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U.S. military’s first openly gay female active-duty service member dies in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Openly gay female killed in attack on US military in AfgfhanistanThe U.S. military's first openly gay female active-duty service member was killed in Afghanistan in a suicide bombing, officials said Tuesday.

Maj. Adrianna Vorderbruggen, 36, died Monday with five other American soldiers — including NYPD Detective Joseph Lemm — when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked their patrol.

Vorderbruggen married Heather Lamb in 2012 after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" five years ago.

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Bowe Bergdahl Arraigned On Military Charges

BergdahlArmy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deferred entering a plea this morning against charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, after he allegedly deserted his unit in 2009 and was then held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years.

Bergdahl was arraigned at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and made his first appearance before a judge. If Bergdahl is convicted of misbehavior before the enemy, he could face a life sentence, while the desertion charge carries a maximum five-year sentence.

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Interview: Bergdahl attorney lashes out at Trump

BergdahlThe attorney for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl lashed out on Tuesday at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and congressional committees for peddling misinformation that he says is impeding his client's right to a fair trial.

A court-martial is the next step in the military's case against Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years and freed in a controversial exchange for five Taliban detainees held in Guantanamo Bay.

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Bergdahl Faces Court-Martial for Desertion

Bergdahl faces court martialSgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years after he left his base in Afghanistan in 2009, could receive life in prison.

Overriding the recommended punishment by an Army officer, head of Army Forces Command Gen. Robert B. Abrams ordered that Bergdahl, now the subject of the Serial podcast, face a court-martial for desertion.

In a statement, The Forces Command described the charges, which they brought against Bergdahl in March:

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Navy's newest ship breaks down, towed in for repairs

USS MilwaukeeThe USS Milwaukee has been officially on the job for less than a month, but it's already out of commission. The newly-launched warship broke down on Friday and had to be towed 40 miles to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Virginia for repairs.

The USS Milwaukee was delivered in October and commissioned on November 21 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was sailing from Halifax, Canada to Mayport, Florida -- a stopover point en route to San Diego -- before its itinerary was derailed by a mechanical failure.

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Bergdahl in New ‘Serial’: Here’s Why I Walked Away

Bergdahl The central controversy in Bergdahl’s story centers on his decision to leave his post. Bergdahl says that he left in order to travel by foot from his platoon’s small outpost, O.P. Mest, to a large Forward Operating Base, F.O.B. Sharana, to alert Army superiors about dangerous leadership problems in his unit.

The journey was long and treacherous, through Taliban country, but Bergdahl was an experienced outdoorsman and a confident soldier, an idealist who thought he could make it. Bergdahl’s goal, he says, was to cause a DUSTWUN: a radio alarm signal meaning Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (“the Army’s version of ‘man overboard,’ ” Koenig tells us), which would generate attention and get his message heard. (The irony of that goal is not lost on the “Serial” team.)

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Politico: America’s secret arsenal

America's secret arsenalTo this day it remains one of the most sophisticated and mysterious offensive operations ever launched: Stuxnet, the computer virus specifically engineered to attack Iran's nuclear reactors. Discovered in 2010 and now widely believed to be a collaboration between the U.S. and Israel, its existence raised an urgent question: Just what is the U.S. government doing to attack its opponents in the cyber-realm?

Stuxnet's origins have never been officially acknowledged, and the extent of American meddling in malware is still unknown. But for the past few years there’s been something new developing within the U.S. military that has taken "cyber" from a theoretical idea to a deliberate—if secretive—part of U.S. policy.

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