Space Force faces Senate panel’s skepticism, concerns
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes A Senate panel on Thursday raised a long list of reservations to a Trump administration plan to create Space Force as a new military branch that could require $500 million in annual funding. In their first hearing on the proposal, the Senate Armed Services... Read more
White House urged ICE to release detainees in SF, other Democratic strongholds
Erin Allday San Francisco Chronicle California immigrant rights advocates blasted a plan by the White House to transport and release detainees on the streets of sanctuary cities — specifically San Francisco, plus some small- and medium-size communities — as political payback. The White House tried twice over the past... Read more
Navy will allow off-duty sailors to ‘live socially’ according to their preferred gender, but not do so on duty
Muri Assunção New York Daily News For transgender people in the U.S. military, April is shaping up to be a bittersweet month. But mostly bitter. Just a few days before the implementation of President Trump’s ban on transgender troops, a clarification from the Navy on the dress code of... Read more
Funding border mission forces National Guard to choose: reprogram funds or cancel training
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes The National Guard will have to scale back training and possibly cancel weekend drills unless the Pentagon can divert about $193 million into training accounts that have been depleted to pay for the ongoing mission at the U.S. southern border, the service’s top... Read more
S. Korean leader will try again to bring Trump, Kim back to the table
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes President Moon Jae-in headed to Washington on Wednesday to begin another round of summit diplomacy aimed at reviving nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meanwhile, was quoted as calling for creativity to deal with the... Read more
Congress concerned about lack of disaster relief for military bases devastated by hurricanes
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes A House lawmaker voiced his alarm and displeasure Wednesday with the failure of Congress to deliver more funds to help the military with disaster recovery, several months after hurricanes devastated a Marine Corps base and an Air Force base. “I’m a little taken... Read more
Russia attempting to regain influence in Africa as a way to attack NATO from the south
Africa once again finds itself being visited by Russian men with guns, in numbers unseen since the days of the Cold War. The Russian military is peddling arms and training across the continent in exchange for mineral wealth and mining rights, and making a return to nations where their... Read more
WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange faces U.S. computer-hacking charge after arrest in London
By Chris Megerian Los Angeles Times WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been indicted in connection with a computer hacking conspiracy, the Justice Department said Thursday shortly after British police arrested him at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Prosecutors accused Assange of working with Chelsea Manning, a U.S. Army intelligence... Read more
Neller: Southern border deployment improved readiness of some Marine units
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Sending Marines to support the mission on the U.S.-Mexico border did not hurt service readiness, but actually increased it for some units, the commandant of the Marine Corps said Tuesday. Gen. Robert Neller was questioned Tuesday by members of the Senate Armed Services... Read more
Ex-cabinet secretaries decry Trump administration’s plan for climate-change panel
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Two former Obama administration cabinet secretaries warned lawmakers Tuesday of the peril in the current administration’s disregard of the clear link between climate change and national security. Former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated before the House Committee... Read more
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