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WASHINGTON | New Pentagon leader Shanahan makes clear his focus is China

WASHINGTON — Jan 02, 2019—On his first working day as acting defense secretary, Pat Shanahan made clear that his focus is on China. The former Boeing executive, who moved up from the No. 2 job after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis left Monday, gathered civilian leaders of the military services and other top civilian officials at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New Pentagon leader Shanahan makes clear his focus is China

WASHINGTON | Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

WASHINGTON— In a story Dec. 7 about President Donald Trump‘s selection of his next top military adviser, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gen. Mark Milley is a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group. He is a former commander of the 10th Mountain Division. A corrected version of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

WASHINGTON | Trump chooses chief of the Army to be top military adviser

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will tap Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser, choosing a battle-hardened commander who has served as chief of the Army for the last three years, U.S. officials said Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump chooses chief of the Army to be top military adviser

WASHINGTON | Pentagon reveals US observation flight over Ukraine

WASHINGTON — An unarmed U.S. Air Force plane with American and international observers flew a special flight over Ukraine Thursday in a show of solidarity after Ukraine’s naval confrontation last month with Russia, the Pentagon said. In a statement, the Pentagon called it an “extraordinary” flight under the Open Skies Treaty, which is an international … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pentagon reveals US observation flight over Ukraine

WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the White House has given him authority to use military troops to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel at the southwest border. This could, under certain circumstances, mean directing troops to temporarily detain migrants in the event of disorder or violence against border patrol agents. Mattis said Wednesday … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON | Pentagon says troops at US border to cost about $210 million

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is estimating the cost of the military’s mission on the U.S.-Mexico border will be about $210 million under current plans. The total includes about $72 million for the 5,900 active-duty troops providing support to Customs and Border Protection, plus $138 million so far for 2,100 National Guard troops who have been … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pentagon says troops at US border to cost about $210 million

WASHINGTON | Trump criticizes war hero for not killing bin Laden sooner

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. Trump took verbal shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a weekend Fox News interview in which he also asserted that the former … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump criticizes war hero for not killing bin Laden sooner

WASHINGTON | Trump draws criticism for faulting war hero on bin Laden

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is drawing heavy criticism for faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. Trump took shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a Fox News interview Sunday in which he also asserted that the former Navy SEAL was a “backer” of Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump draws criticism for faulting war hero on bin Laden

WASHINGTON | New assessment: ‘Little clear progress’ in Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Afghan governments have made “little clear progress” recently in compelling the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal, according to a new U.S. assessment Monday that said military and political signs point toward continued stalemate. “Progress toward peace remains elusive,” Glenn A. Fine, the acting Pentagon inspector general, wrote in an … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New assessment: ‘Little clear progress’ in Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON | Mattis hails troops’ border mission as “very good training”

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the use of active duty troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that in some ways it provides good training for war. He argued that it’s analogous to a 1916 deployment to counter the Mexican revolutionary Gen. Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Speaking to reporters Wednesday on his way to visit … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis hails troops’ border mission as “very good training”

WASHINGTON | Mattis defends use of military on US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON— Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday defended the use of active duty troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that in some ways it provides good training for war. He argued that it’s analogous to a 1916 deployment to counter the Mexican revolutionary Gen. Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Speaking to reporters on his way to visit … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis defends use of military on US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON | A look at the troops being sent to US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ordered troops to the border in response to a caravan of migrants slowly making its way through Mexico toward the United States and still about 900 miles away, with many dropping out. Here’s what we know so far about the military’s mission: WHAT TROOPS ARE INVOLVED? More than 7,000 active … Continue reading WASHINGTON | A look at the troops being sent to US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON | Soldiers on border could face decisions on use of force

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump‘s suggestion that soldiers on the southwest border open fire on any rock-throwing migrants captures in a nutshell the risk of using active duty troops for domestic security: They’re not intended to interact with migrants, but some troops will be armed and could be thrust into confrontations. More than 400 military … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Soldiers on border could face decisions on use of force

WASHINGTON | Security experts question border mission for military

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has left no doubt that his top priority as leader of the military is making it more “lethal” — better at war and more prepared for it. And yet, nothing about the military‘s new mission at the U.S.-Mexico border advances that goal. Some argue it detracts from it. The … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Security experts question border mission for military

WASHINGTON | Border mission doesn’t fit Mattis’ focus on ‘lethality’

WASHINGTON  — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has left no doubt that his top priority as leader of the military is making it more “lethal” — better at war and more prepared for it — and yet nothing about the military’s new mission at the U.S.-Mexico border advances that goal. Some argue it detracts from it. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Border mission doesn’t fit Mattis’ focus on ‘lethality’

WASHINGTON | Mattis approves request for military help at southern border

WASHINGTON— The Pentagon on Friday approved a request for additional troops at the southern border, likely to total several hundred to help the U.S. Border Patrol as President Donald Trump seeks to transform fears about immigration and a caravan of Central American migrants into electoral gains in the midterms. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed off … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis approves request for military help at southern border

WASHINGTON | Trump sends troops to border, an issue that fires up base

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is planning to dispatch at least 800 active duty troops to the southern border at the direction of a president who has sought to transform fears about immigration into electoral gains in the midterms as a caravan of thousands of migrants makes its way through Mexico. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump sends troops to border, an issue that fires up base

WASHINGTON | Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to borderd

WASHINGTON  — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as Thursday sending 800 or more troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol, a U.S. official said. Mattis is responding to a request from President Donald Trump, who says he’s “bringing out the military” to address what he’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to borderd

WASHINGTON | Trump space force – a real need but hazy planning

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has demanded that Pentagon create a new military service, a Space Force to assure “American dominance in space.” And with that demand, Trump has injected urgency into the debate over the best way to protect U.S. interests in space, both military and commercial. But his approach has left many struggling to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump space force – a real need but hazy planning

WASHINGTON | Trump space force plan is grounded in real needs but hazy

WASHINGTON — With his demand that the Pentagon create a new military service — a Space Force to assure “American dominance in space” — President Donald Trump has injected urgency into a long-meandering debate over the best way to protect U.S. interests in space, both military and commercial. At the same time, his approach has … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump space force plan is grounded in real needs but hazy

SINGAPORE | Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

SINGAPORE  — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a powerful police chief in southern Afghanistan just two days before national elections is unlikely to fundamentally weaken the security situation. Mattis commented on the attack in Kandahar during a break in meetings at an Asian security conference in Singapore. Mattis called the … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

SINGAPORE | US officials optimistic on US-China military ties

SINGAPORE  — After a rocky few months, Pentagon officials say they sense that relations with the Chinese military may be stabilizing. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was meeting Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, on the sidelines of an Asian defense ministers’ conference. Just weeks ago, Mattis had planned to travel to Beijing for … Continue reading SINGAPORE | US officials optimistic on US-China military ties

PARIS | Mattis: US relations with China not worsening despite bumps

PARIS  — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that he doesn’t see the U.S. relationship with China worsening after a series of setbacks that officials said include canceling the Pentagon chief’s planned visit to Beijing this month. Mattis said the U.S. has to learn how to manage its relationship with the communist nation. “There’s tension … Continue reading PARIS | Mattis: US relations with China not worsening despite bumps

WASHINGTON | US-China tensions spilling over into the military arena

WASHINGTON — A deterioration in U.S.-China relations, seen most dramatically in their escalating trade dispute, is spilling over into the military arena. The Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed that China had canceled a Washington visit by the head of its navy, and U.S. officials said China had denied a request for a U.S. Navy ship to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US-China tensions spilling over into the military arena

WASHINGTON | US: Possible October talks with North Korea on war remains

WASHINGTON  — The U.S. hopes to begin face-to-face negotiations with North Korea next month on terms for resuming on-the-ground searches in North Korea for remains of American servicemen, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday. Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency, said the aim is to begin searches at former battlefields next spring … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US: Possible October talks with North Korea on war remains

WASHINGTON | White House releases new biodefense strategy

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration on Tuesday released a new biodefense strategy that it said takes a more comprehensive approach to preparing the nation for deliberate biological attacks and natural outbreaks of infectious disease. The goal of the strategy, which was required by Congress, is to more effectively prevent, prepare for and respond to biological threats, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House releases new biodefense strategy

WASHINGTON | Pentagon decides not to release $300M in aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON  — The Pentagon says it’s taken final steps to cancel $300 million in planned aid to Pakistan. The move earlier this summer reflects the Trump administration’s dissatisfaction with Pakistan’s commitment to assisting the U.S. strategy for pressuring the Taliban, whose leaders use Pakistan as a sanctuary. Pentagon officials say a request was submitted to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pentagon decides not to release $300M in aid to Pakistan