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One Factor in Trump's Afghan Decision: Mining Riches

Trump expected to announce increase in troops, also eyes Afghanistan minerals

(Newser) - President Trump formally goes before the nation at 9pm EDT Monday—his first such forum since addressing a joint session of Congress in February—to lay out his strategy for the war in Afghanistan. The big expected takeaway: an announcement of an increase in troops with the goal of reversing... More »

10 Sailors Missing After US Warship Hits Tanker

At least 5 others injured in accident east of Singapore

(Newser) - At least 10 US sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker early Monday east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca in the second collision involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. The Navy says five... More »

US Hasn't Shown Military Bands Are Worth the Bill

GAO demands performance measures, Pentagon to oblige

(Newser) - A $437 million annual budget is allotted for US military bands. While that's less than 0.1% of the Department of Defense's total budget, it's also about as much as Latvia's entire defense budget, reports Fox News . The funds pay for instruments—the Air Force requested... More »

Colonel Accused of Rape Wins $8.4M Lawsuit Against Accuser

Jury sides with man who lost out on promotion, orders woman to pay

(Newser) - A woman who accused a former Army colonel of raping her when they were both cadets at West Point in 1986 has been ordered to pay him $8.4 million. A jury in Virginia sided with Col. David "Wil" Riggins against blogger Susan Shannon in Riggins' defamation lawsuit, the... More »

Transgender Service Members Sue Trump, Pentagon

They want to block ban before it takes effect

(Newser) - Transgender service members who say they have served "honorably and successfully" in the military are suing the man who is trying to kick them out. Five service members filed a lawsuit Wednesday against President Trump and top Pentagon officials over Trump's call to ban transgender people from serving... More »

Top Military Officer Speaks on Transgender Ban

Gen. Joseph Dunford says no changes will be made to policy until Trump gives 'direction'

(Newser) - The US military will continue to permit transgender individuals to serve openly until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has received President Donald Trump's "direction" to change the policy and figured out how to implement it, America's top military officer said Thursday. In a memo to all military service... More »

Transgender Spending Dwarfed by Military's Viagra Purchases

Meanwhile, a transgender ex-Navy SEAL wants to talk to Trump

(Newser) - Kristin Beck spent 20 years as a Navy SEAL, including time on Team 6—and she would like President Trump to tell her in person why he feels she didn't belong in the military . "Let's meet face-to-face and you tell me I'm not worthy," the... More »

Admiral Says He Would Obey Trump Order to Nuke China

Pacific Fleet says commander was answering 'ridiculous' question

(Newser) - The US Pacific Fleet commander said Thursday he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if President Trump ordered it, and warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from its commander in chief. Adm. Scott Swift was responding to a hypothetical question at an Australian National University... More »

The Big Question After Transgender Military Ban

What about those already serving?

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving "in any capacity" in the military raises a question, notes Slate . What about the thousands of transgender troops already in the ranks? A study by the RAND Corporation estimated that up to about 11,000 trans troops may be... More »

Trump: Transgender People Can't 'Serve in Any Capacity'

President announces military move on Twitter

(Newser) - President Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people will not be allowed "to serve in any capacity" in the US military. In a series of tweets , he said the military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail." He... More »

US Bombers Send Message to North Korea

They join training mission with South Korea, Japan over Korean Peninsula

(Newser) - Two US bombers flew to the Korean Peninsula to join fighter jets from South Korea and Japan for a practice bombing run as part of a training mission in response to North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, officials said Saturday. US military officials described the mission Friday as... More »

Pentagon Delays Move on Transgender Recruits

Defense chief Mattis postpones acceptance of them for another 6 months

(Newser) - The military isn't quite ready to recruit transgender troops. A new policy allowing the Pentagon to do so was supposed to begin on July 1, but defense chief Jim Mattis said Friday night that it would be delayed six months, reports USA Today . A Pentagon statement said Mattis had... More »

US Shoots Down Syrian Aircraft for First Time

It was 'collective self-defense,' Pentagon says

(Newser) - The US military shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet Sunday that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against ISIS militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict. The US had not shot down a Syrian regime aircraft before Sunday'... More »

US Troops Raid al-Qaeda Compound in Yemen

7 militants dead; no word on US casualties

(Newser) - US helicopters airlifted soldiers to a central Yemeni province where they targeted an al-Qaeda compound and killed at least seven militants Tuesday, reports the AP . Central Command said US forces killed the militants using "a combination of small-arms fire and precision airstrikes," with the primary goal being the... More »

Boy Donates Thousands of Comics to Military Base

NJ boy wanted to give soldiers a 'piece of home'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old comic book aficionado is sharing his passion with the military. Carl Scheckel organized a campaign that gathered roughly 3,000 comic books that he donated last month to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, the AP reports. He collected them mostly through donations at comic book shows but... More »

THAAD Up and Running, Though Not Without Grumbles

Over money, health issues, and more

(Newser) - After last month announcing it would deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea within the year, the US military says THAAD is now operational and—in what is sure to thrill Kim Jong Un—"has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles," per the New ... More »

Death Toll From 'Mother of All Bombs' Now Almost 100

General 'didn't need Trump's approval' to drop MOAB

(Newser) - The US commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" to attack an ISIS stronghold near the Pakistani border didn't need and didn't request President Donald Trump's approval, Pentagon officials say. The officials—who weren't authorized to speak publicly on the... More »

Osan Air Base Should Be on Your Radar. It's on North Korea's

It's fewer than 50 miles from the DMZ, and thousands of Americans are there

(Newser) - Osan Air Base may not be a name you're familiar with, but it's a US Air Force base that sits in a prime location: fewer than 50 miles from the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. If that's not enough to get your attention, this... More »

Dangerous Syria Fallout? Moscow Ditches Hotline With US

Russia pulls out of communication link designed to keep pilots from colliding

(Newser) - One potentially dangerous consequence from the US strike on Syria : A hotline of sorts between Russia and the US is kaput. In the wake of the strike, Moscow says it will no longer participate in what is known as a "deconfliction line," reports the AP . The premise was... More »

Prof 'Tries Not to Vomit' as Passenger Gives Seat to Soldier

Tweet by Drexel's George Ciccariello-Maher isn't going over well

(Newser) - As a first-class airline passenger gave up his seat to a service member on a recent flight, many of his fellow passengers applauded, but an associate professor at Pennsylvania's Drexel University took the less popular route: He tweeted that he was "trying not to vomit or yell about... More »

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