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Marine officer blasts major general for calling him ‘narcissistic’ in reprimand letter. Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. responded defiantly Thursday to a scathing letter of reprimand calling his actions “narcissistic” for posting social media videos criticizing the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to documents exclusively obtained by Fox News.
Special ops task force in Middle East restructured for ‘broad, regional’ ISIS fight. The new task force, called Special Operations Joint Task Force-Levant, was stood up quietly on July 1.
UN Committee votes ‘yes’ on UK-US-backed space rules group. The delicate compromise between the US, Russia and China “may actually accomplish something,” said Victoria Samson, head of Secure World Foundation’s Washington office.
Buy American: Biden sees industry pushback as allies warn of trade consequences. President Joe Biden traveled this summer to the Mack Trucks factory in Pennsylvania to circle back to a politically potent message from his campaign, that he would revitalize U.S. manufacturing to spur job growth ― and he would do it by boosting “Buy American” requirements that the U.S. government buy goods made here.
LEFTIST TERROR? Army veteran sentenced for Southern California bomb plot. An Army veteran who plotted to bomb a white supremacist rally in Southern California was sentenced Monday to 25 years in federal prison.
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
FOR SAFETY? The Pentagon quietly removed more than 130,000 Afghanistan War photos and videos from public view. The images and videos, which date back more than a decade, were previously published to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, or DVIDS, a vast repository of public domain material that’s available for use by the public and the press.
Why are most Afghan evacuees still housed at US military camps? Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, 124,000 people have been evacuated to the U.S., including 67,000 Afghan allies. Of those Afghans, 10,000 have been resettled with the help of nonprofit agencies in communities across the nation, according to the Biden administration.
A few dozen airmen set up a mini airfield in the Pacific to train for a possible war with China. The Air Force may call to mind fabulous images of fighter jets, stealth bombers and enormous transport planes in flight.
What will drive China to war? A cold war is already under way. The question is whether Washington can deter Beijing from initiating a hot one.
The Coast Guard is vital to defending Taiwan against China. While the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) would carry the largest role in response, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) — the military’s fifth-largest service, located within the Department of Homeland Security — can contribute invaluably to deterrence or defense.
Russian troop movements near Ukraine border prompt concern in US, Europe. A renewed buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border has raised concern among some officials in the United States and Europe who are tracking what they consider irregular movements of equipment and personnel on Russia’s western flank.
Russian nuclear weapons stand out in defense budget request. Russia plans to gradually increase spending on its nuclear weapons capabilities over the next three years, according to the draft of the national budget currently under debate in parliament.
Officials: Damaged US Navy sub struck underwater mountain. The Navy has yet to fully explain how or why the USS Connecticut struck the seamount or to reveal the extent of damage to the Seawolf-class submarine.
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