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Recent articles by Dan:

Marine's court-martial highlights the military straining to deal with partisan politics

Among those testifying on behalf of Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller were several Republican lawmakers who used the proceeding to attack the Biden administration. → Read More

Marine officer pleads guilty to disrespecting senior officials, says his life spiraled down after posting viral videos

Under an agreement between the Marine Corps and Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the combat veteran will be sentence to no more than a letter of reprimand and a loss of pay. → Read More

Marine who criticized U.S. handling of Afghanistan withdrawal will plead guilty, seek favorable discharge

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller is scheduled for court-martial at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Thursday. → Read More

Marines link accident at sea that killed 9 to burnout from pandemic, border duties

Released Wednesday, the report does not excuse those Marine Corps officials whose lack of oversight was faulted previously in the sinking of a 26-ton amphibious assault vehicle during predeployment training off the California coast. Rather, it scrutinizes what a senior military leader determined were other contributing factors. Lt. Gen. Carl Mundy III said it would be “a mistake to discount or… → Read More

Pentagon chief says visa program not designed to accommodate Afghan evacuation

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff described a drone strike Sunday against an Islamic State target in Kabul as ‘righteous.’ → Read More

Suicide bombing lays bare challenges of gate security mission at Kabul airport

Troops relied on the Taliban for an outside perimeter and had to search evacuees without the typical screening measures at a U.S. facility. → Read More

For families of U.S. troops killed in Afghan war, scramble to exit revives agony of their sacrifice

More than 2,400 U.S. troops died in Afghanistan during the 20-year war in Afghanistan. → Read More

Pentagon moves to mandate coronavirus vaccination for all troops

About 65 percent of the active-duty military is fully inoculated, according to Pentagon data, but rates vary significantly by service as misinformation about the vaccines’ safety has fueled reluctance among a large segment of the workforce. The Navy, which leads the way, says that about 75 percent of its people are fully inoculated. On the low end, the Marine Corps stands at about 59 percent.… → Read More

Pentagon chief under fire for withholding information about deadly Kenya attack

The January 2020 attack on an airfield in Manda Bay killed a U.S. soldier and two American defense contractors. Lawmakers say military officials have not provided them “any substantive information about the attack or the security lapses that contributed to it.” → Read More

Navy brings charges against sailor suspected of starting catastrophic ship fire

The USS Bonhomme Richard burned alongside a dock in San Diego for days last summer, and has been declared a complete loss. → Read More

Dozens of Afghan troops killed in insider attacks during U.S. military withdrawal, watchdog says

At least 37 Afghan troops were wounded in those attacks, according to the report released by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), and American military officials told the watchdog’s investigators that the numbers could be incomplete, citing gaps in knowledge during the pullout, which is now effectively over. The data underscores the enormous challenges and… → Read More

Pentagon to house Afghan interpreters at Fort Lee in Virginia

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said he expects them to be on the base for "a few days." → Read More

Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan to step down Monday, marking a symbolic end to 20 years of war

President Biden said last week that the military withdrawal he ordered will be complete Aug. 31, but virtually all other troops, contractors and equipment already have exited. → Read More

U.S. military vacates main air base in Afghanistan, underscoring withdrawal expected within days

U.S. officials discussed keeping Bagram open longer, as the Taliban continues an offensive, but the Biden administration decided to continue with its withdrawal plan. → Read More

The wicked challenges of search and rescue at disaster sites like Champlain Towers

Searches of collapsed buildings often go on for days, requiring dexterity and patience, experts say. → Read More

​Biden administration not planning airstrikes against Taliban after withdrawal

The policy may need to be revisited if the Taliban threatens key U.S. and allied diplomatic facilities in Kabul, one U.S. official said. → Read More

Marine Corps commandant forces out general cited in fatal amphibious-vehicle disaster

The sinking of an amphibious assault vehicle last summer killed eight Marines and a sailor. → Read More

He spent years at war in Afghanistan. Now he commands the U.S. withdrawal.

This account of Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller’s time in command in Afghanistan is based on interviews with 16 people, including U.S. and Afghan military officers, current and former senior civilian officials, and members of his staff in Kabul. → Read More

Retired Army officer receives Medal of Honor, becomes one of most decorated soldiers in U.S. history

Col. Ralph Puckett has long been a mentor and icon among Army Rangers. → Read More

An Army trailblazer set her sights on a new target. The reaction highlights a deep rift.

The trailblazer's public stand comes amid disagreements over what gender integration should mean. → Read More