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Remains of 50 Americans Could Be Home Before Month's End

Sources say Pyongyang ready to hand over remains of war dead

(Newser) - The bodies of dozens of America's Korean War dead may finally return home, 65 years to the day after the armistice that ended fighting and created the DMZ in 1953. A US official tells CNN that the first group of possible American remains are expected on July 27. The... More »

Navy Finally Allows Women to Let Their Hair Down

Ponytails, lock hairstyle are now OK

(Newser) - The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson says it makes the Navy more inclusive. Many black women had asked for changes to the female... More »

US Army Discharging Immigrants Without Explanation

Army, Pentagon cite a pending lawsuit

(Newser) - Some immigrant US Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged. The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say... More »

Trump's 'Space Force' Raises 'Alarming' Flags for One Nation

Rep for Russian Foreign Ministry says new military branch would have 'destabilizing effect'

(Newser) - President Trump announced his plans Monday to build the "Space Force," a "separate but equal" sixth branch of the US military, spurring a fair amount of in-depth criticism , joshing , and outright mockery . But one nation in particular is taking Trump's pledge quite seriously, even expressing concern,... More »

US Special Operations Soldier Killed in Somalia

Allegedly at hands of al-Shabab

(Newser) - There are more than 7,300 US Special Operations forces soldiers operating around the world, reports the New York Times , and one lost his life in Africa on Friday. The BBC reports the incident in southwest Somalia was believed to be an ambush by al-Shabab militants; four other American service... More »

US Pacific Command Has a New Name

Name change is 'symbolic nod' to ally

(Newser) - The US military's largest unified combatant command has a new name that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says honors the "increasing connectivity of the Indian and Pacific Oceans." Mattis announced Wednesday that US Pacific Command will now be known as US Indo-Pacific Command, CNN reports. "It is... More »

Drug Ring Found Inside Unit That Guards Our Nukes

Airmen bought, distributed, and used it and other drugs at FE Warren Air Force Base

(Newser) - One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America's arsenal. Air Force records obtained by the AP show they bought, distributed, and used the hallucinogen LSD and other mind-altering illegal... More »

4 Feared Dead in Marine Helicopter Crash

CH-53E Super Stallion was on a training mission

(Newser) - A Marine helicopter has crashed during a southern California training mission and authorities believe all four crew members were killed, reports the AP . The military says the CH-53E Super Stallion went down shortly after 2:30pm Tuesday near El Centro. The helicopter was with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out... More »

Trump: Until We Build Wall, Military Will Guard Border

'We really haven't done that before,' says president

(Newser) - President Trump has been repeatedly complaining about weak border security over the last few days, and on Tuesday he announced a "big step" to fix that: He plans to have the military guard the southern border, reports Reuters . Trump told reporters he will talk to defense chief Jim Mattis... More »

This Could Be US Military's Next Wild Weapon

Lasers that can mimic human voices and be projected miles away

(Newser) - The Pentagon is working on a funky new weapon that is, in the words of the estimable Popular Mechanics , "profoundly weird." In short, military scientists aim to use lasers to create what sound like human voices that could be projected afar. These "voices" could then be used... More »

Trump Bans Transgender Troops From Serving

But gives the Pentagon leeway to bend rule

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is issuing an order to ban transgender people from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls to ban transgender individuals from serving, the AP reports. The White House says retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of "gender... More »

Teacher Who Called Military 'Lowest of Low' Is Fired

He ranted at student who wore Marines shirt

(Newser) - A history teacher who was videotaped telling his students that only dumb people join the US military has been fired by the suburban southern California school district where he has taught for more than 15 years. El Rancho Unified School District President Aurora R. Villon announced Gregory Salcido's dismissal... More »

7 Troops Killed in Chopper Crash in Iraq

American helicopter does not appear to have been brought down by enemy fire

(Newser) - All seven service members aboard a US helicopter that crashed in Iraq on Thursday were killed, the Pentagon said Friday. The crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the Pentagon said. The helicopter was used by the Air Force for combat search... More »

Trump Claims Credit for 'Space Force' Idea

'What a great idea, maybe we'll have to do that'

(Newser) - SpaceX founder Elon Musk cut through the excitement surrounding future travel to Mars Monday, noting "it's difficult, dangerous," and there's a "good chance you will die." A day later, President Trump appeared more optimistic, claiming Americans will reach Mars "very soon" and touting... More »

Trump's Military Parade Could Be Pricey: OMB

Mick Mulvaney says it could run between $10M and $30M

(Newser) - The White House budget director said Wednesday that a military parade envisioned by President Trump won't come cheap: It could cost between $10 million and $30 million, although that money isn't included in the administration's new budget request. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told... More »

US May Have Killed Dozens of Russian Fighters

But Kremlin downplays incident in Syria, saying they were mercenaries

(Newser) - The convoluted fighting in Syria pits the US and Russia on opposite sides, and a recent battle has resulted in this jarring description from Bloomberg : It may have been "the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War." But so far, this hasn't... More »

US Launches Airstrikes on Syrian Regime-Backed Troops

It was self-defense, officials say

(Newser) - The US military launched airstrikes on Syrian government-backed troops Wednesday after as many as 500 attackers began what a US military official says appeared to be a coordinated assault on Syrian opposition forces accompanied by US advisers in Deir el-Zour province. The official says the strikes were in self-defense after... More »

Trump Tells Pentagon He Wants a Military Parade

No date set for DC display of military might

(Newser) - President Trump has literally given the Pentagon its marching orders: The president has told top generals that he wants a display of military might in Washington, DC, along the same lines as the extravagant Bastille Day parade he saw in Paris last year , the Washington Post reports. Trump has previously... More »

Kelly: Teacher Who Slammed Military 'Ought to Go to Hell'

California teacher called military 'lowest of our low'

(Newser) - A California teacher caught on video calling the military "the lowest of our low" was slammed by the usually reserved White House chief of staff Wednesday. John Kelly told Fox News Radio that El Rancho High School history teacher Gregory Salcido "ought to go to hell," Politico... More »

Experts Say Fitness Tracker Map Reveals Secret Military Bases

'A lot of people are going to have to sit through lectures come Monday morning'

(Newser) - Last November, Strava published a Global Heatmap tracking the movements of the 27 million people who use its fitness service—either through its app or devices like Fitbits—over two years. A 20-year-old international security and Middle East expert finally took a closer look at the map this weekend after... More »

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