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Soldiers Charged With Violent Crimes Will Face More Scrutiny Before They Can Leave the Army

The change comes after reporting from ProPublica, The Texas Tribune and Military Times.

Veterans Without Assistance

Veterans Affairs Secretary Vows to Increase Staffing at Clinic Tied to Two Deadly Shootings

The Northern California clinic was the focus of a recent ProPublica investigation into inadequate mental health care. Over the course of three days, two veterans who’d been unable to get consistent treatment at the facility fatally shot their mothers.

New Pentagon Rules Keep Many Military Court Records Secret

Despite a 2016 law requiring transparency, the Defense Department is limiting public access to court records in the military justice system. A recent ProPublica lawsuit appears to have spurred the new Pentagon guidance.


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Soldiers Charged With Violent Crimes Will Now Face More Scrutiny Before They Can Simply Leave the Army

Veterans Affairs Secretary Vows to Increase Staffing at Clinic Tied to Two Deadly Shootings

Animating the “Infinite Nightmare” of Night Raids in Afghanistan

“The Night Doctrine”: ProPublica’s First Animated Documentary Traces Reporting on Afghanistan’s Zero Units

Military Reporters & Editors Honor Lynzy Billing for “The Night Raids”

Eight Things You Need to Know About the Navy’s Failed Multibillion-Dollar Littoral Combat Ship Program

The Inside Story of How the Navy Spent Billions on the “Little Crappy Ship”

Despite Major Reform to Military Justice System, Navy Still Leaves Public in Dark

The Army Increasingly Allows Soldiers Charged With Violent Crimes to Leave the Military Rather Than Face Trial

New Pentagon Rules Keep Many Military Court Records Secret

What We Know About U.S.-Backed Zero Units in Afghanistan

The Night Raids

Why Congress Can’t Stop the CIA From Working With Forces That Commit Abuses

Judge Finds Sailor Not Guilty in Fire That Destroyed $1.2 Billion Navy Ship

Congresswoman Calls for Examination of Military Pretrial Confinement

The Navy Is Withholding Court Records in a High-Profile Ship Fire Case

U.S. Lawmakers Demand Federal Scrutiny of Turkey’s Drones

“The Drone Problem”: How the U.S. Has Struggled to Curb Turkey, a Key Exporter of Armed Drones

How the U.S. Has Struggled to Stop the Growth of a Shadowy Russian Private Army

How Reporters Reconstructed a Deadly Evacuation From Kabul

Hell at Abbey Gate: Chaos, Confusion and Death in the Final Days of the War in Afghanistan

Suicide Bomber Who Killed U.S. Troops and Afghans “Likely” Used Unguarded Route to Kabul Airport Gate

What the US Didn’t Learn in Afghanistan, According to the Government’s Own Inspector General

VA Secretary Focused on Smearing Woman Who Said She Was Sexually Assaulted in a VA Hospital, Probe Finds

Mobilizing the National Guard Doesn’t Mean Your State Is Under Martial Law. Usually.

“Trust Was a Central Theme”: We Talked to a Navy Commander About How He Helped Us Uncover Staggering Failures From Senior Navy Leadership

What Happened When Health Officials Wanted to Close a Meatpacking Plant, but the Governor Said No

Did He Talk About Her? VA Secretary Changes His Story Amid Allegations He Sought Dirt on House Staffer.

It’s Hardly Shocking the Navy Fired a Commander for Warning of Coronavirus Threat. It’s Part of a Pattern.

VA Secretary Looked for Dirt on a House Staffer Who Reported Sexual Assault in a VA Hospital, Complaint Says

17 Sailors and Six Marines Died in Avoidable Accidents. Congress Questions Whether the Problems Have Been Fixed.

Trump Says U.S. Is Ready for War. Not All His Troops Are So Sure.

Adrift: How the Marine Corps Failed Squadron 242

Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines

The Men Who Lost Their Lives When Their Tanker Went Down in a Doomed Military Training Flight

The Navy Installed Touch-Screen Steering Systems to Save Money. 10 Sailors Paid With Their Lives.

How We Reconstructed the Flawed Navigation Controls Behind the Navy’s Worst Maritime Accident in 40 Years

For-Profit Colleges Tap a Fox News Host to Influence Trump

Blame Over Justice: The Human Toll of the Navy’s Relentless Push to Punish One of Its Own

How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon

Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened

Sailors Report Enduring Concerns About Navy Readiness and Leadership

The Salty Curmudgeon and the BIC

How the Navy’s Top Commander Botched the Highest-Profile Investigation in Years

An Admiral Told a Senator Most Navy Reforms Were “Complete.” Navy’s No. 2 Says Otherwise.

Navy Leaders Taken to Task by Lawmakers, Including One Who Was Grilling a Former Boss

Help Us Find Out Whether Navy Reforms Are Actually Making a Difference

Navy Promised Changes After Deadly Accidents, but Many Within Doubt It’s Delivering on Them

Investigation of Disasters Sparks Debate Over Navy’s Readiness and Responsibilities

Senate Committee Grills Navy Official Over 2017 Collisions, Seeking Data to Prove Conditions Have Changed