Trial starts in case of accused Chinese spy who snuck into Mar-a-Lago
By Jay Weaver and Nicholas Nehamas Miami Herald If the first day is any indication, the trial of Yujing Zhang, the Chinese businesswoman accused of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, will be a bizarre affair unlikely to answer the central question on the minds of many: Is... Read more
Trump promotes counter terrorism head to acting Director of National Intelligence
By Jennifer Jacobs Bloomberg News President Donald Trump said Joseph Maguire, head of the National Counterterrorism Center, will take over as Acting Director of National Intelligence when Dan Coats leaves the post next week. Maguire has had a “long and distinguished” career in the military, Trump said in a... Read more
Prosecutors in Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher murder case lose their medals after President Trump tweets
Erika I. Ritchie The Orange County Register Seven Navy and Marine Achievement medals and three commendations issued to prosecutors involved in the court-martial against Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher were rescinded by order of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer late Wednesday, military officials confirmed hours after President Donald Trump tweeted... Read more
President Trump says transgender military ban put in place because they “take massive amounts of drugs”
By Alex Wayne and Kitty Donaldson Bloomberg News President Donald Trump said his administration reinstituted a ban against most transgender people serving in the military because some of them take prescription medicine, claiming erroneously that the armed services prohibit drug use. Trump was asked why he implemented the ban,... Read more
Bombs Away: Best images of our military for May 10th, 2019
This week’s images show us a pair of victories, two types of fires, and a first-person view of the new F-35A. For 13 years the Army has given away the Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers trophy to the best Sapper, and in this photo by Micahel Curtis, we watch... Read more
Death toll climbs after more than 600 rockets fly between Gaza and Israel, both agree to another ceasefire
By Tamara Zieve and Saud Abu Ramadan dpa A Palestinian man was killed on Saturday night as medics said the death toll rose to four from ongoing Israeli army airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in retaliation for some 200 rockets fired by Palestinian militants at Israel. Gaza Health Ministry... Read more
China military expanding reach into Arctic region, Pentagon says
By Tony Capaccio Bloomberg News China is accelerating activities in the Arctic as part of its “Polar Silk Road” and trying to promote itself as a “near-Arctic state,” the U.S. Defense Department said. A growing fleet of icebreakers and civilian research stations in Iceland and Norway could support a... Read more
Artillery booms from Army landing craft for first time in decades
J.P. Lawrence Stars and Stripes Artillery rounds blasted from howitzers aboard Army landing craft during a recent training mission, the first time in decades that boats from the service’s little-known fleet of watercraft have conducted a fire mission. Known as Operation Gator, the late April drill at Camp Lejeune,... Read more
Bombs Away: Best images of our military for April 26th, 2019
This week’s images take us airborne, a sniper’s point of view, a show of struggle, how Marine’s train for urban warfare, and a welcome home. First, we see the moment a special tactics operator jumps from the back of an MC-130H Combat Talon II as it flies over Florida.... Read more
Rise of the white hulls: Indo-Pacific coast guards become diplomatic tools
Theron Godbold Stars and Stripes Nations in the Indo-Pacific region are employing “white hull” diplomacy, putting their coast guards to work to challenge China’s territorial claims at sea, a Philippine Coast Guard officer said recently. Lt. Cmdr. Jay Tarriela described the growing strength and responsibility of coast guards in... Read more
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