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Trump at West Point: 'We Will Only Fight to Win'

The president also vows to 'vanquish the virus'

(Newser) - President Trump dismissed "the passions and prejudices of the moment" and promised to "vanquish the virus" in his Saturday commencement speech at West Point—where roughly 1,100 graduates were socially distanced 6 feet apart at Plain Parade Field in New York, CNN reports. "This premier military... More »

NYT Writers Slam Cotton Op-Ed: It Puts Black Staff in Danger

Arkansas senator wants US military to handle George Floyd protests

(Newser) - In what Fox News calls an "open revolt," New York Times staffers pushed back on their employer after the paper published a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton titled "Send In the Troops." In his piece, the Arkansas senator argues for using the US military to... More »

'A Lot of Red Flags' With Iran's Latest Announcement

Revolutionary Guard says it launched country's first military satellite into orbit

(Newser) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it put the Islamic Republic's first military satellite into orbit, dramatically unveiling what experts described as a secret space program with a surprise launch Wednesday that came amid wider tensions with the US. There was no immediate independent confirmation of the launch of the... More »

Amazon to File for Restraining Order in Microsoft-DOD Deal

Former says latter was only awarded $10B contract after 'behind-the-scenes attacks' from Trump

(Newser) - Amazon has long been suspicious that it lost out to Microsoft on a lucrative $10 billion cloud computing deal with the US military only because of President Trump's intervention, and now Jeff Bezos' behemoth has taken its latest step to stymie the latter from proceeding with that project. CNN... More »

US: We Just Hit Iraq and Syria

The US is targeting militia blamed for killing an American

(Newser) - The US says it has carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting a militia blamed for an attack that killed an American contractor, the AP reports. US forces conducted "precision defensive strikes" against five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, Defense Department official Jonathan Hoffman... More »

US Navy: Let's Cut $94B From Our Fleet Budget

The proposal would shrink the fleet from 293 to 287 ships

(Newser) - The Navy is proposing construction cutbacks and accelerated ship retirements that would delay, or sink, the Navy's goal of a larger fleet—and potentially hurt shipyards, according to an initial proposal. The proposal would shrink the size of the fleet from today’s level of 293 ships to 287... More »

A Month Ago, 41 Soldiers Were Killed. Now, Dozens More

More than 50 are dead after extremist attack on Mali's army

(Newser) - Jihadis attacked the Malian military near the border with Niger, leaving at least 53 soldiers and one civilian dead, in the second major assault against the country's armed forces in a month, the government said Saturday. The latest violence to target Mali's armed forces took place Friday in... More »

School Shooting Hero Is Now a Marine

Brendan Bialy, who helped stop Colorado school shooting, finishes boot camp

(Newser) - In May, two gunmen entered STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado and opened fire, killing one and injuring eight . Partly why the carnage at the charter school wasn't worse: Students helped stop the shooting. One of those teen heroes was Brendan Bialy, who tackled and disarmed one of the... More »

The US Army Has Never Seen Anything Like These 2 Before

Maria Barrett and Paula Lodi are first sisters in military branch to achieve the rank of general

(Newser) - Siblings are always trying to pull rank on each other, but these sisters have taken it to a whole new level. Meet Maria Barrett and Paula Lodi, who've both attained the title of general in the US Army—an achievement the Army believes is the first of its kind... More »

CDC to Army Lab: 'Cease and Desist' Studying Deadly Germs

Maryland's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases temporarily shuttered over safety concerns

(Newser) - A "cease and desist" order from the Centers for Disease Control has been issued, a military biodefense lab has been shuttered, and "research is currently on hold" there, possibly for months. The issue: safety worries that cropped up over processes used to contain dozens of dangerous toxins and... More »

Trump Nixes Awards for SEAL Prosecutors

Four military attorneys were awarded in the Edward Gallagher case

(Newser) - Prosecutors who sought to punish a decorated Navy SEAL won't be getting their medals after all, NPR reports. President Trump tweeted Wednesday that military awards granted to prosecutors in the Edward Gallagher case be rescinded, and the Navy quickly obliged. Gallagher had been acquitted of killing an ISIS captive... More »

Homicide Suspect 'Thought He Was Russian,' Dad Says

And the Canadian military has sent a CC-130H Hercules aircraft

(Newser) - Canada's military has joined in the hunt for two teenage homicide suspects in northern Manitoba, the CBC reports. A Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules aircraft is now helping to pursue Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, who were seen Monday in the town of Gillam, where RCMP... More »

Officer: Air Force General Sexually Assaulted Me

She says Gen. John Hyten 'ruined' her life

(Newser) - A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination. Members of Congress have raised questions about the allegations and the military investigation that found insufficient evidence to charge him.... More »

US Warns Europe: You're Blocking Us Out

Washington complains about the EU's new defense plan

(Newser) - America is warning Europe to drop a project that would boost military cooperation between EU nations, the Financial Times reports. In a letter to Brussels, US Under Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord says the plan—which involves creating new military equipment, military hospitals, and a spy school—would "produce... More »

The $7M Legwear to Turn US Troops Into 'Super Soldiers'

ONYX exoskeleton being developed by Lockheed Martin to reduce weight, help troops move better

(Newser) - The Army is pushing for a new generation of "super soldiers," and critical in that effort is a cutting-edge technology first used to help people with serious medical conditions (e.g., multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis) stay on the move. Reuters reports the Pentagon is pumping nearly $7 million into... More »

US Service Members May Soon Get Phones in Their Mouths

Pentagon signs contract for 'Molar Mic,' a communications device clipped to users' teeth

(Newser) - Our sci-fi future is here, and in this version, US service members can make and receive calls through their teeth. That's the gist of Molar Mic, a communications device detailed in a new $10 million Pentagon contract with a California company, Defense One reports. Smithsonian Magazine and CNET lay... More »

Crazy Rich Asians Author Could Face Prison Term

Seems Kevin Kwan didn't perform his national service in Singapore

(Newser) - As Kevin Kwan is learning, film-biz fame has its downside. The author whose book inspired the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians could face fines and/or imprisonment for not completing his national service obligations in Singapore, the New York Times reports. Kwan, 44—who moved to Houston as an 11-year-old and... 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 »

How Hurricane Irma Brought a Canadian Family Some Closure

Artifacts of Canadian navy pilot who vanished 60 years ago turned up on Florida shore

(Newser) - When Dick Troy got the news last September, "I almost buckled my knees," he tells the CBC , noting the "eerie feeling" that overtook him. What he was told over the phone by a US reporter: that wreckage from a plane and a parachute harness with the words... More »

257 Killed When Military Plane Crashes in Algeria

More than 300 emergency workers are at the scene near Algiers

(Newser) - Algeria's defense ministry says 257 people died when a military plane crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria on Wednesday, per the AP . The Soviet-designed Il-76 military transport plane had departed Boufarik air base, 20 miles southwest of the capital Algiers, for a military base... More »

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