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Report: US misled public on progress in Afghanistan war

Dec. 9, 2019 5:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government across three White House administrations misled the public about failures in the Afghanistan war, often suggesting success where it didn't exist, according to thousands of pages of documents obtained by The Washington Post. The documents reveal deep frustrations about...

Wisconsin Guard leader resigns in wake of sex assault review

Dec. 9, 2019 5:27 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The commander of the Wisconsin National Guard agreed to resign at Gov. Tony Evers' request Monday, following the release of a scathing federal report that found the Guard defied federal law, regulations and policies for years over the handling of soldiers' sexual assault and harassment...

Timeline of Wisconsin Guard sex assault developments

Dec. 9, 2019 4:57 PM EST

MADISON, Wis (AP) — The Wisconsin National Guard's top commander agreed to resign Monday after Gov. Tony Evers released a federal report that found he improperly launched his own investigations into sexual assault complaints in defiance of federal law and Department of Defense policy. Here is a timeline...

Amazon says Trump's 'improper pressure' doomed Pentagon bid

Dec. 9, 2019 4:25 PM EST

Amazon says President Donald Trump's “improper pressure" and behind-the-scenes attacks harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract. The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing contract to Microsoft in October. Amazon argues in a lawsuit unsealed Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims...

Hospital identifies man who survived Pearl Harbor shooting

Dec. 7, 2019 5:37 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A hospital has identified the man who was wounded in Wednesday's shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Roger Nakamine, 36, is a Department of Defense employee who was working as an apprentice at the shipyard when a sailor opened fire, the Queen’s Medical Center said in a...

Pensacola naval base shooting tests US-Saudi relations

Dec. 7, 2019 4:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. defense and military officials on Saturday reaffirmed America's continued commitment to and relationship with Saudi Arabia after a Saudi Air Force student's deadly attack at a Navy base in Florida. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and others attending a security conference in...

Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia

Dec. 7, 2019 3:12 PM EST

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National...

Interior OKs 20-year extension for Nellis use of buffer land

Dec. 7, 2019 12:10 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Interior Department is giving Nellis Air Force Base another 20 years to use over 3.9 square miles (10 square kilometers) of public land northeast of Las Vegas as a safety buffer for the base's operations. The department announced Friday that Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife...

US digs into Saudi shooting suspect motive in Navy shooting

Dec. 6, 2019 7:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials were digging into the background of the suspected Florida naval station shooter Friday, to determine the Saudi Air Force officer's motive and whether it was connected to terrorism. As questions swirled about the shooting, which left four people dead,...

Esper sees no immediate need to send more US troops to Gulf

Dec. 6, 2019 6:41 PM EST

SIMI VALLEY, California (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday the Trump administration is keeping a close eye on unrest in Iran and Iraq, but he sees no immediate need to send any substantial number of additional U.S. forces to the region. “Right now we believe we have sufficient...