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North Korea poised to test next US president with growing nuclear missile threat

No matter who wins the presidential election, the new administration will face a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, which recently rolled out a huge new intercontinental ballistic missile that may be able to target the U.S.


VA officials refuse to participate in Senate hearing on landmark veterans health care law

Officials for the Department of Veterans Affairs declined to participate Wednesday in a Senate hearing about the progress in implementing the Mission Act, a law passed two years ago to help improve health care for veterans.


Misawa airman’s Instagram post about sexual harassment gets senior enlisted leader’s attention

Airman 1st Class Sarah Figueroa said on social media that she experienced sexual harassment and retaliation at Misawa Air Base.




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Fast take: How do extremist ideologies find a home in the military community?

Host Rod Rodriguez discusses feedback we've gotten after the QAnon episode, and explores possible characteristics about veterans and service members that make them so vulnerable to extremism. To uncover more, he talks again with journalist and military veteran Jack Murphy.


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South Korea sees triple digit rise in coronavirus cases as seven more US troops test positive

Four of the service members who tested positive for the coronavirus arrived on government-chartered flights at Osan Air Base, other three traveled on commercial aircraft that landed at Incheon International Airport.


Ten NATO members now meet 2% defense spending benchmark, but not Germany

Germany, which has been accused by President Donald Trump of not spending enough on defense, spent only 1.57% of gross domestic product on its military, a NATO report said.


Fraud, waste and abuse cost US $19 billion in one decade in Afghanistan

Most of the nearly $19 billion of U.S. money lost in a decade of war in Afghanistan is attributed to failed counternarcotics and stabilization programs, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report published Tuesday.


Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that Nigeria's security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters Tuesday night, killing 12 people calling for an end to police brutality.


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South Korea sees triple digit rise in coronavirus cases as seven more US troops test positive

Four of the service members who tested positive for the coronavirus arrived on government-chartered flights at Osan Air Base, other three traveled on commercial aircraft that landed at Incheon International Airport.


Ten NATO members now meet 2% defense spending benchmark, but not Germany

Germany, which has been accused by President Donald Trump of not spending enough on defense, spent only 1.57% of gross domestic product on its military, a NATO report said.


Fraud, waste and abuse cost US $19 billion in one decade in Afghanistan

Most of the nearly $19 billion of U.S. money lost in a decade of war in Afghanistan is attributed to failed counternarcotics and stabilization programs, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report published Tuesday.


Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that Nigeria's security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters Tuesday night, killing 12 people calling for an end to police brutality.



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VA officials refuse to participate in Senate hearing on landmark veterans health care law

Officials for the Department of Veterans Affairs declined to participate Wednesday in a Senate hearing about the progress in implementing the Mission Act, a law passed two years ago to help improve health care for veterans.



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Episode six: Spooky service stories

The specter in the Spectre. The terror in Tonga. Just in time for Halloween, host Rod Rodriguez and guests share their own personal tales of frights, spirits and other paranormal events in this eerie episode of Military Matters.


Commander acknowledges COVID-19 uptick on Wright-Patterson

Ohio's largest single-site employer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been largely closed down for the past seven months of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with only 10% of the base's typical 30,000 workers permitted to be physically on base in the pandemic's earliest weeks.


Fast take: How do extremist ideologies find a home in the military community?

In this fast take episode of Military Matters, host Rod Rodriguez discusses feedback we've gotten after the QAnon episode, and explores possible characteristics about veterans and service members that make them so vulnerable to extremism. To uncover more, he talks again with journalist and military veteran Jack Murphy.


NCOs to rank their assignment choices under Army’s new preference system

Army officers have had a similar system of ranked choices in place since 2016, this is the first time it has been introduced for NCO ranks.


Removal of fired USS Theodore Roosevelt commander’s name from plaque causes uproar

The USS Theodore Roosevelt's executive officer said Capt. Brett Crozier's nameplate, which has been replaced, was missing because someone 'took it as a souvenir.'


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Episode six: Spooky service stories

The specter in the Spectre. The terror in Tonga. Just in time for Halloween, host Rod Rodriguez and guests share their own personal tales of frights, spirits and other paranormal events in this eerie episode of Military Matters.


Commander acknowledges COVID-19 uptick on Wright-Patterson

Ohio's largest single-site employer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been largely closed down for the past seven months of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with only 10% of the base's typical 30,000 workers permitted to be physically on base in the pandemic's earliest weeks.


Fast take: How do extremist ideologies find a home in the military community?

In this fast take episode of Military Matters, host Rod Rodriguez discusses feedback we've gotten after the QAnon episode, and explores possible characteristics about veterans and service members that make them so vulnerable to extremism. To uncover more, he talks again with journalist and military veteran Jack Murphy.


NCOs to rank their assignment choices under Army’s new preference system

Army officers have had a similar system of ranked choices in place since 2016, this is the first time it has been introduced for NCO ranks.


Removal of fired USS Theodore Roosevelt commander’s name from plaque causes uproar

The USS Theodore Roosevelt's executive officer said Capt. Brett Crozier's nameplate, which has been replaced, was missing because someone 'took it as a souvenir.'



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Pandemic World Series draws smallest crowd in over century

A crowd of 11,388 attended the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Tuesday night's World Series opener. That was the smallest Series crowd since 10,535 attended Game 6 in 1909 between the Tigers and Pittsburgh at Detroit's Bennett Park.


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Pandemic World Series draws smallest crowd in over century

A crowd of 11,388 attended the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Tuesday night's World Series opener. That was the smallest Series crowd since 10,535 attended Game 6 in 1909 between the Tigers and Pittsburgh at Detroit's Bennett Park.