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Boeing prepares plant for likely Air Force F-15 orders

Apr. 22, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Boeing is preparing to build F-15 fighter planes for the U.S. Air Force at its St. Louis County plant even though the military branch hasn't bought the jet in over a decade. The Chicago-based company began ramping up its F-15 production line near St. Louis after the Air Force submitted a...

Military academies begin to follow military transgender ban

Apr. 17, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The elite academies that educate officers for the nation's armed forces have begun to implement the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members. The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school year. The...

Senators on Trump Space Force plan: Not so fast

Apr. 11, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's proposal for creating a Space Force as a new military service drew bipartisan skepticism in the Senate on Thursday, with several lawmakers questioning the need for expanding the military bureaucracy. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan pitched the proposal...

Japanese air force stealth fighter jet crashes in Pacific

Apr. 10, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese air force F-35 stealth fighter crashed in the Pacific Ocean during a night training flight and parts of the jet were recovered, the defense ministry said Wednesday. The pilot is still missing. The F-35A stealth jet disappeared from radar while flying off the eastern coast of Aomori....

Report: Veteran long showed signs of mental instability

Apr. 9, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The disruptive behavior and mental instability of an Air Force trainee and Army veteran was apparent long before he killed his commander and himself in Texas in April 2016, according to an Air Force investigative report. Tech. Sgt. Steven Bellino was armed with two hand guns, a knife and...

Trump picks Air Force general for Pentagon's No. 2 spot

Apr. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating the Air Force general in charge of U.S. Strategic Command to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. John Hyten now serves as commander of the U.S. nuclear forces and has the lead military role for space operations. His nomination was...

Acting Pentagon chief defends space force amid skepticism

Apr. 9, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sharpening his argument for a Space Force, the acting Pentagon chief on Tuesday called it a "low cost, low bureaucracy" way to stay ahead of China, Russia and other nations seeking to erase American military advantages in space. The Pentagon and Congress have discussed for...

Putin hosts Turkey's leader to discuss weapons deal, Syria

Apr. 8, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Turkish counterpart in Moscow on Monday, discussing how to coordinate their next moves in Syria and how to deepen business ties, including the sale of advanced Russian missiles to Turkey that has riled the United States. Turkish President Recep...

US military review reveals civilian deaths in Somalia strike

Apr. 5, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks after insisting that American airstrikes in Somalia had killed no civilians, U.S. Africa Command said Friday that new information reveals that a woman and a child died last April when a U.S. strike targeted al-Shabab militants. The revelation comes on the heels of a report by...

Russia revamps Arctic military base to stake claim on region

Apr. 4, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

SEVERNY KLEVER MILITARY BASE, Russia (AP) — Missile launchers ply icy roads and air defense systems point menacingly into the sky at this Arctic military outpost, a key vantage point for Russia to project its power over the resource-rich polar region. The base, dubbed Severny Klever (Northern Clover) for...