US completes withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after 20-year war

The United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan on Monday, August 30, ending 20 years of war that culminated in the militant Taliban’s return to power. Forced into a hasty and humiliating exit, Washington and its NATO allies carried out a massive but chaotic airlift over the past two weeks, but still… Continue reading US completes withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after 20-year war

South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

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South Korea and the United States will begin their annual joint military drills on Monday, August 16, the South’s military said on Sunday, August 15, amid North Korea’s warnings of a diplomatic and security crisis. South Korea and the United States regularly stage military exercises, mainly in the spring and summer, but North Korea has… Continue reading South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

Head of US Indo-Pacific Command says military capable of defending Taiwan

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Admiral John Aquilino, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, said on Thursday (August 5) that the US is capable of defending Taiwan in a military conflict. At the Aspen Security Forum, Aquilino said the US military is still operating in the Indo-Pacific to safeguard regional peace and prosperity, and that the status quo in the… Continue reading Head of US Indo-Pacific Command says military capable of defending Taiwan

Biden administration authorizes its first arms package for Taiwan

The Biden administration approved its first weapons sale to Taiwan on Wednesday (August 4) for around US$750 million, which comprises M109A6 self-propelled howitzers and related equipment. According to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) press release, the US State Department has approved the potential sale of 40 M109A6 Paladins, 20 M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support… Continue reading Biden administration authorizes its first arms package for Taiwan

Ph-US conclude “Salaknib” 2021

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The Philippine Army together with the United States Army completed Ph-US “Salaknib” Exercise 2021 today, July 31, 2021 at Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. The Ph-US “Salaknib” Exercise 2021 is a three-week bilateral Army-to-Army exercise composed of 15 training events including urban operations, intelligence, combat engineers operations, indirect fires, medical planning, counter-IED, Military… Continue reading Ph-US conclude “Salaknib” 2021

16th Pacific Partnership mission begins in Manila

USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) sits along the pier in Manila after disembarking the Pacific Partnership 2021 team. (U.S. Navy/MCC Joseph R. Vincent)

Pacific Partnership 21, the annual US-led multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific, kicked off with a medical subject matter expert exchange at Manila Naval Hospital, July 28. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) arrived at the mission port July 14, where… Continue reading 16th Pacific Partnership mission begins in Manila

China did not ‘expel’ a US warship, US Navy says

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China’s assertions that it employed naval and air forces to evict a US warship from its territory this week are incorrect, according to US Navy officials. The destroyer John S. McCain was “expelled” from waters around the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, according to a senior colonel with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.… Continue reading China did not ‘expel’ a US warship, US Navy says

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

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According to the US embassy in Hanoi, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Southeast Asia later this month. His itinerary includes stops in the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. “Secretary Austin’s visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific’s architecture,” Pentagon… Continue reading US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

US military school rocked by cheating scandal

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With hundreds of cadets suspected of breaching the academy’s honor code in the spring, America’s famed military school West Point has been rocked by its greatest cheating scandal in decades. The exclusive school, located 95 kilometers north of New York City on the banks of the Hudson River, has a code that states, “A cadet… Continue reading US military school rocked by cheating scandal