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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

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, 6:17 p.m.

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, 4:45 p.m.

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, 9:59 p.m.

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.


Records show Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits

Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Cities sue Defense Department over gun-check system failures

Three large U.S. cities filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Defense, arguing that many service members who are disqualified from gun ownership weren’t reported to the national …


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,


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.


Trump’s pick for No. 2 Pentagon job faces tough questions during confirmation hearing

President Donald Trump’s choice to take the No. 2 job at the Pentagon had a rocky confirmation hearing Tuesday, with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., at one …


Sibanye gets U.S. security nod to buy Stillwater mines

The U.S. cleared the sale of the country’s sole provider of platinum and palladium to a miner whose biggest investor is Chinese, providing the first indication that the Trump administration’s …


Robert J. Samuelson: Government tapped as slush fund

We should revert to the budget’s role as an exercise in political choice, not an instrument of economic policy.


Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis is Trump’s secretary of defense pick

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to …


Pentagon warns stopgap spending bill could hurt terrorism fight

The Pentagon comptroller has warned Congress that continuing to rely on stopgap spending bills will undermine U.S. forces in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a memo exclusively obtained by …


Defense Department: Washington soldier killed in Kuwait

The U.S. Defense Department said a soldier from Mill Creek, Washington, died from a noncombat-related injury in Kuwait.


Hackers find security gaps in Pentagon websites

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says high-tech hackers brought in by the Pentagon to breach Defense Department websites were able to burrow in and find 138 different security gaps.


In Benghazi investigation, Democrats say Republican lawyer backs White House

The U.S. military acted properly on the night of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to leaked testimony from a retired, three-star Army general who served as chief …


Deployed Washington National Guard soldier dies in Iraq

A Washington National Guard soldier, who was a state trooper in his civilian life, has died in Iraq in a noncombat related incident, the Defense Department said Sunday.


Benghazi investigation: House lawmaker fires back at Pentagon critique

The chairman of the House Benghazi panel fired back Friday at the Defense Department for criticizing the Republican-led investigation into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.


House committee votes to require women to register for draft

Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee’s bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat …


Pentagon to bear brunt of upcoming budget cuts

WASHINGTON — A second, deeper round of automatic federal budget cuts is on its way, and it’s going to hit the Pentagon hard.