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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

New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
Geopolitics
New Defense Chief Urges Taliban to Curtail Attacks
2021-02-19 22:51:09
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - In his first press conference as Pentagon chief, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, said an end to U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan depends entirely on the Taliban reducing attacks on NATO forces. “Clearly the violence is too high right... Read More

Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
Military
Inspector General Report Says US Efforts at Gender Equality in Afghanistan Produced 'Mixed Results'
2021-02-19 15:31:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- A report from the Office of the Inspector General recommended that America make safeguarding women's rights in Afghanistan a top priority, describing the fragile nature of gains in equality in the region. The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan... Read More

Army Chief of Staff Discusses Challenges, Priorities for Upcoming Fiscal Year
Military
Army Chief of Staff Discusses Challenges, Priorities for Upcoming Fiscal Year
2021-02-18 20:07:26
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville shared updates and laid out the branch’s priorities in a virtual webinar discussion hosted by The Heritage Foundation on Wednesday.  During the forum, McConville said the Army’s primary upfront investments will... Read More

How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
Geopolitics
How the US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Slowed'
2021-02-12 20:41:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Congressional "Afghanistan Study Group" released its report on unwinding American commitments in that country, recommending that diplomatic efforts attempt to delay the May 2021 withdrawal date of American troops from the region to... Read More

Biden to Drop Trump's Military Transgender Ban
Military
Biden to Drop Trump's Military Transgender Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order to reverse a Pentagon policy that largely bars transgender individuals from joining the military, dumping a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his... Read More

Capitol Police Push Back on Reports National Guard 'Banished' to Parking Garage
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Push Back on Reports National Guard 'Banished' to Parking Garage
2021-01-22 16:40:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol Police on Friday pushed back at multiple media reports that the agency had banished National Guard troops to nearby parking garages following the Biden inauguration. According to Politico, thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back... Read More

12 National Guard Members Reportedly Removed from Inauguration Detail
In The News
12 National Guard Members Reportedly Removed from Inauguration Detail
2021-01-19 20:36:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have reportedly been removed from the force providing presidential inauguration security after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online. Officials have yet to provide... Read More

Retired Army General to Lead Review of Security at the U.S. Capitol Complex
Congress
Retired Army General to Lead Review of Security at the U.S. Capitol Complex
2021-01-15 20:03:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Russel Honoré, a retired lieutenant general best known for commanding the military relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, will lead an in-depth review of security at the U.S. Capitol Complex, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday.... Read More

U.S. Space Command Gets New Headquarters in Alabama
Military
U.S. Space Command Gets New Headquarters in Alabama
2021-01-15 15:24:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Secretary of the Air Force announced Wednesday that Huntsville, Ala., will be the new headquarters of the U.S. Space Command. The announcement was welcomed in Alabama but criticized as an example of partisan politics by government officials... Read More

We The Pizza, Others Providing Comfort Food to National Guard Protecting Capitol
In The News
We The Pizza, Others Providing Comfort Food to National Guard Protecting Capitol
2021-01-14 18:55:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The boxes were recognizable to anyone who has spent a little time on Capitol Hill. Even from a distance, the white circle and black star emblazoned on the box inspired mouth-watering visions of sauce and melted cheese to... Read More

Top Military Leaders Remind Troops of Limits of Free Speech
Pentagon
Top Military Leaders Remind Troops of Limits of Free Speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid worry about renewed violence on Inauguration Day, the military's top leaders issued a written reminder to all service members Tuesday that the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week was an anti-democratic, criminal act, and that... Read More

10,000 National Guard Troops Due in D.C. Saturday, Washington Monument Closed
Law Enforcement
10,000 National Guard Troops Due in D.C. Saturday, Washington Monument Closed
2021-01-11 19:40:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Guard said Monday it will increase troops in DC to at least 10,000 by Saturday to boost security ahead of the upcoming inauguration, and an additional 5,0000 could be requested from other states. The announcement came... Read More

IAVA Praises Passage of Bipartisan Backed NDAA
Veterans
IAVA Praises Passage of Bipartisan Backed NDAA
2021-01-05 19:00:19
by Sara Wilkerson

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting 9/11 veterans, recently praised the 116th Congress for backing the National Defense Authorization Act. The passage of the NDAA comes after Congress recently overrode President Trump’s veto... Read More

Tough Talk Between US and Iran Hints at Attack to Avenge General’s Death
Geopolitics
Tough Talk Between US and Iran Hints at Attack to Avenge General’s Death
2021-01-05 18:24:04
by Tom Ramstack

The U.S. Defense Department changed course Sunday and sent an aircraft carrier to stand ready off the coast of Iran as tensions escalate with the United States. The USS Nimitz was heading home last week after a 10-month deployment in... Read More

Can States Fire Employees Who Leave for Military Duty? Supreme Court May Decide
Employment
Can States Fire Employees Who Leave for Military Duty? Supreme Court May Decide

WASHINGTON — Should a federal law that protects National Guard members and reservists from being fired from their private sector jobs while they are deployed also apply to state government jobs? Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court hinted it might weigh in on the issue.... Read More

Sorry, Grinch. Virus Won't Stop NORAD from Tracking Santa
In The News
Sorry, Grinch. Virus Won't Stop NORAD from Tracking Santa

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children of the world can rest easy. The global pandemic won't stop them from tracking Santa Claus' progress as he delivers gifts around the globe on Christmas Eve. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that... Read More

Espaillat-Rooney Bill Boosts Funding and Cooperation in the Caribbean
Drugs
Espaillat-Rooney Bill Boosts Funding and Cooperation in the Caribbean
2020-11-24 15:32:03
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan measure increasing funding to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to help combat corruption and illicit drug trafficking between the United States and Caribbean nations. Introduced by Reps. Adriano... Read More

Defense Analysts Caution Against U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan
Geopolitics
Defense Analysts Caution Against U.S. Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan
2020-11-20 21:34:46
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Defense analysts warned Congress Friday against the U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan announced this week amid indications that radical Islamists could resume terrorist attacks. They said further proof is needed that Taliban fighters would not try to seize... Read More

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