Latest Joint Chiefs of Staff News

Gen. Milley says Taliban appear to have 'strategic momentum'

Jul. 21, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban appear to have “strategic momentum” in the fight for control of Afghanistan as they put increasing pressure on key cities, setting the stage for a decisive period in coming weeks as American forces complete their withdrawal, the top U.S. military officer...

South Korea to bring home sailors aboard virus-hit destroyer

Jul. 18, 2021 04:35 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Sunday sent military aircraft to replace the entire 301-member crew of a navy destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa after nearly 70 of them tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said. Two multi-role aerial...

Trump opines on coup while rejecting fears about his actions

Jul. 15, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he wouldn’t have used the military to illegally seize control of the government after his election loss. But he suggested that if he had tried to carry out a coup, it wouldn’t have been with his top military adviser....

Quincy to name 2 streets after modern-day military generals

Jun. 27, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — The city of Quincy is naming two roads after modern-day military generals with strong ties to the city. The City Council recently voted to name two new roads being constructed as part of a new bridge and park project underway downtown General...

Pentagon leaders testily defend efforts on racism, extremism

Jun. 23, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon leaders on Wednesday passionately defended the military's approach to addressing racism and extremism, pushing back against accusations by Republican lawmakers that the effort is creating division and hurting morale. The testy exchanges...

Senator: Military justice changes must go beyond sex cases

Jun. 18, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on the brink of success in her yearslong campaign to get sexual assault cases removed from the military chain of command. But getting over the finish line may depend on whether she can overcome wariness about broader changes she’s seeking to...

Top general 'shocked' by AP report on AWOL guns, mulls fix

Jun. 17, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

Shocked by an Associated Press investigation into the loss and theft of military guns, the Pentagon's top general signaled Thursday that he will consider a “systematic fix” to how the armed services keep account of their firearms. The AP’s investigation reported how...

Austin: Al-Qaida could regroup in Afghanistan in 2 years

Jun. 17, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An extremist group like al-Qaida may be able to regenerate in Afghanistan and pose a threat to the U.S. homeland within two years of the American military's withdrawal from the country, the Pentagon's top leaders said Thursday. It was the most specific...

Kansas State President Richard Myers announces retirement

May. 24, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University President Richard Myers said Monday that he intends to retire at the end of the calendar year. Myers has been the university's president since 2016. The statement announcing his plans did not mention specific reasons for...

US sends more warplanes to protect pullout from Afghanistan

May. 06, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has deployed a dozen additional warplanes to bolster protection of American and coalition troops making a final withdrawal from Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents step up pressure on Afghan government forces, top Pentagon officials said Thursday. ...