Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Colin Powell dies, trailblazing general stained by Iraq

Oct. 18, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colin Powell, the trailblazing soldier and diplomat whose sterling reputation of service to Republican and Democratic presidents was stained by his faulty claims to justify the 2003 U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. A...

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic 'forever chemicals'

Oct. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it is launching a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams. ...

Reaction to Colin Powell's death from US and world figures

Oct. 18, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — World figures are reacting to the death of Colin Powell, a Vietnam War veteran who rose to the rank of four-star general and became the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then secretary of state. Powell died Monday of COVID-19 complications at age 84. ...

20 federal health care workers to help with COVID in Spokane

Oct. 16, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Providence Health Care in Spokane announced Friday it has requested federal resources to help address an increasing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Providence said it requested the resources through the Washington State Department of Health...

US vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike

Oct. 15, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department said Friday that it is committed to offering condolence payments to relatives of the 10 people who were killed in an errant U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a...

Air Force general is second woman to lead a top US command

Oct. 15, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost on Friday became only the second woman to lead one of the Pentagon's 11 so-called combatant commands, the multi-service organizations that spearhead U.S. military operations around the world. At a change-of-command...

Army general who commanded in Iraq dies of cancer at age 67

Oct. 09, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raymond T. Odierno, a retired Army general who commanded American and coalition forces in Iraq at the height of the war and capped a 39-year career by serving as the Army's chief of staff, has died, his family said Saturday. He was 67. “The general...

Pentagon climate plan: war-fighting in hotter, harsher world

Oct. 08, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Pentagon plan calls for incorporating the realities of a hotter, harsher Earth at every level in the U.S. military, from making worsening climate extremes a mandatory part of strategic planning to training troops how to secure their own water supplies and treat heat...

US-China challenge: Easing tensions despite differences

Oct. 07, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — In a relationship as fraught as America’s and China’s, just an agreement that talks were productive was a sign of progress. Nine months into Joe Biden's presidency, the two sides finally appear to be trying to ease tensions that date from the Trump...

Pentagon mandates COVID-19 vaccine for civilian workers

Oct. 04, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — All civilians who work for the Defense Department and the military services must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 22, under new guidelines released Monday. A memo signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks on Friday said the new mandate...