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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Microsoft to keep working with US military, despite concerns

Microsoft plans to continue to provide its technology to the U.S. military, despite worries among the software maker’s own employees that advances in the field of artificial intelligence could empower …


Google bows out of Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud-computing race

Google will not compete for a $10 billion opportunity to build the Defense Department’s cloud-computing infrastructure, the company said Tuesday, saying the project could conflict with its corporate values regarding …


Packages with suspected ricin sent to Pentagon, Navy chiefs

Authorities at a Pentagon mail screening facility found two envelopes suspected of containing ricin, a poison made from castor beans, and turned them over to the FBI for further analysis, …


No decisions made about suspending future exercises with S.Korea, Pentagon says

The Defense Department moved Wednesday to clarify comments Secretary Jim Mattis made a day earlier about joint military exercises with South Korea in an effort to avoid any misinterpretation that …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Soldier from Spokane area killed in helicopter crash in Iraq

A solider from Spokane was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in Iraq, the Pentagon announced.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Pentagon is moving toward establishing Trump’s Space Force

The Pentagon is moving toward fulfilling President Donald Trump’s request to establish a Space Force, in what would be the first new branch of the military in more than 70 …


Pentagon redoing space defenses, but will Trump demand more?

President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the …


In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered …


Amazon has plenty of foes in Pentagon cloud deal

The coalition of companies jockeying with Amazon for a lucrative Pentagon computing contract is far bigger than previously reported, signaling there’s added heft behind efforts to keep the work from …


Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’

Vowing to reclaim U.S. leadership in space, President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” as an independent service branch aimed at …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 12:58 p.m.

Pentagon probing allegations against White House physician

The Pentagon’s inspector general has opened an investigation of Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor whose nomination to head the Department of Veterans Affairs was derailed by …


Pentagon: Sarin likely at Syria sites, but questions remain

The Pentagon said Thursday a “preponderance of the evidence” indicates there were chemical weapons, including “elements” of sarin nerve gas, at the three Syrian sites bombed by the U.S. and …


Pentagon silent on transgender policy released last week

Nearly a week after the Pentagon publicly posted its new recommended policy on transgender troops, the department’s chief spokeswoman refused to clarify portions of the memo or settle confusion about …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Trump suggests paying for U.S. border wall with Pentagon funds

President Donald Trump is floating the idea of using the military’s budget to pay for his long-promised border wall with Mexico.


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 9:42 a.m.

Pentagon head warns Syrian forces on use of chemical weapons

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday warned the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons in its civil war and said the Trump administration has made it clear that …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 12:57 p.m.

A budget the likes of which the Pentagon has never seen

The newly agreed $700 billion Pentagon budget is the biggest the military has ever seen.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 5:57 p.m.

Pentagon says Trump ordered Washington military parade

President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 3:04 p.m.

Senate celebrates budget deal – but shutdown still possible

Senate leaders brokered a long-elusive budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals …


House GOP plans stopgap spending bill with Pentagon funding

House Republican leaders have come out with a plan to keep the government open for six more weeks while Washington grapples with a potential follow-up budget pact and, perhaps, immigration …


Pentagon restricts release of Afghanistan war data

The Pentagon has ordered an independent federal auditor to stop providing the public with key information about U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan, accelerating a clampdown on data, such as the …


Robert J. Samuelson: Favoritism toward welfare state threatens U.S. security

The Pentagon and the welfare state have been locked in brutal combat for decades, and the Pentagon has gotten clobbered. Welfare programs – Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and other …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Transgender people can enlist in military Jan 1

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump’s ordered ban suffered another legal setback.


Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week.


U.S. putting off planned ban on its use of cluster bombs

The Pentagon has put off indefinitely a planned ban on using certain cluster bombs, which release explosive sub-munitions, or bomblets. The U.S. military considers them a legitimate and important weapon, …


Frederico Bartels: Congress must act on unused military bases

According to a Defense Department study released last month, it now has 19 percent more infrastructure than it needs,


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure …


Pentagon: Retweet of call for Trump to resign was accidental

Oops! The Pentagon says it accidentally retweeted a tweet that urged President Donald Trump to resign.


Transgender service member gets gender reassignment surgery

The Pentagon says an active-duty service member has received gender-reassignment surgery, amid ongoing debate over whether transgender troops should be allowed to continue to serve in the military.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 1:35 p.m.

House, Senate negotiators agree on $700 billion for Pentagon

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defense policy bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in the 2018 fiscal year, a dramatic increase over the amount …


Pentagon has known of military crime reporting lapses for 20 years

The Pentagon has known for at least two decades about failures to give military criminal history information to the FBI, including the type of information the Air Force didn’t report …