THE PENTAGON –If history has taught us anything, it’s that American wars are never over by Christmas. The same can be said for border support operations.
The Defense Department’s mission to support border police in California, Arizona, and Texas, may extend into the yuletide season, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on Wednesday.
Currently, the active-duty mission is authorized until Dec. 15, but that deadline could be extended based on civil authorities’ needs, Mattis said at a Pentagon news briefing. The defense secretary’s comments come just two days after Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, commander of U.S. Army North, told Politico that the he did not expect the border mission to last beyond mid-December.
“I know that one of the commanders of the troops spoke about most of the troops … being home by Christmas,” Mattis said on Wednesday. "Some of these troops certainly will be. I understand what he was saying."
"This is one of the problems with trying to answer questions of reporters at a current point when something can change later," he continued. "So some of those troops certainly will be home. I would anticipate they would be. But some troops may not be or some new troops may be assigned to new missions. This is a dynamic situation.”
U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval.
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.