President Trump calls Brazil a ‘major non-NATO’ ally
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump said he will grant special military status to Brazil, making it a “major non-NATO ally” in a move to boost cooperation. Trump informed Congress Wednesday of his intent to make the South American state the 18th country to receive the designation.... Read more
Wolters looks to push ‘competitive advantage’ in Europe
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters assumed command Thursday of U.S. troops in Europe, where the military has expanded its mission in recent years to counter a more aggressive Russia. During a change-of-command ceremony at U.S. European Command’s Stuttgart headquarters, Wolters said his aim is... Read more
Documents reveal Turkey tracked US military because of coup connection suspicions
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The Turkish government tracked the movement of U.S. troops inside Turkey as part of its investigation into an attempted coup in the country, where top political leaders have accused the U.S. of playing a behind-the-scenes role, according to documents obtained by a group that... Read more
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John Vandiver Stars and Stripes STUTTGART, Germany — The U.S. military has withdrawn its troops from Libya as a local military commander’s forces advanced on the capital for a showdown with militias holding the city.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

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