Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

AP sources: Pentagon proposing a troop buildup in Mideast

May. 23, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it's not clear if the White...

Liberal groups want 2020 Dems to back Pentagon spending cuts

May. 23, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen progressive groups are launching a new push to persuade Democratic presidential candidates to support dramatic spending cuts at the Pentagon. The liberal groups are writing Thursday to all candidates in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary, urging the White House hopefuls...

Supreme leader criticizes Iran's politicians amid US tension

May. 22, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's...

Flu outbreak sickens over 30 migrants at border center

May. 22, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 30 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center where a flu-stricken teenage boy died, the latest evidence of growing public health threats posed by inadequate facilities to deal with a surge of families and children reaching the U.S. border. It was...

US officials: Plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast

May. 22, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it's not clear if...

Pentagon to put up shelter for at least 7,500 migrants

May. 22, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it will build temporary shelter at the U.S.-Mexican border for at least 7,500 adult migrants who have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. The Pentagon announced Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security made the request, and it was...

U.S. officials say Pentagon will present plans to White House to send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast amid Iran tension

May. 22, 2019 5:58 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say Pentagon will present plans to White House to send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast amid Iran tension.

Remains of World War II soldier returning to Montana

May. 22, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The remains of a World War II soldier from Gallatin County are returning to Bozeman to be buried with full military honors. Army Pvt. William Boegli died in 1944, at age 25, while working to evacuate wounded soldiers from Angaur Island, east of the Philippines. He was buried there and...

The Latest: Top officials say US doesn't want war with Iran

May. 21, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Top Trump administration officials have told Congress that recent actions by the U.S. have deterred Iranian attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the White House approach...

Congressional leaders make progress on debt, spending talks

May. 21, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders of both parties in Congress made progress Tuesday on two must-do items on the legislative agenda: averting automatic budget cuts and meeting a deadline later this year to increase the government's borrowing limit. But after a flurry of optimism at midday, a deal proved elusive...