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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...

Austin backs change in military sex assault prosecution

Jun. 22, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, for the first time, said Tuesday he will support long-debated changes to the military justice system that would remove decisions on prosecuting sexual assault cases from military commanders. In a statement, obtained by...

Taliban take key Afghan district, adding to string of gains

Jun. 21, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters took control of a key district in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Monday and encircled the provincial capital, police said, as the insurgent group added to its recent battlefield victories while peace talks have stalemated. ...

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...

Austin: Money for destroyer could be restored to budget

Jun. 11, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the federal government intends to purchase an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that was cut from the Biden administration's defense budget for 2023. Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine, said during an Armed...

China says US revoking of China apps ban a 'positive step'

Jun. 11, 2021 00:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that a U.S. move to revoke the Trump administration’s executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step,” amid strained relations between the two countries. “We hope that...

US begins shifting Afghan combat operations outside country

Jun. 10, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has already begun conducting combat operations and surveillance in Afghanistan from outside the country's borders, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Thursday, as the troop withdrawal continues. But Austin declined to...

Delegation members urge DOD to act on Tucson contamination

Jun. 10, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Members of Arizona's congressional delegation are calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to prioritize cleanup of underground contamination linked to two military installations in Tucson. A letter sent by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and...