Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Pentagon denies DC request for National Guard migrant help

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary...

US airman charged in Syria base blast that injured troops

Aug. 04, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has filed criminal charges against an airman in connection with an April explosion that injured U.S. troops at a base in eastern Syria. Tech. Sgt. David Dezwaan Jr., an explosive ordnance disposal specialist, is facing several charges including...

US military making plans in case Pelosi travels to Taiwan

Jul. 27, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Nancy Pelosi hasn’t said if she’s going to Taiwan, but if she does she’d be entering one of the world’s hottest and most contentious spots. While U.S. officials say they have little fear that Beijing would attack the U.S. House speaker’s plane, they are aware that a...

New candidate chosen to replace retiring NC Rep. Martin

Jul. 26, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Supreme Court law clerk has been chosen by Wake County Democrats to run for a state House seat this fall after a veteran legislator resigned this month. County party activists selected Tim Longest on Monday to become the nominee for the 34th...

Growing number in GOP back Pelosi on possible Taiwan trip

Jul. 25, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reported plans to travel to Taiwan have upended Washington’s political divide, with a rift emerging with President Joe Biden over the visit to the self-governing island while prominent Republicans offer encouragement to a political opponent they...

White House announces $270M military package for Ukraine

Jul. 22, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Friday that the U.S. is sending an additional $270 million in security assistance to Ukraine, a package that will include additional medium range rocket systems and tactical drones. The latest tranche brings the total U.S. security...

Tomorrow's 'Top Gun' might have drone wingman, use AI

Jul. 22, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

FARNBOROUGH, England (AP) — Maverick’s next wingman could be a drone. In the movies, fighter pilots are depicted as highly trained military aviators with the skills and experience to defeat adversaries in thrilling aerial dogfights. New technologies, though, are...

US sending more military aid to Ukraine as war grinds on

Jul. 20, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and allies committed more rocket systems, ammunition and other military aid to Ukraine Wednesday, as American defense leaders said they see the war to block Russian gains in the eastern Donbas region grinding on for some time. Speaking at the close of a...

US developing satellite system to track hypersonic weapons

Jul. 18, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will spend $1.3 billion to develop advanced satellites that will be able to better track hypersonic missile threats, the Pentagon said Monday, announcing two new contracts that will put the detection and tracking systems in orbit by 2025. Derek Tournear,...

Schumer readies vote on scaled-back computer chips bill

Jul. 14, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is telling senators to expect an initial vote as early as Tuesday on scaled-back legislation that would provide grants, tax credits and other financial incentives for companies that build semiconductor manufacturing plants in the U.S. ...