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David S. Cloud
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Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost Up To $30 Million

President Donald Trump’s proposal to hold a large-scale military parade in Washington, with marching soldiers and rows of tanks and armored vehicles, could cost as much as $30 million, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

February 15, 2018
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Former Russian Military Intelligence Officer Attended Trump Tower Meeting

Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer aimed at obtaining derogatory information about Hillary Clinton last June had another, previously undisclosed participant — a former Soviet military counter-intelligence officer.

July 14, 2017

Amid Calls For His Resignation, Nunes Admits Meeting Intel ‘Source’ At White House

The disclosure by House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) aroused further suspicions about coordination between him and the Trump White House, while he is supposedly overseeing an impartial investigation of its Kremlin connections.

March 27, 2017

FBI Director Confirms Investigation Of Possible Collusion Between Trump Campaign And Russia

Director James B. Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian authorities during the 2016 election campaign. Comey said the investigation was examining whether “there was any coordination” between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

March 20, 2017

Actually, Foreign Nations Pay Billions For U.S. Military Bases

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton quietly negotiated a deal in 2011 that obliges Japan to continue paying $2 billion annually toward the cost of U.S. military bases there.

October 1, 2016

Obama Says Hillary Clinton Was Careless With Emails But Didn’t Harm National Security

“There’s classified, and then there’s classified,” Obama said.

April 11, 2016

CIA Struggled To Keep Rationalizing Brutal Interrogations, Report Shows

The CIA kept finding new reasons to keep torturing prisoners.

December 10, 2014

Militants Quickly Adjust Tactics To Blunt Airstrikes

Islamic State militants are making it even harder for the United States to find them.

September 17, 2014

Suspected Benghazi Attack Ringleader Is Captured By United States

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — In a secret raid Sunday, U.S. special operations troops captured the suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack against two American government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, putting a key figure in the deadly assault in U.S. hands for the first time, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Ahmed Abu […]

June 17, 2014

Army Names General To Investigate Bergdahl’s Disappearance

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Army said Monday it had named a two-star general to investigate the disappearance and capture of Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl in Afghanistan, a possible step toward a formal finding that he left his base without authorization. Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, who formerly served as […]

June 16, 2014

Hagel Stands Up For ‘Tough Call’ To Trade Taliban Prisoners For Bergdahl

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday defended the swapping of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, insisting that the exchange was the “last, best chance” to get him back and did not violate a long-standing U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists. Hagel, in the first […]

June 12, 2014

Republicans Criticize Prisoner Swap That Freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Senior Republicans criticized President Barack Obama on Sunday for releasing five high-ranking Taliban prisoners to secure the return of an American prisoner of war, arguing that it breached longstanding U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists. Administration officials strongly defended the swap, saying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s health […]

June 2, 2014

Pentagon Orders 600 Troops To Eastern Europe, Criticizes Russia

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Tuesday that it was sending 600 soldiers to Eastern Europe for military exercises in response to “aggression” by Russia in Ukraine, the first U.S. ground forces dispatched to the region in the 2-month-old crisis. The 173rd Infantry Brigade, a U.S. Army airborne unit […]

April 22, 2014

Pentagon To Remove 50 Nuclear Missiles From Silos

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to remove 50 nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles from their silos over the next four years but not eliminate them from the U.S. arsenal, a move aimed at complying with a 2010 treaty with Russia and avoiding a fight with members of Congress from states […]

April 9, 2014

U.S. Sending Aircraft, More Troops To Aid Search For Kony In Africa

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Monday that it is stepping up the search for fugitive rebel leader Joseph Kony in Central Africa, deploying 150 Air Force special operations troops and four tilt-rotor transport planes to Uganda to help with the manhunt. The aircraft — V-22 Ospreys that can […]

March 24, 2014

NATO Reconnaissance Planes To Monitor Ukraine Crisis

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — NATO said Monday that it will begin reconnaissance flights to keep watch on Ukraine, the latest military move intended to reassure U.S. allies in Eastern Europe that are worried about Russia’s incursion in Crimea. The Airborne Warning and Control System planes, known as AWACS, will begin […]

March 11, 2014

Military Official Says Complete Pullout From Afghanistan Leaves The Country Vulnerable

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau BRUSSELS — Security in Afghanistan would worsen steadily if all U.S. troops were withdrawn this year, a senior U.S. military official warned Thursday, two days after President Barack Obama ordered the Pentagon to begin contingency planning for such a pullout. “I can’t speculate what the outcome will be,” […]

February 28, 2014

NATO Puts Pressure On Afghanistan To Sign Troop Agreement

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau BRUSSELS — The U.S. and its European allies on Wednesday turned up the pressure on Afghanistan to authorize foreign troops on its territory after 2014, even as officials acknowledged that they may have to wait for President Hamid Karzai’s successor to resolve the standoff. At the opening of […]

February 26, 2014

Cheating Inquiry Finds ‘Systemic Problems’ In U.S. Nuclear Force

WASHINGTON — Nearly half of the officers responsible for maintaining and operating nuclear-armed missiles at a Montana base have been implicated in a widening cheating investigation, a sign of deep cultural and command problems in the nuclear force, the leader of the Air Force said Thursday. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at a […]

January 31, 2014

House Intelligence Chairman Says Russia Might Have Helped Snowden

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday that former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden may have received help from Russian intelligence in stealing and leaking thousands of classified files, many of which the lawmaker said compromised U.S. military operations. “He is likely […]

January 20, 2014