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Biden overturns Trump's transgender military ban
Biden overturns Trump's transgender military ban
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President Joe Biden has signed an executive order on Monday, reversing a Trump-era ban prohibiting transgender Americans to join the military. The order states that the government "immediately prohibits involuntary separations, discharges and denials of reenlistment or continuation of service on the basis of gender identity or under circumstances related to gender identity."

"Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military. It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride," so Biden on Twitter.

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Two members of National Guard have been removed from inauguration mission over ties to right-wing militias
Two members of National Guard have been removed from inauguration mission over ties to right-wing militias
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Two members of the U.S. Army National Guard have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias. Consequently, they will be removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration.

No plot against Biden was found.

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Trump vetoes US defence budget
Trump vetoes US defence budget
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The United States President Donald Trump justified the move on Wednesday by citing the lack of "critical measures" to protect national security. "It is a 'gift' to China and Russia," he wrote in a memo to the House of Representatives.

Trump criticized that the comprehensive legislative package would not impose stronger regulations on online platforms. He also criticized that the possible renaming of military bases did not respect the history of the armed forces. Trump also criticized the attempt to limit by law the withdrawal of soldiers from Afghanistan, South Korea, and Germany, which he had ordered.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
SpaceX and Pentagon sign contract to jointly develop rocket that is able to ship weapons around the world
SpaceX and Pentagon sign contract to jointly develop rocket that is able to ship weapons around the world
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A new military contract has been signed by SpaceX and the Pentagon with the goal to develop a new rocket. Using a specialized rocket that is able to land after the flight, the Pentagon would be able to move "the equivalent of a C-17 payload anywhere on the globe in less than an hour".

The first tests are expected to begin in 2021.

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United States launch Pentagon's airborne nuclear command posts as Trump tests positive for Covid-19
United States launch Pentagon's airborne nuclear command posts as Trump tests positive for Covid-19
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One E-6B Mercury plane has been launched on each the west and the east of the American coasts shortly before President Donald Trump announced that he has been tested positive for Covid-19.

The planes are airborne nuclear command posts for the Pentagon that carry special communication systems and crews that command the nuclear ballistic-missile submarine fleet of the United States.

Tim Hogan, an open-source intelligence practitioner from the United States has tweeted that he "would expect them to pup up if he [Trump] tests positive". The airplanes could be tracked via public software only because the military crews did not turn off the transponders.

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US Secretary of Defense announces details and costs for troop withdrawal from Germany
US Secretary of Defense announces details and costs for troop withdrawal from Germany
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The Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has formally announced the decision of the Pentagon to withdraw around 11,900 troops from Germany.

According to US defence officials the relocation of the troops will take years and Esper has acknowledged that it will cost billions to execute. Around 6,400 troops will return to the United States while around 5,400 troops will stay in Europe according to the plans of the Pentagon.

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Trump moves 9,500 troops out of Germany

The US military has been ordered by the commander-in-chief president Donald Trump to move almost 9,500 troops out of Germany. In the announcement, the White House has stated that the move comes after the NATO has increased its overall spending and there was less need for a large contingent of troops in Germany.