US military spending up as global outlay hits 31-year high
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S. boosted military spending last year for the first time since 2010 while Russia’s defense budget declined for the second year, according to a new report that found global military investment at a post-Cold War high. Military spending increased overall to $1.8 trillion... Read more
Cases of heat-related illnesses on the rise, especially among Marines
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes Young Marines and soldiers based in the southeastern U.S. are most at risk for heat-related illnesses, military medical officials found after tracking a steady increase in diagnoses among the services over the past five years. In 2018, there were 578 diagnoses of heat stroke... Read more
AFRICOM evacuates US forces from Libya as fighting intensifies
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes STUTTGART, Germany — The U.S. military has withdrawn its troops from Libya as a local military commander’s forces advanced on the capital for a showdown with militias holding the city. “Due to increased unrest in Libya, a contingent of U.S. forces supporting U.S. Africa... Read more
Safer together: NATO chief tells Congress that pact must endure amid global threats
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The United States is stronger with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization than it would be without it, the head of the 29-nation alliance said Wednesday in Washington, marking the first time the leader of the security pact addressed a joint session of Congress. Secretary-General... Read more
AFRICOM, EUCOM nominees eye Russia, China as major concerns
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The nominee to serve as the next head of U.S. European Command said Tuesday he wants more troops on the continent as well as two additional Navy destroyers in the theater and an upgraded logistics network to speed forces east in the event of... Read more
Military relief efforts in Mozambique in full swing
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes U.S. Africa Command has conducted at least 30 humanitarian flights, delivering more than 120 tons of food and supplies to Mozambique, where a multinational relief effort is underway after a cyclone caused catastrophic damage in the region, military officials said. Cyclone Idai, which hit... Read more
‘We got zero notice’: Army resumes Cold War-era snap deployments to Europe
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The infantrymen of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment were in the middle of gunnery exercises in El Paso, Texas, on March 11 when the call came in from division headquarters: deploy to Poland. “We got zero notice,” said Col. Chad Chalfont, commander of... Read more
Pompeo wants NATO to take ‘actions’ to help Ukraine
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S. and its allies in Europe could agree at an upcoming NATO meeting to provide more support to Ukraine in its efforts to resist Russian aggression in the region, America’s top diplomat said Wednesday. “Next week I am hopeful, when our NATO colleagues... Read more
Funds to deter Russia, build base schools in Europe could go to US-Mexico border wall
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S. military’s buildup along NATO’s eastern flank, stretching from the Baltics and Poland down to Romania and Bulgaria, could be curtailed if the Trump administration elects to delay or cancel scores of planned construction projects to fund a border wall. The Pentagon on... Read more

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