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The report has not been released publicly, but an official who has seen it described it to NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman. The official said there was both a lack of planning and training for the mission. The report also raises questions about whether U.S. Special Forces in Niger are taking too ...
Over time, U.S. military assistance to Colombia has transitioned based on requests, with the earliest assistance aimed at bolstering critical operational capabilities, such as combat lifesaver and joint planning skills. More recent assistance has included training for Colombian military instructors who'll support ...

JOSEPH DUNFORD: Did the mission of U.S. forces change during the operation? Did our forces have adequate intelligence, equipment and training? Was the pre-mission assessment of the threat in the area accurate? MARTIN: The Pentagon has now completed its report looking into the incident and has ...
Another Voice: Misguided bill undermines Defense Department, wind energy industry ... That runs counter to the Department of Defense's long-standing position – dating back to my time in the Pentagon – that it is “not possible” to apply a "one-size-fits-all" standoff distance between military activities and ...
The ministers will discuss the NATO training mission and the alliance is scheduled to launch a new training mission for Iraq at the summit in July. “Ministers will agree further details on the mission tomorrow,” he said. “We are currently planning for a training mission of several hundred.” The NATO forces will ...
“Guardian Sea is an increasingly sophisticated and robust exercise that enables the U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy to continue working closely together and learning from each other,” said Navy Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7. “Each year, as allies, our two nations are becoming ...

Let's just focus on the number of things we are requiring our troops to do,'” Wilkie said at an April 11 Association of the United States Army discussion. Now, the military services are taking a hard look at all of the mandatory training that service members are required to undergo, said Wilkie, who added that ...
“Training with all four MAFFS wings alongside the U.S. Forest Service, [the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection] and other wildland ... military C-130s equipped with MAFFS delivered more than 8 million gallons of fire retardant to aid in the suppression of wildfires around the United States.
A Pentagon report has found that Islamist extremists ambushed and killed four U.S. troops in Niger last October after a series of missteps left the Americans ... The Americans have been in Niger since 2013 to train, advise and assist the Nigerien military in its battle with extremists linked to the Islamic State.
Afghanistan is such a fantastic and magical place after U.S. involvement there for the past 17 years that its military officers keep disappearing when they are training here in the states. As of Feb. 2018, nine out of the 150 Afghans training in the U.S. are currently absent without leave, the Pentagon says.

The Department of Defense (DOD), military service, and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) policies vary in identifying specific and ... the effect of the high pace of operations and training on service members; however, DOD has not taken action to focus attention on the management of perstempo ...
JWA is a training event designed for soldiers to operate realistically and test new concepts and capabilities required for the joint force to win across ... “1st ACB provides us the ability to get deep into enemy territory with lift and attack assets before we seize and maneuver with vehicles on the ground.”.
Operationally and financially, the Defense Department has had a good year and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis urged the House Appropriations ... Mattis described what needs to happen to restore America's military edge: the military must be more lethal, the United States must work to strengthen ...
A classified Pentagon report argues poor training, complacency, and a culture of excessive risk were factors in the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger last fall, a new report says. Officials familiar with the report told the Wall Street Journal that it outlines multiple errors and negligence of military procedures ...
Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, 22nd Engineer Clearance Company based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., brushed up on their search-and-rescue skills during the Guardian Response 18 exercise held here April 22. The training scenario features searching for and treating victims in the aftermath of a ...
Daily training of the dogs ensures their skills remain sharp, whether it's detection or bite training. “I enjoy watching not only their progression but [also] my own,” said Air Force Senior Airman Alexis Priest, 48th SFS dog handler. The military working dog teams keep the security of the base intact, and help ...
Fortunately, this is only a training scenario as part of the U.S. Northern Command-hosted Guardian Response 18 exercise, which takes place here through April 30. The center is located southeast of Camp Atterbury, Indiana, its sister training facility. Fort Bliss, Texas-based soldiers from Charlie Company, ...
The innovative readiness training program aims to produce mission-ready forces through military training opportunities that provide key services for underserved ... “A lot of the missions we conduct take place in austere conditions in extremely remote communities of the United States,” Andriessen added.
The Defense Department is honoring nine winners with the 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for exceptional environmental ... a personalized congratulatory letter, and an honorary American flag that is flown over the U.S. Capitol on Earth Day and over the Pentagon on Memorial Day.


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