Presidential pardons of war criminals could complicate relationship with allies, harm commanders
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Presidential pardons for American servicemembers convicted or accused of war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the killing of unarmed enemy fighters, could undermine military leadership and might complicate the U.S. relationship with key allies, several military law experts said. Retired top military officers... Read more
Former ambassador, astronaut nominated for Air Force secretary
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he would nominate Barbara Barrett, a former ambassador to Finland and astronaut, to be the next secretary of the Air Force, replacing Heather Wilson who is slated to leave that post at the end of this month. “I... Read more
US sending more military support to suppress Iranian threat
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will deploy a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious transport dock warship to the Middle East as part of the Defense Department’s operations aimed at deterring increasing Iranian aggression, defense officials said Friday. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan ordered the new deployments... Read more
President Trump removes interim tag Secretary of Defense and makes Pat Shanahan appointment permanent
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Pat Shanahan, who has led the Pentagon on an interim basis since January, will be nominated by President Donald Trump to take over as defense secretary permanently, the White House announced Thursday. “President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan as Secretary of Defense,”... Read more
U.S. sending USNS Comfort with hundreds of doctors to help wounded Venezuelans fleeing the country
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will dispatch a Navy hospital ship carrying hundreds of doctors and nurses to South America next month where it will be tasked with treating Venezuelans fleeing that nation’s economic and growing political crises. The USNS Comfort will leave its home port in... Read more
Shanahan says he doesn’t know how long troops will remain at southern border
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told lawmakers Wednesday that he did not know how long thousands of military troops would remain at the U.S. southern border though he said they would stay as long as they were under legal orders from the White House.... Read more
CNO nominee backs Navy plan to scrap USS Truman as White House vows to keep the ship
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The admiral nominated as the Navy’s next top officer told senators Tuesday that he backed a controversial plan to scrap one of the service’s aircraft carriers halfway through its lifespan to fund newer technology, including unmanned warships. Adm. Bill Moran, President Donald Trump’s selection... Read more
Pentagon to expand mission on US-Mexico border, allow some troops direct contact with migrants
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will expand the military’s mission along the southern border, sending nearly 300 additional active-duty troops there who will be authorized to have direct contact with migrants entering the United States to provide them food and shuttle them between locations, defense officials said... Read more
Should women register for the draft? Experts debate as Trump administration challenges court ruling
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes With obstacles to women serving in the military’s most dangerous, front-line combat jobs now eliminated, they should be required to register for the draft, former military leaders told a commission analyzing the U.S. Selective Service System. It would be unconstitutional to continue to require... Read more
Air Force OKs 2-piece flight suits for regular duty, changes patch placement on OCP uniforms
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Air Force on Tuesday announced it is changing the placement of unit patches on its new combat uniforms and is authorizing the use of two-piece flight uniforms for air crewmen at home stations or while deployed. The decisions are part of an ongoing... Read more

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