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The latest coverage of the Defense Department, State Department and aerospace industry.

In this file photo, a U.S. military aide carrying the "President's emergency satchel," also known as "the football," with the nuclear launch codes, walks toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, to join President Joe Biden for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)  **FILE**

Biden officials tried to restrict nuclear arms use

- The Washington Times

Biden administration officials involved in the recent Nuclear Posture Review of U.S. strategic weapons and forces sought to further restrict the use of nuclear arms during internal discussions on the nuclear review but ultimately backed off, according to Air Force Gen. Anthony J. Cotton, nominee to be the next Strategic Command chief.

Ukrainian servicemen stand atop a destroyed Russian tank in a retaken area near the border with Russia in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Ukraine, using captured Russian tanks, firms up its lines

- Associated Press

Ukraine is now deploying captured Russian tanks to solidify its gains in the northeast amid an ongoing counteroffensive, a Washington-based think tank said Tuesday, as Kyiv vowed to push further into territories occupied by Moscow.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is escorted into Busan port, South Korea, after completing a joint drill with the South Korean military on Oct. 21, 2017. A U.S. aircraft carrier is to visit South Korea this week for its first joint training with South Korean warships in five years, officials said Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in an apparent show of force against increasing North Korean nuclear threats. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP, File)

U.S. aircraft carrier to visit South Korea amid North Korean threats

- Associated Press

A U.S. aircraft carrier is to visit South Korea this week for its first joint training with South Korean warships in five years, officials said Monday, in an apparent show of force against increasing North Korean nuclear threats.

Ukrainian paratroopers drive on the vehicle with Ukrainian flag on the pantone bridge across Siverskiy-Donets river in the recently retaken area of Izium, Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Ukraine finds new mass burials, says Russia ‘leaves death’

- Associated Press

Ukrainian authorities were expected to begin recovering bodies Friday from a newly found mass burial site in a forest recaptured from Russian forces, a delicate task that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said would help show the world “what the Russian occupation has led to.”

This photo provided by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivering a speech during a parliament in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 8, 2022. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Seoul says North Korea will self-destruct if it uses nukes

- Associated Press

South Korea on Tuesday warned North Korea that using its nuclear weapons would put it on a “path of self-destruction,” in unusually harsh language that came days after North Korea legislated a new law that would allow it to use its nuclear weapons preemptively.

Russian rockets launched against Ukraine from Russia's Belgorod region are seen at dawn in Kharkiv, Ukraine, early Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Belikov)

Ukrainian nuke plant operating tenuously as war persists

- Associated Press

Ukraine’s state nuclear energy operator said Friday that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, caught in the Ukraine-Russia war, is operating in emergency mode with elevated risk.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stands near a damaged residential building during his visit the city of Irpin, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. (Genya Savilov, Pool Photo via AP)

New aid package latest sign U.S. is in it for the long haul in Ukraine

- The Washington Times

The Biden administration on Thursday announced a fresh $675 million military aid package for Ukraine and pledged to make available another $1 billion in American-made weapons as officials sent the strongest signal yet that Washington is broadening its focus beyond the battle with Russia and aiming to bolster the Ukrainian army for the long term.

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire, looking for potential victims after a Russian attack that heavily damaged a residential building in Sloviansk, Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Blinken, in Kyiv, unveils $2B in U.S. military aid for Europe

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unscheduled visit to Kyiv on Thursday as the Biden administration announced major new military aid worth more than $2 billion for Ukraine and other European countries threatened by Russia.

A Ukrainian soldier fires on the front line in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Sat. Sept. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Kostiantyn Liberov)

Fears grow for Ukraine nuke plant ahead of inspector report

- Associated Press

Fears grew Tuesday for Europe’s largest nuclear power plant as shelling around it continued, a day after the facility was again knocked off Ukraine’s electricity grid and put in the precarious position of relying on its own power to run safety systems.

People walk past a crater from an explosion that hit an area near the Ukrainian Red Cross Society during a Russian attack yesterday in Sloviansk, Ukraine, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Once-mighty arms exporter, Russian military cuts deal to buy from Iran, North Korea

- The Washington Times

The Soviet Union churned out vast quantities of military hardware for its Warsaw Pact allies and post-Cold War Russia remained one of the world’s top arms exporters, but now the Kremlin is forced to look to rogue states, including North Korea and Iran, for help to resupply its strapped forces in the troubled 6-month-old invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

This photo released by the U.S. Air Force, shows a B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, approaching a KC-10 Extender for refueling over the Middle East on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. The United States military said Monday it flew a pair of nuclear-capable B-52 long-distance bombers over the Middle East in a show of force, the latest such mission in the region as tensions remain high between Washington and Tehran. (Staff Sgt. Shannon Bowman/U.S. Air Force via AP)

U.S. B-52 bombers fly over Middle East amid tensions with Iran

- Associated Press

The United States military said Monday it flew a pair of nuclear-capable B-52 long-distance bombers over the Middle East in a show of force, the latest such mission in the region as tensions remain high between Washington and Tehran.

As seen on a computer screen from a DVD prepared by Al-Sahab production, Al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri speaks in Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 20, 2006. Al-Zawahiri, the top Al Qaeda leader, was killed by the U.S. over the weekend in Afghanistan. President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak about the operation on Monday night, Aug. 1, 2022, from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash, File)

Over-the-horizon U.S. strike on terrorist raises fears of what’s being missed

- The Washington Times

On its face, last month’s strike on al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri proved U.S. forces can still carry out military and intelligence missions in Afghanistan even with American boots no longer on the ground. Beneath the surface, however, counterterrorism insiders say the bombing of al-Zawahri’s safehouse in Kabul only exposed much deeper long-term problems for the U.S.

U.S. Army's Paladin self-propelled howitzers fires during a joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex in Pocheon, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. (Im Byung-shik/Yonhap via AP)

U.S. and South Korean forces wrap up biggest joint exercises in years

- The Washington Times

U.S. and South Korean military forces on Thursday concluded their most substantial “live-fire” joint exercises in years — major drills featuring howitzer rounds slammed into a mountainside, swooping A-10 attack aircraft and Apache helicopters that Washington and Seoul had scaled back over the past half-decade for a range of reasons.

Iraqi security forces fire tear gas on followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr protesting inside the government palace grounds, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Al-Sadr, a hugely influential Shiite cleric announced he will resign from Iraqi politics and his angry followers stormed the government palace in response. The chaos Monday sparked fears that violence could erupt in a country already beset by its worst political crisis in years. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Chaos and deadly clashes in Baghdad as cleric al-Sadr leaves Iraqi politics

- The Washington Times

Iraq descended deeper into chaos Monday after influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his “definitive retirement” from politics, sparking deadly clashes at Baghdad’s presidential palace and potentially opening the door for Iran-backed militia groups to emerge from the turmoil with more power.