Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks with reporters on Afghanistan, at the Pentagon on Aug. 18, 2021. DoD Photo
This post has been updated with a statement from President Joe Biden.
The U.S. doesn’t have enough troops in Kabul to secure safe passage for tens of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies seeking to leave the country, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a press conference on Wednesday. Read More
Afghanistan civililans attempt on the airfield as a C-17 attempts to take off from the Kabul airport.
This post has been updated with additional comments from President Biden and Pentagon officials.
The mass exodus of U.S. citizens and American allies from Afghanistan is now a military-assisted non-combatant evacuation operation as the security situation in the capital of Kabul has continued to devolve, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday. Read More
A U.S. Marine with Task Force Southwest (TFSW) provides security for Marine advisors during an advising mission with 1st Brigade, Afghan National Army (ANA) 215th Corps as the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conduct Operation Maiwand 12 at Camp Shorserack, Afghanistan, March 12, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo
The Pentagon is sending 3,000 troops – including two Marine Corps battalions – to Afghanistan to support the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Kabul. Read More
U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, deploy from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, Jan. 1, 2020. U.S. Army photo
THE PENTAGON – After sending Marines from Kuwait to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said a battalion of Army paratroopers will now serve as the regional quick-response force, a role previously filled by the Marines. Read More
An F/A 18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, flies over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during flight operations. US Navy Photo
Boeing was awarded a $1.5 billion contract to build 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for the Kuwait Air Force, according to a Wednesday Pentagon contract announcement.
Two U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets on March 9, 2018. US Air Force Photo
Boeing was awarded a $1.16 billion long-anticipated contract for 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet tactical fighters for the Kuwait Air Force, according to a Friday Pentagon contract announcement. Read More
Kuwait Patrol Boat in 2015
A $100 million deal sending 15 fast patrol boats to Kuwait received U.S. Department of State approval, marking an important step toward upgrading Middle East partner nation’s security, according to a Tuesday release. Read More
The following is a June 29, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, Qatar: Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy. Read More
The following is a June 26, 2017 CRS Insight report, Qatar and its Neighbors: Disputes and Possible Implications, prepared by the Congressional Research Service. Read More
An artist’s representation of a Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Boeing Image
Boeing won a $207.5 million contract for 51 Lot 90 Harpoon anti-ship missile weapon systems for Egypt, South Korea and Brazil, according to a Wednesday contract announcement from the Pentagon. Read More