Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Washington governor asks feds for medical staffing help

Sep. 20, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee has asked the federal government for assistance staffing hospitals and long-term care facilities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “In Washington State, our hospitals are currently at or beyond capacity, and...

Defense chief orders new review of mistaken US drone strike

Sep. 20, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a senior-level review of the investigation that found that 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, were killed in an Aug. 29 U.S. drone strike in Kabul that the Pentagon initially said had killed an Islamic State fighter....

Afghan survivors of errant US drone strike seek probe

Sep. 18, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A survivor of an errant U.S. drone strike that killed 10 members of his family demanded Saturday that those responsible be punished and said Washington's apology was not enough. The family also seeks financial compensation and relocation to the...

One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden's reset

Sep. 18, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an hour President Joe Biden would no doubt like to forget. On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged that a drone strike in Afghanistan killed 10 civilians, including seven children, not terrorists. A panel advising the Food and Drug Administration...

Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error

Sep. 18, 2021 00:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. ...

Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error

Sep. 17, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. ...

Grand Forks air base selected for new satellite mission

Sep. 17, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The Grand Forks Air Force Base has been selected for a military satellite mission, North Dakota’s U.S. senators announced Friday. Republican Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer said the base will be home to a Space Networking Center, which is...

Officials: Pentagon to say deadly drone strike in Kabul mistakenly killed civilians, not Islamic State extremists

Sep. 17, 2021 15:07 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials: Pentagon to say deadly drone strike in Kabul mistakenly killed civilians, not Islamic State extremists.

Milley: Calls to China were 'perfectly' within scope of job

Sep. 17, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump's presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. In his first public comments on...

Jan. 6 committee seeking records on Milley's China calls

Sep. 16, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection said Thursday they have sought records related to calls from Gen. Mark Milley, the top U.S. military officer, to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump’s...