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UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

AMA blasts reasoning for military’s transgender policy

A new Trump administration regulation set to go into effect Friday directs military secretaries to kick out transgender service members who refuse to serve in their birth sex and “given …


Acting Pentagon chief defends space force amid skepticism

Sharpening his argument for a Space Force, the acting Pentagon chief on Tuesday called it a “low cost, low bureaucracy” way to stay ahead of China, Russia and other nations …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

Trump, top national security officials discuss Afghanistan

President Donald Trump and his national security team had an hourlong, classified meeting on Afghanistan on Friday, a day after a top Afghan official openly complained that the Trump administration …


New Pentagon transgender rule sets limits for troops

The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their …


Pentagon chief getting firsthand look at U.S.-Mexico border

Top defense officials toured sections of the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday to see how the military could reinforce efforts to block drug smuggling and other illegal activity, as the Pentagon weighs …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited US military role

The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Tuesday that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians …


New Pentagon chief makes global debut with status uncertain

At an extraordinary moment in Pentagon history, a former business executive with little political stature and without military experience is making his international debut as the acting U.S. secretary of …


Sex assault reports up at military schools; more unreported

A Pentagon report says the total number of sexual assaults at the three U.S. military academies increased slightly last year, but an anonymous survey suggests far more encounters are going …


Pentagon asked to provide more help on border security

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to provide more help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, a defense official said Friday amid a political standoff over President Donald Trump’s …


New Pentagon leader Shanahan makes clear his focus is China

On his first working day as acting defense secretary, Pat Shanahan made clear that his focus is on China.


Top Pentagon spokeswoman resigns amid internal investigation

The Defense Department’s top spokeswoman, who had been under investigation since May over whether she mistreated employees, abruptly resigned Monday night within hours of the departure of Defense Secretary Jim …


‘Fix-it’ man Shanahan working to streamline defense spending

The sooner-than-expected departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shifts the focus to President Donald Trump’s appointment of an acting Pentagon chief and plans for a permanent replacement.


Pentagon identifies 3 servicemen killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has released the names of three U.S. servicemen killed Tuesday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan


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.