Immigrants, The Army and Deportation

Opinion | Raoul Lowery-Contreras
This picture taken 26 December 2011 shows the Pentagon building in Washington, DC. The Pentagon, which is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense (DOD), is the world's largest office building by floor area, with about 6,500,000 sq ft (600,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sq ft (340,000 m2) are used as offices. Approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel work in the Pentagon. Staff/AFP/Getty Images.

‘The military, like nature, abhors a vacuum.’

Pentagon: Missile Threats Are Rising Around The World, Not Just In North Korea

World | Ryan Pickrell
Military vehicles carrying DF-21D ballistic missiles roll to Tiananmen Square during a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

‘Cost-effective weapons and symbols of national power’

Russia Issues Threat Against US Planes In Syria, US Mil Official Brushes It Off

National Security | Jonah Bennett
A U.S. Navy F-18 strike fighter aircraft prepares to take off from the deck of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier off the coast of Brisbane

‘We will continue to conduct air operations throughout Syria’

Mattis Denies Trump Administration Claim Of Afghan Troop Deployment

Politics | Jonah Bennett
Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures

‘Secretary Mattis has made no decisions’

Pentagon Intends To Ship Nearly 4,000 Troops To Afghanistan To Turn The Tide

US | Jonah Bennett
U.S. Army General John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support forces and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, talks to U.S. soldiers during a transfer of authority ceremony at Shorab camp

‘We are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

Gay General Says Gay Rights Makes Military 'Ready To Fight Tonight'

World | Jonah Bennett
Participants carry a large rainbow flag towards the U.S. Capitol during a gay rights demonstration in Washington

‘To be ready to fight tonight, you know, we’ve got to be able to access the potential of our entire force’

Army Holds Mandatory Transgender Sensitivity Training Sessions

US | Jonah Bennett
U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

‘This training is mandatory for all uniformed members’

Army, Marine Corps Ask Pentagon Officials For Long Delay In Accepting Transgenders

US | Jonah Bennett
Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures

The Army is wondering how transition treatments could work in war zones.

Report: Blacks Twice As Likely To Face Punishment In The Military

US | Jonah Bennett
Military members take pictures in the audience as President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former active duty Army Staff Segeant Romesha during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington

‘Race appears like it plays a big role, which is disheartening’

New Pentagon Report Finally Drags China's Secret Sea Weapon Out Of The Shadows

World | Ryan Pickrell
Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogan during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

‘Let’s acknowledge that it is there’

Pentagon: China Could Deploy Multiple Fighter Regiments To The South China Sea

World | Ryan Pickrell
An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows land reclamation by China around the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Reuters/Ritchie B. Tongo)

Boosting China’s ability to control the region

Army To Offer Up To $90K Bonuses To Encourage Troops To Re-Enlist

US | Jonah Bennett
Fort Carson Holds Deployment Ceremony For Soldiers Heading To Afghanistan

‘It’s been difficult because a lot of these kids had plans and their families had plans’

Kurdish Forces With US Arms Prepare For Major Assault On ISIS Capital In A Few Days

World | Jonah Bennett
A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, looks on in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa city, on April 30, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State group's stronghold. US-backed fighters have captured 80 percent of Syria's Tabqa from the Islamic State group, a monitor said on May 1, a week after they first entered the town. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images.

‘The battle will not be easy’

Report: Effort To Allow Transgenders In The Military Faces 'Indefinite Delay'

US | Saagar Enjeti
Referred to as “Day Zero” this marks the beginning of the recruit's journey through Basic Combat Training, where she will transition from a civilian to a Soldier.

‘Administrative matters to be addressed’

North Korea Promises ICBM Test Hours After Successful US Intercept Test

World | Ryan Pickrell
Missiles are driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other high ranking officials during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of North Korea's founding father, Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Sue-Lin Wong

‘Turn the devils’ den into ashes’

Pentagon Plans First Intercept Test For Eventual North Korean ICBM

World | Ryan Pickrell
The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) is launched during a test in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS

North Korea’s missile program advancing rapidly

US Lost Track Of Nearly A Billion Dollars Of Arms Sent To Iraq

World | Saagar Enjeti
An Iraqi special forces soldier takes cover behind a humvee during an Islamic State fighter car bomb suicide attack in Tahrir neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2U3R8

‘Incomplete records’

Trump Defense Budget Saves The A-10 Fleet With Funding

Politics | Jonah Bennett
Operation Enduring Freedom Air Refueling Mission

‘This budget fully funds the entire fleet’

Trump's Defense Budget Pay Raise For Troops Is Exactly The Same Pay Raise Obama Gave Troops

Politics | Jonah Bennett
US Marines returned to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand April 29, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO's combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban. The deployment of some 300 Marines to the poppy-growing southern province came one day after the militants announced the launch of their "spring offensive", and as the Trump administration seeks to craft a new strategy in Afghanistan. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images.

A far cry from a ‘historic’ rebuilding of the military