November 21, 2019

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Turkey’s Military Continues Offensive Into Syria

Turkey

Turkey continues its offensive into northeast Syria to push US-backed Kurdish forces away from its border in the wake of President Donald Trump’s announcement of US troop withdrawal from the area. Trump called the Turkish offensive “a bad idea.”

Turkey Strikes Border, Thwarting Kurdish Fighters

Kurdish

Turkish military strike at a Kurdish route into northeastern Syria after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced a US troop withdrawal from the area.

Border Wall Savings Add 20 Miles of Barrier

border wall

Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of barriers between Mexico and the United States after seven other border wall projects came in under budget.

$738B for DoD Not Enough, Says GOP

DoD

The nearly $1.4 trillion spending plan — which would prevent a government shutdown this fall and do away with the final two years of budget caps known as sequestration — includes about $738 billion for DoD in FY2020, a 3 percent increase from current year levels.

ADM Set to Be Navy’s Top Officer Retires

Just days before he was to become the US Navy’s top officer, ADM Bill Moran says he will retire, reportedly due to a professional relationship he kept with a former Navy official accused of sexual misconduct.

UFOs in DoD Ranges & Airspace Prompt New Guidelines

UFOs

A series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities has prompted new guidelines to the fleet for reporting sightings of any UFOs.

US Moves to Halt F-35 Sale to Turkey

F-35

US takes first step in halting sale of F35 fighter jets to Turkey in retaliation for Ankara’s decision to purchase a Russian surface-to-air missile system.

Carriers Need Lethal UAV and More to Stay Relevant

carriers

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.

VA Leaves Millions Unspent for Suicide Outreach

Navy Suicides

Veterans Administration has spent only $57,000 out of $6.2 million set aside for suicide prevention and suicide outreach in the media in fiscal 2018, less than 1 percent, while a respected, retired Marine colonel becomes the fifth suicide since 2013 at the same Florida VA complex.

Retired Marine Col. Jim Turner became the fifth veteran at Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs in Florida to take his life, reports Military.com. He put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle. He left a suicide note blasting the VA for failing to help him. He was remembered as a professional and a leader.

VA to Review Benefit Denials to Sexual Assault Victims

VA

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.