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Recent articles by Dan:

On a California tour, Pentagon chief scrutinizes a Navy in flux and a warship gutted by fire

The deployment of unmanned vessels will make it possible for the Navy to expand to 355 ships, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said. That amounts to a shift in what the Pentagon and Congress consider a warship. → Read More

The Trump administration is considering moving U.S. Africa Command. It won’t be cheap or easy.

A former Africom commander is among those questioning the wisdom of a move from Germany. → Read More

Pentagon poised to award Medal of Honor to Alwyn Cashe, who died after saving fellow soldiers in Iraq

The case of Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, who died after saving fellow soldiers, has been caught in bureaucratic limbo for years. → Read More

U.S. troops injured in altercation with Russian military patrol in Syria

Americans have increasingly encountered Russian forces collaborating with the Syrian government. → Read More

The new Air Force chief wasn’t sure how to address George Floyd’s killing. Then he talked to his son.

Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. just made history as the first Black service branch chief. → Read More

Gen. Charles Q. Brown takes over Air Force, makes history as first Black service branch chief

Brown has commanded forces in the Middle East, Europe and the Pacific. → Read More

Gen. David Goldfein, bypassed to be Trump’s top military adviser, retires

The Air Force's top officer was an early skeptic of a Space Force command, but now supports the new service. → Read More

Marine Corps mourns the loss of nine service members in service’s deadliest incident at sea in years

Eight Marines and a sailor died after their armored vehicle took on water off the coast of California. → Read More

A defense contractor died after a bar fight with Marines, and some see a crime. Others see an accident and overzealous prosecution.

Service members face manslaughter charges in death of Special Forces veteran after a brawl in Iraq. → Read More

Retired general appointed to Trump administration in position that won’t require confirmation

Anthony J. Tata had withdrawn from consideration his controversial nomination for undersecretary of defense for policy. → Read More

Air Force says surveillance plane flew over Portland but was not involved in response to protests

The plane, from a unit called Big Safari, has been flying over Oregon at night this week. → Read More

Defense secretary effectively bans Confederate flags from military bases while rejecting ‘divisive symbols’

Decision comes amid a nationwide discussion about race and racism that also has prompted calls to change the names of 10 military installations. → Read More

Senate confirms general to lead Air Force, clearing way for first black service chief in U.S. history

Brown said in a statement that he is honored and humbled to serve as the next Air Force chief of staff, and that he and his wife, Sharene, look forward to building on what Goldfein and his wife, Dawn, and other Air Force leaders have done. “It is an absolute privilege for Sharene and I to serve our Airmen and families,” Brown’s statement said. “We are committed to building upon our foundation… → Read More

After George Floyd’s death, Trump administration told military’s service chiefs to remain quiet about unrest

‘The generals and the admirals, they can’t put their heads in the sand,’ a black Marine veteran said. → Read More

Pentagon leaves open possibility that some National Guard members could fall short of accruing benefits in virus response

The issue arose after the administration decided to end federal deployment orders for Guard members on June 24. → Read More

As aircraft carrier heads back to sea after coronavirus outbreak, no guarantees the virus is gone

“I would ask you not to look at every covid case on every ship as a failure," the Navy's top admiral said. → Read More

Ronald Shurer, who earned the Medal of Honor and inspired others through his battle with cancer, dies at 41

Shurer leaves behind a wife and two sons. → Read More

In remote Alaska, changes coming in how the Air Force prepares for war

In supersonic aircraft screaming over the wilderness, Air Force pilots prepare for future conflicts as service officials weigh how to upgrade training. → Read More

Navy opening full investigation of coronavirus outbreak on USS Theodore Roosevelt

The acting Navy secretary said he has "unanswered questions" following a preliminary inquiry. → Read More

Another deployed Navy warship, the USS Kidd, copes with a coronavirus outbreak

At least 18 sailors have tested positive, and the Navy expects the number to rise. → Read More