Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Pentagon conducts 1st test of previously banned missile

Aug. 19, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The test off the coast of California on Sunday marked the resumption of an arms competition that...

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Aug. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce. A group of employees called...

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Aug. 15, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce. A group of employees called...

Correction: Fighter Jets story

Aug. 15, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — In a story Aug. 13 about the Burlington City Council's debate about the upcoming delivery of F-35 fighter planes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the council voted to oppose the basing of the jets at Burlington International Airport. The council voted to oppose the...

South Carolina company gets Navy contract for up to $99M

Aug. 15, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina company has a Navy contract for up to $99 million over four years. Advanced Technology International of Summerville was one of two competitors for the contract with the Office of Naval Research. Work will be done for the Navy Manufacturing Technology Center for...

Pentagon auditor probing disputed cloud computing contract

Aug. 13, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's independent auditor is conducting a broad review of the handling of a cloud computing project potentially worth $10 billion, officials said Tuesday. The probe includes an investigation of potential misconduct by current or former Defense Department officials involved in the...

Police: Man with gun, bourbon arrested outside Pentagon

Aug. 13, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Pentagon police say a Kentucky man with a shotgun arrived at the government facility last week and told officers he had driven through the night to attend to "liberty business" there. WTOP-FM reports Charles Lawson of Pineville, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with unlawfully...

US military says Marine from Colorado has died in Iraq

Aug. 11, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials have identified a Marine who died Saturday in Iraq as 35-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer of Mancos, Colorado. In a statement Sunday, the Pentagon says Koppenhafer died after being engaged by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations. In an...

Military: Midwest balloon flights didn't spy on civilians

Aug. 9, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The military says recent high-altitude balloon flights over South Dakota and other Midwest states complied with federal laws against conducting surveillance on civilians. Pentagon spokesman Chris Mitchell says two test flights that launched from Baltic, South Dakota, recently were...

Pentagon chief visits Mongolia to strengthen military bonds

Aug. 8, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — With one hand resting on the mane of a sturdy Mongolian horse, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper invoked the name of one of America's great soldiers as he sought to strengthen the military bonds between the U.S. and this landlocked democracy sandwiched between Russia and China....