Review says Abbey Gate bombing wasn’t preventable

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that killed U.S. troops and Afghans in August 2021 was not preventable, and the “bald man in black” spotted by U.S. service members the morning of the attack was not the bomber, according to a new review by U.S. Central Command. The findings. released … Read more

All the US assets that helped repel Iran’s attack on Israel

[ad_1] A host of American military ships, jets and munitions played a vital role in repelling Iran’s attack on Israel over the weekend — an unprecedented barrage that involved hundreds of missiles and attack drones. The Iranian attack on Saturday, less than two weeks after a suspected Israeli strike in Syria that killed two Iranian … Read more

US troop numbers in Eastern Europe could continue to grow

[ad_1] The number of U.S. and NATO troops stationed in Eastern Europe could increase in coming years as Russian threats continue to grow, but American military officials aren’t yet pushing to add more permanent bases in the region as part of a larger military footprint. Roughly 100,000 U.S. servicemembers are stationed throughout Europe today, including … Read more

Annual defense authorization work to ramp up in the next few weeks

[ad_1] Last week, Senate Armed Services Committee officials announced they will hold markups of the massive defense policy measure the week of June 10, with an eye towards sending the measure to the full Senate for consideration in mid-summer. Meanwhile, House Armed Services Committee officials are looking to hold their day-long marathon markup of the … Read more

Return of horse-drawn caissons to Arlington National Cemetery delayed

[ad_1] The return of horse-drawn caissons at Arlington National Cemetery is being delayed for months and maybe longer, the Army said Friday, as it struggles to improve the care of the horses after two died in 2022 as a result of poor feed and living conditions. Nearly a year after the Army suspended the use of the gray … Read more

US forces help Israel repel Iranian drone, missile attack

[ad_1] The U.S. military shot down dozens of missiles and drones Saturday that were fired at Israel from Iran and its proxy forces in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Iran launched its first-ever direct assault on Israel Saturday, less than two weeks after a suspected Israeli strike in Syria killed two Iranian generals in an Iranian … Read more

How DOD missed its opportunity to counter extremism in the ranks

[ad_1] Has the threat of extremism in the ranks fallen off the Department of Defense’s radar? The department’s fiscal 2025 budget request suggests it has. In stark contrast to the FY2022 request — which dedicated an entire section to the subject — the FY2025 budget mentions extremism in the ranks only once, alongside other personnel … Read more

20 years later, Abu Ghraib detainees get their day in US court

[ad_1] Twenty years ago this month, photos of abused prisoners and smiling U.S. soldiers guarding them at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison were released, shocking the world. Now, three survivors of Abu Ghraib will finally get their day in U.S. court against the military contractor they hold responsible for their mistreatment. The trial is scheduled to … Read more

Army pushes more safety training as helicopter crashes spike

[ad_1] The Army has ordered an aviation “safety stand up,” with additional aviation training across the force following a dozen mishaps that have resulted in 10 fatalities in only the first six months of the fiscal year. By comparison, the Army had 10 mishaps and 14 fatalities for all fiscal 2023. The current number of … Read more

Young veterans more likely to get ‘dangerous’ jobs than civilian peers

[ad_1] Younger veterans are more likely to land jobs that pose risk to their physical and mental health than their civilian peers, potentially exacerbating already existing injuries from their time in the ranks, according to a new report released Wednesday. Researchers from the Rand Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute said the potentially hazardous jobs … Read more