Lost in the mail? Pentagon reply to Michigan governor goes AWOL
LANSING, MI — Did the Pentagon blow off Michigan’s governor, or did their reply just get lost in the mail? The communications indicate the Department of the Air Force also did not have a copy of the DOD letter until last month. I just received it today,” Air Force program manager Steven Willis replied to Place on April 22, along with a copy of the letter. Peter Hughes, a Pentagon spokesperson, said the reply was sent last July but could not provide specifics on how exactly letter was delivered and to whom. Sawyer Air Force Base near Marquette.mlive.com
Trump wanted to court-martial prominent retired officers, book says
In "A Scared Oath," former defense secretary Mark Esper details his often uneasy tenure in Trump’s Cabinet, a fraught 15 months when, according to the book, he endeavored to serve as a guardrail on the combative president's most alarming impulses.washingtonpost.com
‘I Simply Refuse’: Wiretaps Catch Putin’s Troops Breaking Own Tanks in Sabotage Scheme
Sasha Mordovets/Getty ImagesRussian fighters have been sharing tips with one another about how to deliberately damage their own equipment and hamper Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war plans in Ukraine, according to recordings of alleged Russian troops’ phone calls that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) intercepted.In one regiment, one Russian soldier allegedly said they’ve been pouring sand into the tanks’ fuel systems to clog them up.“I don't follow stupid orders, I simply refuse,” onenews.yahoo.com
Push to arm Ukraine putting strain on US weapons stockpile
The planes take off almost daily from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware — hulking C-17s loaded up with Javelins, Stingers, howitzers and other material being hustled to Eastern Europe to resupply Ukraine’s military in its fight against Russia. The game-changing impact of those arms is exactly what President Joe Biden hopes to spotlight as he visits a Lockheed Martin plant in Alabama on Tuesday that builds the portable Javelin anti-tank weapons that have played a crucial role in Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
Ukraine 'can win' the war 'if they have the right equipment': Pentagon chief
Ukraine can win the war against Russia "if they have the right equipment", Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin says as he returns from a trip to Kyiv with US State Secretary Antony Blinken. "The first step in winning is believing that you can win. And so they believe that we can win," Austin told a group of journalists after he and Blinken had both met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "We believe that we can win, they can win if they have the right equipment, the right support." ++ COMPLETES VIDI328W8PK_EN ++news.yahoo.com
On the battlefield with Russia, Afghanistan’s loss is Ukraine’s gain
In total, the United States has agreed to provide 16 Mi-17s to Ukraine. All were undergoing U.S.-contracted maintenance outside of Afghanistan in August when the Taliban took over the country and seized billions of dollars in Western-supplied military equipment, said Capt. Mike Kafka, a Pentagon spokesman.washingtonpost.com
Ukraine braces for new offensive as Russia reinforces military in east
U.S. intelligence has observed a massive Russian military convoy making its way south toward Izyum, a strategically important town in northeast Ukraine that Russia seized earlier this month and may use now as a staging point to carry out assaults on larger cities to the south, the Pentagon said Monday.washingtonpost.com
As Ukraine war drags on, Pentagon makes long-term plans for Europe
The open-ended war in Ukraine has thrown the Pentagon’s long-term planning into question, with senior U.S. defense officials expected to revamp how they deploy military forces in Eastern Europe and the Baltics amid deepening anxiety over Russia’s broader ambitions.washingtonpost.com
EXPLAINER: Deciding when to use 'invasion' label in Ukraine
In the opening hours of Russia’s assault on Ukraine, ballistic missiles by the dozens struck mostly military targets across the country, but there was little sign of Russian soldiers crossing the border or naval infantry landing on Ukraine’s shores.
US strike framed to spare civilians after mounting criticism
Facing criticism for civilian deaths in U.S. airstrikes, the Biden administration targeted the leader of the Islamic State group in a way that was riskier for American forces, landing dozens of U.S. commandoes outside his Syrian hideout rather than targeting him with an airstrike.
US orders 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia worry
The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered about 8,500 U.S. troops on heightened alert, preparing for possible deployment to Europe, if needed, to reassure NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression on the border of Ukraine.
Watchdog finds no misconduct in mistaken Afghan airstrike
The Associated Press has learned that an independent Pentagon review has concluded that the U.S. drone strike that killed innocent Kabul civilians and children in the final days of the Afghanistan war was not caused by misconduct or negligence, and it doesn’t recommend any disciplinary action.
After Afghanistan pullout, US seeks NATO basing, intel pacts
The top U.S. military officer is in Greece meeting with NATO counterparts this weekend, and Army Gen. Mark Milley is hoping to forge more basing, intelligence-sharing and other agreements to prevent terrorist groups from regrouping in Afghanistan, and threatening America and the region.
FBI releases newly declassified record on Sept. 11 attacks
A declassified FBI document related to logistical support given to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attacks details contacts the men had with Saudi associates in the United States but doesn't provide proof that senior kingdom officials were complicit in the plot.