FROM Tara Copp
US sailors missing after naval warship collision The USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker this morning near Singapore, just over two months since another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, was struck by a container ship off the coast of Japan. All this as naval exercises are under way in waters off Korea. Tara Copp, Pentagon bureau chief for the Military Times , says in the aftermath of the two recent events the Navy has ordered an in-depth review into training, maintenance and operational tempo.
Trump announces ban on transgender troops It took President Trump just two tweets today to lay out the essence of a new policy for military personnel. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow… transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military." We hear more about the new policy and what it has to do with the president’s border wall from Tara Copp, Pentagon bureau chief for the Military Times and author of The Warbird: Three Heroes, two Wars, One Story , and Adam Blickstein, who served as a public affairs strategic planner for the Pentagon in the Obama administration.
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