Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Austin: Allies, innovation key to US competition with China

Dec. 04, 2021 20:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon intends to work better with private industry to develop high-tech systems and to strengthen relations with allies in the Indo-Pacific region in order to maintain a competitive edge over China, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Saturday. ...

Thousands of Air Guard, Reserves don't meet vaccine deadline

Dec. 03, 2021 17:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6% of the Air National Guard and Reserve did not meet the deadline to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and could begin to face consequences if they don't get the mandated shots or receive an exemption, the Air Force said Friday. Air Guard members...

‘We just feel it’: Racism plagues US military academies

Dec. 03, 2021 00:39 AM EST

Eight years after he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Geoffrey Easterling remains astonished by the Confederate history still memorialized on the storied academy’s campus – the six-foot-tall painting of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the library, the barracks...

Governor, AG sue Defense Department over vaccine requirement

Dec. 03, 2021 00:23 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican governor and the state attorney general filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, challenging the Defense Department's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for the Oklahoma National Guard. In a statement, Gov. Kevin Stitt argued that the...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

US defense chief slams China's drive for hypersonic weapons

Dec. 02, 2021 05:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's defense chief rebuked China on Thursday, vowing to confront its potential military threats in Asia and warning that its pursuit of hypersonic weapons intended to evade U.S. missile defenses “increases tensions in the region.” U.S....

Takeaways: AP investigates missing US military explosives

Dec. 02, 2021 00:46 AM EST

The U.S. military cannot account for all its explosives. An Associated Press investigation has found that weapons of war such as TNT and grenades have vanished from military bases and shipments. All have been stolen from or lost by the U.S. armed forces over the past...

AP: US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world

Dec. 02, 2021 00:40 AM EST

The Marine Corps demolition specialist was worried — about America, and about the civil war he feared would follow the presidential election. And so, block by block, he stole 13 pounds (6 kilograms) of C4 plastic explosives from the training ranges of Camp Lejeune. ...

US, SKorea to bolster alliance at talks but questions remain

Dec. 01, 2021 07:02 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for annual security talks expected to bolster the countries' decades-long military alliance in the face of North Korean nuclear threats and mounting challenges from China. ...

Pentagon chief says Guard who refuse vaccine cannot train

Nov. 30, 2021 15:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has decided that National Guard members who refuse COVID-19 vaccination will be barred from federally funded drills and training required to maintain their Guard status. Austin spelled out the policy in an internal memo...