engaged in an active war overseas. For Mr. Biden, who ended the 20-year conflict in Afghanistan this summer, […]

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Metallurgist Admits She Falsified Test Results for Steel Used in Navy Submarines

A former metallurgist at a foundry that provides steel used to make U.S. Navy submarines pleaded guilty in federal court in Tacoma, Wash., on Monday to falsifying test results that measured the strength and toughness of the metal — a practice that prosecutors said she continued for more than three decades. The former metallurgist, Elaine […]

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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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When the Taliban Are in Your Bedroom

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. KABUL, Afghanistan — When the Taliban are in your bedroom and there’s a photograph of you on the wall holding an American flag, a rifle and dressed like a recruiting commercial for the Marines, you […]

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Afghan Military Pilots, on the Run, Feel Abandoned by U.S.

As Kabul was falling to the Taliban in August, the young Afghan Air Force pilot flew his PC-12 turboprop from Afghanistan to neighboring Tajikistan to escape. Like other Afghan officers who fled in dozens of military aircraft to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the pilot had faith that his American military partners would rescue him. “We believed […]

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