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A Senate panel just took a step closer to requiring women to register for the US military draft

Female soldiers from the US Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division training on a firing range in Fort Campbell, Kentucky on September 18, 2012. Mark Humphrey/AP Photos A Senate panel included the requirement that women register for the draft in its annual defense policy bill. Changes to the draft law have been debated since restrictions on military service for women were lifted. Last year, a congressionally-mandated commission argued in favor of amending the law. See m...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, Politico, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Military, House, Vietnam, US Army, US supreme court, Sonia Sotomayor, Senate Armed Services Committee, National Coalition

US special operators and their allies say taking on Russia and China in Africa requires 'strange bedfellows'

A US soldier in Somalia. Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano/ AP Renewed competition with Russia and China means Africa is growing as an arena for geopolitical maneuvering. The US commandos who fought extremist groups in Africa for 20 years now have to counter Chinese and Russian influence there as well. See more stories on Insider's business page. As competition between the US and China and Russia ramps up, Africa is once more becoming a geopolitical battlefield.US special-operations forces ...
Tags: Vladimir Putin, Navy, France, China, Russia, Africa, US, International, Trends, Senegal, Syria, Beijing, Marine Corps, Al Qaeda, Pentagon, North

Russia disconnected itself from the rest of the internet, a test of its new defense from cyber warfare, report says

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Russia tested disconnecting itself from the global internet, Russian outlet RBC Daily said. It said the disconnect happened from mid-June to July, though Insider couldn't verify that. Russia has wanted total control over the internet, to avoid US firms and potential cyber attacks. See more stories on Insider's business page. Russian successfully tested disconnecting itself from the global internet, according to a repo...
Tags: Internet, Vladimir Putin, China, Russia, US, Trends, Cybersecurity, News UK, Moscow, Cyber Attack, Dpi, Reuters, Ural, Novaya Gazeta, Military & Defense, Ashley Collman

The US launched strikes to destroy military equipment the Taliban captured from Afghan security forces

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet releases flares over Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2020 U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz The US carried out multiple airstrikes on the Taliban recently in support of Afghan forces. The strikes targeted enemy personnel, as well as captured military equipment. The US is withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan, where it has waged war for nearly two decades. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US military carried out multiple airstrikes ...
Tags: Politics, US, International, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Cnn, Afghanistan, Taliban, Middle East, Pentagon, Biden, Trump, John Kirby, U S Air Force

Recent arrests reveal more about how cartel wives help run operations for Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of "El Chapo" Guzmán, leaves federal court in Brooklyn after his sentencing, July 17, 2019. Jesse Ward/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images In recent months, US authorities have arrested the wives of three Sinaloa Cartel figures, including "El Chapo" Guzmán. The arrests shed light on what cartel operatives and security experts say is the overlooked but important role wives play in Mexican organized crime. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: New York, Mexico, Virginia, US, International, Trends, Drug Trafficking, Chicago, Brooklyn, Vogue, Getty, Mia, Pedro, Flores, El Chapo, Guzman

The CIA probe of mysterious 'Havana Syndrome' is being led by the officer who hunted bin Laden, CIA chief confirms

CIA Director William Burns. Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP The CIA probe of "Havana Syndrome" is being led by a veteran official who played a key role in the search for Osama bin Laden. CIA director William Burns confirmed the news during an interview with NPR. Burns called Havana Syndrome, which reportedly up to 200 Americans have reported having symptoms of, "real" and "serious." See more stories on Insider's business page. The CIA probe of so-called Havana Syndrome, or the mysterious a...
Tags: Politics, News, Osama Bin Laden, US, Trends, Ap, Npr, Cia, Bin Laden, Havana, Burns, William Burns, Havana Syndrome, Military & Defense, Speed desk, Natalie Musumeci

Delivery of 3 more advanced US-made sub-hunting aircraft boosts India's plans to take on China at sea

Two MH-60R Seahawks fly over the induction ceremony for the Indian Navy's first two MH-60Rs, in San Diego, July 16, 2021. US Navy/MCS2 Sara Eshleman The US delivered two helicopters and a new maritime patrol plane to India earlier this month. The aircraft are some of the best sub-hunters available and will boost the Indian navy's capabilities. The deliveries come amid heightened tensions with China in the Indian Ocean region. See more stories on Insider's business page. India r...
Tags: China, Russia, India, US, International, Trends, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Pakistan, Hawaii, San Diego, Pentagon, Lockheed Martin, Biden, New Delhi, Boeing

China's first stealth fighter for aircraft carriers is emerging, but a big problem still weighs it down

An FC-31 fighter jet. Reuters China's FC-31 stealth fighter was recently spotted on a mock aircraft carrier. Little is known for sure about the FC-31, but that appearance is a sign China's navy may adopt it. Like China's other advanced jets, the FC-31 has shortcomings that keep it from matching up with its US counterparts. See more stories on Insider's business page. China's J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighter is the most vaunted aircraft in the People's Liberatio...
Tags: China, US, International, Trends, Taiwan, Aircraft Carrier, Beijing, Chinese communist party, Stealth Fighter, US Navy, Plan, Wuhan, Mach, Chinese Navy, Fc, Reuters China

What dodging North Korean missiles taught me about shooting down Kim Jong Un's growing arsenal

A photo of what North Korea's government said was the August 29, 2017, test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP A North Korean missile launch in August 2017 sent people in South Korea and Japan scrambling to bunkers. The missile broke up and fell into the Pacific, but North Korea's growing missile arsenal remains a concern. The US, South Korea, and Japan all have missile defenses, but stopping an incoming...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, North Korea, China, US, International, Trends, SM, Tokyo, Pentagon, Seoul, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Pyongyang, ICBM, Kim Jong

How the Soviet Union upended the US Navy plans to build a fleet of faster, quieter submarines

US Navy submarine USS Seawolf during sea trials, July 10, 1997. Reuters Improvements to Soviet subs in the 1980s prompted the US Navy to pursue its own more advanced subs. Work on the Seawolf-class submarines got underway in the mid-1980s, but the USSR's demise upended those plans. See more stories on Insider's business page. There are only three of them.Late in the 1950s, the Soviet Navy's nuclear-powered submarines - starting with the November-class attack submarine - could d...
Tags: Navy, Washington, France, Virginia, Russia, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Reagan, X, United States, Connecticut, Jimmy Carter, Arctic, Pentagon

Changes in China's military flights around Taiwan may mean Chinese pilots are learning new tactics

A J-16 fighter jet during an air show in China's northeastern Jilin province, October 17, 2019. STR/AFP via Getty Images Observers point to increased presence of early-warning and electronic-warfare aircraft in combination with China's fighter-bombers. A strategy inspired by the US military connects and shares information between the latest combat platforms and older warplanes. See more stories on Insider's business page. Recent air force sorties by the People's Liberation ...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Cctv, Pacific, Macau, PLA, US Air Force, Robert Gates, Eagle, Tsai Ing wen, Wong, Jilin

Pentagon watchdog assessing 'nuclear football' security after rioters got alarmingly close to one during Capitol siege

A US military aide carries the "president's emergency satchel," also known as the "nuclear football." AP Photo/Andrew Harnik The Pentagon inspector general is launching a review of "nuclear football" security. The evaluation follows the riot at the Capitol in January, when rioters came close to Pence and his football. The watchdog wants to know more about the plans if the satchel is "lost, stolen, or compromised." See more stories on Insider's business page. The Department of Defe...
Tags: Politics, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Cnn, Tennessee, Secret Service, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Dod, Schwartz, Capitol, Pence, Stephen Schwartz

A few interesting details about Russia's new stealth fighter spotted at its official unveiling

Checkmate, the new Sukhoi fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, at the MAKS-2021 air show, July 20, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS Russia's new Checkmate light stealth fighter was officially presented today at MAKS 2021. Here are some interesting things we have noticed in the jet's official presentation. See more stories on Insider's business page. The much awaited official unveiling of the Sukhoi "Checkmate", Russia's new 5th-generation fighter aircraft...
Tags: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Trends, Moscow, Argentina, Hud, Stealth Fighter, LGB, Russian Air Force, Zhukovsky, David Cenciotti, Checkmate, Alexander Zemlianichenko, Military & Defense Contributors, Military & Defense, News Contributor

How British special operators defied their bosses to rescue 2 comrades captured on a secretive mission in Iraq

Members of 40 Commando Royal Marines on patrol in Abu Al Khasib, a suburb of Basra, March 31, 2003. PA Images via Getty Images In September 2005, British special-operations forces in Basra faced a problem. Two of their own had been captured during an undercover operation, and their lives were in peril. In addition to hostile Iraqis, British SAS troops had to overcome reluctant commanders in order to save their comrades. See more stories on Insider's business page. In September 2005, Br...
Tags: UK, London, Iraq, US, International, Trends, Iran, Sierra Leone, Coalition, Squadron, SBS, Iraq War, US Army, Baghdad, Sas, Reuters

3 times the US military brought back 'obsolete' weapons to take on new enemies

The USS New Jersey with all guns blazing. US Navy The US military regularly sends old hardware to its storage depots and boneyards. But the Pentagon has also brought back old gear and designs to counter new and emerging threats. See more stories on Insider's business page. 1. Battleships Once thought to be the cornerstone of naval power, the advent of naval aviation and the rise of the aircraft carrier in WWII was the beginning of the end for the large-gunned ships of the line.Though ...
Tags: Utah, Navy, Southeast Asia, US, Trends, Reagan, Afghanistan, Nato, New Jersey, Korea, Army, Marine Corps, Wisconsin, Pentagon, Vietnam, US Army

Satellite photos show China's new aircraft carrier coming together quickly and reveals more about its design

The Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, departs Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Associated Press Satellite imagery shows China has made significant progress on its new carrier in recent weeks. A CSIS analysis of the latest imagery said that certain aspects of the design can now be confirmed. Different from its predecessors, the ship has a flat flight deck and catapults. See more stories on Insider's business page. China has made significant progress on its newest aircraft ...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, International, Trends, Department Of Defense, Aircraft Carrier, Ford, Washington Dc, Shanghai, Pentagon, US Navy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Shandong, Kitty Hawk, Liaoning, CSIS

The US military is trying to build portable nuclear reactors again. It didn't go so well when it tried 60 years ago

US soldiers make observations with a theodolite during the construction of Camp Century in Greenland, June 1959. US Army/Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images In May 2021, the Pentagon asked for $60 million to design and build a small, truck-mounted portable nuclear reactor within five years. The US military has tinkered with such reactors before, and its first attempts didn't work out well in terms of environmental contamination, cost, human health, and international relations....
Tags: Navy, White House, US, Trends, Idaho, Portugal, Antarctica, Army, Nuclear Power, Peru, Pele, Pentagon, Greenland, North Pole, Atlantic Ocean, Antarctic

Russia unveiled its new 'Checkmate' fighter jet as Putin heaped praise on the country's aviation industry

Checkmate, new Sukhoi fifth-generation stealth fighter jet is seen during an opening ceremony of the MAKS-2021 air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, July 20, 2021 Sputnik/Alexei Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS Russia has unveiled a prototype for a new fighter jet, one currently nicknamed "Checkmate." Putin personally inspected the aircraft design at an aviation show on Tuesday. The Russian president hailed the creation as an example of Russia's aviation industry prowess. See mor...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, International, Trends, Ap, Mach, Moscow Russia, Rob Lee, Zhukovsky, Sukhoi, Tass News Agency, Checkmate, Fighter Jet, Military & Defense

Mike Pompeo was worried that Trump would go to war to try and stay in office after losing the 2020 election, book says

U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, speaks at a news conference while U.S. President Donald Trump looks on following his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Tuan Mark/Getty Images Mike Pompeo was worried that Trump would try to go to war to stay in power after losing in 2020, a new book reveals. In public, however, Pompeo made overtures to back Trump's false election fraud claims. Another forthcoming book also reports t...
Tags: Politics, Washington Post, White House, Defense, US, Trends, Iran, New York Times, State Department, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Adolf Hitler, Wall Street Journal, Hanoi, Trump, State

An assassination in Haiti shows how Colombia's war machine has gone global

A Colombian soldier guards explosives confiscated by during a raid in Palmira, Colombia. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga Haiti says 21 Colombian military veterans were involved in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise earlier this month. The former troops were working as private contractors, and their involvement reflects Colombia's prominence in the mercenary industry. See more stories on Insider's business page. BOGOTA, Colombia - Carlos Martinez joined the Colombian military at...
Tags: Washington, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, US, Trends, Colombia, Afghanistan, United States, Miami, Venezuela, Pentagon, Farc, Prince, Yemen, US Navy

5 Marine Corps facts that even Marines don't know

Marine recruits during a physical training event at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Angelica I. Annastas Even Marines who serve for years may not learn the depth and bredth of the Corps' lore. These five faces are a mix of regulations, culture, and tactics that many may not be aware of. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Marine Corps is a small fighting force deep in lore, history, culture, and intricacies that can be tough ...
Tags: Navy, Iraq, America, Trends, Marine, Paraguay, Marine Corps, Marines, Batman, Usmc, US Marine Corps, Corps, NCO, Camp Pendleton, Sandboxx, Travis Pike

The US Navy's unluckiest ship almost killed a president, and things only got worse from there

US Navy destroyer USS William D. Porter in Massacre Bay in Attu, part of the Aleutian Islands, June 9, 1944. US Navy USS William D. Porter had all the makings of another proud US Navy ship when it arrived during World War II. But the Fletcher-class destroyer's service life was marred by a serious of mistakes and errors. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US Navy has a long list of famous fighting ships known for heroic feats and proud service.But the Navy also has its...
Tags: Navy, US, International, Trends, Philippines, Alaska, Iowa, World War Ii, Norfolk, Tehran, Pacific, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US Navy, Bermuda, Kuril Islands, Porter

Video shows Afghan president among people calmly praying on Eid al-Adha while rockets explode around them

A video showing people praying despite the rocket fire. One man appears to be getting up to leave. Twitter/TOLONews Rockets hit near Afghanistan's presidential palace on Tuesday as the president prayed outdoors. Video shows the president and others not reacting to rockets as they marked Eid al-Adha. Three rockets hit near the palace and no injuries were reported, according to the AP. See more stories on Insider's business page. Afghanistan's president and people around him pray...
Tags: Politics, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Afghanistan, Taliban, Nato, News UK, Kabul, Ashraf Ghani, Associated Press, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Ghani

Trump said he regrets not 'immediately' sending in the US military to quash nationwide unrest last summer

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to Air Force personnel during an event September 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump attended the event to celebrate the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. Alex Wong/Getty Images A new book from two Washington Post reporters reveals one of former President Trump's regrets. He told them he wishes he had sent in the military "immediately" to quell unrest last summer. The nationwide unrest followed the murder of George Floyd by ...
Tags: Politics, Maryland, Minneapolis, Washington Post, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, Military, United States, Washington Dc, Protests, Portland, Pentagon, The New York Times, Air Force

One of the Air Force's biggest planes has helped pull off every major special ops mission since Vietnam

An MC-130P Combat Shadow, top, an MC-130J Commando II, center, and an MC-130H Combat Talon II off the coast of Okinawa, January 26, 2015. US Air Force/Senior Airman Maeson Elleman Since the mid-1960s, the Air Force has used the MC-130 to support special-operations missions all over the world. The Air Force is now rolling out the MC-130J model, and it will remain important as special operators adapt to new challenges. "The MC-130 is a very versatile and flexible aircraft," a former Air Forc...
Tags: Australia, China, Iraq, Southeast Asia, US, International, Trends, Iran, Afghanistan, Alaska, Marine Corps, Vietnam, Air Force, Mc-130, US Army, Gulf of Mexico

Biden released a 19-year detainee from Guantanamo Bay whom Trump kept detained for 4 years despite being cleared for release

Guantanamo Bay prisoners Getty Images The Biden administration has transferred its first detainee out of Guatanamo Bay. Abdul Latif Nasser, held there since 2002, was repatriated to Morocco, per the NYT. He was cleared for release in 2016, but then kept in Guatanamo under the Trump administration. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Biden administration freed its first detainee from Guatanamo Bay, two decades after he was captured, and five years after he was cleared for r...
Tags: Politics, Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Taliban, Morocco, New York Times, News UK, Getty, Biden, Times, Abc News, Trump, Nasser

Trump says Gen. Mark Milley should be 'court-martialed' if he thought the former president potentially sought a coup

Flanked by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, US President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders at the White House on October 7, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS Trump said that Gen. Mark Milley should be "court-martialed" if the reports are true that he feared a potential coup. "There was no talk of a coup, there was no coup, it all never happened," the former president said. Milley has been the chairman of Joint Chief...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Washington Post, White House, Defense, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Fbi, Military, Washington Dc, Cia, Interior Department, Donald Trump, Trump

'This is really f---ed up down here': GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan called Mark Milley during the Jan. 6 riot and spoke against a tentative plan to evacuate senators, book says

Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska. Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP Sullivan told Milley on Jan. 6 that a tentative plan to move senators by bus could present danger. Senators had already been rushed to a secure location within the Capitol after the riot broke out. Pelosi and Schumer later got on a call with Pentagon leaders to express alarm at the response. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. After Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska surveyed the harrowing scene at the Capitol dur...
Tags: Politics, New York, Congress, California, Washington Post, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Military, Gop, Alaska, House, Pentagon, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Miller

33 years after getting demolished by the US, Iran's navy is flexing its new muscles

The Iranian naval ship Makran seen near Iran's Larak Island in a satellite image taken May 10, 2021. Maxar via Reuters Thirty-three years ago, the US inflicted a devastating defeat on the Iranian navy. Since then, Iran has rebuilt and modernized its fleet, equipping it for operations on the high seas. Its progress was visible in June, when two Iranian warships sailed into the Atlantic for the first time. See more stories on Insider's business page. In June, two important events vau...
Tags: China, Russia, US, International, Trends, Iran, Syria, Ap, Atlantic, Britain, Nato, Un, Venezuela, Cuba, US Navy, Indian Ocean

An unusual ad campaign gives a first glimpse of Russia's new stealthy fighter jet

A photo posted on social media by Russian state-owned firm Rostec hinting at the company's new fifth-generation fighter jet. Rostec/Twitter Rostec published some photos of a new design (or mock up) of a 5th-generation fighter jet ahead of MAKS 2021 airshow next week. Not much is known about the new jet, but the media campaign seems to indicate that it will be oriented toward the export market. See more stories on Insider's business page. Photos started circulating on Twitter on Jul...
Tags: Russia, US, Trends, Argentina, TASS, RCS, Rostec, Russian Air Force, Fighter Jet, Stephen Trimble, Military & Defense Contributors, Military & Defense, News Contributor, The Aviationist, Stealth Fighter Jet, Fifth-generation fighter

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