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Trump: we’ll stay in Afghanistan; USAF starts new ICBM work; Navy takes ‘operational pause’ for safety; Lego SR-71; and just a bit more...

August 22, 2017 From “Let’s get out” to let’s keep fighting in Afghanistan. President Trump’s much-anticipated speech about the 16-years-and-counting war was largely notable for the president’s own about-face from his get-out-now campaign rhetoric. “Most of what he announced was a simple continuation, or mild expansion, of what the U.S. had been doing...

10 missing in Navy collision; Trump plans Afghan War announcement; A big Korean exercise gets a new focus; NSA-CyberCom split, explained; and just a bit more...

August 21, 2017 Correction: An earlier version of today's D Brief misstated the status of 10 sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker off the coast of Singapore on Sunday. Ten U.S. sailors are missing and five more injured from a U.S. Navy destroyer that collided with an oil...

Terror on Spain’s coast; Trump meets on Afghan strategy; Navy details destroyer collision; Armed militias after Charlottesville; and just a bit more...

August 18, 2017 Spanish police have killed five “would-be attackers” this morning just hours after two cars plowed into civilians at a Barcelona vacation spot known as La Rambla, and in the coastal city of Cambrils on Thursday, Reuters reports. ISIS claimed responsibility shortly after the attacks began in La Rambla (map from...

An American death in Afghanistan; Trump summons South Asia strategists; Danger-close drone strikes in Syria; WH aide slams ‘military solution’ in Korea; and just a bit more...

August 17, 2017 An American service member was killed fighting ISIS in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Wednesday. An unspecified number of additional American and Afghan troops were also wounded in the fight. The death means now 10 U.S. troops that have been killed in action in Afghanistan in 2017, LA Times’...

Pentagon strengthens China ties; US-N. Korea tensions ease; Contractors start shutdown prep; Service chiefs’ Charlottesville statements; and just a bit more...

August 16, 2017 Pentagon, China to forge closer bond after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford signed a deal with his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday “to formalize and increase operational communication between the U.S. and Chinese militaries,” The Wall Street Journal reported this morning from Beijing. “The agreement calls for a formal dialogue...

Pyongyang walks back Guam threat; Could police have prevented bloodshed in Charlottesville?; Iran drone nears US carrier; New Russia-Trump campaign connection emerges; and just a bit more...

August 15, 2017 North Korea walks back its threat to Guam shortly after “China took its toughest steps against Pyongyang to support U.N. sanctions,” The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. “North Korean state media said Tuesday that Kim Jong Un had made his decision not to fire on Guam after visiting a military...

McMaster on ‘terrorism’ in Charlottesville; US offers N. Korea a way forward; Two Americans dead in Iraq; Hobby drone sneaks onto UK aircraft carrier; and just a bit more...

August 14, 2017 "We can confidently call it a form of terrorism," National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster, said after a man drove his car into counter-protestors during an Aug. 12 protest march by white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., killing one person and injuring several others. McMaster spoke Sunday on...

Trump thanks Putin and rethreatens Kim; Air Force tests light-attack planes; Did a sonic weapon deafen US diplomats?; Demining Mosul; and just a bit more...

August 11, 2017 We begin our weekend with a fresh Trump threat to North Korea. “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” President Donald Trump tweeted this morning from his golf club in New Jersey. Trump continued, “Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”...

Trump’s 3rd FONOP; McCain pushes his Afghanistan strategy; North Korea doubles down on Guam threat; Russian jet overflies DC, New Jersey; and just a bit more...

August 10, 2017 President Trump’s third freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) happened this morning in the South China Sea. The “USS John S. McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals,” a U.S. official told Reuters this morning. Here are photos of Mischief...

Trump vows retaliation for NK threats; Iran drone nearly hits US fighter jet; IED hunters turn to machine learning; DoD to troops: careful in Russia; and just a bit more...

August 9, 2017 The power of words. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. [North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un] has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be...