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National Guard Preparing Budget Measures to Cover Jan. 6 Response
Military
National Guard Preparing Budget Measures to Cover Jan. 6 Response
2021-07-23 12:30:24
by Reece Nations

National Guard leaders are preparing to furlough civilians and cancel training events and drills slated for August and September to cover costs incurred by responding to the Jan. 6 siege on Capitol Hill. The guard’s mission formally ended in May,... Read More

Afghan Allies Headed to U.S. to Avoid Taliban Revenge
Foreign Affairs
Afghan Allies Headed to U.S. to Avoid Taliban Revenge
2021-07-19 20:57:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A proposal that would expedite visas for Afghans who assisted the U.S. military glided through a congressional hearing Monday as the urgency grows to save them. As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, some Afghans who helped the U.S.... Read More

Top US Commander in Afghanistan Relinquishes Post
Military
Top US Commander in Afghanistan Relinquishes Post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan relinquished his position at a ceremony in the capital Kabul on Monday, taking the United States a step closer to ending its 20-year war. The move came as Taliban insurgents... Read More

Biden Says US War in Afghanistan Will End August 31
White House
Biden Says US War in Afghanistan Will End August 31

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday said the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31, saying "speed is safety" as the United States seeks to end the nearly 20-year war. "We did not go to... Read More

Stress, Loneliness Top Issues for Military Spouses
Defense
Stress, Loneliness Top Issues for Military Spouses
2021-07-06 18:44:38
by Dan McCue

Spouses of military reservists feel they are healthy and financially comfortable, but more of them complained of stress and loneliness in a survey released Tuesday by the Department of Defense. The survey of Reserve Component Spouses is conducted every two... Read More

US Airstrikes Target Iran-backed Militias in Syria, Iraq
Military
US Airstrikes Target Iran-backed Militias in Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military, under the direction of President Joe Biden, carried out airstrikes against what it said were "facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups" near the border between Iraq and Syria, drawing condemnation from Iraq's military and... Read More

US to Keep About 650 troops in Afghanistan After Withdrawal
Military
US to Keep About 650 troops in Afghanistan After Withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly 650 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, U.S.... Read More

National Guard Seeks $521 Million Reimbursement for Jan. 6 Response
Military
National Guard Seeks $521 Million Reimbursement for Jan. 6 Response
2021-06-24 14:50:11
by Dan McCue

The National Guard is asking Congress to reimburse $521 million it says it spent in responding to the Jan. 6 siege on Capitol Hill and the extended protection it provided in the months that followed. Gen. Daniel Hohanson said during... Read More

Senator: Military Justice Changes Must Go Beyond Sex Cases
Criminal Justice
Senator: Military Justice Changes Must Go Beyond Sex Cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on the brink of success in her yearslong campaign to get sexual assault cases removed from the military chain of command. But getting over the finish line may depend on whether she can... Read More

Pentagon Redirects Border Wall Funds To Defense Projects
Military
Pentagon Redirects Border Wall Funds To Defense Projects
2021-06-17 14:28:46
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Defense has released its plan for the nearly $2.2 billion in funds that were redirected for the border wall under the Trump administration. The money will go to a broad set of improvements related to... Read More

Airstrikes Still a Possibility After Afghan Pullout
Defense
Airstrikes Still a Possibility After Afghan Pullout
2021-06-10 13:07:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department may seek authorization to carry out airstrikes if the capital of Kabul or any other major city in Afghanistan is in danger of falling to the Taliban after the U.S. completes the withdrawal of its... Read More

Space Force to Lead Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program
Military
Space Force to Lead Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program
2021-06-09 17:24:09
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Air Force announced it has designated the United States Space Force as the lead service for its “Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program,” a science and technology effort intended to determine the viability of large commercial... Read More

U.S. Military Expands Production of 'Low-Dead Space' Syringes
Health
U.S. Military Expands Production of 'Low-Dead Space' Syringes
2021-05-25 19:18:06
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The Pentagon signed an agreement to expand the production of more efficient syringes, which it announced on Monday, as part of the country’s national response to coronavirus.  According to the agreement, the U.S. allocated $27.3 million in government funding to... Read More

War Authorizations Repeal Bills Get Bipartisan Support
Congress
War Authorizations Repeal Bills Get Bipartisan Support
2021-05-21 17:12:16
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed a pair of bills that would limit the president’s ability to expand military operations in the Middle East by repealing decades-old Authorizations for the Use of Military Force, or AUMFs.... Read More

Withdrawal from Afghanistan is Safe According to US Defense Officials
Military
Withdrawal from Afghanistan is Safe According to US Defense Officials
2021-05-21 13:05:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense Department officials tried to reassure sometimes skeptical members of the Senate Thursday that the ongoing U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan can be completed without a resurgence of terrorist threats. President Joe Biden last month ordered the withdrawal... Read More

Space Force to Play Increasingly Critical Role in Future of Warfare
Military
Space Force to Play Increasingly Critical Role in Future of Warfare
2021-05-14 18:23:41
by Reece Nations

The conception of the United States Space Force developed from the bipartisan consensus that the country needed enhanced military capabilities in the domain of space. When President Ronald Reagan first announced the “Strategic Defense Initiative” in 1983, the concept was... Read More

Free Offices With a View: 4 Lighthouses, Courtesy of Feds
Military
Free Offices With a View: 4 Lighthouses, Courtesy of Feds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Dreading your eventual return to the office? The federal government is making available — for free — some waterfront workspaces with killer views that are sure to entice. But there's a catch. The General Services Administration... Read More

Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part One)
Media
Recalling the Pentagon Papers Case, 50 Years On (Part One)
2021-05-10 10:46:03
by Dan McCue

The battle was joined on a Monday night. It was shortly after 7 p.m. on June 14, 1971, when a seething President Richard Nixon telephoned his attorney general, John Mitchell, and told him it was time to make the administration’s... Read More

Defense Experts Warn of New Threats From Weapons of Mass Destruction
Military
Defense Experts Warn of New Threats From Weapons of Mass Destruction
2021-05-05 13:54:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense experts portrayed a bleak outlook Tuesday during a congressional hearing for risks to the United States and the world from weapons of mass destruction. No recent example is better than the COVID-19 pandemic, which is fast approaching... Read More

Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
Geopolitics
Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Diminish U.S. Intelligence Network, CIA Chief Says
2021-04-29 19:07:10
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were warned by CIA Director William Burns that American intelligence operations in Afghanistan will be kneecapped by the United States’ imminent withdrawal from the region.  Burns, confirmed as the head of the... Read More

Defense Department Seeks Comments on Supply Chain Risks for Critical Materials
Defense
Defense Department Seeks Comments on Supply Chain Risks for Critical Materials
2021-04-15 17:52:43
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is seeking comments on risks to the supply chain for strategic and critical materials. In February, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Defense Department and three other federal agencies to closely examine... Read More

Analysis: Biden Takes a Risk Pulling Troops from Afghanistan
Military
Analysis: Biden Takes a Risk Pulling Troops from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — At its start, America's war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring up a weak government and its weak army so that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida could never again threaten the United... Read More

US Forces to Leave Afghanistan By Sept. 11
Military
US Forces to Leave Afghanistan By Sept. 11
2021-04-13 19:38:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces will leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Biden administration officials revealed Tuesday. President Joe Biden is expected to formally announce the plan,... Read More

Former National Security Advisor McMaster ‘Not a Military Drone’
Geopolitics
Former National Security Advisor McMaster ‘Not a Military Drone’
2021-04-09 20:56:02
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Lt. General H.R. McMaster wants you to know he's not a military drone. Despite a long, high-profile career in the military, he has criticisms of American foreign policy, and he expressed those criticisms even when he was in the military.... Read More

Space Force Systems Command to be Headquartered in Los Angeles
Military
Space Force Systems Command to be Headquartered in Los Angeles
2021-04-08 20:46:50
by Reece Nations

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The United States Space Force announced Thursday it will establish a Space Systems Command headquarters at Los Angeles Air Force Base to oversee and coordinate all military space programs. The Space Systems Command of the USSF... Read More

Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies
Military
Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday swept 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. The new department... Read More

The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
Geopolitics
The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
2021-04-01 13:28:20
by Daniel Mollenkamp

This week the first-ever west African joint ops brought together counterterrorism investigators and their judicial counterparts across Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. The training took place across all three countries with cross-country coordination "where appropriate," according to a written statement... Read More

Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers Push to Honor Vietnam Veterans
Veterans
Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers Push to Honor Vietnam Veterans
2021-03-31 19:41:10
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., are leading a bipartisan effort to award so-called “Dust Off” crews of the Vietnam War with the Congressional Gold Medal.  Dust Off crewmembers - helicopter air ambulance pilots, crew... Read More

House Rules Committee to Take Up War Powers Act Reform
Congress
House Rules Committee to Take Up War Powers Act Reform
2021-03-16 17:51:34
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The House Rules Committee is set to explore the limitations of the War Powers Act and how the House rules process can reform it to work more effectively. The hearing, Article I: Reforming the War Powers Resolution for the... Read More

Meeting the Unique Needs of Female Service Members
Military
Meeting the Unique Needs of Female Service Members
2021-03-16 17:35:30
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Women may be the fastest-growing cohort of the U.S. armed forces, but this critical part of our modern military may also be the most overlooked. Not only do female veterans have unique needs regarding their military to civilian... Read More

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