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Machinist Mate 3rd Class Daryl Miles inspects an emergency diesel generator aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, November 19, 2019.

Meet the Navy’s ‘Swiss army knife’: The sailors who keep carriers and other warships running

The Navy's machinist's mates keep its warships running, its aircraft flying, and its sailors fed while at sea.
US Marines prepare to enter the gas chamber at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, November 8, 2019.

‘Even the brave cry here’: Marines in North Carolina put their gas masks to the test

The Marines are ushered into a small, dark room. A thick haze of o-Chlorobenzylidene Malononitrile, more commonly known as CS gas, fills the air.
A US Air Force B-52 in formation with Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters over the North Sea, October 28, 2019.

4 US B-52 bombers just got back from a month flying all around Europe — here’s what they were up to

Bomber task force deployments train US aircrews while reassuring partners and deterring foes, including into Arctic skies as these images reveal.
President Donald Trump at the White House following reports that US forces attacked ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria, October 27, 2019.

A big element of US power is missing from Trump’s Syria policy

The US leaves a key tool on the table by relying on the military to fix international problems, writes Defense Priorities fellow Shahed Ghoreishi.
US soldiers during gunnery at Fort Bliss in Texas, December 7, 2018.

How US soldiers keep Abrams tanks ready for action in the Middle East

At Army Prepositioned Stocks-5 in Kuwait, soldiers keep a massive set of equipment ready so rapidly deploying units can move faster.
An oil spill on Peroba beach in Maragogi, Alagoas state, Brazil, October 17, 2019.

Brazil is blaming Venezuela for a mysterious oil spill on its beaches, and it’s sending 5,000 troops to clean up the mess

While Brazil says the oil is from Venezuela, the reason for the spill is unclear, and Brasilia is sending thousands of troops to help clean it up.

During WWII, the US Army did a massive survey to get soldiers’ uncensored opinions — here’s what they said

Inducting millions of civilians and turning them into effective troops, and keeping them happy, healthy, supplied, and fighting, was a daunting task.
US sailors in front of US and Chinese flags as the Navy destroyer USS Stethem arrives in Shanghai for an official visit, November 16, 2015.

China is filling a ‘strategic vacuum’ in the Pacific left by the US and its allies, and that’s bad news for Taiwan

The benign neglect of the US and its partners in the Pacific created an opening for China, according to Dr. Anna Powles.
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 1:13 a.m. Pacific Time, October 2, 2019.

Air Force Global Strike Command just tested an intercontinental ballistic missile over the Pacific

ICBM test launches are not a response to anything, the Air Force says; rather they demonstrate that the US nuclear deterrent is robust and ready.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham hits heavy seas in the Atlantic Ocean, December 18, 2018.

There’s a new round of tensions between the US, NATO, and Russia, and that means there’s a new battle brewing in the Atlantic

With a new period of competition between the US and its NATO allies and a resurgent Russia, the North Atlantic is once again a battleground.