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Mattis Explains Views on Space Force

(13 Aug 2018) US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he previously opposed efforts in Congress to create a Space Force because he believed it was important to define what space-related issues the Pentagon needed to address. Mattis spoke while flying to Brazil. (Aug. 13)

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Trump Announce Creation of ‘Space Force’

President Donald Trump announces that he is directing the Pentagon to create the “Space Force” as an independent service branch. (June 18)

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GITMO Prepping for Long Term Operation

President Trump’s order to keep the Guantanamo detention center open, and allow the Pentagon to bring in new prisoners, is prompting military officials to consider a future for the controversial facility. (June 7)

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Sexual Assault Survivors Are Pushing The Military To Have Its #MeToo Moment

The #MeToo movement has swept through industry after industry since it went viral last October, toppling high-profile individuals by exposing their sexual misconduct.

But advocates and survivors say the nation’s largest employer — the U.S. military — has yet to see meaningful reform.

On April 30, the Department of Defense reported a 10 percent rise in sexual assault reports from October 2016 to September 2017, across all branches. The Pentagon attributes the rise to a growing confidence in the military justice system, but some advocates, survivors, and policymakers are skeptical, considering the report also notes that of the 5,110 reports of sexual assault in 2017, just 166 lead to a conviction in 2017.

VICE News spoke with retired Staff Sgt. Merci McKinley about her own experience with sexual assault, as well as Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who has been pushing for legislative reform to the military justice system for years.

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Report: Multiple Failures Led to Niger Attack

The Pentagon said Thursday multiple failures are to blame for the Niger ambush that killed four U.S. service members last October, including insufficient training and preparation as well as lack of proper command approval for the mission. (May 10)

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US Complains To China For Laser Use in Djibouti

The Pentagon says the U.S. has issued a formal complaint to China over the use of lasers near the military base in Djibouti that were directed at aircraft and resulted in minor injuries to two pilots. (May 3)

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Old Planes New Again in Pentagon Budget

An old F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet is being refurbished at a hangar at Boeing’s St. Louis headquarters, the first of many planes that will be sent there as the Pentagon spends the biggest budget in its history. (May 2)

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