The Islamic State command is calling for a big shift in battlefield tactics to guerrilla warfare, acknowledging that the U.S.-led coalition's precise air campaign is methodically picking apart its clustered forces.
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By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times
Move over, Abraham, Martin and Tom: More memorials are seeking space on and near the National Mall as their sponsors seek to ensure that honoring the past never gets old. Published September 19, 2017
With the latest provocative firing by North Korea of an ICBM missile on Sept. 14, 2017 over the Japanese island of Hokkaido, it should be clear to any thinking individual that economic sanctions will not work. We have to face facts. North Korea is doing exactly what China and Russia want it to do.
President Trump took aim at the twin threats of North Korea and Iran on Tuesday at the United Nations, warning that the U.S. is prepared to "totally destroy" North Korea over its reckless nuclear weapons programs and calling on the world body to confront more forcefully Tehran's support of Islamist terrorism.
The American attitude toward North Korea appears to be evolving -- and not necessarily in a docile direction. The number of Americans who would support a U.S. military response to the rogue nation's aggression is "significantly higher" these days, according to a new Gallup poll.
President Trump will turn up the heat on North Korea and call out countries that coddle the rogue regime Tuesday in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, said a senior White House official who recognized that the threat of war loomed over the speech.
The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The U.S. military flew advanced bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula and near Japan in drills with South Korean and Japanese warplanes on Monday, three days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan.
Northrop Grumman is buying Orbital ATK for about $7.8 billion as activity in defense sector heats up amid rising global tensions.
Chelsea Manning told a crowd at a "creative thinkers" conference in Nantucket on Sunday that she's not an "American traitor" as her critics have claimed and she did what she thought was the right thing to do.
As President Trump's staunchest backers wonder why he has suddenly dropped "Islamic" from two important war speeches, the mystery in the latter instance can be traced to the Pentagon, says an administration source.
You know you've run afoul of President Trump when he gives you a nickname.
North Korea's military is clandestinely building a nuclear-powered submarine, according to a Japanese newspaper report, the latest provocation by Pyongyang in an escalating clash with the U.S. and its allies in a region already on edge.
Eight U.S. special operations forces were injured Thursday during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, according to an Army spokesman.
The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts sought by President Donald Trump.
The crisis Kim Jong-un's regime has created worsens with each intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) it launches and every nuclear weapon it detonates. The North Koreans are neither begging for war, as U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, nor are they trying to extort money from America. This is something different.
Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he'll push for a debate to repeal the war powers resolution.
As North Korea flaunts its new nuclear muscle, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is spotlighting the overwhelming numerical superiority of America's doomsday arsenal.
President Trump observed his first 9/11 anniversary as commander in chief Monday by vowing to pursue radical Islamic terrorists into the darkest corners of the world, underscoring his plans to send potentially thousands more troops to Afghanistan in the hope of stabilizing the country that served as the launchpad for al Qaeda's attack.
The U.S. military is keeping a wary eye on Iran's most violent proxy militia in Iraq, which has vowed to start killing Americans again once the Islamic State is expelled.
It hasn't been talked about much in the Western press, but the closure of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco was a big deal.
President Trump said Thursday that the U.S. has killed more Islamic State extremists in the Middle East under his brief leadership than during eight years under President Barack Obama.
Rep. Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Thursday that the deal President Trump made with Democrats doesn't provide the necessary stability for the military amid increasing accidents and readiness issues.
The U.S. Navy's loss of two sophisticated, key anti-ballistic-missile-capable destroyers within a matter of several weeks is symptomatic of a much larger issue.
The Flying Tigers. Say it out loud and the next words of out your mouth will probably be "John Wayne." One of the staples of late-night television movies remains the 1942 epic that starred Mr. Wayne playing a character modeled on that equally rugged American fighter, Gen. Claire Chennault. That film and the shelf of books published since then have insured that the legend of the Tigers -- formally known as the American Volunteer Group (AVG) is firmly fixed in our memories.
China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are developing weapons and other capabilities to destroy vulnerable U.S. satellites in space, according to a think tank report on foreign space threats.
After a 45-minute phone call with China's president Wednesday, President Trump said the U.S. won't tolerate North Korea's nuclear weapons tests and missile launches.
Sen. Chris Coons said Wednesday that the United States needs to prepare for all options in the escalating conflict with North Korea.
The Trump administration is poised to pull the trigger on billions of dollars in military sales to U.S. allies in the Pacific in response to the growing nuclear standoff with North Korea — including possibly offering offensive weaponry to long-pacifist Japan.
Following U.S. warnings to North Korea of a "massive military response," South Korea on Monday fired missiles into the sea to simulate an attack on the North's main nuclear test site a day after Pyongyang detonated its largest ever nuclear test explosion.
The Trump administration was weighing all options Sunday night, including a retaliatory military strike, in response to North Korea's test of a powerful hydrogen bomb that Pyongyang claimed could be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.
President Trump said Sunday that North Korea has "become a great threat and embarrassment to China," after the North announced it had detonated a hydrogen bomb as "a perfect success."
The Trump administration ordered Russia to close diplomatic offices in San Francisco, New York and Washington in retaliation for Moscow throwing U.S. diplomats out of Russia, the State Department announced Thursday.
The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, South Korea's military said. North Korea hates such displays of U.S. military might at close range and will likely respond with fury.
Missile tests by North Korea and threats against the United States by her leader, Kim Jong-un, and an unprecedentedly firm response of "fire and fury" from President Donald J. Trump combined this summer to create what may be described as a panic over the prospect of a nuclear attack on American soil.
The Pentagon for the first time revealed Tuesday that nearly 11,000 American troops are still on the ground in Afghanistan, roughly 40 percent more than what Defense Department leaders had acknowledged since President Obama ended the U.S. combat mission three years earlier.
The Army has finished scrutinizing thousands of soldiers in its yearslong investigation of fraud in the National Guard's wartime recruiting bonus program.
Forty years later, the story still seems hard to credit: In the summer of 1977, Capitol Hill was gripped by revelations of the CIA's top-secret MK-Ultra mind control research program, targeting unsuspecting American citizens, in some cases by luring them to brothels to be fed LSD-laced cocktails.
Amid the latest North Korean missile test that overflew Japan, U.S. intelligence agencies recently detected increased activity at the North's main underground nuclear testing facility in the northeastern part of the country that signal preparations for a sixth underground test blast.
President Trump said Wednesday that "talking" isn't the solution when it comes to North Korea.
Defense Secretary James Mattis announced a freeze on the transgender military ban late Tuesday pending a study.
President Trump has brought a new toughness to U.S. rhetoric toward North Korea, but the Kim Jong-un regime in Pyongyang showed anew this week that it still has the power to decide when and where to escalate the crisis in the region over its nuclear programs and missile tests.
President Trump on Tuesday said that "all options are on the table" in dealing with North Korea after the country launched a missile that passed over Japanese airspace hours earlier.
A North Korean short-range missile was fired into Japanese airspace during a weapons test early Tuesday morning, representing the latest shot across the bow by Pyongyang against Washington and its allies in the Pacific.
Iraq still faces tough military battles and hard political choices in the wake of the surprisingly quick advance over the weekend to oust Islamic State militants from the northern city of Tal Afar.
Erbil, Iraq — This September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan will hold its long promised referendum on independence from Baghdad. This move is controversial everywhere except in Kurdistan; yet it presents a defining opportunity for U.S. interests.
President Trump signed a presidential memo Friday night ordering the Defense Department to stop accepting transgender people for military service.
President Trump told the American Legion's national convention Wednesday that he's keeping his campaign promises to fix the broken Veterans Affairs system and boost military spending.
The deadly collision involving the USS John S. McCain has cost the 7th Fleet commander his post.
President Trump's new Afghan war plan, which puts Pakistan on notice for its purported support of terror groups while also opening the door to peace talks with the Taliban, drew a mix of praise and criticism Tuesday from regional leaders and U.S. lawmakers.
North Korea has attempted to ship materiel to Syrian officials tied to the country's chemical weapons program, according to a confidential United Nations report.
China may have accidentally announced a new breakthrough in submarine detection when the Chinese Academy of Sciences temporarily posted news of a new quantum, magnetometer breakthrough. The information was quickly removed after a journalist pointed out its military applications.
As North Korea vowed "merciless retaliation" against U.S.-South Korean military drills that it claims are an invasion rehearsal, senior U.S. military commanders on Tuesday dismissed calls to pause or downsize exercises they called crucial to countering a clear threat from Pyongyang.
President Trump asked the American people Monday to trust him in sending more troops to Afghanistan, saying that his gut told him to pull out but that careful examination of military options convinced him decisive victory over Islamist militants was the only option.
When President Trump talks about the "mess" he inherited from his predecessors, one of the most costly and intractable dilemmas is the U.S. entanglement in Afghanistan.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has joined a group of 116 founders of robotics and artificial intelligence companies in signing an open letter urging the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons.
U.S. and South Korean troops have begun annual drills that come after tensions rose over North Korea's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month
President Trump will unveil his highly anticipated strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia during a prime-time address Monday night, an address that will cap months of intense debate between the president's inner circle and the country's top national security leaders on the way forward in the war-torn region.
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early Monday in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, and at least 10 sailors are missing.
After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like.
President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury."
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When gentlemen compete, they honor the rules of the game and accept the referee's calls. But no one would mistake the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran for gentlemen, and their gamesmanship in pursuing nuclear weapons is deadly serious. As the mullahs make a bid for more uranium, They have been called out for cheating. The United States is obliged to withhold approval of a new supply of the radioactive material until the regime can prove it's not up to mischief. Anything else is simply tomfoolery.
Last year, President Obama assured the world that "we are living in the most peaceful, prosperous and progressive era in human history," and that "the world has never been less violent."
"The land of the morning calm" is anything but that. The ancient Korean name for the divided peninsula is belied by the tension simmering for nearly 70 years, enlivened with frequent bursts of cross-border invective and sometimes violence.
With North Korea threatening its sixth nuclear test, and the pace of its ballistic-missile tests quickening, Pyongyang's global threat is ever more imminent. Twenty-five years of self-defeating American efforts to negotiate with the world's only hereditary Communist dictatorship have, not surprisingly, proven fruitless.
When a politician promises something that "holds the promise of changing the course of human history," we naturally assume it's typical overstatement. But when President Ronald Reagan said that on March 23, 1983, in reference to his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), he was exactly right.
If demography is destiny, in North Korea the guiding force is ancestry. Like his grandfather and father before him, Kim Jong-un suffers delusions of grandeur, surrounded only by frightened sycophants, coveting a place among the world's important nations. As Pyongyang edges closer to building a working nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States, Mr. Kim must get the right response to his vow to annihilate his enemies. Tough talk from the United States and its allies is only a stopgap. The solution, short of war, lies with China.
President Trump's first budget called Thursday for a dramatic shift from the "soft power" diplomacy of the Obama era to a "hard power" military buildup, cutting the State Department by 28 percent in a slashing of foreign aid, boosting Pentagon spending by 10 percent and budgeting more than $4 billion to start construction of a border wall with Mexico.
From The Vault
The first and only mission of an army is to defend the nation. The uncertainty that accompanies the warrior to battle will not be relieved by supplying additional distractions. That's why Secretary of Defense James Mattis must resist the voices urging him to endorse a policy to enable the "transgendered" to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces. "The fog of war," as von Clausewitz called it, will only thicken if the ranks are filled with men and women trying to deal with confusion over whether they're male or female.
Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice is expected to be a central witness in the coming weeks before committee investigators to explain the unmasking and wide dissemination of what the committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, has called improper electronic surveillance of Trump transition team officials.
Vice President Mike Pence said the "era of strategic patience is over" with North Korea, expressing impatience with the willingness of the North Korean regime to move toward ridding itself of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
Turkish voters chose Sunday to fundamentally restructure their government from parliamentary rule to a presidential system that grants sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the nation's current ruler and driving force behind the change.
The Pentagon released footage on Friday of its decision to drop the "mother of all bombs" for the first time in combat.
The deployment of one of the largest non-nuclear bombs in the U.S. arsenal on an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan Thursday marks a new and dramatic step for U.S. forces in the country, sending a message likely to resonate far beyond the battlefields of the 16-year war there.
Seeking to jumpstart his legislative agenda, President Trump stood before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night and demanded lawmakers work with him to crack down on illegal immigration, increase economic growth and rebuild the U.S. military.
President Trump forced Michael Flynn to resign as national security adviser because of broken trust, not broken laws, the White House said Tuesday, trying to clean up the mess after the first major shake-up of the administration.
Manpower, not money, may prove a bigger challenge to President Trump's hopes to rebuild what he calls a "hollowed-out" U.S. military.
In a final venting at Congress for failing to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, President Obama told lawmakers Thursday that keeping open the detention center for terrorism suspects makes "no sense."
After meeting Wednesday with Donald Trump, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said he would find a way to lower the price for a new Air Force One fleet, the cost of which the president-elect earlier complained was "out of control."
President-elect Donald Trump took aim Monday at Lockheed Martin's F-35 program, saying on Twitter that the "cost is out of control," and he will be looking to save money on the fighter jet and other military programs when he takes office.
The U.S. Marine Corps says that it and the Department of Defense as a whole are "blazing a trail" to create a transgender-friendly military.
Donald Trump tried to revive his sputtering campaign Monday by vowing to beef up cybersecurity, wipe out the Islamic State terror group and ensure that veterans receive the care they deserve, at the first of three scheduled campaign stops Monday.
Despite the distractions of a raucous presidential election, America has not forgotten that Friday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. It is a solemn but heartfelt 24 hours, remembered in myriad ways around the nation.