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This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Navy blocks benefits for SEAL wrongly convicted: Attorney

By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

The Navy is balking at restoring benefits and back pay to a former Navy SEAL whose sexual assault conviction was overturned by the military's highest court due to unlawful meddling by the services' top legal officer, a defense attorney charges. Published October 18, 2018

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, shake hands during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin: Russia 'ahead of competition' with latest weapons

- Associated Press

President Vladimir Putin hailed new missiles in Russia's military arsenals but emphasized Thursday that the country would only use its nuclear weapons in response to an incoming missile attack.

M-16A2 Assault Rifle - U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Sexton fires the M-16A2 rifle during reflex shooting training, which is the ability to react quickly and accurately to an immediate enemy threat, during the Patriot exercise at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 16, 2008. Patriot is an annual exercise held across the United States that increases the warfighting capabilities of the National Guard and the reserve and active components of the United States Air Force and Army. The participation of Canadian, United Kingdom and Dutch forces increases combined effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Smith/Released) ** FILE **

Army gears up for info warfare

The Army this month outlined its plan for using modern-day information warfare in future military conflicts as part of new, high-technology warfighting capabilities.

In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, Rick Armstrong, left, Ryan Gosling and Mark Armstrong attend the "First Man" premiere at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Gosling says that one of the biggest challenges of making the Neil Armstrong film was knowing that his sons were going to see it. Armstrong's sons Rick and Mark Armstrong were involved in the production at every step helping to shed light on their father. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

'First Man' -- no surprise here -- falls short of ticket sales

- The Washington Times

"First Man," the movie that was supposed to showcase the historical greatness of the first man to walk the moon, Neil Armstrong -- but that omitted the triumphant and patriotic planting of the flag of record from the very country that made this greatness possible, America -- has suffered a bit of a red face with its opening weekend ticket sales. Sales were projected at $21 million but came in short, at $16.5 million.

LED IN: President Trump, right and the first lady Melania Trump walk past the honor guards as they arrive to Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. President Donald Trump is back to Europe hoping to receive a friendly welcome in Poland despite lingering skepticism across the continent over his commitment to NATO, his past praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his decision to pull the U.S. out of a major climate agreement. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (Associated Press)

It's a new NATO

The North American Treaty Organization (NATO), considered by many historians as the most successful military alliance in history, has a new lease on reality.

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station wave as they board the rocket prior to the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Yuri Kochetkov, Pool Photo via AP)

U.S., Russian astronauts safe after emergency landing

- Associated Press

Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia were safe after an emergency landing Thursday in Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.

President Donald Trump salutes as he steps off of Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Monday, June 25, 2018. Trump is traveling to West Columbia, S.C., to campaign for Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, returning the favor after McMaster provided Trump with an early endorsement in his presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. arms exports soar under marketer-in-chief Trump

- The Washington Times

With the commander in chief acting as the head salesman, U.S. weapons firms racked up a banner year in foreign military sales, up more than a third in the fiscal year that just ended to $55 billion and falling just short of the all-time record.

A national security perspective on vertical farming

Since the very earliest wars, battlefield commanders have known that a successful strategy is to use food as a weapon. Vertical farming is a bold approach that will become a critical national asset — and will require protection.

PACOM on China's Belt and Road

The Pentagon's Pacific Command is pushing back against China's attempt to relabel its global infrastructure development initiative to make it more palatable for strategic messaging in support of Beijing's drive for global hegemony.

A woman walks past Saudi Arabia's consul's residence, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. A Turkish television station has aired surveillance video of missing writer Jamal Khashoggi walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and a black van leaving later for the consul's home. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

U.S. intel heard Saudis discussing plot against journalist

- The Washington Times

U.S. intelligence intercepted communications between Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to his disappearance last week in Turkey in a case now roiling international investigators and threatening to damage relations between Washington and Riyadh.

This Sept. 4, 2018, file photo, released by an official website of the Office of the Iranian Presidency, shows a part of the Pardis petrochemical complex facilities in Assalouyeh on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf, Iran. Bijan Zanganeh, Iran's oil minister, said the United States will not succeed in its plans to halt Iranian crude exports even as he acknowledged that South Korea has stopped buying oil from Tehran, Iranian media reported on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)

India to buy Iran oil, defy U.S. sanctions

- The Washington Times

Defying the Trump administration's warning for countries to completely stop buying Iranian oil, two Indian firms have placed orders to import crude from the Islamic Republic, India's minister of petroleum and natural gas announced.

"There are a lot of opportunities out there" in the private sector for young men and women who might once have considered a military career, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley. (Associated Press/File)

Army to attack recruitment shortfall in booming economy

- The Washington Times

In a push to fill the ranks in the face of a booming economy, the U.S. Army will be sending hundreds of recruiters into nearly two dozen cities in the coming weeks in an attempt to bolster lackluster enlistment numbers, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said Monday.

In this March 15, 2004, file photo, a woman runs the Franklinton floodwall next to the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio. The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the holiday named for the explorer. Offices in Columbus, Ohio, will remain open Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, and close on Veterans Day instead. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

No Columbus Day in Columbus: City to honor veterans instead

- Associated Press

The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans.

Illustration on the costs of NATO by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Institutionalizing sensible burden-sharing

On Oct. 3 and 4, Defense Secretary James Mattis will be traveling to Brussels for the last NATO defense ministers conference of the year. According to the Pentagon, the meeting will concentrate on "reinforcing the need for equitable burden sharing, discuss implementation plans for key NATO summit outcomes and reinforce the U.S. commitment to the alliance."

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks at Mehrabad airport, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, on arrival from New York after attending the United Nations General Assembly. Rouhani said Thursday that the U.N. Security Council meeting chaired by President Donald Trump the previous day reflected America's increasing isolation among the international community. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iran's oil for terror

Crude oil, the lifeblood of the global economy, is returning to its expensive past. While President Trump's economic revival has put more money into the pockets of U.S. consumers, efforts to restrain the nuclear ambitions of Iran is pinching the supply of oil. Americans are likely to relive the pain of a decade past, but ending the Islamic regime's menacing behavior will be worth the price.

In this Tuesday, April 24, 2018 photo, US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron embrace at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. For over a year, French President Emmanuel Macron has cajoled President Donald Trump, convinced he could make him change his thinking on climate change, Iran and world trade. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

France decides to confront Iran

The French government has decided it has no choice but to confront Iran after a blatant terror attempt on French soil during the summer against the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahideen of Iran, which held a massive gathering in Paris in June.

In this July 6, 2018, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from left, is greeted by North Korean Director of the United Front Department Kim Yong-chol, center, and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, second from right, as he arrives at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea warned Washington through its state media Tuesday, Oct. 2, that a declaration ending the Korean War shouldn't be seen as a bargaining chip in denuclearization talks  but suggested lifting sanctions might be. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

North Korean media silent on Pompeo meeting in New York

- The Washington Times

Domestic political pressure on Kim Jong-un to move slowly in denuclearization talks with the U.S. is so intense that North Korean state media is avoiding any mention of the high-level meeting the nation's foreign minister had with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week in New York.

In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo, South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon speaks at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.  South Korea says North Korea is estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons. Unification Minister Cho told parliament the estimates on the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal range from 20 bombs to as many as 60.(Kim Hyun-tae/Yonhap via AP)

Seoul: North Korea estimated to have 20-60 nuclear weapons

- Associated Press

A top South Korean official told lawmakers that North Korea is estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons, in Seoul's first public comment about the size of the North's secrecy-clouded weapons arsenal.

North Korea says peace declaration not a bargaining chip

- Associated Press

North Korea warned Washington through its state media Tuesday that a declaration ending the Korean War shouldn't be seen as a bargaining chip in denuclearization talks - but suggested lifting sanctions might be.

In this Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. officials say stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Problems for Pentagon's immigrant recruit program

- Associated Press

Stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens, according to several U.S. officials.

President Donald Trump talks with Lockheed Martin president and CEO Marilyn Hewson and director and chief test pilot Alan Norman in front of a F-35 as he participates in a "Made in America Product Showcase" at the White House, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Lockheed Martin again cuts price for military's F-35 jet

- The Washington Times

In a move that's sure to please President Trump, top military contractor Lockheed Martin said Friday it's slashing the price of the groundbreaking F-35 aircraft just a day after the fighter jet flew its first combat missions in Afghanistan.

Demonstrators wave national flags and chant slogans during a demonstration demanding better public services and jobs in the southern city of Basra, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani) ** FILE **

U.S. consulate in Iraq comes under rocket attack

- The Washington Times

A U.S. diplomatic outpost and major regional airport near the southwest Iraqi city of Basra was the target of a rocket attack early Friday morning, amid continuing violent civil unrest in the oil-rich city.

In this July 11, 2018, file photo, s drone equipped with a thermal camera flies over the plants at the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources' Jennings Environmental Education Center on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Slippery Rock, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Government may gain new power to track, shoot down drones

- Associated Press

An aviation bill Congress is rushing to approve contains a little-noticed section that would give authorities the power to track, intercept and destroy drones they consider a security threat, without needing a judge's approval.

From The Vault

In this June 3, 2011, file photo, the Pentagon is seen from air from Air Force One. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) **FILE**

Trump reinstates broad ban on transgender troops

- The Washington Times

President Trump moved late Friday to exclude most transgender people from signing up for the U.S. military, after his defense and homeland security chiefs said they were worried about the armed forces' ability to handle the different challenges the troops would bring.

Illustration on the potential for Iranian popular revolt against the current regime by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Rallying to the willing

This is the second round of violent protests by Iranians against their government for suppressing their rights and attempts to enjoy those rights. Barack Obama didn't have much sympathy for the protests against the government suppression of voters in a national election in 2009.

Illustration on the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Communism's century of devastation

President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941 "a day that will live in infamy," and with good reason. The date that Tojo's Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor heralded America's entrance into the bloody fighting of World War II. But there are other dates that live in infamy, and many of them aren't nearly as well known. But they deserve to be. Take Nov. 7, 1917.

Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government's foreign relations department (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Minister defends Kurds' vote for independence

Falah Mustafa Bakir heads the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government. He spoke with Washington Times special correspondent Seth J. Frantzman the day after Sunday's vote on why the region's nonbinding independence referendum deserves international support.