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Jan. 12, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2021. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 2000, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Illinois v. Wardlow, gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2006, file photo, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, shakes hands with Vice President Dick Cheney during an Armed Forces Full Honor Review for Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. All 10 living former secretaries of defense, including Rumsfeld and Cheney, have joined in cautioning against any attempt to use the military in the cause of overturning the November 2020 presidential election.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Extraordinary warning to Trump by 10 former Pentagon chiefs

Jan. 4, 2021 12:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke of President Donald Trump, all 10 living former secretaries of defense are cautioning against any move to involve the military in pursuing claims of election fraud, arguing that it would take the country into “dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2006, file photo, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, shakes hands with Vice President Dick Cheney during an Armed Forces Full Honor Review for Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. All 10 living former secretaries of defense, including Rumsfeld and Cheney, have joined in cautioning against any attempt to use the military in the cause of overturning the November 2020 presidential election.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Extraordinary warning to Trump by 10 former Pentagon chiefs

Jan. 3, 2021 10:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke of President Donald Trump, all 10 living former secretaries of defense cautioned Sunday against any move to involve the military in pursuing claims of election fraud, arguing that it would take the country into “dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional...

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The civilian official overseeing the Pentagon's campaign to defeat the Islamic State group in the Middle East has resigned in the latest jolt to Pentagon leadership in the waning weeks of the Trump administration.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Biden transition team criticizes cooperation from Pentagon

Dec. 19, 2020 12:41 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's transition team expressed frustration Friday with the level of cooperation they're getting from political appointees at the Department of Defense, saying there has been “an abrupt halt in the already limited cooperation there." Biden's transition...

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The civilian official overseeing the Pentagon's campaign to defeat the Islamic State group in the Middle East has resigned in the latest jolt to Pentagon leadership in the waning weeks of the Trump administration.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Biden transition team criticizes cooperation from Pentagon

Dec. 18, 2020 4:14 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's transition team expressed frustration Friday with the level of cooperation they're getting from political appointees at the Department of Defense, saying there has been “an abrupt halt in the already limited cooperation there." Biden's transition...

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon has endorsed a new slate of initiatives to expand diversity within the ranks and reduce prejudice, including in recruiting, retention and professional development across the force. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon memo maps out plan to expand diversity in the force

Dec. 18, 2020 4:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has endorsed a new slate of initiatives to expand diversity within the ranks and reduce prejudice, calling for more aggressive efforts to recruit, retain and promote a more racially and ethnically diverse force, The Associated Press learned on Friday. Acting Defense Secretary...

In this Aug. 5, 2019, photo released by the U.S. Air Force, an F-35 fighter jet pilot and crew prepare for a mission at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. The Trump administration has formally notified Congress that it plans to sell 50 advanced F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates as part of a broader arms deal worth more than $23 billion. (Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury/U.S. Air Force via AP)

Senate falls short of halting Trump's $23B arms sales to UAE

Dec. 9, 2020 7:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate fell short Wednesday in trying to halt the Trump administration's proposed $23 billion arms sales to the United Arab Emirates, despite bipartisan objections to the package of F-35 fighter jets and drones stemming from a broader Middle East peace agreement. Senators argued the...

Acting US defense secretary in Indonesia on Asia tour

Dec. 6, 2020 11:47 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The acting U.S. secretary of defense met with his counterpart in Indonesia on Monday as part of a visit to Asia in which he will push Washington's free and open Indo-Pacific policy. Christopher Miller met Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto on Monday, according to...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's campaign advisor Corey Lewandowski, listens to a speaker during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The Pentagon has appointed two close political allies of President Donald Trump to a defense advisory board, continuing a purge of the Defense Department in the waning weeks of the Trump administration. The acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, said in a written statement Friday that nine members of the Defense Business Board had been replaced with the appointment of 11 new members. The new members include Lewandowski and David Bossie, who are among Trump's most outspoken allies. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pentagon installs 2 Trump allies on defense advisory board

Dec. 4, 2020 6:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has appointed two close allies of President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, to a defense advisory board, continuing a post-election purge in the final weeks of the administration. The acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, who was installed by...

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley attends a Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony led by President Donald Trump at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Milley urges 'relook' at permanent overseas basing of troops

Dec. 3, 2020 5:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Thursday the United States should reconsider its decades-old practice of stationing troops and their families in allied countries at risk of war, like South Korea and in the Persian Gulf. In remarks on the future of warfare, Army Gen. Mark Milley said he...