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US troops help in Irma’s wake; Next Air Force One won’t refuel in the air; US-, Russia-backed forces race to secure Syria’s Deir ez-Zour; Navy puts FONOPS on a timetable; and just a bit more...

September 11, 2017 Thousands of U.S. troops are on station to help as Hurricane Irma grinds north along Florida’s Gulf coast, bringing rescue and relief to victims from the Caribbean Sea to Tampa. On Sunday, here’s what the Pentagon said it had going. In the U.S. Virgin Islands: three Navy warships and their...

Irma barrels toward Florida; Israel hits Syrian factory; Two A-10s crash; X-37 gets new ride; and just a bit more...

September 8, 2017 Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a category 4 storm, which is welcome news. The bad news: “More than 60 percent of households in Puerto Rico were without power,” The New York Times reports as the storm barrels on a path toward south Florida (it’s 450 miles away, as of...

Russian hackers breach US power plants; US military preps for Irma; What CIA wants from AI; Navy cut training corners; and just a bit more...

September 7, 2017 Warships, troops readied for Irma rescue ops. Four U.S. Navy amphibious warfare ships, hundreds of Marines, and the entire Florida National Guard are standing by to help, the Washington Post reports. “Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Houk, a National Guard spokesman, said that the bureau has flown teams to Puerto...

US military braces for Irma; The logic of N. Korea’s nuke-tests; How Tokyo, Seoul might arm up; Why NATO can’t move forces like Russia; and just a bit more...

September 6, 2017 More than 5,000 U.S. Navy sailors and their families are evacuating the Naval Air Station Key West, in the beautiful Florida Keys — where nearly 80,000 other Americans call home, CNN reported Tuesday. (Personnel and inmates at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay are sheltering in place, says Navy Times.) Irma is...

North Korea detonates its biggest nuke yet; Army rapid-reaction brigade says it’s unready; ISIS fight gets new US commander; Spy satellites set to shrink; and just a bit more...

September 5, 2017 North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test over the Labor Day weekend, extending its streak of being the only country to test nuclear weapons in the 21st century. How big was the bomb? “The explosion was so powerful that USGS recorded a second seismic event a few minutes later, which...

Mattis orders more troops to Afghanistan; Thousands of servicemembers help with Harvey; Navy solidifies tanker-drone plans; Video: ‘Redneck army’ saves Guard truck; and just a bit more...

September 1, 2017 Mattis makes the call to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But don’t ask how many because he’s not interested in discussing that just yet, he told reporters Thursday after an impromptu visit to the Pentagon press corps’ bullpen. “I have signed orders, but it is not complete,” he said....

New math for US troops in Afghanistan; Coast Guard rescues 6,000 in Texas; Trump vs. Mattis on NK diplomacy; CENTCOM slams Lebanon’s free ride for ISIS; and just a bit more...

August 31, 2017 There are more U.S. troops in Afghanistan than the public knew before Wednesday — a total of roughly 11,000. But there aren’t actually more troops there; the Pentagon’s just changed how it counts — and talks publicly about — deployed troops, officials said Wednesday. Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber explains: Under...

Harvey response inching close to Katrina; Navy ship intercepts test missile; DHS issued warning before Charlottesville protest; 99 days of war vs. ISIS in the Philippines; and a bit more...

August 30, 2017 The U.S. military’s Hurricane Harvey response is about to equal that of Hurricane Katrina more than 10 years ago, Stars and Stripes reports. "Already some 3,000 Texas National Guardsmen and about 500 active-duty soldiers and airmen are participating in rescue operations, primarily by boat but also by helicopter," Stripes reports...

More DPRK missiles and mischief; Drone makers look to replace police helicopters; Troops helping out in Texas, La.; Russian subs off Syria; and just a bit more...

August 29, 2017 North Korea launched a missile over Japan on Monday, the U.S. military announced at about 6 p.m. EDT. “The missile—the first Pyongyang has fired over Japan’s main islands since 2009—prompted a fiery response from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Mr. Abe called for an emergency...

US military rushes to Texas’ aid; Iraq quickly retakes Tal Afar; NK launches missile trio; 3 Qs on AI & the military; and just a bit more...

August 28, 2017 We begin this morning by picking up some of the big stories that hit the country or the military on Friday — chiefly, Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey. CNN’s banner this morning: “The water is still rising.” The quick read: “Over two days, Houston got 25 inches of rain —...