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For the first time, a woman has qualified as a Navy special operator

For the first time, a female sailor has passed the grueling 37-week training course to become a Naval Special Warfare combatant-craft crewman.
Military & Defense 2021-07-15T21:38:43Z
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With close military encounters on opposite sides of the world, Russia is sending a message to the West

The incidents and exercises were messages about Russia's military capabilities and what it could do with them, experts told Insider.
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How China's navy went rogue to get its first aircraft carrier

It took some enormous bribes and liquor, plus years of delays, for China to get its hands on what would become the aircraft carrier Liaoning.
International 2021-07-15T17:21:20Z

Colombians accused in Haiti assassination were once trained by the US military, Pentagon says

A number of the detained Colombians received US military training while they were in the Colombian military, the Pentagon told The Washington Post.

What we already know about Russia's new stealth fighter

The new fighter only exists on paper at this point, but the outlook could improve if foreign buyers show interest.
Military & Defense 2021-07-15T12:26:00Z

How a war between North and South Korea could quickly become a naval showdown

South Korea's navy would have an edge in a conventional conflict, but North Korea's navy, especially its subs, would still pose a threat.
Politics 2021-07-15T10:10:55Z

Top military officials feared Trump was planning a coup and discussed resigning en masse to avoid carrying out illegal orders, book says

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley feared that Trump was stirring unrest to bring troops into the streets and cling to power.
Politics 2021-07-14T19:58:44Z

Top US general said Trump spread 'gospel of the Führer' and threatened US democracy with 2020 election lies: new book

Gen. Mark Milley reportedly compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and said his supporters were like "Brownshirts," according to an upcoming book.

AK-47 vs. AK-74: How Russia's workhorse rifles stack up

The AK-47 has become the most prolific infantry assault rifle on the planet. What many may not known is the AK-47 had a sequel of sorts in the AK-74.
Military & Defense 2021-07-14T16:12:12Z

UK's flagship aircraft carrier has an outbreak of around 100 COVID-19 cases on its first deployment

There have been about 100 cases of COVID-19 on HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is currently on a world tour, according to the BBC.
Military & Defense 2021-07-14T15:23:40Z

Biden administration announces it will start evacuation flights for Afghans who helped the US military

"Operation Allies Refuge" flights for Afghans who helped the US military are set to start at the end of July.
Military & Defense 2021-07-14T15:22:44Z

George W. Bush says the consequences of Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal will be 'unbelievably bad' and it 'breaks my heart'

Bush warned the pullout endangered women, girls, and people who worked with foreign troops. "They're just going to be left behind to be slaughtered."

China is sending 'grandpa fighter jets' to test Taiwan's defenses

The Chinese J-7 fighter jets used during an "island encirclement exercise" last month date to the 1960s and can be used as unmanned aerial vehicles.

A British paratrooper crashed through the roof of a California home during a training jump

The exercise was a High Altitude Low Opening, or HALO, jump, which are usually associated with special-operations units.

How a cheap Swedish submarine 'ran rings' around a US aircraft carrier and its sub-hunting escorts

The Swedish sub HSMS Gotland didn't actually sink the USS Ronald Reagan, but it showed that it could be done.
Military & Defense 2021-07-13T15:39:25Z

Viral video of Taliban executing 22 Afghan commandos as they surrendered ignites more criticism of Biden's withdrawal

"This is horrible—yet it's the reality of announcing the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan," tweeted Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who served in Afghanistan.
Military & Defense 2021-07-13T12:26:14Z

How a daring British SAS mission in one of the most remote parts of the world went wrong

"The South Atlantic winter was a big surprise for us," a retired SAS officer who served in the Falklands told Insider.
Politics 2021-07-13T00:12:19Z

Several of the men arrested in the Haitian president's assassination had ties to US law enforcement: reports

The US Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed to Insider that one of the men arrested by Haitian authorities had worked as an informant.

The US isn't doing itself any favors by conducting military exercises in Europe's most tense region

Joint military exercises aren't inherently bad, but US participation in them should align with US strategic national security interests.

The 2020s will be a crucial decade for China, and even its leaders know the good times may not last

The 2020s will be a crucial decade for China as it readjusts to being richer, older, and more resource-deprived.

Why a US soldier once had to use a payphone to call in artillery support

The US invasion of Grenada was conducted by highly capable units, but they were plagued by some very basic problems.

China is working overtime to build a modern military. Here's how its armed forces compare to the US's

The US military still ahead in several important areas, but the Chinese military has its own advantages and is only getting better.

Before 'Shark Week' and 'Jaws,' World War II taught Americans to fear shark attacks

Mass mobilization and far-flung battles during World War II introduced more Americans to sharks than any other event in US history.
Military & Defense 2021-07-12T14:14:01Z

The top US general in Afghanistan steps down as American forces pull out

Gen. Austin S. Miller is stepping down, marking a symbolic end to the longest war in US history, but the Taliban is making gains across Afghanistan.
Military & Defense 2021-07-12T14:06:27Z

The AC-130 gunship has been backing up special operators for 55 years, and it's still popping up in new countries

"The sheer number of weapons options it brought to the battlefield was wild," a former Air Force combat controller said of the AC-130W.
International 2021-07-11T19:39:44Z

The US is 'analyzing' the Haitian government's request to send troops after its president was assassinated

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said a team comprised of officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI were traveling to Haiti.
Premium Opinion 2021-07-11T12:27:00Z

China's 'wolf warrior diplomacy' has come to Wall Street

China's recent measures to curb its companies from going public in the US are a sign that its aggressive nationalism has come to financial markets.
Military & Defense 2021-07-10T13:36:37Z

US intelligence agency's amateurish Photoshop of a wheelchair user and a blind man onto its diversity report cover backfires

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) added images of a disabled woman and blind man to the stock image, The New York Post said.
Politics 2021-07-10T12:43:03Z

Israel is seizing cryptocurrency wallets from the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which has been using them to raise funds from donors worldwide

Israel's national bureau of counterterrorism issued a seizure order against cryptocurrency addresses believed to be controlled by Hamas.
Military & Defense 2021-07-09T15:59:18Z

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reshuffled his senior leadership after blaming officials for creating an unexplained 'great crisis'

Changes follow Kim's expression of frustration with senior officials who he accused of irresponsibility, negligence, and incompetence.
Military & Defense 2021-07-09T11:17:45Z

Biden called the US withdrawal from Afghanistan 'secure and orderly' — when in reality it didn't tell allies, abandoned prisoners, and left interpreters fearing for their lives

Biden said on Thursday that US military activities in Afghanistan would cease on August 31, well ahead of his previous September 11 deadline.
International 2021-07-08T14:41:18Z

South Korea's spy agency says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have lost more than 40 pounds

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apparently been shedding weight, and now we have an idea of just how much.
Military & Defense 2021-07-08T07:07:38Z

Blackwater founder Erik Prince had plans to create a $10 billion private army in Ukraine, Time reports

Prince's ambitious efforts stalled after former President Donald Trump left office, according to a Time investigation.

How 'Top Gun: Maverick' got cameras inside the cockpit of a F/A-18 fighter jet

Promotion for "Top Gun: Maverick" is starting to pick up as the November 2021 release date approaches.

What the Air Force's latest graphic reveals about the new B-21 stealth bomber

The Air Force's latest rendering shows the new B-21 Raider stealth bomber at Edwards Air Force Base.
Military & Defense 2021-07-07T17:35:22Z

China's air force has big plans for its biggest planes

China's strategic airlift fleet is the fastest-growing in the world, and its expansion reflects Beijing's broader military ambitions.
Politics 2021-07-07T15:59:36Z

Assassinated Haitian president Jovenel Moïse's time in power was marred by waves of protests and demands for his resignation

Mired in corruption scandals, Moïse saw waves of anti-government protests during his presidency. He was assassinated in his home on Wednesday.

Spending $2 trillion on new nuclear weapons is a risk to more than just your wallet

As the US, Russia, and China rush to modernize their nuclear arsenals, the world is witnessing a new, dangerous nuclear arms race.
Military & Defense 2021-07-07T12:28:37Z

The 'Ferrari' of US special-operations helicopters may soon be headed out of service

In the next five years, the Army and US Special Operations Command will have decide if the Little Bird has any life left.
Military & Defense 2021-07-06T17:22:00Z

PHOTOS: US troops left behind everything from energy drinks to armored vehicles when they abandoned a key base in Afghanistan in the dead of night

US forces left the base at 3 a.m. and shut off the power on the way out. The new base commander didn't even know they were gone until hours later.
Tech 2021-07-06T17:09:16Z

The Pentagon has called off the $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing contract Microsoft and Amazon were arguing over

The Pentagon canceled the contract due to "evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances."

Lebanon's financial crisis is so bad that soldiers can't feed their families

A Lebanese general recently warned that the the country's financial crisis could "lead to the collapse of all state institutions," including the army.

4 years before the Navy started blasting its new aircraft carrier, this team started planning to protect nearby animals

A team of scientists and other specialists spent years working to minimize the impact of the Ford's shock trials on nearby marine animals.

Changes to the ocean around Taiwan may mean China has to change its submarine warfare plans

Recent changes to ocean temperatures will affect the waters of the Kuroshio Current, which could be a key battlefield if China tries to invade Taiwan.
Military & Defense 2021-07-06T12:25:17Z

The story of the iconic Soviet general and the secret order for a special kind of Coca-Cola

Soviet Gen. Georgy Zhukov couldn't get Coca-Cola behind the Iron Curtain. So he asked the US to come up with something else.
Military & Defense 2021-07-06T09:39:09Z

US troops left their key Afghanistan base at 3 a.m. without telling their allies, leaving 5,000 Taliban prisoners in their cells, reports say

US forces had been using Bagram Airfield as their main base in Afghanistan since 2001. They departed last week.
Military & Defense 2021-07-05T19:31:56Z

Over 1,000 Afghan troops facing advancing Taliban forces retreated and fled the country

As the US continues withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban is gaining ground in places and forcing some Afghan troops to retreat.
Military & Defense 2021-07-05T17:18:30Z

Russian warplanes have been practicing bombing enemy ships in the Black Sea, where the US and Ukraine are leading a large military exercise

The training follows two recent incidents in the Black Sea involving UK and Dutch warships and the Russian military.
News 2021-07-05T16:18:56Z

The interpreters who say they have been left for dead in Afghanistan as U.S. and U.K. troops pull out after 20-year war

Interpreters who assisted the United States and its partners during the Afghan war say they are being left behind at the end of the 20-year.
Military & Defense 2021-07-05T14:21:25Z

The US Marine Corps' first F-35C squadron is now fully ready to fight from the Navy's aircraft carriers

The squadron, known as the "Black Knights," is expected to deploy with a carrier strike group next year.
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