Military

EU Reports 150K Russian Troops Massed Near Ukraine

Reuters reports: Russia has concentrated more than 150,000 troops on Ukraine’s border and in annexed Crimea, the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday after EU foreign ministers were briefed by Ukraine’s foreign minister. Tensions between Moscow and Kyiv have been rising amid the military build-up and clashes in eastern Ukraine between the army and pro-Russian separatists. The Associated …

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Biden Admin Opposes SCOTUS Suit On All-Male Draft

The Washington Post reports: The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court not to take up a lawsuit that calls the all-male military draft unconstitutional. Because Congress is considering whether women should also be required to sign up, Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar said in a brief to the court, “any reconsideration of the constitutionality of the male-only registration …

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All US Troops To Leave Afghanistan By September 11th

The New York Times reports: President Biden has decided to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 20 years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon launched the country into its longest war, United States officials said Tuesday. The decision will keep more than 3,000 American troops on the ground in Afghanistan beyond …

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Docs Show Military Branches Have Long Ejected White Supremacists In Secrecy, No Public Dismissal Records

USA Today reports: For decades, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have quietly kicked out some of the worst white supremacists in their ranks, offering them administrative discharges that leave no public record of their hateful activity. The documents, obtained via a public-records request by the open-government advocacy group American Oversight, detail 13 major investigations into white supremacist activity in …

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Biden To Nominate First Female Secretary Of The Army

Stars & Stripes reports: President Joe Biden is expected to nominate Christine Wormuth to be the next Army secretary, making her the first woman to hold that position, according to a news report Monday. Her nomination is the first of the three service secretaries positions that need to be filled by the Biden administration. Wormuth is the director of the …

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Nearly 40% Of USMC Members Are Refusing Vaccine

CNN reports: Nearly 40% of US Marines are declining Covid-19 vaccinations, according to data provided to CNN on Friday by the service, the first branch to disclose service-wide numbers on acceptance and declination. As of Thursday, approximately 75,500 Marines have received vaccines, including fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated service men and women. About 48,000 Marines have chosen not to receive …

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Pentagon Orders Screening To Weed Out Extremists

Politico reports: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday ordered a series of “immediate actions” to address the threat of extremism in the military, including a review of the armed forces’ definition of extremist behavior, standardizing questionnaires to screen recruits and developing procedures for veterans to report extremist activities after they leave service. The actions come after a 60-day “stand down” …

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French Army Tests Robot Dog In “Combat Scenarios”

The Verge reports: Spot, the quadruped robot built by US firm Boston Dynamics, has appeared alongside soldiers during military exercises carried out by the French army. The robot was apparently being used for reconnaissance during a two-day training exercise, but the deployment raises questions about how and where Boston Dynamics’ machines will be used in future. Pictures of the exercises …

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Fox Host: Michelle Obama Helped Feminize The Military

Media Matters has the transcript: RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY (HOST): Critical race theory and gender ideology have infected nearly every institution in America. The last vestige of the pro-American meritocracy still standing was the U.S. military. From the progressive perspective, the military was too masculine, had way too many Republicans, and a dangerous knack of turning minorities into patriotic, self-reliant conservatives. This …

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Pentagon Reverses Trump With Pro-Trans Regulations

The Associated Press reports: The Pentagon on Wednesday will sweep away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new rules that offer them wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition, defense officials told The Associated Press. The new department regulations allow transgender people who meet military standards to enlist and serve …

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Army Denies Medals For Soldier Pardoned By Trump

USA Today reports: The Army has rejected an appeal to return medals for valor to retired Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, a Special Forces soldier former President Donald Trump pardoned for alleged murder in Afghanistan. It was one of three high-profile cases in which Trump interceded on behalf of troops accused of war crimes. The decision regarding Golsteyn, reached last June, was …

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Carlson Ridicules Pentagon’s “Woke Generals” [VIDEO]

“We were almost rattled. Then we realized if the woke generals treat us like they’ve treated the Taliban, we’ll be fine. “Twenty years later, the Taliban are still here. Maybe we ought to promise the Pentagon that we’ll get rid of traditional gender roles on this show. “Change the pronouns, defeat the patriarchy, and all that.” – Tucker Carlson, responding …

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Pentagon Press Release Condemns Tucker Carlson

Via press release from the Department of Defense: The United States military is the greatest the world has ever seen because of its diversity, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said during a news briefing this morning. Kirby addressed this because a Fox cable show host used his show to denigrate the contributions of women in the military and to …

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Enraged Pentagon Officials Unload On Tucker Carlson

CNN reports: In an extraordinary rebuke, the Pentagon and several senior members of the US military called out Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday for a sexist segment in which he mocked women serving in the armed forces. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin shared the same “revulsion” that many …

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Task Force: DC Needs Permanent National Guard Force

Military.com reports: A task force charged with making recommendations to boost congressional security after a deadly Jan. 6 pro-Trump mob assault on Capitol Hill has proposed establishing a permanent military presence ready to go at a moment’s notice in Washington, D.C. The security review, led by retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who ran military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, …

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National Guard General: Pentagon Waited Over Three Hours To Approve Sending Troops To Capitol [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Senior Pentagon officials took more than three hours to approve sending National Guard troops to the Capitol as it was being violently breached on Jan. 6, even as troops were loaded on buses and ready to go, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard testified Wednesday. William Walker told senators that senior Pentagon leaders did not approve …

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Defense Sec: I Recommended Strike On Syria [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The Biden administration conducted an airstrike in Syria on Thursday that officials believe killed a number of alleged Iranian-linked fighters, signaling its intent to use targeted military action to push back against violence tied to Tehran. The attack on a border-crossing station in eastern Syria, the first lethal operation ordered by the Biden administration against Iran’s …

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Art Project Lets Web Users Control Armed Robot Dog

NBC News reports: An internet-enabled art installation that launched Wednesday offers a strange proposition: the chance to pilot a $75,000 four-legged robot named Spot that is armed with a paintball gun. The robot may be familiar to people who have seen various viral videos of similar robots from Boston Dynamics that have offered a sometimes startling glimpse at leaps in …

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Pentagon Delayed Promotions For Female Generals Over Fears Trump Would Interfere With Those Promotions

The New York Times reports: For then-Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the tricky part was that both of the accomplished officers were women. Mr. Esper and General Milley worried that if they even raised their names — Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost of the Air Force and …

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Pentagon Report Details Inroads By White Supremacists

Roll Call reports: The report, obtained by CQ Roll Call, paints a stark picture of white supremacist inroads in the U.S. military. And it reveals several steps the Pentagon is now reviewing to kick such people out and help keep them out — from accessing an FBI database of extremist tattoos to improving security clearance questions. The Pentagon report said …

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