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FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo Defense Secretary Mark Esper, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, listen during a Senate Armed Services Committee on budget posture on Capitol Hill in Washington. Esper and Milley are going before Congress for the first time in months to face a long list of controversies, including their differences with President Donald Trump over the handling of protests near the White House last month during unrest triggered by the killing George Floyd in police hands. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Pentagon leaders face grilling on use of military in unrest

Jul. 9, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's top leaders are going before Congress for the first time in months to face a long list of controversies, including their differences with President Donald Trump over the handling of protests near the White House last month during unrest triggered by the killing of George...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Vindman, who played a central role in President Donald Trump’s impeachment case, announced his retirement from the army July 7, 2020, in a scathing statement that accused the president of running a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation.”(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Vindman retiring from Army, lawyer blames Trump

Jul. 8, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a national security aide who played a central role in President Donald Trump's impeachment case, announced his retirement from the Army on Wednesday in a scathing statement that accused the president of running a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and...

FILE - In this May 31, 2020, file photo, demonstrators kneel in a moment of silence outside the Long Beach Police Department in Long Beach during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Proposed federal legislation that would radically transform the nation's criminal justice system through such changes as eliminating agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration and the use of federal surveillance technology is set to be unveiled Tuesday, July 7, by the Movement for Black Lives. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Movement for Black Lives seeks sweeping legislative changes

Jul. 7, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Proposed federal legislation that would radically transform the nation's criminal justice system through such changes as eliminating agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration and the use of surveillance technology was unveiled Tuesday by the Movement for Black Lives. Dubbed the...

FILE - In this June 23, 2018, file photo, U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson speaks during a news conference in front of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. A Maryland man who worked for a Defense Department contractor has been sentenced to six months of home detention for threatening to kill Wilson, who supported vaccination requirements for public school students. Darryl Albert Varnum told U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 that he was drunk when he called in the death threat last year. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Man avoids prison for threatening vaccine bill sponsor

Jul. 7, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who worked for a Defense Department contractor was sentenced on Tuesday to six months of home detention for threatening to kill a member of Congress who sponsored vaccination requirements for public school students. Darryl Albert Varnum told U.S. District Judge...

FILE - A Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol honor guard folds the retired Mississippi state flag after it was raised over the Capitol grounds one final time in Jackson, Miss., in a July 1, 2020 file photo. A draft policy being circulated by Pentagon leaders would ban the display of the Confederate flag in Defense Department work places or public areas by service members and civilian personnel. The policy has not yet been finalized or signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Pentagon draft policy would ban Confederate flag displays

Jul. 6, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft policy being circulated by Pentagon leaders would ban the display of the Confederate flag in Defense Department workplaces or public areas by service members and civilian personnel. The policy, which has not yet been finalized or signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, comes as...

DOD says soldier from Texas died in accident in Afghanistan

Jul. 4, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department says a soldier has died after a vehicle accident that occurred in Afghanistan. The DOD said Saturday the soldier was supporting Operation Freedom Sentinel, part of the NATO-led mission fighting militants in that country. Spc. Vincent Sebastian Ibarria, 21, from...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019, file photo, Afghans watch a civilian vehicle burnt after being shot by U.S. forces following an attack near the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Three American service members and a U.S. contractor were killed when their convoy hit a roadside bomb on Monday near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, the U.S. forces said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Intelligence alleging that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops didn’t scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Critics of US-Taliban deal say militants can't be trusted

Jul. 4, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops did not scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war. It did give critics of the deal another reason to say the...

Mexican soldiers kill 12 gunmen in city on border with Texas

Jul. 3, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers patrolling in the border city of Nuevo Laredo came under fire from drug cartel gunmen Friday, then killed 12 of their attackers in a gunbattle, the military said. The Defense Department said three army patrol trucks were hit by gunfire, but no troops were hurt. The...

First Black man nominated to lead Air Force Academy

Jul. 3, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An African American man was nominated for the first time to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, officials said. The Air Force announced Thursday that President Donald Trump nominated Lt. Gen. Richard Clark to be the school's next superintendent, The Gazette...

FILE-In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, U.S. Army soldiers with their gear board an awaiting bus at Fort Bragg, N.C., as troops from the 82nd Airborne are deployed to the Middle East as reinforcements in the volatile aftermath of the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, which is based in D.C. and typically guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, were mobilized last month to respond to massive protests over the treatment of Black Americans and systemic issues of police brutality.(AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)

Military chief: Troops were issued bayonets in DC unrest

Jul. 2, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by The Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. Defense documents obtained...