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Harvard University professor and two Chinese Nationals charged in three separate China related cases | U.S. Department of Justice

Dr. Charles Lieber, age 60, the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University was arrested on Tuesday for giving a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement. Two other Chinese officials were arrested in conjunction with the professor for counts of fraud, making false statements, and smuggling charges. Zaosong Zheng is charged with attempting to smuggle ... Read More »

KC-135 carrying middle school girls makes emergency landing at MacDill Air Force Base | Task and Purpose

21 girls from Coleman Middle School and McLane Middle School were onboard a KC-135 when the aircraft had to make an emergency landing at MacDill Air Force Base. The crew detected a possible issue in the bottom pod area only a few minutes after taking off. All passengers safely exited the plane, and it is currently being inspected. The flight ... Read More »

Esper: U.S., Taliban near seven-day ‘reduction in violence’ deal | The Hill

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Last Thursday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. and the Taliban have negotiated a deal for a seven-day ‘reduction in violence’ in Afghanistan. Esper added that in conclusion of a NATO meeting in Brussels, the U.S. is consulting allies about the deal. Esper continues to emphasize that a political agreement is the best, “if not only,” solution in Afghanistan. ... Read More »

Presidents’ Day Drama: George Washington Could Have Been Replaced | National Interest

History would have been different if George Washington was replaced. In this article, the author James Holmes, introduces a man who could have “taken the Revolutionary War in a very different direction,” Washington’s “sometime comrade, sometime antagonist–” Charles Lee. Charles Lee had an alternate strategy to the War of American Independence, but Washington saw all his ideas as madness. Was ... Read More »

Global defense spending is on the rise in an unstable world | BBC

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Global defense spending rose by 4% in 2019 compared to 2018. Spending is up all over the world, with Europe seeing a 4.2% increase, and both China and the U.S. having a rise of 6.6%. The rate of growth for defense spending in the U.S. has also continued to rise. The Military Balance stated the increase is due to unstable ... Read More »

U.S. military prepping for coronavirus pandemic | Military Times

U.S. Northern Command has begun to implement action plans due to the spread of the coronavirus. Approved by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, these plans include ordering commanders to prepare for a widespread outbreak and to confine service members who have travelled to China. The Department of Defense Global Campaign plan for Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Diseases 3551-13 has been reported ... Read More »

Japan Coast Guard recovers U.S. soldier’s body after deep-wreck scuba dive off Okinawa | Stars and Stripes

The body of a U.S. soldier who went missing off the coast of Okinawa while scuba diving has been recovered. Staff Sgt. Matt Morgan was found at 144 feet near the USS Emmons, a sunken World War II warship and a common diving location. Morgan was a dive instructor assigned to Torii Station when he went on a recreational dive ... Read More »

Exclusive: Strange Russian spacecraft shadowing U.S. spy satellite, General says | Time

A multibillion-dollar U.S. spy satellite is being followed by two Russian satellites, adding attention to the ever-growing tension between the two countries. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the Space Force, said that the Russian spacecraft has gotten within 100 miles of the satellite at times. “We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing. It has the potential to create ... Read More »

Budget 2021: Army realigns $2.4 billion in new budget request (updated) | National Defense

The 2021 fiscal year budget request from the U.S. Army continues to change and reallocate resources. Officials are currently looking at what can be weeded out or cut down on in order to come up with funding for new projects. Modernization has been said to be a top priority for Army leaders in the form of next-generation combat vehicles, future ... Read More »

Northern Ireland police say IRA dissidents planned Brexit Day truck bomb | CBC

A Belfast newspaper received a phone call saying that a bomb was on a truck heading for a ferry to Scotland. Despite nothing being found, a couple days later another call came in with more information. The next day police discovered an explosives-laden vehicle that was set to go off at the time the United Kingdom was leaving for the ... Read More »