President Donald Trump speaks about American missile defense doctrine, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019, at the Pentagon. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The White House is drafting a proposal that would demand allied countries not just foot the bill for U.S. service members deployed within their borders, but an additional 50% "for the privilege of hosting them," Bloomberg News reports.
The administration's mandate, described to Bloomberg by a dozen sources, would initially apply to Germany and Japan, which host around 35,000 and 54,000 active-duty service members, respectively.
"In some cases, nations hosting American forces could be asked to pay five to six times as much as they do now under the 'Cost Plus 50' formula," Bloomberg reports.
Trump has remained adamant that allies cover more of the cost of their military alliances with the United States, stating at the Pentagon in January that "wealthy, wealthy countries that we're protecting are all under notice ... We cannot be the fools for others."
Trump's insistence on the 'Cost Plus 50' line in recent months has threatened to derail talks with critical geopolitical allies like South Korea, according to Bloomberg, so far that officials fear that " it will be an especially large affront to stalwart U.S. allies in Asia and Europe already questioning the depth of Trump's commitment to them."
"Getting allies to increase their investment in our collective defense and ensure fairer burden-sharing has been a long-standing U.S. goal," a National Security Council told Bloomberg in a statement. "The administration is committed to getting the best deal for the American people elsewhere too but will not comment on any ongoing deliberations regarding specific ideas."
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.