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New Pentagon chief seeks Europe's help for Trump's Iran view

Jun. 25, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Trump administration aims to persuade allies the confrontation with Iran, which threatened to worsen into a deadly shooting war last week, is "not Iran versus the United States" but rather a global challenge requiring global diplomacy, the new acting Pentagon chief said Tuesday....

The Latest: Acting Pentagon chief to appeal to NATO allies

Jun. 25, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper's trip to Europe (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he wants to persuade NATO allies to form a broader international coalition to deter Iranian threats and force its leaders back to the negotiating table...

AP sources: US struck Iranian military computers this week

Jun. 22, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military cyber forces launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems on Thursday as President Donald Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional military strike in response to Iran's downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, U.S. officials said Saturday. Two...

Trump's Pentagon pick is Army veteran, defense lobbyist

Jun. 21, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for new defense secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as well as a defense industry lobbyist. Trump announced Friday that he would nominate Mark Esper to lead the...

A perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon

Jun. 21, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon. President Donald Trump's brinkmanship with Iran is on the boil, spilling beyond diplomacy to a planned air attack on Iran that Trump said he ordered, then pulled back at least for now. This, as the U.S. undertakes an unusual troop...

The Latest: Trump to nominate Esper to lead Pentagon

Jun. 21, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Pentagon leadership (all times local): 8:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he will nominate Mark Esper to be the next U.S. defense secretary. Esper, who is currently Army secretary, is scheduled to take over as acting defense secretary Sunday. His predecessor as acting...

After calling off strikes on Iran, Trump suggests patience

Jun. 21, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he abruptly called off the swiftly planned military strikes on Iran because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been so out of proportion to the shootdown of an unmanned American surveillance drone. He also indicated he still hopes for talks...

US prepped for strikes on Iran before approval was withdrawn

Jun. 21, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States made preparations for a military strike against Iran on Thursday night in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but the operation was abruptly called off with just hours to go, a U.S. official said. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the...

White House offers budget freeze if Dems don't agree to deal

Jun. 19, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration bargainers offered a one-year budget freeze and said Democratic spending demands remained too high as talks with congressional leaders aimed at averting deep cuts in defense and domestic programs seemed no closer to resolution Wednesday. After White House Chief of...

The Latest: Acting Defense boss steps down amid Iran tension

Jun. 18, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's decision to step down (all times local): 8 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is citing a "painful" family situation as he steps down from the position before his formal nomination has even been sent to the Senate....