Tag: Takes

AFRICOM airstrike takes out al-Shabab leader behind Manda Bay attack, which killed three Americans

The senior al-Shabab leader who plotted the attack against U.S. and Kenyan forces in Manda Bay, Kenya is dead — following a series of airstrikes in Somalia over the weekend, U.S. Africa Command announced Tuesday. “Since Jan. 5, U.S. Africa Command and our partners have pursued those responsible for the attack on U.S. and Kenyan forces at Manda Bay,” AFRICOM commander Army Gen. Stephen Townsend said in a statement Tuesday. “This strike demonstrates that we will continue to relentlessly pursue those responsible for Manda Bay and those wishing to do harm to Americans and our African partners.” The command said ... Read more

Pentagon takes tough line in negotiations over South Korean payments for US military support

ULTIMATUM: When Defense Secretary Mark Esper welcomes his South Korean counterpart Kyeong-doo Jeong to the Pentagon this afternoon there will be heartfelt expressions of the unbreakable bonds between the two countries and America’s “ironclad” commitment to defending the South against the North. But underlying the bonhomie is a simmering dispute over the Trump administration’s demands that Korea vastly increase the annual payments to U.S. to reimburse the Pentagon for the cost of maintaining more than 28,000 U.S. troops on South Korea soil — from the current $870 million to roughly $5 billion. THREAT: In advance of the Jeong’s arrival, the ... Read more

US military takes coronavirus precautions ahead large-scale Cobra Gold drills in Thailand – Pacific

The U.S. military is sending a larger contingent this year to Cobra Gold, one of the Indo-Pacific’s largest multinational exercises, even as the new coronavirus sweeps the region, according to U.S. officials. Additional medical personnel and supplies will be on hand to guard against the virus called COVID-19 when Cobra Gold 2020 begins Tuesday in Thailand, officials said. The World Health Organization on Sunday reported 35 cases of the virus in Thailand, according to its website. This year, the 39th replay of Cobra Gold, military personnel from 29 countries plan on taking part in activities ranging from ... Read more

Tim Allen Takes a Shot at Sanders and Warren in ‘Last Man Standing’

The hit comedy “Last Man Standing” on Fox has long been known for its refusal to hew the liberal Hollywood line. On Thursday, character Mike Baxter, played by actor Tim Allen, delivered a conservative-themed discourse on the subject of capitalism and threw a rhetorical elbow at two of its biggest detractors — Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Both of the Democratic presidential contenders have campaigned heavily on what they consider the evils of American capitalism. “Hey, Mike Baxter for Outdoor Man to talk about one of my favorite passions. No, no, no, not gutting a ... Read more

US Forces Korea, DoDEA says schools to remain closed this week as South Korea takes ‘unprecedented’ steps to fight virus

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s president said Sunday that he was putting his country on its highest alert for infectious diseases and ordered officials to take “unprecedented, powerful” steps to fight a soaring viral outbreak that has infected more than 600 people in the country, mostly in the last few days. The Department of Defense Education Activity, the agency that oversees pre-K through 12 education programs for the Defense Department, and U.S. Forces Korea decided to keep schools in South Korea closed for the week of Feb. 24-28, according to a tweet by the U.S. Army’s Daegu Garrison. Only ... Read more

Targeting a Silent Killer; AI Takes On The Superbug Plaguing Wounded Veterans

On August 21, 2004, Lance Corporal Jonathan Gadsden was a Combat Engineer with the First Marine Division in Anbar Province, an unassuming soldier who described himself to his family as a ‘lover, not a fighter’. He had nearly completed his second tour of duty in Iraq when his vehicle struck an IED. Severely wounded, Gadsden was evacuated to Baghdad where he underwent critical surgery to address burns, repair trauma, and remove his damaged spleen. The Department of Defense’s quick medical intervention saved his life, but a lingering threat persisted, undetected, as he was transferred to Germany and then to the ... Read more

Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role. What they’re saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it’s “very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position.” “I spent my life in intelligence, and found the DNI job the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do,” he says. “I can’t imagine taking it on, and learning the ABC’s of intelligence on an on-the-job basis.” “The turmoil this is causing is a huge distraction from what the [intelligence community] ... Read more

‘If fear takes over, you become useless’ — Medal of Honor recipient recounts the Battle of Iwo Jima

Hershel “Woody” Williams’ eyes still sparkle with a country boy optimism not even memories of unimaginable horrors can dull. Artifacts of a distinguished Marine Corps career adorn the walls and tabletops of his quaint West Virginia home. Plaques, commemorative coins, a Marine noncommissioned officer sword, and other ornamental tokens tell an unforgettable story of a fabled, yet remarkably humble life. At 96, the Medal of Honor recipient who grew up on a farm just miles from his current residence maintains an indefatigable lifestyle that would wear out men 50 years his junior. He has a trip to Florida coming up, ... Read more

Navy Takes Major Step Toward Building Its Drone Ship Fleet

Dozens of companies will vie for nearly $1 billion in Navy contracts as the service works toward building a fleet of new high-tech, self-driving unmanned ships. Naval Sea Systems Command selected 40 companies that will compete for work in developing payloads, sensors, autonomous systems and other technologies for the Navy’s future fleet of unmanned surface vessels. The service has some $982.1 million in available contracts over up to a 10-year period. Selecting the 40 companies that will compete for the work is meant to increase marketplace participation, Navy officials said in a recent statement. “The [multiple-award contracts] … ensure faster ... Read more

Justice Department takes aim at Big Tech’s shield

The Trump administration is turning up the heat on one of Big Tech’s most important legal protections, as the Justice Department convenes a debate over changing a law that protects platforms from suits over content their users post. Why it matters: The threat to remove immunity granted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is one of a handful of weapons that Washington is mulling using against Facebook, Google, and other tech giants. Trump administration enthusiasm for revoking or revising the protection could give such proposals a boost in Congress. Driving the news: The DOJ is convening policy experts ... Read more