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Recent articles by Dan:

Army officer who reported Trump probably faced retaliation, inquiry finds

Yevgeny Vindman, a former White House adviser, "was the subject of unfavorable personnel actions" after raising alarm about President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, the Defense Department's inspector general determined. → Read More

Trump wanted to court-martial prominent retired officers, book says

In "A Scared Oath," former defense secretary Mark Esper details his often uneasy tenure in Trump’s Cabinet, a fraught 15 months when, according to the book, he endeavored to serve as a guardrail on the combative president's most alarming impulses. → Read More

Western artillery surging into Ukraine will reshape war with Russia

The addition of Western artillery in Ukraine is expected to set off a bloody battle of wits, forcing both sides to grow more nimble if they hope to avoid significant fatalities as fighting intensifies in the east. → Read More

Fighting in Ukraine impedes investigation of poison-gas claims

U.S. officials and weapons experts say it can be difficult from afar to draw firm conclusions about a possible chemical weapons attack based on symptoms reported by victims, and even harder to obtain physical samples that are guaranteed to be free from tampering. → Read More

50 dead in train station attack as Russian troops regroup in the east

President Biden and other Western allies vow more aid and denounced the killing of Ukrainian civilians trying to flee. → Read More

As Ukraine war drags on, Pentagon makes long-term plans for Europe

The open-ended war in Ukraine has thrown the Pentagon’s long-term planning into question, with senior U.S. defense officials expected to revamp how they deploy military forces in Eastern Europe and the Baltics amid deepening anxiety over Russia’s broader ambitions. → Read More

Russian air force action increases despite flood of antiaircraft missiles into Ukraine

On Monday, a senior U.S. defense official said Russia had flown about 300 sorties in the previous 24 hours, up from an average of about 200 per day earlier in the war. → Read More

Pentagon dials up size, scope of Ukrainian military aid

“I need to protect our sky,” Zelensky said, calling on the United States “to do more” in “the darkest time for our country.” He asked for the “S-300 and other similar systems” that can take out aircraft flying at high altitudes. Hours later, in an address of his own, Biden thanked Zelensky for his “passionate message” and said that it had been “convincing” and “significant.” “This new package on… → Read More

Russia’s invasion began with precision missiles, but weapons are changing as siege war begins

The Russian military is branching out from relying heavily on guided missiles in its bombardment of Ukraine, firing more artillery, rockets and other weapons that can be difficult to aim precisely and cause devastating carnage in civilian areas, military experts said. → Read More

Ukrainian border guards may have survived reported last stand on Snake Island

The pointed message that the guards issued to a Russian warship went viral. But there may be more to the story. → Read More

Families of U.S. troops killed in Kabul airport bombing question whether Pentagon distorted investigation findings

Some of the families of the 13 U.S. service members killed in the attack say the release this month of a U.S. military investigation examining the incident has caused them to question whether Defense Department officials were fully honest with them about what transpired. → Read More

Declassified Afghanistan reports back U.S. commanders who said Biden team was indecisive during crisis

The existence of the declassified reports contradict claims made Friday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who has joined President Biden and other administration officials in seeking to downplay the significance of related remarks made from senior U.S. commanders frustrated by how the withdrawal was handled. → Read More

Biden says he is ‘rejecting’ critical accounts from U.S. commanders about the Afghanistan evacuation

The president addressed the issue after a U.S. Army investigative report showed military officers expressed frustration with the administration's preparation for withdrawal. → Read More

‘From the White House down,’ pleas for help disrupted Afghan evacuation, top U.S. commander says

Rear Adm. Peter Vasely provided the assessment in a report obtained by The Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request. It contains the most detailed official account to date of the evacuation and reveals that military leaders had deep misgivings about the Biden administration’s management of the crisis. → Read More

Biden’s pick to lead military in Middle East says U.S. has a ‘moral obligation’ to help Afghans left behind

Asked at his confirmation hearing Tuesday about the military’s options for carrying out counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan now that U.S. forces have withdrawn, Lt. Gen. Michael Kurilla indicated that remained a work in progress. → Read More

Kabul airport attack involved a single bomb with ‘disturbing lethality,’ Pentagon inquiry finds

Thirteen U.S. service members and more than 170 Afghans were killed in the explosion, which occurred as American military personnel raced to evacuate thousands from Afghanistan. → Read More

Pentagon defends its preparation for Ukraine crisis, details military forces that could deploy

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the United States has been monitoring Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military buildup along the Ukrainian border for months. More than 100,000 Russian troops are amassed, including some in neighboring Belarus. “I take issue with the idea that this is sort of 11th-hour, Hail Mary-pass-throwing stuff,” Kirby said. “We’ve been talking about this now for a… → Read More

Power struggle among Biden appointees gets personal over race

A dispute among commissioners on the American Battle Monuments Commission threatens to undermine the group's mission and contradicts President Biden's promise to bring order to government after the turmoil of his predecessor's administration. → Read More

Judge grants relief to Navy SEALs who refused coronavirus vaccine, sued Biden administration

The service members sought an exception to the policy on religious grounds. → Read More

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin tests positive for coronavirus

Austin, 68, has mild symptoms, he said in a statement. → Read More