How COVID-19 Is Impairing U.S. Security Cooperation Overseas

A member of the Maryland National Guard sits in a Humvee outside a COVID-19 testing facility in Landover, Md., March 30, 2020 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
A member of the Maryland National Guard sits in a Humvee outside a COVID-19 testing facility in Landover, Md., March 30, 2020 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
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The arrival of two U.S. Navy hospital ships to New York and Los Angeles last week provided dramatic images of the changing role of the U.S. military during the coronavirus pandemic. The USNS Comfort and the USNS Mercy usually call on ports in Africa or around the Indian Ocean to provide basic health services to underserved populations. During conflicts, they provide emergency medical care to American troops. This time, the symbolism is quite different, as their intended beneficiaries inhabit the two largest cities in the world’s wealthiest country. The U.S. military and other armed forces around the world are now […]

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