Latest Military and defense News

US warships pass through politically sensitive Taiwan Strait

Oct. 22, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says two U.S. Navy warships have passed through the politically sensitive Taiwan Strait without incident. The 100 mile-wide (160 kilometer-wide) strait divides the island nation from mainland China. Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway Chinese province and objects to U.S....

UK official says airstrikes against Islamic State continue

Oct. 22, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary says the country has launched 27 airstrikes against Islamic State positions in the last month. Gavin Williamson told Parliament on Monday that the Islamic State extremists represent a "great threat" to Britain even though its territory has been "massively reduced."...

Peace Corps recruiter makes play for HBCUs, barbershops

Oct. 22, 2018 11:19 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Peace Corps recruiter is making a play for a more diverse volunteer force by targeting historically black colleges and universities — and barbershops. The Daily Press reports that diversity recruiter Dwayne Matthews is traveling to 10 such higher-education institutions and...

US adviser Bolton in Moscow after Trump aims to exit treaty

Oct. 22, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks with top Russian officials Monday after President Donald Trump had declared an intention to pull out of a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. The Kremlin expressed disappointment with Trump's announcement on Saturday that the United States...

In Oregon, a community responds to imprisonment of migrants

Oct. 22, 2018 11:04 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With the sun bearing down, Norm and Kathy Daviess stood in the shade of a prison wall topped with coiled razor wire, waiting for three immigrants to come out. It's become an oddly familiar routine for the Air Force veteran and his wife, part of an ad hoc group of volunteers that formed...

The Latest: EU to US: Assess effect of treaty exit on allies

Oct. 22, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. from an arms control agreement with Russia (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The European Union is warning President Donald Trump to assess the potential impact on American citizens and the world of the U.S. withdrawing...

Trump says he's reducing Central American aid over migrants

Oct. 22, 2018 10:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday the U.S. would begin "cutting off, or substantially reducing" aid to three Central American nations over a migrant caravan heading to the U.S. southern border. Trump tweeted: "Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping...

Bolton faces tense talks with Russia over nuclear treaty

Oct. 22, 2018 2:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton faces two days of high-tension talks in Moscow beginning Monday after President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. Trump's announcement that the United States would leave the Intermediate-Range...

Trump space force - a real need but hazy planning

Oct. 22, 2018 2:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has demanded that Pentagon create a new military service, a Space Force to assure "American dominance in space." And with that demand, Trump has injected urgency into the debate over the best way to protect U.S. interests in space, both military and commercial. But...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 22, 2018 1:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...