Pentagon Confirms U.S. Has Resumed Air Operations in Kabul

John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said that the United States has resumed its air operations at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul and working to maintain security. The U.S. has flown in about 1,000 troops into Afghanistan, he said, bringing the total number of troops in the country to 3,500. 700 to 800 individuals have been flown out of Afghanistan in the last 24 hours; about 150 of them are Americans. read more

House Democrats Introduce Bill to Limit Transfer of Military-Grade Gear to Police

Amid the national debate about the militarization of law enforcement, House Democrats have introduced a bill to limit the transfer of military-grade gear to police officers.

The bill is sponsored by Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and  “goes after the items that destroy trust and endanger communities while allowing support equipment transfers to continue,” according to a summary shared with The Hill. It is co-sponsored by 74 other House Democrats. read more

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller Halts Biden Transition Briefings

Chris MIller, the acting Secretary of Defense, has ordered the Pentagon to halt President-elect Joe Biden’s transition briefings. A top Biden transition official was unaware of the move.

Meetings between the Pentagon and members of Biden’s transition team have continued to meet since President Donald Trump allowed the transition to proceed after weeks of delay, but late last night Miller ordered officials to cancel remaining meetings that were still on the schedule. read more

Top Republican on House Armed Services Committee Is “Dismayed” By Trump’s Remarks on the Military

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Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, says he’d “dismayed” by President Donald Trump’s remarks questioning the motives of military leaders. Thornberry answered “no” when asked whether it was right for the president to suggest the Pentagon should send troops to war because they are beholden to the defense industry. read more

Obama Hammers Republicans For Betraying Their Country On Climate Change

It was prescient, then, that when President Obama addressed graduates of the Coast Guard Academy and told them that "denying it (climate change), or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security. Anything less is negligence. It is a dereliction of duty and it undermines the readiness of our forces," he was describing and referring to Republicans.