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SERIOUSLY, AIR FORCE? US Air Force memo authorizes use of gender pronouns in signature blocks. The United States Air Force has authorized the use of gender pronouns in electronic signature boxes for communications within the department.
RIDICULOUS – Storied 29th Infantry patch possibly on chopping block due to Confederate ties. Thousands of soldiers with the 29th Infantry Division were among the first wave of troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy in the U.S.-led invasion of France in 1944.
GOOD – Dishonorable discharges for COVID vaccine refusal off the table as military separations begin. Defense officials won’t be allowed to give other-than-honorable discharges to troops who refuse COVID-19 vaccines once the new defense authorization bill is signed into law.
OUTRAGEOUS NONSENSE? – Retired US army generals warn of insurrection or civil war in 2024. Three retired army generals penned an op-ed in The Washington Post about the risks of another insurrection in 2024
GOOD – Boeing suspends vaccine mandate for employees. Boeing on Friday announced that it had suspended its requirement for U.S.-based employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Former Army Ranger charged in Capitol riot will remain jailed as threat. A federal judge on Friday ruled that a former teacher and ex-Army Ranger charged with 53 counts related to storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and assaulting police will remain jailed pending trial.
Biden’s Afghanistan Disaster
The Daily: An economic catastrophe in Afghanistan. We hear about what the unfolding crisis looks like on the ground, why the economy has deteriorated so quickly, and what role the United States has played.
How loitering munitions can help counter China. “Suicide drones” are already tapped to fill various roles, but more are needed, and faster.
Pro-Beijing candidates sweep ‘patriots’-only Hong Kong vote amid low turnout. Pro-Beijing candidates swept to victory in an overhauled “patriots”-only legislative election in Hong Kong that was deemed regressive by critics, with turnout hitting a record low amid a crackdown on the city’s freedoms by China.
NATO will not let Russia dictate its military posture, Germany says. NATO will discuss Russia’s security proposals but it will not let Moscow dictate the alliance’s military posture, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Sunday on a visit to German troops based in Lithuania to deter a Russian attack.
Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on patrol over Belarus. Some Ukrainian officials have voiced concern that Russia may use Belarus as a base for attacking their country from the north.
Black Sea NATO allies call for added security amid Russian buildup. The Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border and in the heavily militarized Black Sea region has led to calls by Black Sea allies to increase NATO and U.S. deterrence to prevent further Russian efforts to divide and isolate some of the alliance’s newest members.
Iran nuclear program ‘rapidly accelerating’ since US left nuclear deal, official says. Iran’s nuclear program is “rapidly accelerating” three years after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, a senior White House official said Friday.
Space Force at two: ‘Still a toddler,’ with all that brings. When President Donald Trump stood up the Space Force on Dec. 20, 2019, supporters glowed with the belief that the Pentagon’s longstanding lack of focus on space would finally be solved.
The Navy is rusting away thanks to a crushing deployment cycle. For decades, the Navy has pushed its ships and sailors to the breaking point in order to maintain a constant presence around the world, and now several Navy vessels are in such dire need of maintenance that their unseaworthy appearance is an embarrassment to the United States.
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