Latest Joint Chiefs of Staff News

Japan, US say 3-way ties with S. Korea are key to security

Nov. 12, 2019 10:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, agreed with Japanese officials Tuesday that three-way cooperation with South Korea is key to regional security and that an intelligence sharing pact between Tokyo and Seoul should not be scrapped. Japanese Foreign Minister...

Top US general says 500-600 American troops to stay in Syria

Nov. 10, 2019 10:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says about 500 or 600 U.S. troops will remain in Syria to counter Islamic State fighters. President Donald Trump recently approved an expanded military mission to secure oil fields across eastern Syria. His decision locked hundreds of U.S. troops...

N. Korea fires 2 missiles in the sea amid stalled talks

Oct. 31, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two projectiles into its eastern sea, an apparent resumption of weapons tests aimed at ramping up pressure on Washington over a stalemate in nuclear negotiations, according to officials in South Korea and Japan. The launches followed statements of...

North Korea fires missile days before resuming US talks

Oct. 2, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a ballistic missile from the sea on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, a suggestion that it may have tested an underwater-launched missile for the first time in three years ahead of a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States this weekend. The North...

Gen. Milley faces challenges as next Joint Chiefs chairman

Sep. 30, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Gen. Mark Milley is taking over as the nation's top military officer against a backdrop of controversy over defense aid to Ukraine that has triggered a presidential impeachment inquiry at a time of persistent threats from China, Russia and Iran. Milley, who was sworn in during a...

South fires warning shots then fixes drifting N Korean boat

Sep. 27, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military fired warning shots toward a North Korean boat crossing their sea border then it sent a navy mechanic to repair the drifting boat's engine so it could go home, an official said Friday. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was the first time the South fired...

Air Force general confirmed as vice chairman of Joint Chiefs

Sep. 26, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of an Air Force general to become the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, largely dismissing an aide's allegations that he had subjected her to unwanted sexual advances. The 75-22 vote to approve Gen. John Hyten as the nation's No. 2...

US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

Sep. 21, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil...

US military presenting range of options to Trump on Iran

Sep. 19, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry. In a White House meeting, the president will be presented...