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Trump’s transgender tweets draw opposition; USAF wants robots watching Twitter; Russia cuts 49-year deal to stay in Syria; Navy testing disposable microdrones; and just a bit more...

July 27, 2017 Can President Trump make his transgender ban stick? In three tweets, the commander in chief threw the Pentagon into a tizzy — and thousands of U.S. troops, their commanders, their units, and their families into doubt. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United...

USN fires warning shots at Iranian boat; TRADOC says forget radio silence; China’s big Africa base; Taliban armed with US, Russian weapons; and just a bit more...

July 26, 2017 A U.S. Navy patrol craft fired warning shots as a roughly similar Iranian patrol boat zoomed to within 150 yards in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, Navy officials said. CNN: “The Iranians did not respond to any warnings from the US ship, including radio calls, firing of flares and five...

China prepping for Korean war?; Navy gunners test augmented-reality headset; Iraq readies assault on Tal Afar; Swedish IT disaster; and just a bit more...

July 25, 2017 Is China preparing for war with North Korea? “Beijing also appears to be enhancing its capability to seize North Korean nuclear sites and occupy a swath of the country’s northern territory if U.S. or South Korean forces start to advance toward the Chinese border," The Wall Street Journal reported Monday....

Welcome, USS Ford; Afghan war sets deadly record; Syrian forces make rare advance; Ocean-crossing consumer drones; and a bit more...

July 24, 2017 The first of America’s new class of carriers entered service this weekend. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) “is roughly the same size as the Nimitz-class carriers welcomed into the fleet in 1975,” writes New York Times, “but it packs more punch. The superstructure is smaller and farther back on the...

Mattis: we’re beating ISIS; US, Chinese naval chiefs talk; Iraq to buy Russian-made tanks; Why John McCain matters; and a bit more.

July 21, 2017 Correction: An earlier version of today's D Brief misstated which conflict Defense Secretary James Mattis was talking about when he said, “We’re winning.” He was talking about the fight against ISIS. Donald Trump’s second trip to the Pentagon as president featured a two-hour, "broad overview" of the U.S. military’s ongoing...

US pulls support for Syrian rebels; Trump heads to Pentagon; A deep dive into dark-web 3D-printed guns; Silicon Valley joins anti-ISIS air war; and just a bit more...

July 20, 2017 U.S. pulls support for anti-Assad forces, to Russian applause. “President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.” Washington Post, here. The reaction from Putin’s RT?...

Turkey discloses locations of US troops in Syria; Army seeks Internet-of-Battle-Things; Trump’s undisclosed meeting with Putin; Big exercises in eastern Europe; and just a bit more.

July 19, 2017 Turkey puts U.S. forces on blast in Syria. Turkish news wire Anadolu published a map of 10 U.S. military bases and outposts in the country. “The Anadolu news agency even listed the number of U.S. troops in several locations and in two instances stipulated the presence of French special forces,”...

Chinese drones and American lasers; Afghan troops retake a district capital; Airstrikes in Raqqa; US troops run through fire to save Ukrainians; and just a bit more...

July 18, 2017 The global market for UAVs? China is all over it, The Wall Street Journal reports. “[M]ilitary drones exported by China have recently been deployed in conflicts in the Mideast and Africa by several countries, including U.S. allies that the U.S. blocked from buying American models. For the U.S., that is...

Report: UAE hacked Qatar; Face ID coming to police body cameras; Kalashnikov plans robot guns; What’s next in Iraq; and just a bit more...

July 17, 2017 Correction: This post's second sentence originally said incorrectly that the Emirati plan was discussed by Qatari officials. UAE hacked Qatari government sites, posting the false quotes to news sites and social media that sparked regional upheaval, U.S. intelligence officials tell the Washington Post. They say that on May 23: senior...

US forces aid Somalia raid; Army experimenting with network soldiers in tactical units; ‘A failure of deterrence’ in cyber realm; How the Pentagon will build its AIs; and just a bit more...

July 14, 2017 U.S. and Somali forces attacked an al-Shabab camp in two locations near the country’s south on Thursday, killing “several” militants and freeing another unspecified number of alleged detainees, the Associated Press reports, citing a “senior Somali intelligence official.” U.S. Africa Command told AP, “U.S. forces conducted an ‘advise and assist...