Acting Defense Sec. withdrawing after alleged domestic dispute incident goes  public
By Glen Carey Bloomberg News Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to take over the post on a permanent basis, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday, after reports surfaced of a domestic abuse incident almost a decade ago. Trump said he will name Secretary of the... Read more
The battleship that wouldn’t sink: How the USS Nevada became a symbol of the American fighter during WWII
Two attributes often come to mind when attempting to describe the American mindset: stubbornness and perseverance. If ever there was a physical embodiment of those qualities it would be the USS Nevada.  A battleship that rose from her watery grave after the attack on Pearl Harbor to exact vengeance... Read more
Afghanistan worried Taliban will overrun southern province if U.S. withdraws troops
J.P. Lawrence Stars and Stripes Locals in the provincial capital of Helmand often show visitors reminders of the days when the Taliban attacked: a bathroom where a rocket hit and killed a co-worker; a house where citizens hid from withering crossfire; a checkpoint built from an old Soviet tank... Read more
U.S. sending another 1,000 troops to Middle East in response to oil tanker attack
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon on Monday announced it would deploy about 1,000 new troops to the Middle East “for defensive purposes” and released new imagery it says shows Iranian troops’ involvement in the attacks on two tankers June 13 in the Gulf of Oman. Acting Defense... Read more
Editorial: The U.S. can protect tankers from Iran, with help from allies
  It was known as the “tanker war.” In 1987, Iran wreaked havoc on global energy supplies moving through the Strait of Hormuz, using mines to attack Kuwaiti oil tankers and eventually triggering direct conflict between U.S. naval forces and Iranian vessels. The U.S. estimated that Iran had attacked... Read more
Army announces Expert Soldier’s Badge for combat medics & Special Forces
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Soldiers outside the infantry, combat medic and Special Forces fields will soon have the opportunity to earn a badge acknowledging their experience at critical skills, the Army announced Friday on the service’s 244th birthday. The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command recent approved the long-anticipated... Read more
Naval War College announces first female President
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The next president the U.S. Naval War College will be a woman, a first for the century-old institution, after the previous president was removed. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced Friday that Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be the next president of the Navy’s... Read more
Cleared for takeoff: Aging A-10 gets another decade to support ground troops
The A-10 will continue to fly in support of America’s ground forces, thanks to the quick passing of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The aircraft, which has not been manufactured since the early 1980s, is useful to the U.S. but is showing its age. Just two years ago,... Read more
Iran stockpiling uranium, will pass key point of 2015 nuclear deal within the next 10 days
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Iran said Monday it is preparing to enrich uranium to higher grades than allowed by its nuclear pact with global powers, marking a departure from a core commitment designed to prevent Tehran from building nuclear weapons. A spokesman for Iran’s nuclear energy agency, Behrus Kamalwandi, said... Read more
CENTCOM: Iran helped Yemen rebels take down U.S. drone
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen shot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone at an altitude that U.S. Central Command said Sunday shows improved capability and likely assistance by Iran. The CENTCOM statement confirmed earlier reports of the incident, which took place earlier this month,... Read more
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