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The coronavirus could make buildings sick too

A new paper highlights the concern that COVID-19 stay-at-home orders may increase the chance of harmful water exposure when people return.
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'Sewage surveillance' may be early-warning tool for fighting the coronavirus

In one Dutch city, the coronavirus was detected in the sewage system days before any cases were officially confirmed through human testing.
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The Navy just graduated its newest class of SEALs despite the coronavirus

In March, Naval Special Warfare decided to suspend some SEAL classes in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
Military & Defense 2020-04-21T18:59:38Z

US squadron commander at the air base bombarded by Iranian missiles thought everyone there was going to die

"I honestly thought anyone remaining behind would perish. I didn't believe anyone would survive a ballistic missile attack," she wrote.
Politics 2020-04-21T18:21:00Z

Rumors of Kim Jong Un's mysterious illness are raising questions about his line of succession. This is his family tree.

Kim Jong Un's family dynasty has been in power in North Korea since 1948. Now that he's rumored to be gravely ill, it's unclear who would succeed him.

'Bad news for everyone': How Kim Jong Un's demise could spark unrest and require a military response

Even if he isn't on his death bed, Kim does have health issues and his exit from the stage would create turmoil, experts say.

How Special Forces vets stepped up to staff a New York City hospital in the middle of the coronavirus crisis

The temporary hospital is named after a Navy SEAL medic Ryan Larkin, who died in April 2017, and can treat 216 COVID-19 patients.

The Army puts out new coronavirus-themed recruiting video, with help from Nine Inch Nails

It's the latest part of the "What's Your Warrior" ad campaign, meant to show members of Generation Z how their service is needed.
Military & Defense 2020-04-21T04:22:16Z

Saudi Arabia breaks its own record for executions, beheading over 180 people in 2019

While executions fell globally, Saudi Arabia put more people to death than ever before, according to a report from Amnesty International.
Politics 2020-04-21T03:32:27Z

Kim Jong Un was missing during one of North Korea's major holidays, and it has sparked questions about his health

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was previously reported missing in 2014. He reappeared six weeks later.
Politics 2020-04-20T23:33:24Z

'Sir, I got a lot of building to do': US Army general jokingly passes on Trump's offer to 'stay and watch' his coronavirus briefing

"So you can have a choice," Trump told the Army general. "You can stay and watch ... or you can go back to building."
Military & Defense 2020-04-20T21:42:02Z

US Air Force rushes to build medical facility to treat sick sailors from coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier

The service said that airmen are close to completing the project after starting it only a couple of days ago.

A Defense Department study calls for getting rid of 2 of the US Navy's aircraft carriers

The Defense Department wants to de-emphasize carriers as the centerpiece of the Navy's force projection.
Military & Defense 2020-04-20T19:37:20Z

F-16 fighter intercepted even more Russian jets overflying a US warship, NATO says

NATO said that after Russian jets flew over a US warship, an F-16 fighter "conducted a professional intercept and left the scene."

Video from inside a Russian fighter jet shows a 'friendly' encounter with an F-16

It's not clear when and where the intercept took place, although it's quite likely that it occurred in international airspace off Norway
Military & Defense 2020-04-20T19:25:04Z

Russia quarantines thousands of troops who trained for a massive military parade that was canceled over coronavirus

As many as 15,000 Russian troops trained for a parade with little, if any, social distancing. They are now headed into quarantine.

The US Air Force is ending its continuous bomber presence in Guam after 16 years

Air Force Global Strike Command said it is transitioning to a new model of forward-deploying bombers to the Indo-Pacific.

5 tips for leaders during the coronavirus crisis, from the Army's top enlisted soldier

Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston, the service's senior enlisted member, has some tips for leaders dealing with the new normal.

North Korea claims it has zero coronavirus cases — defectors and experts think otherwise

Outsiders strongly suspect that coronavirus has already spread to North Korea because it shares a long, porous border with China

Ask a fighter pilot: How the Navy's Hornet and Super Hornet fighter jets stack up

Even though it looks similar to its predecessor, there are a few features on the F/A-18 Super Hornet that set it apart.
Politics 2020-04-20T05:42:55Z

3 pro-gun activist brothers are behind several Facebook groups calling for protests against coronavirus lockdowns

The groups call for action against "excessive quarantine" and have gained tens of thousands of members in Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Politics 2020-04-20T02:09:44Z

Trump defends people resisting coronavirus lockdowns — says they're 'good people' suffering from cabin fever

Trump defended the protests that have been held in several states, some of which prompted death threats against Democratic governors.
Military & Defense 2020-04-19T22:08:08Z

Russian fighter jet executes 'unsafe' intercept of US Navy aircraft, coming within 25 feet of an American plane

The intercept was caught on video and marks the second time in four days that a Russian fighter has come dangerously close to a US Navy plane.

Trump vs. the states: What the Constitution says about responding to crises like the coronavirus pandemic

It was clear to the Founding Fathers that central authority was necessary to coordinate the state's responses to big issues facing the country.
Opinion 2020-04-19T13:27:00Z

It's time for billionaires to stop worrying about their fortunes and start worrying about the world

The coronavirus crisis makes crystal clear that capitalism is failing the vast majority of the world's population.
Military & Defense 2020-04-18T20:07:19Z

'America is being tested': Pence delivers commencement address to Air Force Academy class of 2020 and its first cadets to join Trump's Space Force

A wide shot of the event showed the academy graduates seated eight feet apart to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Here's what weapons and gear Special Forces teams carried into the field during the Vietnam War

The Air Force and the CIA often asked Special Forces to test weapons and sensors. Some didn't work, but some led to tech used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
News 2020-04-18T10:32:28Z

The coronavirus could kill 100,000 people in Syria's embattled Idlib region, sped on by cramped, unhygienic camps and a lack of testing

"You want us to wash our hands? Some people can't wash their kids for a week. They are living outdoors," Fadi Mesaher told The New York Times.
Politics 2020-04-18T09:16:00Z

China is attempting to win political points from the coronavirus with 'mask diplomacy' — but it mostly isn't working

China has been sending medical teams and protective equipment to countries battling the coronavirus, while also reportedly asking for public praise.
Military & Defense 2020-04-18T00:07:31Z

'LAND OF THE FREE': Protester wears US Navy uniform and refuses to leave the ocean amid beach closures

"We don't want our rights stomped all over," a longtime resident and surfer said to Insider.
Military & Defense 2020-04-17T21:42:50Z

After coronavirus, the US needs to worry about a '7th domain' of warfare, top Navy commander in Europe says

The pandemic warrants a change in military planning and operations, according to Adm. James Foggo, head of US naval forces in Europe and Africa.
Military & Defense 2020-04-17T20:56:57Z

Sweeping US Navy testing reveals most aircraft carrier sailors infected with coronavirus had no symptoms

"We're learning that stealth in the form of asymptomatic transmission is this adversary's secret power," the Navy surgeon general said.
Military & Defense 2020-04-17T18:37:14Z

Amid coronavirus, US is trying to 'squeeze' what it can from the Army's largest European exercise in 25 years

Despite the smaller form of Defender-Europe 20, the US military is still aiming to get as much out of the exercise as it and its allies can.

The most advanced version of the F-15 Eagle, the F-15QA, just made its first flight

Boeing won a $6.2 billion contract in 2017 to build 36 F-15 fighter jets for Qatar, the first of which will be delivered next year.
Military & Defense 2020-04-17T17:35:00Z

How Mylar blankets went from cutting-edge space technology to a polarizing symbol of the US-Mexico border crisis

Silver space blankets have been used in marathons and rescue operations. But recently, the sheets have left a controversial legacy on the border.

A USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor is under investigation for leaving hotel room while quarantined in Guam

The Navy said the sailor, who was reportedly caught on camera outside their room, never left the hotel grounds.
Military & Defense 2020-04-17T16:53:00Z

Wuhan abruptly increased its coronavirus death toll to 50% higher than previously reported

Local officials in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus began, blamed the discrepancy on past underreporting from an overwhelmed medical system.

British scientists say the coronavirus outbreak may have started as early as September

The scientists analyzed the strains of the virus using an algorithm that can map movement of organisms through the mutation of their genes.
Military & Defense 2020-04-17T14:56:29Z

The US Army just gave a contractor with a history of GOP donations $569 million to build parts of Trump's border wall

BFBC has given thousands of dollars to Republican political candidates, and is being paid an above-market rate to build sections of the border wall.

Cowboy Russian pilot blamed for buzzing a US Navy reconnaissance plane from 25 feet away

Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, head of US European Command, said he had looked at camera footage of the Wednesday incident over the Mediterranean Sea.

How US troops fought off a little-known Al Qaeda raid in Mali 2 years ago

The assault included rockets, mortars, car bombs and roughly 30 militants disguised in Malian Army and UN peacekeeper uniforms.

US special operations forces are special — but they're not 'elite'

Hailing special operators as "elite" misunderstands their role and could undermine their effectiveness, writes Lt. Col. Stewart "PR" Parker.

5 eerie jobs that nobody wants but will always be in demand

A few professions offer consistent demand in exchange for what can often be morbid responsibilities.
Military & Defense 2020-04-16T20:23:43Z

Ex-Navy secretary may have exaggerated his reasoning for firing an aircraft carrier's captain during its coronavirus outbreak

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who later resigned, may have exaggerated one of his biggest complaints against a fired aircraft-carrier captain.
Military & Defense 2020-04-16T19:41:29Z

Manuals for Trump's new Air Force One cost almost as much as an F-35 stealth fighter

The new instruction manuals for President Donald Trump's new Air Force One cost $84 million, just a few million dollars short of a stealth fighter.
Politics 2020-04-16T17:26:09Z

China has been told by the UK that it cannot return to 'business as usual' after the coronavirus pandemic

The UK is calling for an investigation into how the coronavirus pandemic started in China.
Military & Defense 2020-04-16T17:13:45Z

5G coronavirus conspiracy theory that led to arson attacks on cell towers is being pushed by Russia, security officials fear

Bot networks backed by resources from state-level actors are enflaming people's unfounded fears that 5G masts cause COVID-19 infections.
Military & Defense 2020-04-16T16:40:08Z

America's rivals and adversaries are creating some headaches for the US military as it battles the coronavirus

"Our adversaries are not standing down," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Thursday, stressing the need to maintain readiness.

8 ways the coronavirus is more dangerous for veterans

One of the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus is US military veterans, who are more susceptible to the health and economic risks it poses.

Navy officials think COVID-19 may have been brought aboard the carrier Theodore Roosevelt by flight crews

As Navy officials analyzed the carrier's movement, the once-firm belief about where the virus first got onto the ship has been called into question.
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