Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

At Army-Navy game, Trump touts new pro sports option

Dec. 14, 2019 6:26 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump used his appearance at the annual Army-Navy football game to pitch to the players an administration policy change that clears the way for athletes at the nation's military academies to play professional sports after they graduate and delay their active-duty...

Man pleads guilty to keeping US defense secrets at his home

Dec. 13, 2019 3:52 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to keeping classified national defense documents at his home without proper authorization, federal prosecutors said Friday. Ahmedelhadi Yassin Serageldin, 66, an Egyptian-born U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to willfully retaining national defense...

Pentagon tests long-banned ballistic missile over Pacific

Dec. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday flight-tested a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer. Some U.S. arms control advocates said the test risks an unnecessary arms race with Moscow. The prototype missile was configured to be armed with a...

Tentative deal would avert possible looming federal shutdown

Dec. 12, 2019 8:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues. The handshake agreement was announced by the chairwoman of...

US says no new foreign military students until better checks

Dec. 12, 2019 2:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — No new international military students will come to the United States for training until new screening procedures are in place, the Pentagon said Thursday in the wake of the deadly shooting last week by a Saudi Arabian aviation trainee at a Florida Navy base. The Defense Department's...

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

Dec. 12, 2019 1:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department's internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon's inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson...

Pentagon: Defense official sexually harassed female staff

Dec. 12, 2019 12:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon report has found that a senior Defense Department official sexually harassed several women on his staff, touching them and making inappropriate comments. The department's inspector general said in a report Thursday that Guy Roberts, the former assistant defense secretary for...

Key Pentagon departure as top Asia policy official resigning

Dec. 12, 2019 12:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says its top Asia policy official is resigning after two years in the job. The top Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, told reporters Thursday that Randall Schriver, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs since January 2018, confirmed to him that...

Pearl Harbor commemoration to go on after fresh tragedy

Dec. 11, 2019 6:18 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials will beef up security as usual for the ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting a fresh tragedy after a U.S. sailor killed two civilians, wounded another and then turned the gun on himself at the...

House OKs defense bill, parental leave for federal workers

Dec. 11, 2019 6:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday passed its annual defense policy measure, which combined a $738 billion Pentagon price tag with legislation to provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The sweeping 377-48 vote followed weeks of arduous House-Senate negotiations that finally...