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Navy Investigation Blames 'Complacency' for Leak That Poisoned Water

Pearl Harbor trouble stemmed from leak at Hawaii fuel storage facility

(Newser) - The Navy has admitted that a very long list of errors and failures led to a fuel leak that poisoned thousands of people in Hawaii. A long-awaited report released Thursday sets out what the Honolulu Star-Advertiser calls "operational and leadership failures, communication breakdowns and cavalier attitudes toward oversight" that...

4 Marines Die in Crash in California
Another Osprey Crash
Takes Lives of 5 Marines

Another Osprey Crash Takes Lives of 5 Marines

MV-22B Osprey went down in California desert

(Newser) - (This summary has been updated to reflect the death of the fifth Marine.) Five Marines were killed after an Osprey aircraft crashed in the Southern California desert, a military official said Thursday, one day after the accident. The MV-22B Osprey was carrying the five Marines when it went down...

Blast at US Syria Base May Have Been Insider Attack

Military says service member is a possible suspect

(Newser) - A US service member has been identified as a possible suspect in an April explosion that injured several US troops at a base in eastern Syria. Patrick Barnes, a spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Division, said in a statement that the potential suspect is back in the United States,...

Here Are the Recommended New Names for 9 Army Bases

They currently have names of Confederate officers

(Newser) - Fort Bragg would become Fort Liberty. Fort Gordon would be Fort Eisenhower. And, for the first time, Army bases would be named after Black soldiers and women. An independent commission on Tuesday recommended new names for nine Army posts that now commemorate Confederate officers, the AP reports. The recommendations are...

Biden Is Redeploying Troops to Somalia

Move to station forces in country reverses Trump order

(Newser) - President Biden signed an order Monday to redeploy hundreds of US troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab, an effort that American military leaders said had been hampered by Donald Trump's late-term decision to withdraw forces from the country. US troops will be repositioned from...

'Immediate Action' Called for on Alaska Soldier Suicides

Lawmakers are alarmed by 17 deaths, confirmed or suspected to be suicides, reported in 2021

(Newser) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the US Army to take "immediate action" to address a suicide crisis in Alaska that they say claimed the lives of 17 soldiers last year. There were seven soldier suicides in Alaska in 2020 and eight in 2019, per the Anchorage Daily ...

Russian Military Chiefs Aren't Taking Calls From US

'We must avoid a scenario of NATO and Russia sleepwalking into war'

(Newser) - Despite the clear risk of escalation, Russian military leaders have been ghosting their American counterparts since the invasion of Ukraine began. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley have been trying to set up calls with Russia'...

5 Sailors Charged With Leaking Video of Crash

Navy says they released video of jet crashing on aircraft carrier last month

(Newser) - Five sailors have been charged with violating military law over leaked video showing an F35 fighter jet crashing on an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea last month, the Navy said Thursday. An ensign, three chief petty officers, and a senior chief petty officer were charged under Article 92...

Race for Sunken F35 Is &#39; Hunt for Red October Meets the Abyss &#39;
Retrieval of Sunken F35
Is 'Vitally Important' for US
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Retrieval of Sunken F35 Is 'Vitally Important' for US

Chinese submarines might beat US salvage vessel to South China Sea site

(Newser) - The echoes of the Cold War in the search for a US fighter jet that crashed in international waters are so strong that one defense consultant describes it as "The Hunt for Red October meets The Abyss." Abi Austen tells the BBC that an American salvage vessel is...

Jet Crash in South China Sea Injures 7 US Sailors
Navy Scrambles to Retrieve
Jet From Bottom of Sea

Navy Scrambles to Retrieve Jet From Bottom of Sea

Analysts say China might to try claim F35 fighter in South China Sea

(Newser) - Update: The Navy is scrambling to retrieve an F35 fighter jet that ended up at the bottom of the South China Sea after crash-landing on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier Monday. It's not clear exactly where the crash happened, but CNN describes the sea as...

Army Offers Biggest-Ever Enlistment Bonus

Recruits can earn up to $50K in incentives, depending on the career path they take

(Newser) - Labor shortages aren't just hitting the private sector during the pandemic. The military has been affected, too, though the US Army is now offering a carrot it hopes will bring in more recruits. An enlistment bonus of up to $50,000—the Army's biggest ever—is now on...

West Point Cadets Fail to Get Navy's Goat

They made off with retired Navy mascot instead of the current Bill

(Newser) - A top-secret mission involving West Point cadets went wrong over the weekend when they kidnapped the wrong goat. In what Dave Philipps at the New York Times calls a "Bay of Pigs-style embarrassment," US Military Academy cadets trying to carry on the long, but officially banned, tradition of...

China's 'Around the World' Missile Test Raises Alarms

'They look like a first-use weapon,' Gen. John Hyten says of hypersonic missile

(Newser) - The second-highest figure in the US military says a hypersonic missile China tested in July "went around the world," raising the possibility of a surprise nuclear attack on the US. "They launched a long-range missile. It went around the world, dropped off a hypersonic glide vehicle that...

CIA Warned About Civilians Seconds Before Drone Hit

Word came too late to stop the missile that killed 10 people

(Newser) - A Hellfire missile was on its way to its target, a white Corolla in Kabul, when the CIA realized there were civilians in the area, maybe even children in the vehicle. The agency issued an urgent warning to the US military seconds before the missile struck, killing 10 civilians, seven...

Pentagon: Drone Strike Was &#39;Tragic Mistake&#39;
'The Strike Was
a Tragic Mistake'

'The Strike Was a Tragic Mistake'

Pentagon says Kabul strike in August killed only civilians, no terrorists

(Newser) - The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that an internal review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. “The strike was a tragic mistake," Marine...

House Panel Says Women Should Register for Draft

If there's an emergency, 'we need all hands on deck,' Republican says

(Newser) - It's been more than 48 years since the last soldier to be drafted in the US entered the Army—but the draft is still on the books, and lawmakers have taken another step closer to expanding it to women. The House Armed Services Committee voted 35-24 Wednesday night to...

Crews Describe 'Apocalyptic' Scenes in Afghan Departure

'It looked like one of those zombie movies where all the airplanes had been destroyed'

(Newser) - It looked like a zombie apocalypse. For the US military pilots and aircrew about to make their final takeoffs out of Afghanistan, the sky was lit up with fireworks and sporadic gunfire and the airfield littered with battered shells of airplanes and destroyed equipment. Stray dogs raced around the tarmac....

He Is the Last American Soldier to Leave Afghanistan

Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue is pictured boarding a C-17 in Kabul

(Newser) - The last American troops left Afghanistan on Monday , and the very last soldier to leave has been identified as Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, reports USA Today . The Pentagon tweeted what may become an iconic photo of Donahue boarding a C-17 aircraft at the Kabul airport, an image made with a...

US Forces Go Beyond Kabul Airport to Save Citizens

With clock ticking, evacuation has been stepped up

(Newser) - US forces in Afghanistan are going beyond Kabul's airport to rescue stranded American citizens and allies, the Pentagon confirmed Monday. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said troops and helicopters have extracted around 350 Americans from the city and there could be similar missions in cases where people are "...

Biden, Iraqi Leader Announce Change of US Mission

Combat troops to be withdrawn, but nations will work together against ISIS

(Newser) - President Biden said Monday the US combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, an announcement that reflects the reality on the ground more than a major shift in US policy. Even before Biden took office, the main focus had been assisting Iraqi forces , not fighting...

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