FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during family photo session with other leaders and attendees at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Saudi Arabia is starting a reckless oil war with Russia — but the US is also a target

Opinion: The US has shown a lot of deference to Saudi Arabia. That should change, argues Defense Priorities senior fellow Enea Gjoza.
Military & Defense 2020-03-14T12:18:00Z
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Chinese foreign ministry spokesman pushes coronavirus conspiracy theory that the US Army 'brought the epidemic to Wuhan'

China has pushed the narrative that the virus might have originated somewhere else. Several conspiracy theories about its origin have emerged.
Military & Defense 2020-03-14T10:04:00Z

Meet the dictator who rules secretive Turkmenistan, who portrays himself as an action hero and shows off by lifting gold bars in parliament

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has ruled Turkemenistan since 2006, and has become known for his strongman image and flashy stunts.
News 2020-03-14T05:43:29Z

Department of Defense suspends domestic travel for military and civilian personnel until May as coronavirus outbreak grows in US

The US Department of Defense is stepping up measures to limit the spread of the new coronavirus including temporarily banning personnel from travel.
Military & Defense 2020-03-13T21:28:37Z

Chinese official blocks Republican lawmaker on Twitter after blasting coronavirus conspiracy theory

"He's going out of his way to target politicians that are generally critical of China," Republican Jim Banks said in a message to Insider.

The F-35 still has hundreds of design flaws, and there's 'no planned correction' for more than 150 of them

Of the roughly 883 design flaws noted in a watchdog report, about 162 are designated as "open, no planned correction."
Military & Defense 2020-03-13T17:56:16Z

Air Force dismisses cadets due to 'inability' to carry out social distancing amid coronavirus pandemic

The Air Force Academy said the decision was made to allow its senior class of cadets to graduate on time.

How Marine Corps primary marksmanship instructors turn Marines into riflemen

"Recruits ask me what I have seen or what I have done, and it makes them look up to me because they understand this knowledge comes from experience."

A widespread outbreak of coronavirus in Mexico is 'inevitable,' health officials say

Mexico's deputy health minister said Covid-19 could force the postponement or cancellation of as many as 8,000 events.
Military & Defense 2020-03-13T15:26:12Z

The US is wielding 2 aircraft carriers in the Middle East for the first time in years as a warning to Iran

"The carriers are very important to us, and we know the Iranians watch them very closely too," CENTCOM commander Gen. Frank McKenzie said.

The Army is willing to pay off $65,000 in student loans for recruits willing to do one of its hardest jobs

"We as infantrymen all know about the hardships that come with this [career]," an Army recruiter said.
News 2020-03-13T14:23:00Z

Justin Trudeau's wife has tested positive for COVID-19. Experts explain the possible fallout if a world leader caught the coronavirus.

Experts weighed in on the social, political, and economic effects of a world leader contracting COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Coronavirus is exposing weaknesses in the US health system, a Harvard researcher says

"We are seeing now that it's very, very difficult to coordinate massive efforts across the entire country."
Military & Defense 2020-03-13T13:39:10Z

This US Navy flattop has been sailing the high seas with a Captain America battle flag and a flight deck full of a F-35 stealth fighters

The choice is "bold, graphic, with a clear patriotic and easily-identifiable association with the name 'America,'" the ship's CO told Insider.
Politics 2020-03-13T03:44:50Z

Trump jokes that Japan is 'ahead of the curve' for greeting with a bow amid coronavirus outbreak

"You know, I was never a big hand shaker, as you probably heard," Trump said. "But once you become a politician, shaking hands is very normal."
Military & Defense 2020-03-12T23:25:47Z

The US military just fired back at Iranian-linked militias in Iraq, one day after a rocket attack killed a British Army medic and two Americans

"All options are on the table as we work with our partners to bring the perpetrators to justice and maintain deterrence," the Defense Secretary said.

Brazil's gangs are flooding Europe with cocaine

"For coke, Brazil has emerged as a major exporter nation," one analyst in Europe said.

Lawmakers are worried that military bases overseas don't have enough kits to test for coronavirus

Some legislators have said the military hasn't responded to their inquiries about the status of those kits.
Military & Defense 2020-03-12T20:40:25Z

Russian reconnaissance planes were intercepted by US and Canadian fighters as they lurked over a submarine exercise in the Arctic

The Russian planes didn't enter US airspace, but they did linger over some US attack subs in the Arctic.

5 things to know about who gets the coronavirus test and how it works

The US government is fighting to contain and slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Testing is central to these efforts.
Military & Defense 2020-03-12T18:31:28Z

Republican senator: It's time to hold China 'accountable' for the coronavirus

Sen. Tom Cotton has suggested the US investigate the highly unlikely theory coronavirus was developed in a Chinese "superlaboratory."

The Army apparently has a stretch Humvee

Of all the ground vehicles in the Army's arsenal, this may be the most unusual — or the flyest.

Defense Department issues global travel restrictions to help stop coronavirus spread

"The Department of Defense's top priority remains the protection and welfare of our people."
Military & Defense 2020-03-11T23:24:00Z

A rocket attack on a coalition base in Iraq killed 2 US troops and injured a dozen other people

Camp Taji was struck by a barrage of Katyusha rockets late Wednesday, with reports that 2 US troops were killed and a dozen others injured.

Inside the massive DEA operation targeting one of Mexico's most powerful cartels

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel controls between one-third and two-thirds of the US drug market.
Tech 2020-03-11T21:11:33Z

A senate report says the US government's current plan to prepare for cyber doomsday isn't nearly strong enough

A senate study suggested more than 80 steps the US should take to bolster its cybersecurity amid new threats from China, Russia and other threats.
Military & Defense 2020-03-11T20:06:13Z

War games are being scrapped as the coronavirus spreads, but a massive exercise involving thousands of US troops is still on in Europe

Several joint military exercises involving US military personnel have already been canceled, postponed, or scaled down in response to the coronavirus

Here's how the Marine Corps is rolling out its new 40 mm grenade launchers

"Reloading it and unloading it are easy compared to other systems we've had in the past," a Marine infantry-course adviser said.
Politics 2020-03-11T17:03:35Z

The US's top infectious-diseases expert said 'it would be nice' if Trump hadn't scrapped the NSC's global-health unit

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the bottom line for the coronavirus outbreak in the US is that "it's going to get worse."

The Taliban gets to see secret documents related to the Afghan peace deal, but you don't

"It's an agreement with the Taliban," a Pentagon spokesman said. "It makes sense for them to read the documents.
Tech 2020-03-11T14:54:00Z

How the Air Force plans to keep America's ICBMs safe from drone attacks

Drones make excellent little spies, can be weaponized, and are cheap to procure — all challenges that can be turned made into benefits.
Politics 2020-03-11T04:51:48Z

Rep. Dan Crenshaw accuses Rep. Ted Lieu of 'woke virtue signaling' after Lieu warned of xenophobia from what GOP members are calling coronavirus

The latest spat between Democrats and Republican lawmakers centered around an informal nickname for the coronavirus.
Military & Defense 2020-03-11T02:29:56Z

Drones are dropping bombs on US troops in Syria, and it's not clear who's doing it

The vulnerability of US forces to small drones is "one of the things that worries me the most," the head of US Central Command said Tuesday.

The Army wants to close a 'modern-day missile gap' and take the strain off its missile-defense soldiers

Some congressmen are worried the Army has a "missile gap" in the Indo-Pacific region that needs to be addressed.
Military & Defense 2020-03-10T19:40:16Z

Joe Biden's heated 'you're full of s--t' video about gun rights is another example of the misleading claims about his campaign

The man's allegation against Joe Biden is identical to misleading videos that surfaced on Facebook in recent weeks.

US and Canadian jets intercepted Russian reconnaissance planes near Alaska

The Russian aircraft came as close as 50 nautical miles to the Alaskan coast but did not enter US or Canadian airspace.

Travel restrictions could slow the spread of coronavirus, but they are 'not enough alone' to stop it

"We also need to curb the epidemic, to have mitigation in the local community," said Alessandro Vespignani, a researcher at Northeastern University.
Military & Defense 2020-03-10T17:38:35Z

Norwegian F-35 stealth fighters sent out for the first time to intercept Russian sub hunter aircraft

Norway scrambled F-35 stealth fighters over the weekend to intercept a pair of Russian Tu-142 anti-submarine warfare aircraft off its coast.

Watch the Army's new supergun hit a target from 40 miles away

In tests with the Extended Range Cannon Artillery system and the new XM1299 long-range projectile, the Army nailed a target roughly 40 miles away.

What really keeps coronavirus away? 4 things to know about avoiding infection

The latest coronavirus, COVID-19, has spread rapidly around the world, reaching a higher fatality rate than the flu.

US Army may not buy more Israeli Iron Dome missile defense systems because they can't be used with US systems

"We believe we cannot integrate them into our air-defense system" because of interoperability issues, the head of Army Futures Command said.
Tech 2020-03-10T14:22:00Z

A former US Navy vessel turned $800,000 houseboat called 'the Evil Eye' is on sale the Bay Area— see inside

The boat was a balloon barge, used to stop kamikazes in World War II. Author Shel Silverstein lived in it for decades.
Military & Defense 2020-03-10T14:18:34Z

The US Air Force is studying 2 bases to see which is best to handle the new B-21 bomber

The B-21 will arrive in the mid-2020s, and the Air Force wants to know which of its bases is the best fit for the Raider.
Military & Defense 2020-03-10T13:59:34Z

A contractor who tested positive for the coronavirus lied about his health to access a US military base

"He was sick one week ago and kept coming on post," the garrison commander said, calling the man's actions "reprehensible."

The Marines may want to get their hands on a version of the Army's next-generation rifle

"What we are committed to is the best weapon system that the Marines can have," a Marine general told lawmakers.
Military & Defense 2020-03-09T21:47:02Z

The Army general in charge of US soldiers in Europe may have been exposed to the coronavirus

An Army general and his staff are self-monitoring for coronavirus after they may have been exposed during a conference, the Army said Monday.

6 US military bases where being stationed can feel like a vacation

The drudgery and danger of life in the military can sometimes take place in beautiful surroundings.
Military & Defense 2020-03-09T19:34:49Z

The Navy won't let recruits' families go to their graduation ceremony because of coronavirus fears

Families of the recruits graduating in Great Lakes, Illinois, will be able to watch the ceremony on a Facebook livestream.

6 inmates died in Italian prison riots started in response to measures meant to contain coronavirus

By Monday afternoon, violence that started at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy had hit more than 25 penitentiaries nationwide.
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