{FD} Mattis expected to back transgender troops — if they can deploy, official says

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to recommend to President Trump that transgender people can serve in the U.S. military if they can deploy overseas, a U.S. official with knowledge of the secretary’s thinking on the issue told Fox News Thursday.

{FD} US drone destroys Russian-made tank in Syria in ‘self-defense,’ officials say

An American drone destroyed a Russian-made T-72 battle tank operating in eastern Syria on Saturday, according to the U.S. military's command unit responsible for forces in the Middle East -- which added the strike was in "self defense."

{FD} Pentagon announces plan to expand nuclear arsenal in face of Russian threat

For the first time in more than 30 years, the Pentagon plans to develop two "low-yield" nuclear warheads to be launched from ballistic-missile submarines as well as warships, to send a message to Moscow who the Trump administration accuses of amassing a stockpile of tactical nuclear weapons.

{FD} US releases raw video of Russian fighter jet buzzing Navy plane in international airspace

The U.S. released Tuesday grainy visual footage of a Russian fighter jet that buzzed a Navy spy plane in the Black Sea Monday, the first unsafe incident of its kind since a close encounter nearby in November.

{FD} Air Force deploys A-10s to Afghanistan to ramp up Taliban fight

The U.S. Air Force has deployed A-10 Thunderbolt jets to Afghanistan for the first time in more than three years to provide close-air support for American and Afghan troops — the latest sign of escalating military operations and deepening U.S. military involvement by the Trump administration against the Taliban, more than 16 years after the 9/11 attacks.

{FD} US destroyer sails near contested reef in South China Sea angering Beijing

A U.S. Navy warship sailed close to a contested reef west of the Philippines this week, drawing the ire of Beijing which issued a statement Saturday accusing the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters.

{FD} Mattis: US military advantage over China and Russia ‘eroding’

The U.S. military's advantage over Russia and China is "eroding," according to an unclassified summary of the Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy unveiled Friday by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington. The document also says that ISIS no longer remains a top threat.

{FD} US ramps up airstrikes in Afghanistan under Trump administration

The U.S. military dropped more bombs in Afghanistan in 2017 than in 2012 when the U,S, military had nearly 100,000 troops on the ground, according to newly released airstrike figures from the Air Force.

{FD} American service member wounded in Afghanistan, US military officials say

A U.S. service member was wounded Thursday during a joint U.S.-Afghan ground operation in an area of eastern Afghanistan home to an ISIS-affiliate with about 1,000 fighters, Fox News confirmed.

{FD} US deploys 3 B-2 stealth bombers to Guam in message to North Korea

The U.S. Air Force announced it has deployed three nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers and 200 air personnel to Guam -- sending a strong signal to North Korea just a few days after its talks with South Korea.