The Taliban’s offensive this spring included more than two dozen insider attacks during the 90-day period ending June 30, a wave of violence that left at least 81 Afghan troops dead, a new U.S. government report revealed Thursday.
More than 800,000 people served in Afghanistan in the U.S. military, and many of them are reflecting anew on what the war achieved and the meaning of their individual parts in it.
The 56-page report was released on the same day the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on personnel held a hearing on sexual assault in the military and retaliation against victims who report it.
The survey by the nonprofit Blue Star Families highlights a challenge for the U.S. military.
The expansion comes as lawmakers question extremist views in the military and the ability of U.S. troops to respond quickly in domestic crises.
It is one of several recent incidents that have raised concerns about the conduct of America's elite combat forces, including an alleged sexual assault by a Navy SEAL in Iraq last summer, cocaine use and the strangulation of a Green Beret soldier in Mali in 2017.
The former defense secretary had held back from directly criticizing the president — until now.
A former Special Forces officer, a former infantry officer and a Navy SEAL received reprieves from President Trump.
“Our numbers are not moving in the right direction,” a senior Pentagon official said.
A year after his father’s death, Jack McCain is making sense of deploying while his father, Sen. John McCain, battled cancer.
While questions were raised about the colonel accusing Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, who has been nominated to be the Pentagon’s No. 2 officer, investigators did not reach a conclusion — leaving it to senators to make a judgment call.
The Coast Guard currently has only two surface ships capable of sailing in icy parts of the Arctic, and the Navy has none.
Documents depict a culture in which drinking was common among elite service members in Mali despite restrictions.
The Pentagon’s national defense strategy emphasizes shifting the military away from counterterrorism operations to so-called “great-power competition” with Russia and China.
About 41,000 active-duty service members and 2,100 civilians who are considered “essential personnel” are working without a paycheck under the promise they will get back pay when the shutdown is resolved.