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UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

‘Choppy waters’ await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier

The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled Friday to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Virus takes toll on US military as it tries to aid civilians

The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, and commanders and senior officials are bracing for worse


Military contractor charged with giving up military secrets

A Defense Department contract linguist has been charged with giving classified information, including the names of American intelligence assets, to a Lebanese national with ties to Hezbollah, the Justice Department …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon’s top policy official who had certified last year that the Defense Department had seen enough anti-corruption progress in Ukraine to justify releasing congressionally …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Trump to transfer $3.8B from military to fund his wall

The Pentagon is slashing $3.8 billion in recently passed military funding to finance construction of the president’s long-sought U.S.-Mexico border wall


Esper: landmines are an important ‘tool’ for battlefield use

Defense Secretary Mark Esper made a case Friday for giving U.S. military commanders the latitude to use landmines as a means to “shape the battlefield” and protect American forces. He …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Brain injuries in Iraq put attention on invisible war wounds

The spotlight on brain injuries suffered by American troops in Iraq this month is an example of America’s episodic attention to this invisible war wound, which has affected hundreds of …


White House welcomes court ruling on border wall spending

The White House says construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall will move forward after a federal appeals court ruling that frees up construction money.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Militiamen breach U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; Trump blames Iran

Angered by deadly airstrikes targeting an Iran-backed militia, dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

U.S. sending more Marines to Baghdad embassy

The U.S. will send more troops to protect the embassy compound penetrated by militias and their supporters in Baghdad on Tuesday and does not plan an evacuation, the Pentagon and …


Space Force will start small but let Trump claim a big win

The Trump administration is celebrating the launch of Space Force, the first new military service in more than 70 years.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

US considers leaving smaller number of troops in Afghanistan

The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Pentagon to probe legality of using troops on US border

The Pentagon’s independent investigations office says it will evaluate the legality of the Trump administration’s use of the military at the U.S. southwestern border.


US names service members killed in Afghanistan chopper crash

Two U.S. service members who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan have been identified.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Esper criticizes “impulsive” Turk decision to invade Syria

An “impulsive” decision by Turkey to invade northern Syria will further destabilize a region already caught up in civil war, but a pullback of U.S. troops from the border does …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Space Command set to open, will defend US interests in space

Mindful of President Donald Trump’s intense interest in space, the Pentagon is declaring U.S. Space Command open for business as part of a broader effort to better defend American interests …


After Trump cites Amazon concerns, Pentagon re-examines $10 billion JEDI cloud contract process

The White House has instructed newly installed Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to re-examine the awarding of the military’s massive cloud-computing contract because of concerns that the bid would go …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Pentagon nominee denies sexual misconduct allegations

The Air Force general nominated to be the nation’s number two military officer strongly denied allegations of sexual misconduct Tuesday, telling a Senate committee that he was falsely accused and …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Pentagon chief aims to ensure safe passage in Persian Gulf

The U.S. military intends to protect American commercial ships against Iranian threats in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz but will not provide naval escorts in every case, the …


Pentagon to get unprecedented 3rd acting chief this year

After months of delay, President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a successor to Jim Mattis as secretary of defense on Monday.


House Democrats lead push to restrict Trump on Iran strikes

The Democratic-controlled House voted Friday to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy, including a bipartisan proposal to limit President Donald Trump’s authority to make war against Iran.


Pentagon releases IDs of 2 soldiers killed in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has announced the identities of two soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan.


Pentagon will shift an additional $1.5 billion to help fund Trump’s border wall

The Defense Department will reprogram an additional $1.5 billion originally designated for other U.S. military projects to help fund President Donald Trump’s border wall, acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan said …


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

Pentagon shifting $1.5 billion to border wall construction

The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of 80 miles of wall …


Reports of sexual assault in the military spike

Reports of military sexual assaults jumped by 13% last year, but an anonymous survey of service members released Thursday suggests the problem is vastly larger.


Defense funds being used for Arizona, New Mexico border wall

The U.S. government is moving forward with plans to use military funds to build border barriers in Arizona and New Mexico.


Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing

The Pentagon’s inspector general says it will investigate a watchdog group’s allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co.


Mattis for president? Grass-roots campaign takes root on Richland official’s lawn

A Richland city councilman thinks native son Jim Mattis would make a terrific governor or even president. Phil Lemley hopes his neighbors will help push a grassroots campaign to encourage …


Trump’s veterans parade delayed until at least 2019

The Defense Department says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump won’t happen in 2018.