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Milley denies wrongdoing amid calls for his resignation over details in new book. A new book to be released next week says Milley took steps to guard against Trump launching a questionable military strike in the final days of his presidency.
Pentagon Asks Personnel to Report Any Symptoms of Mysterious Ailments. The Pentagon is asking all military personnel, civilian officials and contractors to report any anomalous health episodes similar to the illnesses that have befallen diplomats and C.I.A. officers at the American Embassy in Havana, according to a new departmentwide message.
What Happens to Soldiers Who Refuse the COVID Vaccine? Punishments for troops, especially senior leaders, who steadfastly refuse without an exemption could include discharge.
Capitol Police request National Guard support for Sept. 18 rally backing Jan. 6 rioters. The Pentagon could not say what kind of support the National Guard would be lending to the Capitol Police.
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
Afghan killed by drone praised by co-workers in US aid group. The Afghan man who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month was an enthusiastic and beloved longtime employee at an American humanitarian organization, his colleagues say, painting a stark contrast to the Pentagon’s claims that he was an Islamic State group militant about to carry out an attack on American troops.
Top Armed Services Republican asks Biden about counterterrorism ‘plan’ after Afghanistan withdrawal. The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee wants answers from the Biden administration about how it intends to keep America safe from terrorism.
7 Marines still hospitalized weeks after Kabul airport suicide bombing. Two are in critical but stable condition; five are in serious but stable condition.
Lindsey Graham, one-man PR shop for the Afghan resistance. There are no indications that the Biden administration is prepared to help, but the GOP senator isn’t alone in his party.
The Counterterror War That America Is Winning. The United States has centered its efforts on invasions and insurgencies. But another campaign appears to be having greater success.
France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defense deal. France accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a lucrative defense deal that it had signed with Australia for submarines.
UK, US and Australia (AUKUS) launch pact to counter China. The UK, US and Australia have announced a special security pact to share advanced defense technologies, in an effort to counter China.
Japan ground troops begin nationwide drills for 1st time in 30 years. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force on Wednesday started nationwide exercises involving all units for the first time in about 30 years in an attempt to boost deterrence and strengthen its capabilities amid China’s ramped-up regional assertiveness.
Russia Claims Battlefield Breakthrough with Robot Tanks. Russia has employed unmanned ground vehicles in combat formations for the first time, a significant step in the country’s quest to develop an effective all-robot military unit, experts say.
North Korea Threat
Rival Koreas test-fire ballistic missiles hours apart. North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles hours apart Wednesday in a display of military might that is sure to exacerbate tensions between the rivals at a time when talks aimed at stripping the North of its nuclear program are stalled.
The Marines are copying the Air Force’s efforts to counter online disinformation. Disinformation and malign influence online are among nascent digital threats the U.S. military is actively countering, top officials said on Monday.
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