DARPA successfully flew a ‘smart’ helicopter without a pilot for the first time

U.S. 02/17/22, 12:26

The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has flown a pilotless helicopter for the first time for 30 minutes.  The UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter completed its flight equipped with experimental autonomous flight software over the U.S. Army facility at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on Feb. 5, and it performed another similar ...

Guantanamo: Pentagon building new secret room for war crimes trials

U.S. 12/31/21, 20:44

The Pentagon is building a second secret courtroom at Guantanamo Bay to conduct war crimes trials that will not allow public access, the New York Times reported. The new $4 million wartime courtroom is expected to begin operating in 2023. It will be intended for smaller trials and will allow two ...

Pentagon: Booster shots recommended for troops, but not mandatory

News 12/31/21, 02:43

The Department of Defense has issued new guidance on COVID-19 vaccination for U.S. troops, in which the service members will be highly encouraged, but not required, to get the booster shots. "All DoD personnel are strongly encouraged to receive the booster dose to protect themselves against COVID-19," the department said in the ...

Pentagon calls China and climate change top threats to US security

Washington 11/11/21, 16:37

The Defense Department said on Wednesday, Nov. 10, that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and climate change have the same priority in national security threats that the United States must resolve. "I think we get paid to examine all threats to our national security," the department's press secretary John Kirby said in a ...

Pentagon blames State Department for delaying exit from Afghanistan

Washington 09/29/21, 17:20

During the second day of U.S. congressional hearings with Pentagon leaders, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the delay in evacuating U.S. and Afghan civilians from Afghanistan was the State Department's decision and responsibility, not the military's, Fox News reported. President Biden's three top military advisors, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff ...

Fort Bliss houses up to 10,000 Afghan evacuees

Middle East 09/12/21, 18:24

Thousands of unaccompanied children who crossed into the United States will now stay in a Texan refugee camp that also temporarily houses about 10,000 Afghan asylum seekers. The Biden administration held a media tour of Fort Bliss in El Paso, on Sept. 10. Afghans who were successfully evacuated are now being ...

Pentagon requests public opinion on Military bases that honor Confederate soldiers

Washington 09/09/21, 19:06

The Pentagon is requesting public help in renaming military bases that commemorate Civil War Confederate soldiers. The department opened the name panel on Monday, Sept. 6, inviting “interested citizens” to submit comments and suggestions for replacements.  The Naming Commission was established when the National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 was passed in ...

High risk of 9/11 attack warns GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham

New York 08/30/21, 20:36

A Republican from South Carolina predicted a high chance of a terrorist attack in the United States on Aug. 29. Sen. Lindsey Graham believes the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan dramatically increases the likelihood of terrorism happening on U.S. soil. "I have never been more worried about an attack on our homeland ...

Pentagon says Taliban freed thousands of Islamic State prisoners

Middle East 08/27/21, 19:45

Joe Biden's administration confirmed Taliban fighters released Islamic State (ISIS-K) prisoners when they seized power in Afghanistan, on Aug. 27. The Pentagon revealed the number of inmates freed from Bagram prison could be well over 1,000. "Clearly, it is in the thousands when you consider both prisons," spokesman John Kirby said in ...

Pentagon: US expecting more attacks

Middle East 08/27/21, 16:53

After the dual bombing outside of Kabul airport a day before, the Pentagon on Friday, August 27, said those would not be the last attacks before the U.S. fully withdraws from Afghanistan.  "We certainly are prepared and would expect future attempts," said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby in a press briefing. "We're ...

Biden asks refugee aid groups to help bring 50,000 Afghans into US

Middle East 08/25/21, 18:07

Joe Biden's administration wants nongovernment organizations to handle up to 50,000 Afghan evacuees without protection visas. The president is recruiting refugee aid organizations to help evacuate Afghan asylum seekers to the United States, even if they did not make it onto the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program list. Biden hopes to welcome ...

Biden: Afghanistan withdrawal depends on Taliban cooperation

Middle East 08/24/21, 22:06

The president will completely withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of August. Joe Biden agreed to meet Taliban extremist demands on the condition there is a contingency plan, and the militant group cooperates. "We are currently on a pace to finish by Aug. 31. The sooner we can finish, the ...

Biden will vet Afghan refugees before granting entry to US

Middle East 08/23/21, 01:02

Joe Biden's administration will carefully select which Afghan evacuees are allowed to enter the United States on Aug. 22. The president promised anyone fleeing Taliban violence will have to undergo a thorough security check before setting foot in the Land of the Free. "Anyone arriving in the United States will have undergone ...

US resumes evacuation flights from Afghanistan after airport runway chaos

Middle East 08/16/21, 23:58

Joe Biden's administration restarted evacuation flights from Afghanistan on Aug. 16. The U.S. military temporarily suspended air traffic after hundreds of civilians hung onto a moving aircraft with their arms and legs. The delay lasted for several hours until the Pentagon finished deploying 2,500 American troops to Kabul Airport. A further ...

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