Defense

Slain Soldier's Mother: 'Trump Did Disrespect My Son'

Despite claiming he was better at consoling the families of slain servicemembers than his predecessors, Trump offended the family of La David Johnson and skipped calls and letters to other grieving loved ones.

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How US Special Operators Helped Take Down Joseph Kony’s Army With Tailored Messages

For six years, an elite Army team waged psychological warfare against a murderous warlord. Here’s how they won.

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Why Trump Accused Obama of Not Consoling Families of Fallen Soldiers

The president touched off a brief firestorm with the unfounded charge, but real answers about why four service members were killed in Niger remain elusive.

Read more October 17, 2017 Leave a comment
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Task Force War Eagle under the command of 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment crossed the border from Romania to Bulgaria July 18, 2017 for the Dragoon Guardian convoy to continue on for more Saber Guardian 17 exercises.

If War with Russia Breaks Out, Borders and Bureaucracy Could Slow the West’s Response

In a summer of multinational exercises in Europe, the first thing the U.S. Army learned was: ‘Borders are hard.’

Are Trump's Feuds With Tillerson and Corker a Prelude to War?

While it’s tempting to view the spats as just more palace intrigue, they reveal a president impatient with diplomacy and drawn toward military force.

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, from the 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, drop 2,000 pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions on a cave in eastern Afghanistan in 2009.

The U.S. Air War in Afghanistan Is Nearing Surge-Era Intensity

The latest figures from Air Force Central Command show that more bombs are being dropped than have been in nearly seven years.

Marines conduct sling load operations using a Navy MH-53 in order to pick up barriers to strengthen the broken dam at Guajataca on Oct. 6.

Should Uncle Sam ‘Send in the Marines’ After Hurricanes?

The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.

 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, holds a computer chip and a cell phone programmed to receive signals from Glonass in 2010.

Pentagon: We’ll Keep Buying Software That Russian Spies have Looked Through

The U.S. military will still buy consumer-off-the-shelf products from several tech companies that allowed Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, an intelligence outfit, to intimately probe.

The Sodium Guidestar at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Starfire Optical Range sits on a 6,240 foot hilltop at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

Get Lasers Into the Field Faster, Lawmakers Tell the Pentagon

The Senate’s version of the annual defense bill provides $200 million for rapid prototyping of directed energy weapons.

Mattis speaks at the Presidential Palace in Afghanistan on Sept. 27.

The U.S. Will Be Dropping A Lot More Bombs on Afghanistan

More air support for Afghan forces will help drive the Taliban to the negotiating table, Mattis and Dunford tell Congress.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said, “It’s a matter of clearing out things that get in officers’ way.”

CIA Director Vows to Slash Bureaucratic 'Vines,' Lauds Republican Predecessors

Pompeo wants fewer advance reviews of operations, quicker in-the-field decision making.

Master Sgt. Michael Berger, a special mission aviator from the 920th Rescue Wing, prepares for takeoff prior to a night flight on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter July 6, 2017. The night exercise included a two-ship formation.

DARPA-Funded Radar Lets Planes See Through Smoke and Clouds

A promising approach to a decades-old quandary: how to get a clear field of view to the ground?

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