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Past articles by Dan:

Biden’s pick for Joint Chiefs faces Senate confirmation test

Gen. Charles Brown will likely face questions about the military's abortion policy, which Sen. Tommy Tuberville has invoked to hold up scores of promotions. → Read More

Pentagon discloses it’s paying for Elon Musk’s Starlink internet in Ukraine

Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX and Twitter, requested payment from the Defense Department last fall for the service after initially providing it for free. → Read More

Biden expected to nominate No. 2 Marine Corps officer to lead service

Gen. Eric Smith, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, served in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, and was senior military assistant to former Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter. → Read More

Chinese jet conducts ‘aggressive’ move on U.S. surveillance plane

The Pentagon released video appearing to show a Chinese military jet intercepting a U.S. surveillance plane over the South China Sea. → Read More

The American military veterans who’ve fallen in Ukraine

On Memorial Day, the loved ones of American veterans killed in Ukraine reckon with the meaning of service under one flag — and sacrifice under another. → Read More

Biden taps top Air Force general to be next Joint Chiefs chairman

The nomination of Gen. Charles « CQ » Brown to replace Gen. Mark A. Milley had been anticipated for weeks, and will require confirmation in the Senate. → Read More

Amid leak of U.S. secrets, Pentagon hunts how documents left air base

THE DISCORD LEAKS | The chief suspect, Jack Teixeira, appears to have acted alone, but Air Force investigators have descended on a quiet corner of Cape Cod → Read More

Biden expected to tap Air Force general as next Joint Chiefs chairman

If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Charles ‘CQ’ Brown Jr. would replace Gen. Mark A. Milley as the president’s senior military adviser. → Read More

Pace of U.S. tank delivery to Ukraine draws fire in Senate

Sen. Tom Cotton took aim at President Biden, while Sen. Angus King bemoaned what he called "the longest windup for a punch in the history of the world." → Read More

Mastermind of Kabul airport massacre killed by Taliban, U.S. says

An ISIS suicide bomber killed scores of Afghans and 13 U.S. troops during the Biden administration’s evacuation of Afghanistan in 2021. → Read More

Afghanistan has become a terrorism staging ground again, leak reveals

THE DISCORD LEAKS | A classified Pentagon assessment portrays the Islamic State threat arising from Afghanistan as a growing security concern. → Read More

Pentagon chief warns Senate amid abortion-policy showdown

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) has put a hold on nearly 160 military promotions, some for very senior positions, citing his objections to its policy post-Roe v. Wade. → Read More

Drone attack kills U.S. contractor in Syria, prompting airstrike response

The Pentagon launched precision airstrikes in response to the attack, which officials attributed to militants affiliated with Iran. → Read More

Pentagon is pressed on worsening recruiting shortfalls

The recruiting problem is particularly acute in the Army, which set a lofty goal of a half-million active-duty soldiers a few years ago. → Read More

U.S. will speed transfer of Abrams tanks to Ukraine, Pentagon says

The new plan calls for refurbishing tank hulls already in the U.S. arsenal rather than procuring new vehicles, which had been expected to take up to two years. → Read More

U.S. says video shows Russia ‘flat-out lying’ about drone skirmish

The clip shows the jet zooming in from behind the MQ-9 Reaper, appearing to spray it with fuel before stopping the drone's propeller. → Read More

Pentagon, juggling Russia, China, seeks billions for long-range weapons

A year of war in Ukraine has diminished U.S. stocks and exposed shortcomings in the nation’s military manufacturing might. → Read More

U.S. releases photo of Chinese balloon captured by U-2 spy plane

The imagery, captured by a U-2 spy plane, was released more than two weeks after the U.S. military downed the Chinese balloon off the coast of South Carolina. → Read More

Four U.S. troops and military dog wounded in explosion in Syria

The Americans were injured in an explosion during a raid on an Islamic State senior leader, U.S. military officials said. → Read More

New unidentified ‘high-altitude object’ shot down over Canada

NORAD and military aircraft are tracking a new unidentified airborne object over Canada, as search continues off Alaska for latest shot-down balloon. → Read More