Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Impeachment witness: Ukrainians asked about holdup of aid

Nov. 12, 2019 3:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff thought otherwise. As the aid was being blocked this summer, Ukraine officials began quietly asking the State Department about...

Impeachment aside, federal budget remains a pressing matter

Nov. 12, 2019 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump come at the very time that Capitol Hill usually tends to its mound of unfinished business. The hearings and the possibility of impeachment and a trial create yet another layer of complications for senior lawmakers pressing for an agreement...

National security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid

Nov. 11, 2019 7:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff thought otherwise. As the aid was being blocked this summer, Ukraine officials began quietly asking the State Department about...

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 11, 2019 6:00 PM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...

Pentagon chief says Vindman should not fear Army retaliation

Nov. 11, 2019 5:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday that an Army officer has no reason to fear retribution for testifying before Congress in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Esper was asked about potential retribution for Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman during a trip to New York City....

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Nov. 10, 2019 11:20 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. US...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

For east Syria, US troops are about much more than oil

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out. Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as...

Some 300 gather to mourn teen killed in crash

Nov. 8, 2019 10:26 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Several hundred people gathered for a candlelight vigil in Sioux Falls to mourn the death of a high school freshman killed in an interstate crash and pray for the recovery of a second teen who was seriously injured. High school students, adults and younger children gathered in...

Ford scores 26, No. 20 Saint Mary's edges Wisconsin in OT

Nov. 6, 2019 12:28 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Saint Mary's got a familiar test from Wisconsin's defense at an unfamiliar venue. Jordan Ford scored 26 points, Malik Fitts added 16 and the 20th-ranked Gaels hung on to beat Wisconsin 65-63 in overtime in the season opener for both teams on Tuesday night. "Wisconsin is hard to get...