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US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

Apr. 14, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse. The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war. American and...

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...

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...

Pence warns Turkey against buying Russian air defense system

Apr. 3, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence warned Turkey on Wednesday that it could risk its membership in NATO if it goes ahead with plans to buy a Russian air defense system despite widespread U.S. and international opposition. Pence's escalating rhetoric came after Turkey insisted Wednesday that the...

Senior military adviser faulted, then reinstated

Mar. 28, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday he reinstated his top enlisted adviser after an investigation found the adviser had violated ethics rules. Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Joint Chiefs chairman, said in a statement that he decided to reinstate Army Command Sgt. Maj. John...

Trump says Google is committed to US not Chinese military

Mar. 27, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid growing concern about the risks of Google and other U.S. companies doing business in China, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the CEO of Google has "strongly stated" that he is "totally committed" to the American, not Chinese, military. Earlier this month, Trump accused...

Lawmakers denounce plan to divert military money for wall

Mar. 26, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers on Tuesday denounced Defense Department plans to use military funds to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall, telling Pentagon leaders the "unbelievably irresponsible" maneuver will threaten the agency's future ability to shift money around when needed. Both...

Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

Mar. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that efforts like...

Trump, top national security officials discuss Afghanistan

Mar. 15, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his national security team had an hourlong, classified meeting on Afghanistan on Friday, a day after a top Afghan official openly complained that the Trump administration was keeping his government in the dark about its negotiations with the Taliban. The meeting...