OMAHA, Neb. — Investing another $54 billion in the U.S. military won’t do much for the overall economy.
President Donald Trump last week proposed a 10 percent increase in defense spending. The extra money will certainly be felt in the communities […]
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump painted an overly bleak picture of the condition of the armed forces Thursday as he made his case for military expansion.
A look at some of his statements from the Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 […]
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The father of a Navy SEAL killed during an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen is demanding an investigation into its planning and criticized the Trump administration for its timing.
Bill Owens told The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2lTYhPB ) […]
BRUSSELS — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday made clear that the United States was committed to NATO while also reinforcing the Trump administration’s demand that allies pay their fair share.
Speaking at his first NATO defense minister’s meeting, […]
WASHINGTON — A few thousand more troops are needed to help end the stalemate in Afghanistan, according to a senior U.S. military commander who also told lawmakers Thursday that Russian meddling is complicating the counterterrorism fight.
Army Gen. John Nicholson, […]
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to allow into the United States people who “want to love our country,” defending his immigration and refugee restrictions as he made his first visit to the […]
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, DEL. | President Donald Trump on Wednesday paid his respects to a U.S. Navy SEAL who died in a raid on al Qaeda in Yemen that went wrong, the first military operation authorized by Trump as commander […]
SANAA/WASHINGTON | A U.S. commando died and three others were wounded carrying out a deadly dawn raid on the al Qaeda militant group in southern Yemen on Sunday, in the first military operation authorized by President Donald Trump.
The U.S. military said […]
WASHINGTON — The House is expected to pass by a comfortable margin legislation that would allow retired Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon for Donald Trump.
The bill has strong GOP support and likely will be backed by several […]
WASHINGTON | A Chinese warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by a U.S. oceanographic vessel in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest and a demand for its return, U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday.
The incident, the first of […]
WASHINGTON | A small Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon at a U.S. military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday, an action they described as “unsafe and unprofessional.”
The incident is […]
MOSCOW — The Russian military has deployed state-of-the art anti-shipping missiles in the nation’s westernmost Baltic region, the Interfax news agency reported Monday, a move that comes amid spiraling tensions in Russia-West ties.
Interfax said Monday that the military has […]
WASHINGTON | U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy rests in part on a foundation of unilateral actions that his successor Donald Trump could reverse with the stroke of a pen.
Due to take office on Jan. 20, Trump, the winner […]
BRUSSELS — Faced with an ever-more belligerent and unpredictable Russia, NATO allies are advancing with plans to deploy thousands of troops and military equipment to the Baltics and Poland.
In recent weeks alone, Russia has moved battleships toward the Mediterranean […]
BRUSSELS | Britain said on Wednesday it will send fighter jets to Romania next year and the United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO’s biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War.
Germany, Canada and […]
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon worked Wednesday to stave off a public relations nightmare, suspending efforts to force California National Guard troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to repay their enlistment bonuses that may have been improperly awarded.
Defense Secretary […]
WASHINGTON | A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area.
The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees […]
KHAZER, Iraq — The long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group began Monday with a volley of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and heavy artillery bombardments on a cluster of villages along the edge of Iraq’s historic Nineveh […]
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The U.S. is sending 615 more troops to Iraq as the stage is set for an Iraqi-led battle to reclaim Mosul, the northern city that has been the Islamic State group’s main stronghold for more […]
WASHINGTON — The top U.S. military officer told a Senate committee on Thursday that he believes Russia bombed the humanitarian aid convoy in Syria on Monday, calling it an “unacceptable atrocity.”
The statement from U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman […]
WASHINGTONA | U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached two U.S. ships in the northern Gulf, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the same […]
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military honor to a Vietnam War veteran on Monday, stressing that the story of retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles’ bravery nearly 50 years ago serves as great inspiration at a time […]
Turkey’s military said on Friday it had seized power, but the prime minister said the attempted coup would be put down.
If successful, the overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, would amount to one of the […]
BRUSSELS — NATO’s chief announced Monday that the alliance will agree this week to send four multinational battalions to the Baltic states and Poland to boost their defenses against Russia.
Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, said alliance defense ministers will […]
WASHINGTON — Far from ending the two wars he inherited from the Bush administration, Barack Obama is wrestling with an expanded set of conflicts in the final months of his presidency, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Libya and Syria, […]
TORUN, Poland — About 2,000 NATO troops from the U.S., Britain, Portugal and Poland conducted an airborne training operation on Tuesday as part of the biggest exercise performed in Poland since the 1989 end of communism and amid concerns […]
AUSTIN, TEXAS | The U.S. Army was conducting an intensive search on Friday for four soldiers who went missing when a truck they were riding in overturned in a swollen creek at Fort Hood in central Texas a day earlier, […]
ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama challenged Americans on Memorial Day to fill the silence from those who died serving their country with love and support for families of the fallen, “not just with words but with our actions.”
NORTHERN SYRIA — Barcham Zana knows her enemy. It is the Islamic State, which she calls “darkness.”
Islamic State militants killed two cousins, she said. For her, the group is not an abstract threat.
The 20-year-old spoke through a Syrian interpreter […]
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has announced that the U.S. has conducted an airstrike targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. One American official says the U.S. believes Mansour was killed in what was a drone strike authorized by President Barack Obama.
Pentagon press […]
BAGHDAD — The retaking of the small western town of Rutba from two years of Islamic State occupation was an important morale booster for Iraqi security forces, the top U.S. commander in Baghdad said Friday.
Bolstered by U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi […]
WASHINGTON — Taking a cue from his wife, President Barack Obama challenged Americans on Thursday to consider how they might give back to those who have served in the military and their families.
Obama spoke to more than 1,300 service […]
WASHINGTON — A Navy SEAL killed during a firefight in Iraq was part of a quick reaction force that moved in to rescue U.S. military advisers from an Islamic State attack, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The attack triggered a […]
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday called NATO “the linchpin” of U.S. security policy and a critical ally in the fight against terrorism, indirectly countering Republican Donald Trump’s recent claims that the 67-year-old alliance is obsolete.
Speaking after an […]
The anti-Islamic State coalition conducting airstrikes in Iraq and Syria has killed the IS militant believed responsible for an attack on U.S. troops in northern Iraq last month that left a Marine dead, it said on Sunday.
Militant Jasim Khadijah, a […]
KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. soldier shot and killed an Afghan boy on Monday near an American airfield close to the capital Kabul, a senior Afghan police officer said.
The boy, whose age is unknown, had been carrying what looked like […]
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday it was moving to increase the number of American troops in Iraq amid new strikes this week that killed the Islamic State’s finance minister and other senior leaders. Still, top U.S. defense officials […]
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says President Barack Obama will nominate the first woman to head a major U.S. military combatant command.
If confirmed by the Senate, Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson would be the seventh commander to head […]