Latest Military leadership News

Libya's UN-backed government says female lawmaker abducted

Jul. 18, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government has accused forces loyal to a military commander battling to capture Tripoli of abducting a female lawmaker known for her critical views of his military operations. The Tripoli-based government, which is at odds with commander Khalifa Hifter and the rival,...

US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program

Jul. 17, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major break with a longtime ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of an American-led fighter aircraft program because it is buying a Russian air defense system that would aid Russian intelligence. The decision has significant implications for the...

With new Cabinet, Thailand replaces junta with army allies

Jul. 16, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the swearing-in of the Cabinet, whose 36 members pledged their loyalty...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis

Jul. 15, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. The moment the nomination was received by the Senate...

The Latest: US aware Turkey taking Russian missile system

Jul. 12, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Russian missile systems arriving in Turkey (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The acting U.S. secretary of defense says Washington is aware that Turkey has begun taking delivery of a Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Mark Esper, who is expected to be officially nominated...

Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo

Jul. 12, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense chief even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran....

General: Early Afghanistan troop pullout would be mistake

Jul. 11, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pulling American troops prematurely from Afghanistan would be a "strategic mistake," the Army general nominated to be Joint Chiefs chairman told senators Thursday. Mark Milley also said the United States should keep a "modest number" of forces in Iraq and Syria for now to maintain...

Senate committee sets Tuesday hearing on Pentagon leadership

Jul. 11, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Mark Esper's expected nomination as defense secretary. The committee says it's "pre-nomination paperwork" from the White House regarding the now-acting Pentagon chief. President Donald Trump has said he intends to...

AP Exclusive: Officer alleges sexual misconduct by general

Jul. 11, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination. Members of Congress have raised questions about the allegations and the military investigation that...