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Past articles by Ellen:

US mulls shipping Bradley Fighting Vehicles to boost Ukraine ground combat

The United States is considering sending Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Ukraine as part of a further package of military support. The vehicles would be included as part of a future military aid packa… → Read More

Pentagon seeks to reassure after Air Force grounds entire B-2 bomber fleet

The Pentagon on Tuesday insisted it has “a variety of capabilities at its disposal” after the Air Force last week grounded its entire fleet of B-2 stealth bombers… → Read More

Congress creates loophole to give West Point football star a shot at NFL draft

A last-minute compromise between lawmakers could allow a football standout at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to defer his service and head to the National Football League next ye… → Read More

China, Russia biggest challenges under Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy

The Pentagon on Thursday released a new set of documents outlining a sweeping strategy for U.S. security, seeking more deterrence for a list of threats topped by Russia and China. The 2022 National… → Read More

How US is using strategic ambiguity to counter Putin’s nuclear threats

Biden administration officials have tiptoed around offering specifics in response to the specter of Russia using nuclear weapons, deploying a form of strategic ambiguity in an attempt to avoid esca… → Read More

Ukraine pleads for more weapons amid pressure to cede land for peace

Ukraine is pleading for heavier weapons and more ammunition as Russia has focused its efforts in the country’s eastern Donbas region, a fight taking place amid a brewing debate over wheth… → Read More

At least 4 dead after Marine Corps aircraft crashes in California

At least four people on board a Marine Corps aircraft are dead after the helicopter crashed in southeast California on Wednesday, according to local reports. An aircraft belonging to 3rd… → Read More

Pentagon names Biden’s US Strategic Command nominee

President Biden has nominated the head of Air Force Global Strike Command to be the next leader of U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom), the Pentagon announced Wednesday. If confirmed … → Read More

House lawmakers want significant troop pay bump in 2023

House Armed Services Committee lawmakers want a nearly 5 percent pay raise for military members in 2023, a dollar bump they are set to propose on Wednesday in its draft of the annual defense a… → Read More

New Pentagon policy allows HIV-positive service members to deploy, remain in uniform

Updated Pentagon policy prevents the U.S. military from separating HIV-positive service members with an undetectable viral load and also allows them to be deployed, according to a new Defense … → Read More

Raytheon moving headquarters to DC suburb

Raytheon Technologies on Tuesday announced it will move its global headquarters from Massachusetts to Arlington, Va., making it the latest major defense contractor to reside in the Washington, D.C.… → Read More

US mindful of ‘escalation risk’ in giving Ukraine rocket systems

The Pentagon’s top policy official on Wednesday said the United States is “mindful of the escalation risk” in providing Ukraine with advanced, long-range rocket systems, a move that has drawn the i… → Read More

Lawmakers introduce resolution to end US military involvement in Yemen

Nearly 50 House lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bipartisan resolution to attempt to completely end U.S. military involvement in Yemen’s civil war. The Yemen War Powers Resolution, backed… → Read More

Navy fires Naval Justice School’s top two leaders

The Navy on Tuesday fired the commanding and executive officers of the Naval Justice School “due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command,” according to the service. The commander, Capt… → Read More

Pentagon chief, Chinese counterpart planning first face-to-face meeting: report

The U.S. and Chinese governments are working to set up the first face-to-face meeting between their current top defense officials during a conference in Singapore in June, The Wall Street Jour… → Read More

Experts question whether U.S. military can make a dent in baby formula shortage

Experts are questioning whether having the U.S. military haul hundreds of thousands of pounds of baby formula from Europe to America can make a dent in the critical shortage. On Wednesd… → Read More

Pentagon says Russia racks up personnel, weapons losses

The U.S. military estimates that Russia has lost nearly 1,000 tanks and “a not insignificant amount” of personnel in its now three-month long attack on Ukraine, a senior U.S. defense official … → Read More

Austin pushes Air Force grads to ‘safeguard’ US values in commencement remarks

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Wednesday pressed graduating students at the Air Force Academy to act honorably following the school’s 2020 cheating scandal and recent vaccine refusals. “We’re… → Read More

South Korea says North Korea launched at least three ballistic missiles

North Korea has fired at least three ballistic missiles off its east coast, South Korea’s military announced Tuesday. The launches, which took place early Wednesday morning local time, were a… → Read More

Panel recommends new names for military bases named for Confederates

The commission tasked with recommending new titles for nine Army bases named after Confederate generals on Tuesday put forward its suggestions, including renaming Fort Hood, Texas, after the first … → Read More