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EXPLAINER: What are US military options to help Ukraine?

Jan. 20, 2022 14:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is not planning to answer a further Russian invasion of Ukraine by sending combat troops. But he could pursue a range of less dramatic yet still risky military options, including supporting a post-invasion Ukrainian resistance. The rationale...

Before pullout, watchdog warned of Afghan air force collapse

Jan. 18, 2022 00:14 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Months before President Joe Biden announced the U.S.’s complete withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, Washington’s watchdog warned that the Afghan air force would collapse without critical American aid, training and maintenance. The report was declassified Tuesday....

Celebrated Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102

Jan. 17, 2022 00:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars and later helped to bring attention to the Black pilots who had battled racism at home to fight for freedom abroad, died Sunday. He was 102. McGee died in his sleep at his home...

South Korean president visits UAE, showcasing deep ties

Jan. 16, 2022 14:44 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On a trip to the United Arab Emirates, the president of South Korea on Sunday reportedly reached a preliminary multibillion-dollar deal to sell Seoul’s surface-to-air missiles to Abu Dhabi and pledged deeper cooperation with the Gulf Arab federation. ...

Decades of DOD efforts fail to stamp out bias, extremism

Dec. 29, 2021 16:35 PM EST

In February, with the images of the violent insurrection in Washington still fresh in the minds of Americans, newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took the unprecedented step of signing a memo directing commanding officers across the military to institute a one-day stand-down to address...

Cost of rebuilding Offutt will be higher than first thought

Dec. 29, 2021 10:30 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The cost of rebuilding Offutt Air Force Base is going to be far higher than engineers first thought, according to a Nebraska congressman and military officials. Republican Rep. Don Bacon told the Omaha World-Herald that he's been told by Offutt officials to...

Bidens mark Christmas with holiday calls to service members

Dec. 25, 2021 17:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden marked his first Christmas in office by making calls to military service members stationed around the world, offering them holiday wishes and gratitude for their service and sacrifice for the nation. Joined by his wife, Jill, and their new...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Dec. 13, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Houston Chronicle. Dec. 10, 2021. Editorial: Texans need more information on wasteful ’313′ corporate welfare program — not less There’s a reason Texas lawmakers, Republican and Democrat, got rid of the biggest corporate welfare program Texas. ...

Oklahoma National Guard leader warns unvaccinated members

Dec. 11, 2021 14:25 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard is warning members that refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine could end their military careers. In an letter posted on the state Guard's website dated Thursday, Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino said Oklahoma...

Finland picks Lockheed Martin F-35A in $11B defense deal

Dec. 10, 2021 13:08 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland has agreed to buy 64 Lockheed Martin fighter jets to replace its aging fleet of combat planes in a 10 billion-euro ($11.3 billion) deal that represents the Finnish military's largest ever purchase, the government said Friday. The Nordic country picked the...