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  • Official: IS leader in Libya likely killed in US airstrike

    November 14, 2015 2:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - An American airstrike has targeted and likely killed a top Islamic State leader in Libya, in a strike that happened just as the Paris terrorist attacks were underway, the Pentagon said Saturday. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the U.S. strike targeted Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam... more »
  • Fighter jets track military blimp drifting over Pennsylvania

    October 28, 2015 2:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says U.S. fighter jets are tracking an unmanned Army surveillance blimp that tore loose from its ground tether in Maryland and is drifting north over Pennsylvania. Details are sketchy, but a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado says the blimp detached from... more »
  • Tensions rising, US and Russian military holding Syria talks

    October 1, 2015 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says it's beginning talks with the Russian military on ways to avoid U.S. and Russian forces firing on each other in Syria. The Thursday talks - being held by video teleconference - come a day after Russian fighter jets began bombing in western Syria and with... more »
  • Pentagon announces plan aimed at lifting transgender ban

    July 13, 2015 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, and anyone willing to serve the country should be able to do so. Carter is creating a working group to do a six-month study on the impact of lifting... more »
  • Obama heads to Pentagon for meetings on Islamic State

    July 6, 2015 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is making a rare visit to the Pentagon today to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State. Obama's meetings follow a wave of weekend airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Syria. The coalition says it was one... more »
  • New US Pentagon chief convenes unusual counter-ISIS meeting

    February 23, 2015 2:58 AM

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is convening an unusual conference in Kuwait of top American military, diplomatic and intelligence experts on the administration's strategy for countering the violence and spreading influence of the Islamic State militant group. Carter summoned several three-star and four-star generals, including Army... more »
  • Senate on track to confirm Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

    February 12, 2015 3:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate is on track to confirm President Barack Obama's pick to run the Pentagon. A vote is scheduled for Thursday afternoon on Ashton Carter's nomination. If confirmed, Carter will be Obama's fourth defense secretary in six years. He will replace Chuck Hagel, the Vietnam War veteran... more »
  • Officials: Ashton Carter is Obama's likely Pentagon pick

    December 2, 2014 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Administration officials say Ashton Carter has emerged as the top candidate for the job of defense secretary. But the officials caution that President Barack Obama hasn't made a final decision. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the president's decision-making process publicly. Carter... more »
  • Obama announces Hagel resignation from Pentagon

    November 24, 2014 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded it's an "appropriate time" for him to complete his service. Obama says Hagel will stay in place at the Pentagon until a successor is confirmed. Hagel has had a rocky tenure of nearly two years in which he's... more »
  • Pentagon: Iraq says troops will go on offensive

    October 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, says Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi spoke with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel by... more »
  • Officials: Woman at Pentagon doesn't have Ebola

    October 17, 2014 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Virginia public health authorities say the woman who became ill in the Pentagon parking lot, setting off an Ebola scare, does not have the virus. Officials at Arlington and Fairfax counties' public health departments say they are confident she does not have Ebola, based on her travel history... more »
  • Obama: US will keep making progress in Iraq, Syria

    October 8, 2014 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's confident the U.S. will continue to make progress in combating the Islamic State group. Obama is meeting with top U.S. commanders at the Pentagon. He says the U.S. will continue carrying out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria along with its international partners. Obama... more »
  • Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    October 1, 2014 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen. The U.S. military says... more »
  • Pentagon confirms death of Somalia terror leader

    September 5, 2014 10:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says U.S. officials have confirmed the death of the leader of the al-Shabab terror group in a U.S. airstrike on Monday. The Pentagon's press secretary confirmed the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane in a brief written statement Friday. The statement calls the death a major symbolic... more »
  • US kills six militants in Somalia strike check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 2, 2014 4:22 AM

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A member of the Somali group al-Shabab says its leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike but the spokesman would not say if the leader was among the six militants who were killed. Abu Mohammed told The Associated... more »
  • U.S officials may send more advisors to Iraq

    August 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is considering sending more military advisers to Iraq, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The additional advisers would help decide any future U.S. military action based off of the Kurdish force reaction on airstrikes targeted on Islamic extremist fighters. There are already 250... more »
  • US launches first airstrikes in Iraq

    August 8, 2014 8:19 AM

    NEW DELHI - The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it. President Barack... more »
  • US military drones being used over Nigeria

    May 14, 2014 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says the U.S. is using surveillance drones to aid in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian girls, and almost 300 Marines have been moved to a naval air station in Sicily in response to the growing unrest in Africa. A senior U.S. official says at least... more »
  • House panel rejects cuts in military benefits

    April 30, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is saying "not so fast" to a Pentagon proposal to cut subsidies to military commissaries where service members and their families shop at a reduced cost, as well as other proposed changes to benefits. The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its draft legislation Tuesday, and Republicans... more »
  • Religion waivers for the military

    January 22, 2014 7:33 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Pentagon approved a new policy that allows members of the military to ask for waivers to wear religious clothing, seek prayer time or engage in religious practices. The waivers will be allowed on a case-by-case basis and depends on where the military member is serving and if... more »
  • Back in the air

    November 14, 2013 7:36 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Navy's Blue Angels flying team can fly again and tour for air shows. The Pentagon budgeted $129 million on Navy port visits, military band performances, Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds appearances. That's money in the new budget where last year, many community programs were eliminated... more »
  • Pentagon: Most furloughed civilians ordered back

    October 5, 2013 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work. The decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is based on a Pentagon legal interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act. That measure was passed by Congress and signed by... more »
  • 9/11 anniversary marked with somber tributes

    September 11, 2013 10:36 AM

    NEW YORK - The 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks began with solemn bell tolls and a moment of silence at the World Trade Center site. The moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday marked when the first plane hit the twin towers in 2001. Families of the victims... more »
  • Pentagon eyes cuts in danger pay

    July 10, 2013 7:36 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Pentagon is looking at plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in up to 18 countries and five bodies of water but not where active U.S. combat is going on. It would save about $120 million a year but take a bite out of troops' salaries. The... more »
  • Pentagon: Hagel calls Egyptian defense minister

    July 3, 2013 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken to the Egyptian defense minister twice in the past week, including a call he made to Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday. Pentagon press secretary George Little is refusing to release any details about the content of the... more »
  • Pentagon grounds F-35 fleet after engine crack found

    February 22, 2013 3:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon grounded its entire F-35 fighter jet fleet today after a cracked engine blade turned up during an inspection. The Pentagon said the flaw was found at Edwards Air Force Base in California on an Air Force-issued F-35. There are other versions of the jet which... more »
  • GOP lawmakers see automatic cuts as leverage

    January 30, 2013 4:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican conservatives are driving a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic budget cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike in an effort to force Democrats into making concessions on the budget. It's a remarkable turnabout from last year, when GOP leaders were among the... more »
  • White House says Obama supports women in combat

    January 24, 2013 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says allowing women to serve in combat marks another step toward the country's founding ideals of fairness and equality. Obama says in a written statement he expressed strong support for the decision to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who lifted the combat ban Thursday. Obama says... more »
  • Panetta: Aircraft not close to stop Libya attack

    November 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that the military did not have armed aircraft near Libya that could have helped defend against the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In a letter to Republican Sen. John McCain... more »
  • US officials say 2 warships moving toward Libya

    September 12, 2012 7:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say the Pentagon is moving two warships to the Libyan coast, in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others. Officials say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul... more »
  • Pentagon limits F-22 flights

    May 15, 2012 7:44 PM

    Flights of the F-22 advanced stealth fighter are now limited to regions where pilots can make quick landings if they experience oxygen problems. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made the decision after pilots complained about oxygen-deficit problems which have resulted in dizziness,blackouts and other symptoms that arise when the body doesn't... more »
  • House OKs social programs cuts to aid Pentagon

    May 10, 2012 1:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House has passed legislation to replace a looming 10 percent cut to the military budget with cuts to domestic programs like food stamps and health care. The partisan 218-199 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it's a dead letter with Democratic leaders, who insist... more »
  • More photos of troops posing with corpses

    April 18, 2012 9:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - In an embarrassment to the Pentagon, newly published photographs purport to show U.S. troops posing with the bodies of dead insurgents in Afghanistan. Top U.S. military and civilian officials rushed to condemn the soldiers' actions Wednesday, calling them repugnant and a dishonor to the sacrifices of hundreds of... more »
  • Remains of some 9-11 victims went to landfill

    February 28, 2012 12:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new Pentagon report reveals that partial remains of some 9-11 victims were sent to a landfill after they could not be identified. The victims were among those killed when a terrorist-hijacked airplane struck the Pentagon, killing 184, and another crashed in Shanksville, Pa., killing 40. The report... more »
  • First Lady to visit Pentagon

    February 15, 2012 8:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is planning a visit to the Pentagon to promote more help for military spouses who often suffer higher unemployment than others because they move so much. Mrs. Obama will join Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other officials later Wednesday in talking about a new... more »
  • Pentagon's first female policy chief quitting

    December 12, 2011 2:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Michele Flournoy, the most senior female Pentagon official in history, told The Associated Press on Monday she is stepping down as the chief policy adviser to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. In an interview in her Pentagon office, Flournoy said she feels compelled to "rebalance" her personal life after... more »
  • Accused Terrorist wants Bail

    November 14, 2011 7:40 PM

    A man accused of plotting to fly remote controlled model planes loaded with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol wants bail. But prosecutors called Rezwan Ferdaus a "ticking time bomb" who was caught before he could carry out his plan. His lawyer says Ferdaus is a "mentally troubled" man... more »
  • 9/11 Fraud

    August 29, 2011 7:19 PM

    A retired Navy Commander was found guilty of defrauding the victims' compensation fund by exaggerating his injuries after the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Charles Coughlin was even honored for valor for going back inside the building to help others. He got $331,034 in compensation from the fund set up... more »
  • Marines to be among first to leave Afghanistan

    July 6, 2011 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The second-ranking U.S. commander in Afghanistan is providing new details on the planned pullout of U.S. troops this year. Army Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday that by the end of this summer the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment - based in... more »
  • Officials: Man linked to DC-area shootings in 2010

    June 23, 2011 2:37 AM

    ARLINGTON, Va.- Officials say they have evidence linking a Marine reservist who was detained near the Pentagon last week to the 2010 shootings at several D.C.-area military buildings. The officials said Wednesday authorities are investigating Yonathan Melaku in the shootings. Melaku was detained Friday after he was spotted carrying a... more »
  • Afghanistan troop cut this year likely near 10,000

    June 21, 2011 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. defense official says the troop withdrawal to be announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama is likely to total two brigades this year, or roughly 5,000 troops this summer and another 5,000 by year's end. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Obama has... more »
  • Pentagon Dreams of Star Trek

    June 16, 2011 8:04 PM

    The research agency at the Pentagon that helped foster the Internet now wants a dream come true for traveling to a distant star. The owner of the best idea gets half a million dollars. The plan is for interstellar travel in about a century. This month 150 people answered the... more »
  • US: Islamic procedure followed in bin Laden burial

    May 2, 2011 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says Osama bin Laden's body was placed into the waters of the North Arabian Sea after adhering to traditional Islamic procedures - including washing the corpse - aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. At a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon, a senior intelligence... more »
  • Pentagon Clears McChrystal

    April 18, 2011 7:28 PM

    The Pentagon cleared retired general Stanley McChrystal of any wrongdoing after a profile in Rolling Stone Magazine got him recalled and dismissed as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. The investigation also called into question the accuracy of the article which quoted unnamed people around the general making disparaging remarks... more »
  • Commander says civilians under attack in Libya

    March 22, 2011 1:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The on-scene commander of the international coalition for Libya is confirming that civilians are under attack by government forces in Misrata, the North Africa nation's third largest city. U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear told Pentagon reporters Tuesday that the coalition is "considering all options" in light... more »
  • House votes to let Pentagon sponsor NASCAR races

    February 18, 2011 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to let the Pentagon continue using taxpayer dollars to sponsor NASCAR race teams. By a 281-148 vote, lawmakers rejected an effort by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum that would have ended the practice. McCollum aides said the Army is spending $7 million... more »
  • Foreign Cyber Intrusion

    February 15, 2011 7:20 PM

    The Pentagon says more than 100 foreign intelligence agencies have tried cyber intrusions, mostly to steal military plans and get information on weapons systems. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynch predicts most of breaches may be more about theft and spying because foreign governments and rogue states may be worried about... more »

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