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Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:17:33 -0400

 



Lawmakers Grill Defense Officials on Equipment-Transfer Program

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:17:33 -0400

Members of a House committee expressed their concerns over a recent report revealing holes in how the agency turns over unused military gear to law enforcement.A police tactical team moves in to disperse a group of protesters following the shooting of a young black man by a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.


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Two Big Things That Aren’t Changing After Donald Trump’s Tweets On His Transgender Military Ban

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:00:23 -0400

One, nothing is different until he actually tells the Pentagon. Two, Americans who change gender still must register for the draft. It's the law


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Trump’s Transgender Troop Ban Sparks An Instant Opposition of Unusual Allies

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:55:16 -0400

The commander in chief tweet-declares a stunning change for military personnel, but it’s far from clear he can make it stick.“To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military,” Ashton Carter said.


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Analysis: The Cost of Banning Transgender Service Members

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:11:00 -0400

Exclusion leaves the military weaker and the country more divided.Command Master Chief (Ret.) Kathleen Henson, from Midland, Mich.,, center, and USS Makin Island Sailors cut a cake during the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month observance in June.


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Trump Bans Transgender Americans From Serving in the Military

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:36:16 -0400

The president’s move reverses the Obama-era plan to phase in their participation.


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The Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Has No Urinals

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:55:13 -0400

Only seated toilets and stalls are available on the $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford.The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is shown docked at Pier 11 of Naval Station Norfolk in June.


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Analysis: The Dangerous Politicization of the Military

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:01:50 -0400

By asking active-duty personnel to lobby Congress in their own self-interest, President Trump crossed an important line.President Donald J. Trump speaks with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in March.


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Trump’s Special Ops Pick Says Terror Drones Might Soon Reach the US from Africa. How Worried Should We Be?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:51 -0400

Technological advancement could produce ocean-spanning consumer UAVs. But extremists won’t necessarily bother with them.


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Pentagon Logistics Agency Transferred Sensitive Military Surplus to GAO Sleeper Purchasers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:56:17 -0400

Fictional law enforcement agency successfully bought items ranging from night vision goggles to small arms.


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DIUx Wins Support — and More Cash — from Trump’s Pentagon

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:08:06 -0400

The vice chair of the Joint Chiefs touted an effort to track North Korean missile launcher, while the military’s new weapons buyer called it a good model for developing and acquiring capabilities.Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during a POW/MIA ceremony at the Pentagon in 2016.


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The Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:12:05 -0400

After nearly two decades of war against technologically unsophisticated foes, the Army Research Lab is reorienting to counter China and Russia.Air Force Capt. Wilfred Noel, deputy chief of the Air Force Research Lab, left, and 1st Lt. Jason Rathje, an advanced weapon design engineer with Air Force Research Lab weapons dynamics and control science branch, right, pilot quadrotor vehicles.


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Army Looking to Integrate Network Soldiers with Tactical Units

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:21:00 -0400

Brigades are working out various ideas at training centers, says the head of the service’s Cyber Command. Army Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone talks at the 2nd Annual Defense One Tech Summit on July 13, 2017, in Washington, D.C.


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Mislabeled Weapons Raise Risk of Accidental Explosions in South Korea

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:45:43 -0400

Pentagon IG says the Air Force incorrectly recorded weights of explosives at military storage facilities.Airmen from the 51st Security Forces Squadron secure the wing headquarters building during a training exercise at Osan Air Base, South Korea.


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Pentagon Watchdog Compiles Recommendations That Could Save $34 Billion

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:44:48 -0400

The Defense Department is processing more than 1,200 open IG remedies.


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U.S. Won't Launch a Military Space Corps—For Now

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:54:14 -0400

Russian and Chinese anti-satellite weapons testing has raised the profile of space conflict in recent years. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 3 (OTV-3), the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane, landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2014.


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How Will The Pentagon Create Its AIs? The Algorithmic-Warfare Team Is Charting a Path

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:24:59 -0400

Over the next 36 months, an algorithmic-warfare team will draw up a model for splitting the work between government and industry.Col. Drew Cukor, Chief, Algorithmic Warfare Cross Function Team, ISR Operations Directorate, Warfighter Support, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, speaks with Defense One's Marcus Weisgerber in Washington, D.C., on July 13.


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The US Must Rethink How It Uses Special Operators, Says Incoming SOLIC Secretary

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Strained by war, the military’s elite units can’t grow any faster nor deploy slower. Something in their mission set must give.


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White House Objects to Ban on New BRAC in Defense Bill

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:23:04 -0400

No veto threatened, but Trump team seeks savings in base closures.


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Ceasefire or No, U.S. and Russia Remain ‘A Second or Two Away’ from Accidental War Over Syria

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:33:41 -0400

The head of Air Combat Command says one mistake by a pilot in an advanced warplane could mean an unintended escalation in Syria.Airstrikes target Islamic State positions on the edge of the Old City a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" in Mosul on Tuesday.


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Russia Threatens to Expel 30 U.S. Diplomats

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:09:32 -0400

Moscow is angry about the Trump administration’s refusal to return two diplomatic compounds seized last year by the Obama administration.A Russian compound, which was ordered to be closed and vacated, is seen on Long Island, New York, in 2016.


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16 Dead in Military Plane Crash in Mississippi

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:05:27 -0400

The majority of passengers are believed to be marines.Emergency personnel stand along U.S. Highway 82 following the plane crash on July 10, 2017.


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As Trump and Putin Met, US and UK Defense Chiefs Discussed Ways to Deter Russia

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:02:32 -0400

While one part of Trump’s executive branch looks to improve relations with Moscow, another prepares for the worst.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stands with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon before a meeting at the Pentagon.


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Spooked by North Korea, Lawmakers Resurrect an Old Missile-Defense Idea

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:48:32 -0400

Technical experts say space-based interceptors haven’t gotten any more practical since the Reagan era, but House lawmakers still want the Pentagon to plan for them.


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Trump Weighs a 'Pretty Severe' Response to North Korea's ICBM Test

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:53:07 -0400

The president said “something will have to be done about” the Kim Jong Un regime’s actions.


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Why Trump Should Embrace America's Immigrant Soldiers

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:59:00 -0400

Immigrants have been part of the armed forces since the Revolutionary War. The administration is considering ending a program that grants some of them citizenship in exchange for their service.Service members recite the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony conducted in the hanger bay on board USS Somerset in Seattle in 2016.


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