July 18, 2019

Tanks, Jets & Trump Headline July 4th Celebration

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President Donald Trump touts “brand new” World War II-era tank display at the Washington, DC, Fourth of July celebration, the Blue Angels, and his chance to “say a few words.”

Iranian President: US Sanctions End Diplomacy

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rebukes the Trump White House in reaction to new US sanctions. Rouhani says the hope for a diplomatic solution between the two nations has ended.

More Troops Headed to the Middle East

More service members, intelligence aircraft, engineers, and fighter pilots are heading to the Middle East as a “prudent defensive measure” against Iran.

US Warns of Sabotage in Persian Gulf

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US warns sailors that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf.

Carriers Need Lethal UAV and More to Stay Relevant

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Newly released study by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments finds US carriers need new lethal unmanned aircraft and a new fighter to stay relevant.

Naval Academy Falling Apart

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A Naval Audit Service’s report says the US Naval Academy had decaying walls, plumbing issues, and condemned offices and balconies, determining the college’s infrastructure has degraded to the point of threatening its ability to train midshipmen.

Navy Flight Instructors Offered New Career Path, Shoreside

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A new billet would allow Navy pilots and naval flight officers to remain in the Navy outside the traditional career path and normal sea/shore rotation. The changes address readiness and retention and allow officers to remain in the Navy later in their careers.

VA to Review Benefit Denials to Sexual Assault Victims

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An IG report found VA officials improperly denied benefits to thousands of military sexual assault victims. The department will review all denied military sexual trauma claims from October 2016 forward.

Expect More Unpredictability in US Military Operations

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Unpredictability is being programmed into the military operations, including changes to what had been standard deployment times.

Arlington Cemetery Reaching Capacity

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At the current rate of 7,000 people a year buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the national cemetery will be filled up to the very edges within 25 years.