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Former Ranger and SOCOM commander calls out Democratic congressman over 'dumb' military service spat with Sen. Tom Cotton

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Alex Brandon/AP A former head of US Special Operations Command weighed in on the debate over Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton's service record. After an article questioned Cotton's characterizations of himself as an Army Ranger, Colorado Rep. Jason Crow, a former Army Ranger, told him he shouldn't call himself a Ranger. Retired Gen. Raymond Thomas, a former Ranger who commanded SOCOM, called the debate "dumb" and told Crow that he needs to focus on more impo...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Congress, Senate, Trends, Georgia, Cotton, Army, Ranger, Thomas, Tom Cotton, Special Operations, Crow, Army Ranger, Delta Force, SOCOM


Biden overturns Trump's ban on transgender service members in the US military

The Pentagon Getty The White House announced Monday that President Joe Biden has reversed the Trump administration's military transgender ban. The executive order signed Monday states that the president believes that "gender identity should not be a bar to military service." The decision is supported by new Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Joe Biden has reversed the Trump administration's controversial ban largely prohibiting ...
Tags: Politics, Obama, Congress, White House, Defense, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Austin, United States, Pentagon, Biden, Donald Trump, Armed Forces, Trump, Senate Armed Services Committee


Special operators describe an overlooked vulnerability highlighted in the Capitol Hill riot

The FireEye booth at the 2016 Black Hat cyber-security conference in Las Vegas, August 3, 2016 David Becker/Reuters The FireEye hack and the rioters who breached Capitol Hill were two more visible signs of a growing conflict in cyberspace being waged by state actors and private individuals. Government and private entities, high-profile officials, and everyday people are all targets in that conflict, but there are many things that they can do to improve their security online and in real lif...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, North Korea, Russia, US, International, Trends, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Cyberattack, House, Moscow, Homeland Security, Capitol Hill, Pentagon


Thousands of members of the National Guard will remain stationed in DC during Trump's impeachment trial

Members of the National Guard are given weapons before Democrats begin debating one article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2021 Joshua Roberts/Reuters About 5,000 members of the National Guard will remain stationed in DC through Trump's impeachment trial. The trial is set to begin in early February, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. Members of the National Guard were stationed in DC after the insurrection at...
Tags: Politics, New York, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Democrats, Washington Dc, Dc, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters


From Peace Corp volunteer to Capitol insurrectionist: How Thomas Baranyi went from being a quiet, troubled kid to rioting against the US government

US Capitol protester Thomas Baranyi, 28, speaks to a WUSA reporter on January 6, 2020. WUSA9/YouTube Thomas Baranyi was identified by the FBI after appearing in a TV interview where he talks about storming the Capitol. Insider spoke to his former friends and coworker who described him as "quiet" and "disillusioned." Baranyi had a tumultuous New Jersey childhood and was estranged from his friends before joining the Peace Corps. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Thomas Bara...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Law, Congress, Senate, Iraq, US, Trends, Fbi, Washington Dc, New Jersey, News UK, Marine Corps, Secret Service, Albania


Biden apologizes to National Guard chief after 5,000 soldiers had to reportedly sleep in a DC parking garage with only one bathroom

Troops sleeping in the Capitol complex on January 17, 2021. Getty Images President Joe Biden called the National Guard's chief on Friday to issue an apology. Earlier this week, photos circulated on social media of troops sleeping on the floor of parking lots. National Guard members were forced to vacate the Capitol on Thursday, according to Politico. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Joe Biden has called the chief of the National Guard Bureau to apologize after ...
Tags: Politics, News, Politico, Trends, Joe Biden, Bbc, Washington Dc, News UK, Dc, Biden, The Washington Post, Trump, Capitol, National Guard, Jill Biden, Capitol Building


From Peace Corp volunteer to Capitol insurrectionist: How Thomas Baranyi went from being a quiet, troubled kid to a man who felt betrayed by politics

US Capitol protester Thomas Baranyi, 28, speaks to a WUSA reporter on January 6, 2020. WUSA9/YouTube Thomas Baranyi was identified by the FBI after appearing in a TV interview where he talks about storming the Capitol. Insider spoke to his former friends and coworker who described him as "quiet" and "disillusioned." Baranyi had a tumultuous New Jersey childhood and was estranged from his friends before joining the Peace Corps. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Thomas Bara...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Law, Congress, Senate, Iraq, US, Trends, Fbi, Washington Dc, New Jersey, News UK, Marine Corps, Secret Service, Albania


'You shouldn't be calling yourself a Ranger': Tom Cotton's military service is under scrutiny from a fellow Army veteran in Congress

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Republican Sen. Tom Cotton's past characterization of his military service is drawing scrutiny from critics. A recent Salon report resurfaced a longtime debate over military titles. Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a US Army veteran, took note of the debate said that the "truth matters." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton's characterization of his military serv...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Iraq, US, Sports, Trends, Cotton, Afghanistan, Arkansas, Army, US Army, Tom Cotton, Crow, 101st Airborne, Ranger School


US military needs 'humility, a willingness to learn' to protect the country, Biden's top defense official says

Secretary of Defense nominee Lloyd Austin, a recently retired Army general, listens during his conformation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill, January 19, 2021, in Washington. Greg Nash/Pool via AP Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a statement to the entire US military outlining the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and reviewing the traits required to build an effective fighting force. In a departure from the Trump administration's talking points, A...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Senate, Defense, US, International, Trends, Austin, Army, Marine Corps, US Senate, Biden, Donald Trump, US Army, Defense Department


The National Guard is reportedly planning to ask troops to remain deployed at the Capitol until mid-March

The National Guard is ramping up its presence in Washington, DC, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration following the Capitol siege on January 6. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images The National Guard is planning to ask up to 7,000 troops deployed to Capitol Hill to volunteer to stay until March 12, according to Military.com. "We are not going to make anybody stay," spokesperson Nahaku McFadden reportedly said. Of the roughly 25,000 troops initially deployed to the Capitol for secur...
Tags: Politics, News, US, Trends, Cotton, Joe Biden, Arkansas, Washington Dc, Fox News, Capitol Hill, US Army, Puerto Rico, Guard, Capitol, National Guard, Sen Tom Cotton


Hundreds of National Guard troops deployed to defend the Capitol have reportedly tested positive for COVID or are in quarantine

Members of the National Guard rest in the Visitor Center of the US Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images Hundreds of National Guard troops have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine, according to a Politico report. More than 25,000 National Guard troops were activated and deployed to Washington, DC in the wake of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Hundreds of National Guard troops from am...
Tags: Politics, Science, Washington, Politico, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, Capitol, National Guard, Visitor Center, U S Capitol, National Guard Bureau, US Capitol, COVID-19, COVID


Iranian news agency tweets threatening post of Trump golfing as an ominous aircraft flies overhead with the words 'revenge is inevitable'

Donald Trump golfing at Trump International Golf Links course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP An Iranian news agency with strong links to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tweeted a threatening message Thursday to a golfing Trump. The post, which appeared to call for attacks to avenge the murder of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by a US drone last year, included the words "revenge is inevitable." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. An Iranian News Ag...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Technology, US, Trends, Iran, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Ayatollah Khamenei, Trump, Afp, Irgc, Persian Gulf, Tasnim News Agency


Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as America's first Black defense secretary

Lloyd Austin, a recently retired Army general, smiles during his conformation hearing. Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP The Senate has confirmed Lloyd Austin, a retired four-star Army general, as the first Black secretary of defense. Austin served in the armed forces for more than four decades, retiring in 2016 after serving as the first Black leader of US Central Command. During his career, he developed a relationship with President Joe Biden and his late son Beau, who served as an officer in t...
Tags: Politics, News, Obama, West Point, Congress, Senate, China, Iraq, Russia, US, Alabama, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden


Nearly 1-in-5 of the rioters charged in Capitol insurrection are military veterans, study shows

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Almost 20% of rioters charged in the Capitol siege were active duty military members, or veterans. The report published by NPR follows a broader conversation about extremism within the US military. Insider cr...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Congress, Washington, Senate, Virginia, US, Trends, Fbi, Afghanistan, Marine, Marine Corps, Npr, Biden, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump


How Russia uses right-wing extremism as a cheap, deniable way to undermine Western countries

Members of the Russian Imperial Movement and volunteers with the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic pose with weapon simulators at a training base in Saint Petersburg, February 28, 2015. OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images The violent siege of the US Capitol on January 6 renewed attention on the increasingly prominent activities of right-wing extremists in the West and the role of foreign actors in supporting them. Russia hasn't been accused of stoking that siege, but Moscow does c...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Sweden, Vladimir Putin, Washington, France, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, West, United States, Crimea, Moscow, Nazi


'We actually won the war we needed to fight': Trump's pick for ambassador to Afghanistan on why it's time to get out

A US soldier and an Afghan police office arm wrestle before a joint patrol in Maiwand District in Kandahar Province, January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton US troops are still fighting in Afghanistan nearly 20 years after first arriving in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The US mission in Afghanistan has gradually expanded over those two decades, but Afghans need to determine their country's future, according to William Ruger, who was nominated by former President Donald ...
Tags: Politics, Obama, Congress, Navy, Washington Post, Osama Bin Laden, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Middle East, Army, Al Qaeda


Trump officials in the Pentagon reportedly blocked Biden's transition team from accessing information on military operations, including the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

Pentagon Charles Dharapak/AP The Department of Defense set up roadblocks for the incoming Biden administration during the transition process, Politico reported, citing multiple defense and transition officials. Meetings were canceled, delayed, or tightly controlled in ways that made it difficult for Biden's team to get information on critical national security issues, including vaccine distribution, transition officials said. The Pentagon has pushed back on claims that it did not fulfill i...
Tags: Politics, White House, Politico, Africa, Defense, America, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Transition, Middle East, Pentagon, Chris Miller, Biden, Donald Trump, Miller


Michael Flynn's brother was present on a call discussing the military response to the Capitol siege, despite the Army denying it for days: WaPo

Supporters of President Donald Trump wear gas masks and military-style apparel as they walk around inside the Rotunda after breaching the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. Saul Loeb/Getty Images The US Army falsely claimed that Michael Flynn's brother was not on a call discussing whether or not to dispatch the National Guard to the Capitol during the January 6 insurrection, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the Army's chief staff of operations, co...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Washington Post, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Washington Dc, Army, Pentagon, Donald Trump, US Army, The Washington Post, Mccarthy, Capitol Police, Trump


Corporate America is pausing its financial support for the 147 GOP lawmakers who challenged Biden's victory. Here are all the S&P 500 companies who gave them money - and then stopped.

Erin Schaff/Getty Images S&P 500 companies gave $23 million to the 147 GOP lawmakers who contested Electoral College results. After GOP efforts to overturn Biden's victory led to violence, some companies paused their support. Here's a list of how much each corporate PAC had given and whether they've paused contributions. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On January 6, Congress convened a joint session to formally certify President Joseph Biden's Electoral College victory...
Tags: Energy, Transportation, Real Estate, Politics, News, Enterprise, Media, Entertainment, Congress, Finance, Senate, White House, Advertising, US, America, Trends


A notorious prison called 'Sailor's Silence' is being used to jail Putin critic Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny appears in a video published by his anti-corruption organization on January 18, 2021. Navalny Live/YouTube Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sent to a notorious prison named "Matrosskaya Tishina," or "Sailor's Silence," upon his return back to the country. Navalny is being held in a three-person cell for VIPs in Sailor's Silence in Moscow, according to Reuters, where political prisoners have been jailed. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Russian ...
Tags: Politics, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Germany, Russia, US, International, Trends, Moscow, Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, Reuters, Navalny, Sergei Magnitsky, Magnitsky, David Choi


Kamala Harris will be escorted at the inauguration by heroic Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman stands during a dress rehearsal for the 59th inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Washington. Greg Nash/Pool via AP Kamala Harris will be escorted by heroic Capitol Police Eugene Goodman at her inauguration.  Goodman bravely led insurrectionists away from the Senate chamber during the riots at the Capitol. Several lawmakers have called for Goodman to recei...
Tags: Politics, Cbs News, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, House, Biden, US Army, Capitol Police, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Capitol, Goodman, US Capitol


Trump has left the White House, but he still has the nuclear football

President Donald Trump boards Marine One as he departs the White House on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images President Donald Trump departed the White House Wednesday morning and was on his way to Florida. The outgoing president will not attend Joe Biden's inauguration. The twice-impeached president still has control of the nuclear football and sole nuclear strike authority until noon. Experts say that the current situation is the product of an outdated an...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, White House, Russia, Trends, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, House, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Donald Trump, Nuclear War, Trump, South Lawn


20-year-old US Army soldier charged with providing kill targets for ISIS, plotting ways to attack the 9/11 Memorial in New York

An ISIS fighter waves a flag while standing on captured government fighter jet in Raqqa, Syria, 2015. y: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images A 20-year-old US Army soldier was arrested on federal terrorism charges and is accused of trying to help ISIS kill other service members in the Middle East, according to the Justice Department. Private First Class Cole Bridges is accused of helping plan targets like the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, and giving "advice a...
Tags: Politics, New York, Isis, News, New York City, US, International, Trends, Georgia, Fbi, United States, Bridges, Middle East, Army, US Army, Justice Department


Police and soldiers bring lethal skills to anti-government militias

Members of the Oath Keepers and general public participate in a tactical training session in northern Idaho, October 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart Thousands of police and troops, as well as retired police and military personnel, are part of an extremist effort to undermine the US government and subvert the democratic process. That connection enhances these groups' ability to execute sophisticated and successful operations and helps them convey a patriotic image that obscures the security t...
Tags: Politics, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Atlantic, Washington Dc, Arizona, Army, Militia, Michael Brown, Nazi, Ferguson Missouri, Air Force, Biden, North Carolina, Trump


12 National Guard troops were pulled off security for Biden's inauguration over concerns including suspected ties to far-right groups

Virginia National Guard troops are issued M4 rifles and live ammunition in front of the US Capitol on Sunday. Samuel Corum/Getty Images A total of 12 National Guard troops were pulled off the inauguration security mission, the Pentagon said Tuesday, confirming reporting from the Associated Press. Two Guard members were found to have suspected ties to far-right militia groups, Army and intelligence officials told the AP. The military and the FBI are vetting troops deployed to the nation's c...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Navy, Virginia, Defense, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Ap, Fbi, Washington Dc, Army, Marine Corps, Pentagon


The Capitol siege is forcing the Pentagon to be more aggressive about white supremacy in the military

Members of the U.S. National Guard arrive at the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Pentagon is deploying as many as 15,000 National Guard troops to protect President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, amid fears of new violence. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images The Pentagon is under increasing pressure to address white supremacist and extremist ties within the ranks of the US military. Current and former members of the US military were arrested in connectio...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Iraq, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Analysis, Fbi, Afghanistan, Washington Dc, New York Times, Pentagon, Chris Miller, Extremism


35 unforgettable images that capture Trump's wild and bitter presidency

President Donald Trump in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, October 4, 2020. Tia Dufour/The White House via Getty Images President Donald Trump's time in office has been filled with noteworthy and often unexpected moments. From holding a baseball bat in the Blue Room to yelling at a kid mowing the White House lawn, these often impromptu moments have been captured by photographers.  Insider rounded up some of the most memorable and ca...
Tags: Images, Photos, National Weather Service, Politics, Isis, News, Law, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, North Korea, Senate, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel


2 National Guard troops were reportedly pulled off security for Biden's inauguration over ties to far-right groups

Virginia National Guard soldiers are issued their M4 rifles and live ammunition on the east front of the U.S. Capitol on January 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Two National Guard troops were pulled off the presidential inauguration security mission, the AP reported Tuesday. The Guard members were found to have ties to far-right militia groups, according to Army and intelligence officials. The military, in partnership with the FBI, is vetting troops deployed to the n...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Virginia, Defense, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Joe Biden, Ap, Fbi, Washington Dc, New York Times, Army, Marine Corps, Associated Press


National Guard troops are being taught how to figure out if their colleagues are planning an attack on Biden's inauguration

Virginia National Guard soldiers are issued their M4 rifles and live ammunition on the east front of the US Capitol on January 17, 2021. Samuel Corum/Getty Images National Guard members are being trained to screen their colleagues to identify threats from within the ranks to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told the Associated Press that members are being trained to identify any threats within the Guard. He added that authorities had not yet identified...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Washington, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Fbi, Washington Dc, News UK, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Capitol, National Guard, National Guard Bureau, US Capitol


Biden official accuses Trump administration of 'sabotage,' following a string of controversial foreign policy decisions in the final days of the presidency

US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images An unnamed transition official from President-elect Joe Biden's team has said that President Donald Trump's latest foreign policy moves "feel like sabotage," according to PBS NewsHour. In the PBS exclusive interview, the official singled out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for implementing controversial foreign policies in the final days of Trump's presidency. He suggested that these decisions' timing was suspi...
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