Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Renaming Army bases that honor Confederates would cost $21M

Aug. 09, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Renaming nine U.S. Army posts that honor Confederate officers would cost a total of $21 million if the installations rebrand everything from welcome marquees and street signs to water towers and hospital doors, according to an independent commission. The Naming...

Marine general takes over Africa Command, sees challenges

Aug. 09, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Marine Gen. Michael Langley took over as the top U.S. commander for Africa on Tuesday, heading U.S. military operations on a continent with some of the most active and dangerous insurgent groups and a relatively small Pentagon footprint. Langley, who made...

US pledges $1 billion more rockets, other arms for Ukraine

Aug. 08, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it was shipping its biggest yet direct delivery of weapons to Ukraine as that country prepares for a potentially decisive counteroffensive in the south against Russia, sending $1 billion in rockets, ammunition and other material to Ukraine...

Pentagon announces $1 billion in new military aid for Ukraine, in the largest-yet delivery of arms from US stockpiles

Aug. 08, 2022 13:17 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon announces $1 billion in new military aid for Ukraine, in the largest-yet delivery of arms from US stockpiles.

Pentagon denies DC request for National Guard migrant help

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary...

US airman charged in Syria base blast that injured troops

Aug. 04, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has filed criminal charges against an airman in connection with an April explosion that injured U.S. troops at a base in eastern Syria. Tech. Sgt. David Dezwaan Jr., an explosive ordnance disposal specialist, is facing several charges including...

US military making plans in case Pelosi travels to Taiwan

Jul. 27, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Nancy Pelosi hasn’t said if she’s going to Taiwan, but if she does she’d be entering one of the world’s hottest and most contentious spots. While U.S. officials say they have little fear that Beijing would attack the U.S. House speaker’s plane, they are aware that a...

New candidate chosen to replace retiring NC Rep. Martin

Jul. 26, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Supreme Court law clerk has been chosen by Wake County Democrats to run for a state House seat this fall after a veteran legislator resigned this month. County party activists selected Tim Longest on Monday to become the nominee for the 34th...

Growing number in GOP back Pelosi on possible Taiwan trip

Jul. 25, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reported plans to travel to Taiwan have upended Washington’s political divide, with a rift emerging with President Joe Biden over the visit to the self-governing island while prominent Republicans offer encouragement to a political opponent they...

White House announces $270M military package for Ukraine

Jul. 22, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Friday that the U.S. is sending an additional $270 million in security assistance to Ukraine, a package that will include additional medium range rocket systems and tactical drones. The latest tranche brings the total U.S. security...