W.J. Hennigan

W.J. Hennigan

@TIME national security correspondent.

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As @nickturse  wrote in Aug., the Trump Admin conducted more air strikes in Somalia in the first seven months of 2020 than were carried out during the Admins of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, combined.

@DeptofDefense  sr official on COVID scare: “Chairman Milley, Vice Chair Hyten, Adm Gilday, Gens McConville, Brown, Raymond, Hokanson, Nakasone & Thomas were all in meetings w/ Adm Ray... All have been tested w/ no positive results to report & none are exhibiting any symptoms."

NEW: America has been preparing its biodefenses for decades. Despite the billions of dollars & high-tech gadgetry, it didn't stop COVID from hitting the nation's leadership.

For years, there have been calls for the federal government to focus its attention on rightwing extremism. Does the Michigan kidnapping case signify a shift? via @VeraMBergen 

Many of the diplomatic embassies in upscale Washington neighborhoods are already making the kind of crisis preparations for the elections usually reserved for wars or natural disasters. via @KimDozier ⁩

Wait, wait, wait. I know we’re caught up in the election, here. But, uh... 15 MILLION minks are being killed in Denmark bc of COVID?

JUST IN: Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, Trump’s Pentagon chief for the next two months (maybe), released a message to the entire department that quotes the “incomparable football coach” Bill Belichick for some reason.

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@BPC_DLapan  Right. The lack of clarity is hilarious bc he frames the whole letter as a "finite and precise statement " intending to clear up the ambiguity of his previous note--sent just 3 days earlier.

NEW: I visited Hart Island, where New York City’s unidentified & unclaimed dead are buried together in identical pine caskets stacked 3-high, 2-wide in mass graves. Needless to say, it was an eye-opening experience amid this awful pandemic.


JUST IN: Director of DIA’s National Center for Medical Intelligence issues rare, unrequested statement regarding COVID.

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The CEO of Ukraine’s state gas company, Naftogaz, told @shustry  he is ready to give evidence on the business dealings of Rudy Giuliani in a U.S. federal investigation.

Act II: The Marine Corps general who called sexual harassment allegations “fake news” at a town hall last week won’t face any reduction in rank or a dock in pay for his actions.

Act I: The Tennessee Air National Guard colonel who led a re-enlistment ceremony in which a senior noncommissioned officer recited her oath using a dinosaur puppet has been demoted and retired.

Sooo it turns out that the video @CENTCOM  released today, allegedly collected from Navy SEAL raid on AQAP compound in Yemen, is 10 years old

NEW: I happened to be in Afghanistan when the Taliban laid siege to Ghazni & I was able to link up with the US Special Forces teams that helped defend the city. This is their story:

A tale of two American military officers in two acts...

Stunning. The Pentagon has yet to be contacted by anyone on President-elect Trump's staff about transition, @PentagonPresSec  says.

NEW: Space Force commander confirms that multibillion-dollar US spy satellite is being trailed by a pair of Russian spacecraft

NEW: SECDEF Esper admits "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees" as a result of Turkey's military incursion in northern Syria.