Science 2020-03-05T21:11:02Z
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Another senior politician has died of coronavirus in Iran, where 8% of the parliament is infected

Iran has barred government officials from traveling, and parliament has been suspended indefinitely.
Military & Defense 2020-03-05T20:46:09Z
The Pentagon project has been highly controversial

The Department of Defense is bracing for a potential coronavirus outbreak at the Pentagon

"We want to be prepared for everything, and we're taking a variety of measures," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Thursday afternoon.
This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi student opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday before one of the deputies killed him. (FBI via AP)

Top Pentagon intelligence official says Pentagon did not do enough to vet foreign military students

"Programs meant to detect and mitigate events such as the Pensacola attack did not cover international military students," the director for defense intelligence said.
Military & Defense 2020-03-05T18:35:54Z

PETA is demanding Marines stop 'swallowing scorpions and guzzling cobra blood' in the jungle

PETA demanded that the Marines end the "crude killing of animals" and suggested they look into "vegan options" when learning to survive in the jungle.

How US airmen in the Middle East designed nose art for their F-15 fighter jets

"It's an awesome feeling when you get your name painted on the side for the first time."

A 2nd US Navy aircraft carrier is visiting Vietnam amid simmering tensions with China

USS Theodore Roosevelt's visit will be the second time a US Navy ship has docked in Vietnam since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.

Army Special Operations Command is planning to disband elite Green Beret units

Crisis Response Force companies are an elite cadre of Green Berets who specialize in direct action, counterterrorism, and hostage rescue missions.
Tech 2020-03-05T10:34:16Z

Chinese surveillance giants blacklisted by Trump's administration are set to appear at a major US security trade show

Hikvision and Dahua were blacklisted last year because of their implication in the persecution of the Uighur people in China's Xinjiang region.

Why so many epidemics start in Asia and Africa, and why we should expect to see more of them

All the coronaviruses that caused recent epidemics, including the COVID-19, jumped from bats to another animal before infecting humans.

US Special Operations Command is looking for a new armored vehicle

SOCOM has been eyeing a new armored tactical vehicle for at least a year.
Politics 2020-03-04T20:42:12Z

A Pentagon linguist is accused of giving up the names of US spies to her crush with ties to Iran's Hezbollah militant group

FBI agents found a handwritten note in Arabic stuffed under the linguist's mattress with the names of three US spies, according to an affidavit.
Military & Defense 2020-03-04T19:31:33Z

The US military is putting sensors on body armor that can detect and measure exposure to potentially harmful blasts

The sensors provide immediate blast data that could reveal a need for medical evaluation, possibly leading to a faster TBI diagnosis.
Politics 2020-03-04T18:24:26Z

'Privilege that comes with heavy responsibilities': North Korean defector votes in a US election for the first time

"I don't have the right words to describe ... my feelings," Joseph Kim said in a video, wearing a sticker signifying he had voted.
Military & Defense 2020-03-04T17:39:52Z

The US Army is sending 20,000 troops across the Atlantic to see if they have the 'bandwidth' to fight a major war

Getting forces to Europe and then getting them around Europe will test muscles that the US and NATO let wane after the Cold War.

2 women Marines now lead teams firing one of the Corps' biggest, most destructive weapons

They're the first women in Marine Corps history to graduate from the Howitzer Section Chief Course since combat-arms jobs opened to women in 2016.
Military & Defense 2020-03-04T16:49:18Z

Coronavirus worries cause shutdown of F-35 aircraft factory in Japan and work-from-home orders in Italy

The aircraft, variants of which are used by the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, is assembled using a global distribution network.
Tech 2020-03-04T16:43:00Z

2 Cold War-era nuclear missile silos that sat abandoned for decades went on the sale in Arizona for $495,000 each. One just sold for more than asking price.

Each of these silos held land-based missiles that were the largest ever held by the US and stood at the ready for over 20 years.

What we know about the laser a Chinese warship flashed at a US Navy patrol plane

It's not the first time a laser has interferred with US pilots, but it is the first time it is directly attributable to the Chinese military.
Military & Defense 2020-03-04T15:33:00Z

Inside the Middle East port that the US wants to host aircraft carriers as it pressures Iran

Amid tension with Iran and growing competition with China, the top US commander in the Middle East wants to increase the US footprint in Oman.

After 75 years in Germany, the British army has pulled out of its last base there

Ten years ago, there were 20,000 British soldiers in Germany. Now just 185 army personnel will remain.

How one ship keeps operations going at a secretive US Navy base in the middle of the Indian Ocean

"Our main job is to supply the base of just about every need," said Capt. Hedi B. Marzougui, ship master of the (M/V) SLNC Corsica.
Military & Defense 2020-03-04T12:49:21Z

The sinister, glowing Saudi orb that Trump touched in a viral moment was given as a gift to the US, which then hid it out of embarrassment, new book says

The photo of Trump, the Saudi king, and the Egyptian president touching the orb in 2017 had prompted comparisons to three plotting supervillains.
Tech 2020-03-04T11:07:31Z

Chinese social media has been censoring coronavirus content since the day the government acknowledged the outbreak

China reported the outbreak to the World Health Organization on December 31. Within 24 hours, WeChat and YY were censoring content, Citizen Lab found.
Politics 2020-03-04T10:34:17Z

The US launched a new airstrike against the Taliban one day after Trump held a 'very good talk' with the terrorist group

The US military said the attack was "defensive," and was launched to counter a Taliban assault against US-backed Afghan forces.
Military & Defense 2020-03-04T10:24:00Z

Republican lawmakers celebrate birthday with a Winnie-the-Pooh cake and a not-so-subtle message for Chinese President Xi Jinping

"You can trust his visage to contribute to colorful and delicious frosting," Rep. Mike Gallagher said in a message to Insider.
Politics 2020-03-04T04:15:11Z

Iran has stockpiled enough uranium to produce a nuclear weapon in the latest sign Trump's strategy has 'failed miserably'

Trump has insisted that squeezing Tehran with economic sanctions would change its behavior, but it's only become more aggressive.
Military & Defense 2020-03-03T23:59:23Z

US Navy imposes 14-day quarantine between port calls for ships in Europe amid coronavirus worries

The US military is taking several measures to combat the spread of coronavirus amongst its troops. At least one US Army soldier tested positive.
Military & Defense 2020-03-03T22:28:01Z

New US Army recruits will be screened for coronavirus upon arrival at basic training

During their training, Army recruits are housed in barracks and in close proximity with one another for at least 10 weeks.
Military & Defense 2020-03-03T22:00:21Z

Here is what the Army's next armed scout helicopter might look like

The Army is looking for its next attack and reconnaissance aircraft. Here are the designs that defense firms are offering to meet the need.

Here are the 16 jobs you'll be able to have in the US Space Force

A lot remains unknown about the newly established US Space Force, but it has narrowed down a list of 16 military job specialties.
Military & Defense 2020-03-03T20:23:25Z

Trump says he had a 'very good talk' with Taliban over the phone, despite ongoing violence in Afghanistan

"It is a pleasure to talk to you," Trump said, according to the Taliban. "You are a tough people and have a great country."
Military & Defense 2020-03-03T19:58:00Z

52 years ago, the bloodiest battle of Vietnam ended, and it changed forever how Americans felt about the war

The Battle of Hue saw some of the fiercest urban combat in US history and had a profound impact on the way Americans felt about the Vietnam War.
Military & Defense 2020-03-03T18:50:00Z

Pentagon denies asking combatant commanders to give advance notice before responding to coronavirus concerns

The defense secretary's directive was reportedly intended to make sure commanders don't make moves that catch the White House off guard.
Military & Defense 2020-03-03T18:22:21Z

US Navy warns China 'you don't want to play laser tag with us' after a Chinese destroyer fired a military-grade laser at a US aircraft

The US Navy said that the lasers "could potentially cause serious harm to aircrew and mariners."

Lessons on dealing with coronavirus from Singapore, where the 2003 SARS outbreak 'turned out to be a blessing'

"SARS turned out to be a blessing," Dr. Leong Hoe Nam said. "We realized how infectious diseases spread and how we have to be on top of the curve."

Trump has nominated the first African-American general to lead a US military service branch

Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. is an F-16 pilot who has racked up more than 2,900 flying hours — including 130 combat hours.

The US shouldn't support Turkey's reckless moves in Syria

Opinion: Cheerleading Turkey in Syria is the last thing the US should be doing, as such a situation is directly opposed to US interests.

US Space Force's first commissioned officers will graduate this spring

US Space Force will get its new officers from the Air Force Academy in a process similar to how the Marine Corps gets officers from the Naval Academy.
Military & Defense 2020-03-03T15:52:57Z

See how the elite Marines who arrive first for a fight train to scale steep cliffs in battle

When Marines encounter steep cliffs on the battlefield, sometimes the only option is up and over. See how they tackle this intense challenge.

Watch the US Air Force's biggest plane take off in 'almost biblical rainfall' in Scotland

The C-5M Super Galaxy may be the Air Force's biggest plane, but it has no trouble getting off the ground.

US Marines went to Thailand to practice storming beaches with F-35Bs, amphibious vehicles, and rockets

This year's edition of the bilateral exercise Cobra Gold featured the US Marine Corps' F-35B's first appearance in Thailand.

Canada is about to stop paying for Harry and Meghan's security — here's how much it will cost them

What the royal couple's eventual security program will look like depends in large part in how much risk they're willing to accept.
Politics 2020-03-03T03:13:48Z

'He reminds me of my son': Joe Biden gives Pete Buttigieg the 'highest compliment' after receiving endorsement

"I don't think I've ever done this before, but he reminds me of my son Beau," Joe Biden said, as Pete Buttigieg stood behind him.
Politics 2020-03-03T01:27:35Z

'They are a very hungry people': Fox News host fuels racist tropes about Chinese over coronavirus outbreak

"They are a very hungry people," Fox News host Jesse Watters said. "The Chinese communist government cannot feed the people."
Military & Defense 2020-03-02T23:14:49Z

White House scraps Pentagon nomination for official who privately raised concerns about frozen Ukraine aid

Elaine McCusker is the latest to face Trump's wrath as he seeks vengeance against officials who spoke out — privately and publicy — against him.
Politics 2020-03-02T21:29:51Z

A gunman held 70 people hostage in a Philippines mall for 10 hours before letting everyone go and holding an impromptu news conference

After opening fire in a mall in Manilla, and taking dozens of people hostage, a man shared why he did it before the police tackled him.
Politics 2020-03-02T20:58:52Z

A Democrat asked Mike Pompeo to point to things on a blank map in a nod to his awkward geography quiz

"To your left, you'll see a map of the world," the lawmaker told Pompeo.

The Air Force has committed to its bombers of the future: the B-52 and the B-21

The Air Force's shift to preparing for a conflict with a near-peer nation, such as China or Russia, is the driving force behind a two-bomber fleet.
Military & Defense 2020-03-02T20:21:07Z

Wild photos show US Marines munching on scorpions and washing them down with snake blood as they learn to survive in the jungle

US Marines are learning jungle survival by eating live scorpions and drinking cobra blood in the jungles of Thailand.

Meet the Air Force's first woman F-35 Demo Team pilot: Capt. Kristin 'Beo' Wolfe

Wolfe has been flying F-35As since 2017 and has about 800 total fighter hours in the F-22 and in the F-35A.
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