Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Washington talks could soon yield spending, debt deal

Jul. 17, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington negotiators are closing in on a budget and debt deal that would stave off the chance of a government shutdown this fall and allow Congress to speed through legislation to increase the government's borrowing cap. The emerging two-year framework would satisfy demands for an...

Pentagon says 2,100 more troops going to US-Mexico border

Jul. 17, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says an additional 2,100 troops will be sent to the U.S.-Mexican border to help with security. Among them are 1,100 active-duty troops who will perform a variety of missions, including aerial surveillance and logistical and administrative support. The Pentagon says the new...

US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program

Jul. 17, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major break with a longtime ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of an American-led fighter aircraft program because it is buying a Russian air defense system that would aid Russian intelligence. The decision has significant implications for the...

Facebook's currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

Jul. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data. "We know we need to take the time to get this...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

Mnuchin says budget deal with Pelosi is 'very close'

Jul. 15, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell vs. hardliners in the White House as lawmakers pursue a deal on federal spending and the debt. And the hardliners, wary of further increases to federal spending, appear to be losing. Talks between Pelosi and...

Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis

Jul. 15, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. The moment the nomination was received by the Senate...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jul. 15, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

Turkey continues receiving Russian S-400 air defense parts

Jul. 13, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Saturday continued receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system, despite Washington's warnings that it will impose sanctions on the NATO-member country. Turkey's defense ministry tweeted the landing of a fourth Russian cargo plane in Murted Air Base, near the capital,...

Trump asks Supreme Court to unfreeze border wall money

Jul. 12, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court to lift a freeze on Pentagon money it wants to use to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. Two lower courts have ruled against the administration in a lawsuit over the funding. Last week, a divided three-judge panel of the...