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Trump’s Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Isn’t Any Different Than Obama’s

US nucleararsenal has not changed under TrumpPresident Donald Trump says the U.S. nuclear arsenal has been beefed up since he took office in January. Not quite.

As the world digested the president’s remarks on Tuesday threatening to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea, Trump said in a tweet Wednesday, “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before... ”

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US Army forbids use of Chinese-made drones also flown by IDF

US army forbids use of Chinese dronesThe American military ordered its units to stop using a small, off-the-shelf drone last week, over concerns that the system, made by the Chinese company DJI and also employed by the IDF, was vulnerable to cyberattacks.

According to an internal US Army memo that was leaked on August 2 to sUAS News site, which focuses on drone technology, American troops were ordered to “cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from the devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction.”

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Troops at risk for suicide not getting needed care, report finds

Troops at risk for suicide not getting needed attentionPentagon health care providers failed to perform critical follow-up for many troops diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome who also were at high risk for suicide, according to a new study released Monday by the RAND Corp.

Just 30% of troops with depression and 54% with PTSD received appropriate care after they were deemed at risk of harming themselves. The report, commissioned by the Pentagon, looked at the cases of 39,000 troops who had been diagnosed in 2013 with depression, PTSD or both conditions. USA TODAY received an advance copy of the report.

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Court deals major blow to veterans suing military contractor KBR

KBRA federal judge has dismissed a major lawsuit against a defense contractor by veterans and their family members over burn pit operations in Iraq and Afghanistan that plaintiffs said caused them chronic and sometimes deadly respiratory diseases and cancer.

In the decision, U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus wrote that the company, KBR, could not be held liable for what was essentially a military decision to use burn pits for waste disposal. Titus said holding the Pentagon responsible was outside of his jurisdiction.

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Marines launch search after aircraft "mishap" off coast of Australia

Camp Butler 'mishap'Three U.S. Marine Corps crew members are missing after an aircraft was involved in a "mishap" off the coast of Australia.

The U.S. Marine Corps said 23 of the 26 crew members had been rescued after the aircraft entered the water off the coast of Shoalwater Bay during a training exercise with the Australian military at 4 p.m. local time on Saturday.

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Mattis appalled by Trump tweets announcing transgender ban: report

Mattis appaled by Trump transgender banDefense Secretary James Mattis was caught off guard by President Trump's announcement that he was banning transgender people from serving in the military, according to a New York Times report.

Mattis, who was on vacation at the time of Trump's decision, only had one day's worth of notice before Trump tweeted his announcement of the policy, the paper reported.

The report described him as "appalled."

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Retired transgender Navy SEAL: Tell me to my face I’m not worthy of serving

Kristin BeckA retired transgender Navy SEAL called out President Trump on Wednesday for his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, urging the president to tell her to her face that she is not worthy of serving.

"Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy," Kristin Beck told Business Insider Wednesday, referring to Trump. "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service."

Beck was a Navy SEAL for 20 years, serving with the elite Team 6, among others. She was deployed 13 times and served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Business Insider.

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