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Why won’t the Marine Corps release public records from Lt. Col. Scheller’s court-martial? Task & Purpose has been refused access to a public record by the Marine Corps.
Navy launches ship named for gay rights leader Harvey Milk. Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said that, like many others, Milk had to “mask that very important part of his life” while he served in the Navy.
Pentagon bearing down on Biden to shelve nuclear reforms. The president has pledged to narrow the role of atomic weapons. But others cite China to argue for the status quo.
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
Afghan military pilots, on the run, feel abandoned by US. Detained in Tajikistan, or hiding from the Taliban in Afghanistan, many pilots wonder why the military that trained them is not coming to their aid.
Afghanistan off-limits, US hunts for safe airspace as Mideast mission continues. While the Air Force has adjusted its posture — for example, bringing home its EC-130H Compass Call electronic warfare planes for the first time in 20 years — retired Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle does not expect a radical rebalancing of air power assets in the Middle East.
China builds missile targets shaped like US aircraft carrier, destroyers in remote desert. The Chinese military has built targets in the shape of an American aircraft carrier and other U.S. warships in the Taklamakan desert as part of a new target range complex, according to photos provided to USNI News by satellite imagery company Maxar.
US, China power struggle on display at climate summit. Disputes over commitments to tackle climate change is the latest flashpoint in tensions between the U.S. and China.
China triggers growing fears for US military. China’s military buildup and its push to develop nuclear-capable missiles is unnerving Congress and U.S. defense officials alike.
T-DAY: The battle for Taiwan. China’s quest to rule Taiwan has already begun with a campaign of “gray-zone” warfare. Here is how military strategists believe the struggle might play out.
Send Ukraine US troops, weapons, key Republicans tell Biden. Republican Reps. Mike Rogers and Mike Turner are urging U.S. President Joe Biden to further arm Ukraine and “deploy a U.S. military presence in the Black Sea” to warn off a renewed invasion threat from Russian forces.
Marines train with elite troops in Israel as Iranian tensions linger. It’s the first U.S. bilateral training there since Israel came under Central Command’s area of operations.
North Korea Threat
North Korea stages artillery firing drill in latest weapons test. Leader Kim Jong Un was not mentioned in the report, suggesting he did not observe the training.
Nicaragua descends into autocratic rule as Ortega crushes dissent. President Daniel Ortega quashed the opposition and struck fear in voters, all but guaranteeing his victory in a presidential contest on Sunday.
US orders some employees to leave Ethiopia as war escalates. The United States is ordering non-emergency government employees and their families to leave Ethiopia and urging other U.S. citizens that they should “depart now” as the country’s war escalates and fighters approach the capital of Addis Ababa.
The Army is testing a brand-new helicopter-mounted Gatling gun. During recent testing at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, the Army tried out a new 20mm Gatling-style machine gun for the very first time.
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