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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...

Acting appointments help Trump avoid saying 'You're hired'

Apr. 9, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump looks to reshape the executive branch, he's avoiding the words "You're hired." Trump's choice of Kevin McAleenan as acting replacement for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spotlights the president's increasing reliance on a once-obscure federal...

Shake-up at Homeland Security goes beyond Nielsen's exit

Apr. 8, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and White House allies pressing for a harder line on immigration sped up their campaign Monday to clean house at the Department of Homeland Security with a mission far wider than just the departure of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The dismantling of the government's...

Homeland Security Sec. Nielsen resigns amid border turmoil

Apr. 7, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid President Donald Trump's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border. Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

Former Air Force receiver hoping NFL is a dream delayed

Apr. 5, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Two years after the U.S. Defense Department thwarted his plans of going straight from the Air Force Academy to the NFL, Falcons all-time leading receiver Jalen Robinette is determined to turn that detour into a dream delayed, not dashed. Close to fulfilling his two-year active-duty...

Pentagon appoints officer to do new review of Niger attack

Apr. 4, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has appointed a four-star officer to take another look at the military's investigation into the 2017 attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers, and review whether additional punishments should be meted out. In a statement Thursday, the...

Iraq war hero's family accepts Medal of Honor from Trump

Mar. 27, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of an Army staff sergeant awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor by President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he wants his father to be remembered as the best parent and best soldier anyone could ever ask for. And that's exactly how Travis Atkins will be remembered, Trump assured...

Key senator urges White House to fill top Pentagon post

Mar. 26, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is coming under increasing pressure to nominate someone to lead the Pentagon, nearly three months after President Donald Trump's first secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, resigned in a policy dispute. Patrick Shanahan, who has been the acting secretary since Mattis...

Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing

Mar. 20, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics...

Ex-Marine, citing PTSD, gets prison for parking spat bombing

Mar. 20, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who joined the Marines two days after the Sept. 11 attacks was sentenced Wednesday to a decade in prison after blaming post-traumatic stress disorder for car bombing his neighbor after a parking dispute. Despite a fireball and an explosion powerful enough to buckle the car's doors,...