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How the VA is failing to track veterans burn pit claims
Just 10,588 burn-pit claims have been filed since Sept. 11, 2001, Veterans Affairs said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from a veterans advocacy group
No, that mushroom cloud in Beirut doesn’t indicate a nuclear bomb went off
Before you head to the fallout shelter, keep in mind that experts do not believe Tuesday’s explosion was a nuclear detonation
The Marine Corps plan to ditch its tanks could spell bad news for the Army, experts say
The Marine Corps is in the process of getting rid of its tanks in preparation for possible island-hopping missions in the Pacific, but the move could lead to a bitter...
The lies and mistakes that led the US into Iraq, laid out in a new book
President George W. Bush launched a ruinous war in Iraq based on an intelligence failure that saw the CIA, Pentagon and other agencies effectively make up the evidence that the...
The US is looking away from the Middle East, but it’s keeping a wary eye on what China is doing there
After decades of fighting insurgencies in the Middle East, the U.S. is shifting toward "long-term, strategic competition" with "revisionist powers" — Russian and China — even as U.S. troops remain...
The White House accidentally made a strong case to strip Confederate names from US military bases
The White House on Friday afternoon accidentally made a compelling case to rename nearly a dozen U.S. military bases that honor Confederate leaders in an attempt to justify preserving them
Why did Australian special forces pose with a Confederate flag in Afghanistan?
The U.S. military may have effectively banned the display of the Confederate flag at installations around the world, but that doesn't mean the Rebel battle flag won't pop up on...
Here’s what it’s like to put up with ‘just joking’ racism in the military
"Racists don’t think they’re being racist. In fact, when they’re being racist, they often play it off as a joke."
The Bonhomme Richard fire raises questions about whether the Navy learned anything from its last ship fire
After the USS Bonhomme Richard burned for five days at a shipyard in San Diego, it begs the question: Did the lessons the Navy learned from the USS Miami blaze...
How China is expanding its amphibious forces to challenge the US well beyond Asia
China's shipyards have launched the PLA Navy's first two Type 075 amphibious assault ships, which will form the spearhead of an expeditionary force to play a role similar to that...
75 years ago today, the Trinity atomic bomb test ushered in the era of nuclear warfare
The 75th anniversary of Trinity is worth marking, if not celebrating, both as a scientific achievement and as a signpost of the challenge that humankind has faced ever since to...
USS Bonhomme Richard, its fate uncertain, would be one of largest ships Navy has lost outside of combat
Even if the ship is saved, it will be out of action for an extended period of time, and that will limit what the Navy can do in deploying its...
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pentagon is cutting its chemical and biological defense programs
The Defense Department wants to spend less in fiscal 2021 on chemical and biological defense programs, budget documents show, in the middle of a pandemic and despite its own officials’...
India’s deadly showdown with China could lead to rising tensions at sea
The recent showdown could contribute to 'a tectonic shift in India's security calculus.'"
The US military is losing the sniper war against Russia
The U.S. military has a problem: when it comes to long-range precision fires, infantry forces are outgunned by Russia at every turn
Russia is trying to lure Trump into a dangerous prisoner swap over a Marine vet, intelligence officials say
Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine convicted on espionage charges in Moscow last week, will not pursue an appeal of his 16-year sentence and hopes instead to be returned to...
The surge nobody’s talking about: the US war in Somalia
"Despite continued U.S. airstrikes in Somalia ... al Shabab appears to be a growing threat."
Here’s what a war between nuclear-armed China and India might look like
China and India have the two largest active-duty armies, with 2.1 million active servicemen and 1.4 million, respectively.
Meet the ‘Boogaloo boys,’ the violent extremists attracting members of the US military
The future of violent anti-government extremism in the U.S. might be summed up in a single word: Boogaloo
After fatal jet crash, the pilots were blamed. Then the Air Force banned the flight maneuver
Prior to this crash, Air Force leaders had already debated ending these sometimes-dangerous formation landings and training — and some units had already discontinued their use, raising questions about whether...
Kim Jong Un has quietly built a 7,000-man cyber army that gives North Korea an edge nuclear weapons don’t
"This is not hacking; this is cyber warfare"
US civil-military relations: a flawed deal in desperate need of repair
Civil-military relations in the United States are in a serious state of disrepair, driven in profound measure by presidential politicization of the military and the military’s attendant willingness to let...
Why fighter fuel range could be the Navy’s biggest weakness in a war with China
Even Block III Super (Duper) Hornets are still far too short range to compensate for China’s hypersonic area denial bubble.
Why Fort Bragg was named for a Confederate general — and why it’s time to change it
The Army should never have named installations after former Confederate military officers who fought against the United States, a historian … Continued
Why service members might disobey Trump’s orders to occupy US cities
Members of the U.S. armed forces could refuse to follow the orders of their commander-in-chief if they believed those orders were contrary to their oath to the Constitution