Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Pentagon to get unprecedented 3rd acting chief this year.

Jul. 15, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, President Donald Trump is expected Monday to ask the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. Esper's nomination has been in...

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...

Judge sides with Pentagon and Amazon in cloud bidding case

Jul. 12, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

A federal judge has dismissed allegations that bidding for a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon was rigged to favor Amazon. Friday's ruling dismissing Oracle's claims clears the Defense Department to award the contract to one of two finalists: Amazon or Microsoft. It will be a boon for...

US deciding how to punish ally Turkey over Russian arms deal

Jul. 12, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. edged closer to crisis Friday with NATO ally Turkey, which began receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration warnings that the deal would mean economic sanctions and no access to America's most advanced fighter jet. Despite the...

Business Highlights

Jul. 12, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

___ Report: FTC approves roughly $5B fine for Facebook SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Wall Street Journal report says that the FTC has voted this week to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations. The report Friday cites an unnamed person familiar with the matter. Facebook and the FTC...

House Democrats lead push to restrict Trump on Iran strikes

Jul. 12, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Friday to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy, including a bipartisan proposal to limit President Donald Trump's authority to make war against Iran. The measure passed along party lines after a series of votes that pushed it further to the...

The Latest: House OKs limiting Trump ability to strike Iran

Jul. 12, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the defense policy bill (all times local): 1:35 p.m. The Democratic-controlled House has voted to limit President Donald Trump's authority to make war against Iran. That restriction is part of a leftward-leaning defense policy bill that also cuts back Trump's...

Despite US warnings, Russian S-400 systems land in Turkey

Jul. 12, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said "the first group of equipment" of the...