President bans Huawei from U.S. markets, cites security concerns
Don Lee Los Angeles Times President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday giving his administration sweeping powers to block Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. and other foreign communications firms from doing business in the United States — a long-anticipated move he had postponed while Washington and Beijing were... Read more
U.S. officials: North Korean missile built to avoid defensive measures
David S. Cloud Los Angeles Times A newly tested North Korean short-range ballistic missile appears to be a copy of an advanced Russian design that could greatly improve Pyongyang’s ability to evade U.S. missile defense systems, according to U.S. officials. President Trump, who has sought unsuccessfully for the last... Read more
Trump warns the EU to not exclude US companies from bidding on European military projects
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The Trump administration has issued a warning to European Union allies that a decadeslong partnership is at risk if the American defense industry isn’t allowed to compete for contracts on new EU military projects. The EU is pushing an initiative that amounts to “a... Read more
More than 4,000 Marines are moving from Okinawa to Guam starting in 2024
Matthew M. Burke Stars and Stripes The transfer of Marines from Okinawa to Guam could begin as early as October 2024 and take 18 months to complete, according to a report by Japan’s Kyodo News service that cites a Marine Corps official on the U.S. Pacific island territory. The... Read more
Air Force will have a new secretary starting on June 1st
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Matthew P. Donovan, the under secretary of the Air Force, will become acting secretary of the service on June 1, after Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson resigns her position, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Wilson announced in March in a letter to President Donald... Read more
Musk & Bezos entering arms race, will bid on contracts to build rockets for US military
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have had their eyes in the skies for some time with their respected companies, SpaceX and Blue Origin but now it appears they have shifted their sights on ground targets as well. The pair of rocket-building billionaires are now entering the military-industrial market and... Read more
Proposed bill would allow Congress to intervene in sexual assault cases
By Emily Kopp CQ-Roll Call Congress could intervene in legal cases on behalf of military members who have been sexually assaulted under a new bill co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Brian Mast. The Florida Republican in late April introduced “Harmony’s Law,” named after his... Read more
US relations with Ecuador improving now that Assange is in custody
By Franco Ordonez McClatchy Washington Bureau Now that Ecuador has expelled Julian Assange from its embassy in London, the Trump administration is opening a “new chapter of cooperation” with the South American government. USAID Administrator Mark Green will join Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Valencia in Ecuador on Wednesday... Read more
Immigrant soldiers fighting for the US are denied citizenship more often than civilians
By Tara Copp McClatchy Washington Bureau Immigrants serving in the U.S. military are being denied citizenship at a higher rate than foreign-born civilians, according to new government data that has revealed the impact of stricter Trump administration immigration policies on service members. According to the same data, the actual... Read more
President calls report of sending 120,000 troops in Iranian conflict ‘fake news’, says he’d send more
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The Pentagon has drafted plans to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East in the event Iran launches an attack on U.S. forces in the region or restarts its nuclear weapons program, the New York Times reported. President Donald Trump dismissed the... Read more
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