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Austin orders more focus on limiting civilian casualties

Jan. 27, 2022 18:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday ordered his staff to quickly develop an “action plan” for improving how the Pentagon limits and responds to civilian casualties caused by American airstrikes. He called protection of civilians vital to U.S. military success and a...

Another Navy officer pleads guilty in wide-spanning scandal

Jan. 26, 2022 20:20 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Navy commander admitted in federal court to sending a Malaysian defense contractor classified ship schedules for the Navy’s 7th Fleet in exchange for extravagant meals, luxury travel, cash and the services of prostitutes. Commander Stephen Shedd is the...

Head of US Special Operations Command has COVID-19

Jan. 24, 2022 10:59 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command has tested positive for COVID-19, the command said Monday. Gen. Richard D. Clarke has very mild symptoms and is working remotely, said Col. Curt Kellogg, his spokesman. Kellogg said Clarke hasn't been...

'Perfect leader': Woman takes command of USS Constitution

Jan. 21, 2022 15:07 PM EST

Women have assumed leadership positions throughout the Navy, so it was only fitting that a woman for the first time Friday took command of the U.S.S. Constitution — the Navy's most historic vessel. Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell, 39, during a ceremony that started on land and ended on...

Joint Chiefs chairman and Marine Corps chief have COVID-19

Jan. 17, 2022 12:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing very minor symptoms, a spokesperson said Monday. The Marine Corps said its commandant, Gen. David Berger, also has COVID-19. Milley, who has received the vaccine...

First woman to command USS Constitution takes over on Friday

Jan. 16, 2022 13:11 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — History is being made aboard the U.S.S. Constitution this week. Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell is scheduled to become the first woman to lead the crew of the 224-year-old warship known as Old Ironsides during a change-of-command ceremony on Friday. She takes over from Cmdr....

India, China talks on border standoff end in stalemate

Jan. 13, 2022 09:11 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Talks between Indian and Chinese military commanders on easing a 20-month border standoff ended without a breakthrough for the second time in three months, an Indian Defense Ministry official said Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that the two sides had a...

Indian, Chinese army commanders discuss border impasse

Jan. 12, 2022 08:02 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian and Chinese military commanders met Wednesday to discuss withdrawal of troops from a key area of their contested border to ease a 20-month standoff. The 14th round of talks is being held on China's side of the Moldo meeting point and is likely to conclude...

Marine officer blames bad information for sinking tragedy

Jan. 08, 2022 00:15 AM EST

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A Marine Corps battalion commander testified Friday that in retrospect he would have halted the exercise that killed nine of his Marines whose amphibious assault vehicle sank off the Southern California coast but at the time he did not have accurate information to...

Anger as Cambodia's Hun Sen meets Myanmar military leader

Jan. 07, 2022 21:55 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Myanmar seeking to revive peace efforts after last year's military takeover has provoked an angry backlash among critics, who say he is legitimizing the army’s seizure of power. Hun Sen is the first head of government...