American troops have begun leaving Afghanistan for the initial troop withdrawal required in the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, a U.S. official said on March 9, amid political chaos in Kabul that threatens the deal. Hundreds of troops are heading out of the country as previously planned, but they will not be replaced as the U.S. moves ahead with plans to cut the number of forces in the country from about 13,000 to 8,600, the official said.
North Korea fired three short-range projectiles off its east coast on March 9, South Korea’s military said, two days after the North threatened to take “momentous” action to protest outside condemnation over its earlier live-fire exercises. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the multiple kinds of projectiles fired from the eastern coastal town of Sondok flew as far as 200 kilometers (125 miles) at a maximum altitude of 50 kilometers (30 miles) before landing in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
The spouse, who lives off base, has not visited the installation in several months, according to a post on the Facebook page for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
A federal judge granted Amazon’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the Department of Defense from moving forward with work under its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract due to what the judge said was “quite likely” a material error in Microsoft’s bid overlooked by Pentagon officials. While Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith issued the ruling for a temporary injunction Feb. 13, the court unsealed her lengthy and technical opinion the evening of March 6.
In an email to congressional offices, the Department of Veterans Affairs identified the University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical University, American InterContinental University, Bellevue University, and Temple University as being in violation of U.S. law which prohibits illegal “advertising, sales, or enrollment practices.”
The Defense Department has awarded three teams, BWX Technologies, Inc., Lynchburg, Va.; Westinghouse Government Services, Washington; and X-energy, LLC, Greenbelt, Md.; contracts to each begin design work on a mobile nuclear reactor prototype under a Strategic Capabilities Office initiative called Project Pele. Project Pele involves the development of a safe, mobile and advanced nuclear microreactor to support a variety of DOD missions, such as generating power for remote operating bases.
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U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and former Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced bipartisan legislation to change a current law that creates a disadvantage for certain children whose parents are serving the nation abroad in uniform or in the civil service. The Citizenship for Children of Military Members & Civil Servants Act is now headed to the President after it passed the Senate on March 6.
USAF could sprinkle potential battlefields and hotspots with shipping containers years in advance, each hiding a lethal drone.