The original 'threat assessment' for the event didn't foresee pro-Trump rioters. Now it's 'all hands on deck' with facial-recognition software, surveillance aircraft, bomb-sniffers.
"There is no established system to employ the military if the president himself is the instigator of an insurrection," an official told Newsweek.
The law enforcement and security people responsible for maintaining order in D.C. weren't ready, weren't properly organized and weren't impartial.
"If al Qaeda or Iran undertakes an attack, even if the Russians nuke us, we'll be ready," a senior military officer says sardonically. "But if there's a domestic breakdown, I'm not so sure."
Conspiracy theories about 5G technology are growing in size and intensity-—and finding connections with the pandemic.
The command structure may make no sense, but it's aimed at satisfying the demands of the Trump White House, a senior military official says.
Washington, always one step behind reality, couldn't hear what its own commander on the ground was saying: We don't need to federalize the National Guard.
Forces and bases in the Washington D.C. area were moved to "Force Protection Condition Charlie," a threat condition that indicates "likely" targeting of military forces and or terrorist action and the second-highest alert level available.
"A wild card now is POTUS, what he will order," a senior military officer told Newsweek. Federal troops are being readied in response to White House requests.
If there is an added military tragedy on this Memorial Day, it is that we confuse what is military with what is civilian.
The new TOC watchlist circumvents criminal justice requirements for due process, equal protection under the law and freedom of association under the Constitution.
At Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, some 64 soldiers—most Army recruits in training—came down with the virus, prompting a two-week suspension of basic training.
Behind the scenes, JTF-NCR is responsible for defending Washington and facilitating "continuity of government"--including moving civil and military leaders to secret locations if the order were given to evacuate the city.
The decision not to disclose the number and location of bases hit may "leave many of our service members, military families, community members and more without the information they need to protect themselves," said Senator Murray.
The U.S. military is confronting the spreading coronavirus epidemic, with cases in 41 states and more than 100 bases.
FEMA was "fighting the last war"—worrying about Russia-—even as COVID-19 became a national emergency.
A video posted by a sailor says everything there is to say about the firing of Navy Capt. Brett Crozier about how things look to a sailor or soldier when they are out there doing their jobs, compared to the view from a desk in Washington, DC.
Trump has ordered a significant increase in counter-narcotics and border control operations, which could draw the armed forces into another resource drain and a controversial mission.
"All necessary measures"?While every military base is alert to the threat of COVID-19, only a tiny portion of the force is actually being utilized.
The Pentagon established a "rumor control" website to beat down three myths: that the U.S. military has federalized the National Guard, that it was instituting a mandatory national lockdown, and that it was implementing martial law.
Is Big Brother still watching? With "continuous evaluation" slowed down by the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. counterintelligence may fail to spot the next Edward Snowden.
Officials says the COVID-19 pandemic won't affect nuclear preparedness, but military exercises and deployments are being scaled down and canceled, and plans are being put in place to sustain essential operations.
With the National Guard now active in 22 states and governors continuing to declare more severe emergency measures daily, the U.S. military is preparing forces to assume a larger role in the coronavirus response.
Is the Cold War Back? Ninety-three separate military exercises last year weren't held in the Mideast and weren't directed at Tehran. They were directed against Moscow.