Top stories from the Twitter defense community over the last 7 days.

US senators introduce new war authorization with no expiration date

April 17, 2018 1:39 am defensenews.com score: 951.4
US senators introduce new war authorization with no expiration date

Congress wrestles to update presidential 'war on terror' authorization Congress is struggling to define the US's role in the 17-year-long war on terror. A bill for an updated war authorization should be unveiled as early as Monday. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump would get broad authority to use force against…

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Coalition launched 105 weapons against Syria, with none intercepted, DoD says

April 14, 2018 2:20 pm militarytimes.com score: 740.9
Coalition launched 105 weapons against Syria, with none intercepted, DoD says

USS Monterey launches strikes against Syria In video released Saturday morning, the USS Monterey, a guided missile cruiser deployed to Fifth Fleet, launches Tomahawk missiles at Syria as part of an allied strike on April 13, 2018. WASHINGTON ― As American, British and French ordinance rained down on a trio…

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Army researchers are developing a self-aware robot squid you can 3D print in the field

April 18, 2018 11:07 pm c4isrnet.com score: 591.1
Army researchers are developing a self-aware robot squid you can 3D print in the field

In case you weren’t already terrified of robots that can jump over walls, fly or crawl, Army researchers are developing your next nightmare — a robot squid. And they want soldiers to be able to use 3D printers to make them on the battlefield. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and…

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Senator wants to cut down on veterans website confusion

April 18, 2018 6:18 pm militarytimes.com score: 590.0
Senator wants to cut down on veterans website confusion

WASHINGTON — Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to know whether vets.gov, a federal website designed to give information about their benefits, is being undermined by veterans.gov, a wholly separate federal website designed to give information about their benefits. She’s hoping President Donald Trump’s administration, which has repeatedly pledged to cut back…

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White House denies report of rift between Trump and Mattis

April 18, 2018 9:59 pm militarytimes.com score: 580.1
White House denies report of rift between Trump and Mattis

WASHINGTON — White House officials are denying news reports that President Donald Trump ignored his defense secretary’s requests to get congressional approval before ordering airstrikes against Syrian military targets, brushing aside insinuations of a possible rift between the two men. A day earlier, the New York Times reported that Defense…

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The unlikely tool that’s improving physical security at military bases

April 12, 2018 7:55 pm c4isrnet.com score: 544.5
The unlikely tool that’s improving physical security at military bases

From their perch in the operations center at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., security analysts peer down like hawks over the Naval Research Lab, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and a half-dozen other major military installations scattered around the national capital region. It takes just…

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Trump says he may leave summit with North Korea leader if meeting not ‘fruitful’

April 19, 2018 2:19 am militarytimes.com score: 488.0
Trump says he may leave summit with North Korea leader if meeting not ‘fruitful’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that although he’s looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it’s “not going to be fruitful.” Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim “got along…

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Air Force Thunderbirds resume flight operations two weeks after death of one of their own

April 18, 2018 10:12 pm airforcetimes.com score: 486.8
Air Force Thunderbirds resume flight operations two weeks after death of one of their own

Two weeks after a training accident claimed the life of one of their own, the Air Force Thunderbirds are back in the air. “Today, the Thunderbirds will resume practice flights over the Nevada Test and Training Range,” Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbirds commander, wrote in a statement released Wednesday. “While…

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US forces in Korea aren’t packing up just yet. Here’s why.

April 18, 2018 9:02 pm militarytimes.com score: 486.7
US forces in Korea aren’t packing up just yet. Here’s why.

As North Korean and South Korean leaders gear up for a summit next week, the two countries are reportedly negotiating a peace agreement that could end the Korean War, which technically remains a 68-year-old conflict that was never resolved. However, any deal between the two Koreas is unlikely to change…

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Check out T-Mobile’s new military discount plan for troops, vets and families

April 18, 2018 7:43 pm militarytimes.com score: 486.3
Check out T-Mobile’s new military discount plan for troops, vets and families

T-Mobile is rolling out some new weapons in its competitive arsenal, including some new discounts on wireless service for service members and their families, investing more than half a billion dollars in its network capacity on and around military installations, and hiring more veterans and spouses. Beginning April 22, service…

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Colonel demoted, immediately retired from Air National Guard over dinosaur puppet video

April 18, 2018 6:47 pm airforcetimes.com score: 485.6
Colonel demoted, immediately retired from Air National Guard over dinosaur puppet video

The Tennessee Air National Guard colonel who led a re-enlistment ceremony in which a senior noncommissioned officer recited her oath using a dinosaur puppet has been demoted and retired. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Haston, the adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard, also announced in a Facebook post Wednesday that…

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Trump bashes California on border mission, Brown sees a deal

April 17, 2018 10:58 pm militarytimes.com score: 480.4
Trump bashes California on border mission, Brown sees a deal

SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed California Gov. Jerry Brown’s posture on sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border even as Brown said he was nearing agreement on joining the president’s mission. The volley of words came a day after federal officials said Brown rejected a…

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Niger may have arrested militant with ties to ambush that killed 4 US soldiers

April 17, 2018 8:55 pm militarytimes.com score: 479.2
Niger may have arrested militant with ties to ambush that killed 4 US soldiers

NIAMEY, Niger — Niger’s military has detained a suspect who it believes could be the militant leader who was being pursued when an ambush left four American soldiers dead in October, the American ambassador said Tuesday. U.S. Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker told The Associated Press he does not know the…

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Price tag for new National Guard border operations still unknown, 4-star says

April 17, 2018 6:57 pm militarytimes.com score: 478.3
Price tag for new National Guard border operations still unknown, 4-star says

The Department of Defense will find the money to pay for National Guard troops to work along the United States’ southern border, but the total cost is impossible to know at this time, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday.…

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White House says Russia sanctions still under consideration

April 17, 2018 1:23 am militarytimes.com score: 473.5
White House says Russia sanctions still under consideration

WASHINGTON — The White House scrambled Monday to walk back U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s weekend announcement that new economic sanctions against Russia are imminent, but stressed the penalties are still being considered. Haley created a firestorm Sunday when she said the new sanctions would be imposed by the Treasury Department…

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US says California rejects proposed border duties for troops

April 17, 2018 1:51 am militarytimes.com score: 473.4
US says California rejects proposed border duties for troops

The state of California has opted not to take part in the Trump administration’s effort to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard’s initial deployment to the Mexican border, but…

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Senators introduce new war powers resolution

April 17, 2018 12:45 am militarytimes.com score: 473.1
Senators introduce new war powers resolution

Congress is struggling to define the US's role in the 17-year-long war on terror. A bill for an updated war authorization should be unveiled as early as Monday. WASHINGTON — The chairman and other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unveiled a bipartisan resolution Monday authorizing the use of…

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Judge: Trump’s ban on transgender troops on hold until trial

April 16, 2018 9:32 pm militarytimes.com score: 472.1
Judge: Trump’s ban on transgender troops on hold until trial

SEATTLE — A U.S. judge in Seattle has ordered President Donald Trump not to ban transgender troops from serving in the military, saying it’s unclear whether recent changes to his administration’s policy are constitutional. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman was one of four judges nationwide who blocked Trump late last…

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