Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Pentagon to better screen recruits for extremist behavior

Apr. 09, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is developing ways to better screen military recruits for extremist behavior, while improving training for troops leaving the service so they can be more prepared if violent hate groups lure them to join. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin...

Police: Off-duty Pentagon officer charged in fatal shooting

Apr. 09, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say they have charged an off-duty Pentagon police officer with second-degree murder in the shootings of two men outside a condominium building in Takoma Park. The Washington Post reported Friday that the officer has been...

J&J vaccine problems hamper US military vaccines overseas

Apr. 08, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military leaders said Thursday that recent problems with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have made it more difficult to provide shots for forces overseas, and that vaccines have been offered to service members' families or other tier two beneficiaries in only 40% of...

Biden seems ready to extend US troop presence in Afghanistan

Apr. 08, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready to let lapse a May 1 deadline for completing a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Orderly withdrawals take time, and Biden is running out of it. Biden has inched so close...

Police: Off-duty Pentagon officer fires gun at suspects

Apr. 08, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — Authorities say that two people are dead in Maryland after an off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer fired his gun at the scene of an attempted car break-in. The Washington Post reports that the incident occurred Wednesday morning in...

Jill Biden shines fresh spotlight on military family program

Apr. 07, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden on Wednesday delivered on her promise to prioritize the struggles of military families by reviving a decade-old initiative that challenged Americans to do something as simple as mow the lawn or drop off a meal for a family with a loved one in the armed forces. ...

2 Alabama companies win multi-year military contracts

Apr. 07, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Two Alabama companies have won three multi-year contracts totaling $888 million for advisory and assistance services at Air Force bases in Florida and Tennessee, the Department of Defense said Tuesday. Torch Technologies Inc., of Huntsville, beat...

No timetable for withdrawal of troops after US, Iraq talks

Apr. 07, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The mission of U.S. forces in Iraq has shifted to training and advisory roles, allowing for redeployment of combat forces remaining in the country, U.S. and Iraq delegates said Wednesday, after a third round of strategic U.S.-Iraq talks. Statements...

University of Tulsa selects ex-congressman as next president

Apr. 05, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Attorney and former Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Carson has been selected as the University of Tulsa's 21st president, university officials announced Monday. The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously selected Carson, 54, after a national search...

Unaccompanied migrant kids may be housed on California base

Apr. 03, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

SAN MIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — The federal government may house unaccompanied migrant children on a California Army National Guard base in central California, officials said. The Pentagon on Friday approved the use of Camp Roberts to temporarily house migrant children...