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Troops who refuse COVID vaccines won’t be guaranteed veterans benefits, officials warn. Local commanders will decide whether to give other-than-honorable dismissals to individuals who refuse the vaccine.
As defense disruptions loom, Biden eases up on vaccine refusers. As the first deadline under federal vaccination orders hit Tuesday for active-duty Air Force personnel the Biden administration said firing those who refuse jabs should not be the first enforcement option.
Supreme Court seems open to expanding gun rights in a major Second Amendment case. The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments about a New York gun-permit law in a major case whose outcome could dramatically expand Second Amendment rights.
The US just got out of Afghanistan and it’s already at risk of getting sucked into another country’s war. Washington is reportedly negotiating with Pakistan for long-term access to its airspace in exchange for assisting Islamabad with its own counterterrorism operations.
National Reconnaissance Office wants satellite imagery from commercial providers. The National Reconnaissance Office is turning to industry for more satellite imagery, issuing a Nov. 3 request for proposals that could see contracts awarded in early 2022.
FBI releases declassified documents on Sept. 11 attacks. The FBI released hundreds of pages of newly declassified documents Wednesday about its long effort to explore connections between the Saudi government and the Sept. 11 attacks, revealing the scope of a strenuous but ultimately fruitless investigation whose outcome many question to this day.
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
Veterans are united on wanting accountability for the war in Afghanistan. Like many of our fellow veterans, we were deeply unsettled by the collapse of the Afghan government to the Taliban after decades of American effort to stabilize Afghanistan.
China’s march toward a ‘world-class’ military, and how it threatens Taiwan. The annual “China Power Report” points to using force against Taiwan as a motivation for military modernization.
Pentagon: Chinese nuke force growing faster than predicted. China is expanding its nuclear force much faster than U.S. officials predicted just a year ago, highlighting a broad and accelerating buildup of military muscle designed to enable Beijing to match or surpass U.S. global power by mid-century, according to a Pentagon report released Wednesday.
Army resurrects artillery command in Europe. The Army recently announced the reactivation of the 56th Artillery Command in Europe, which deactivated in 1991 following the signing of the now-defunct Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Reactivated US Army unit protecting European allies now fully functional. The Army’s new V Corps, responsible for overseeing units operating up and down NATO’s eastern flank in Europe, was declared “fully operationally capable” Wednesday during a ceremony at its main headquarters at Fort Knox, Ky.
Germany, US plan major aerial drill to defend Europe. Air Defender 2023 will consist of a two-week exercise based in the European theater.
Iran seizes an oil tanker, but whose tanker is disputed. U.S. and Iranian officials gave conflicting accounts of a ship that was seized last month. Some reports said it was the same tanker the United States had seized last year. The Pentagon denied that.
Blue Flag exercise has Israel’s enemies seeing red. Despite the efforts of Israel’s adversaries, Jerusalem now fields its most capable military ever and is more diplomatically integrated in the region than it has been since Israel’s founding.
Climate change poses great risk for Florida’s military bases. East Central Florida is already feeling the effects of rising seas, flooding, and extreme heat.
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