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  • 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Ash Carter says the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, and anyone willing to serve the country should be able to do so.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 »
  • WikiLeaks reveals sites critical to US security

    December 6, 2010 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a disclosure of some of the most sensitive information revealed by WikiLeaks so far, the website has released a secret cable listing sites worldwide that the U.S. considers critical to its national security. The locations cited in the diplomatic cable from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham... more »
  • Gates downplays fallout of latest WikiLeaks dump

    November 30, 2010 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he believes the damage to foreign policy because of a massive leak of diplomatic cables by the website WikiLeaks will be fairly modest. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other U.S. officials have said that the WikiLeaks disclosures have complicated the... more »
  • NORAD: Mystery missile not a threat

    November 9, 2010 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Whatever it was, it didn't represent a threat to the United States. That's according to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, about what appeared to be a missile launched yesterday off the coast of Southern California. The agency says there was no launch... more »
  • Military Base Security

    October 6, 2010 7:35 PM

    The Pentagon is taking steps to beef up security and surveillance at U.S. bases and will join the FBI intelligence-sharing program aimed at uncovering future terror attacks. This comes nearly a year after a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas where an Army Major killed 13 people. The military will... more »
  • Top defense officials honor 9/11 Pentagon victims

    September 11, 2010 10:20 AM

    The nation's top defense officials remembered victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, also honoring sacrifices the military has made in the war that followed that day's carnage. "We honor them with our presence and certainly with this memorial," Adm. Mike Mullen said at a Pentagon ceremony... more »
  • New Fighting Vehicle

    August 25, 2010 7:51 PM

    The U.S. Marines showed off a new amphibious fighting vehicle called the EFV which will replace the aging AMTRACS. The EFV can carry 17 fully-outfitted Marines 25 miles from ship to shore faster than anything the branch has. Its in the reliability and road test phase at Camp Pendelton in... more »
  • Military needs Suicide Prevention Office

    August 24, 2010 7:29 PM

    An independent task force report says the Pentagon needs to establish a new office of suicide prevention to help the military services decrease the high rate among troops. The report was ordered by Congress and revealed 1,100 members of the military killed themselves from 2005 to 2009. Sharp increases are... more »
  • Investigation ties military workers to child porn

    July 23, 2010 1:28 PM

    The Defense Department says an investigation has identified dozens of members of the military and defense contractors, including those with top-level security clearances, as having obtained child pornography. The finding by investigators, released Friday by the Pentagon, is particularly alarming because many of the individuals would have access to... more »
  • Pentagon: No worries about Russian nuke cheating

    July 20, 2010 11:52 AM

    A senior Pentagon official is dismissing the significance of any Russian cheating on a new nuclear arms treaty. James Miller, the Pentagon's leading authority on nuclear arms issues, told a Senate committee Tuesday that even large-scale Russian cheating would have no meaningful effect on U.S. security. He said... more »
  • Pentagon concedes there's redundancy in intelligence community

    July 19, 2010 3:25 PM

    A Pentagon spokesman concedes that redundancy within the intelligence community is a "well known" problem. Col. Dave Lapan commented on a Washington Post investigation that found, among other things, that many intelligence agencies are doing the same work. Lapan says the intelligence community has grown since the Sept.... more »
  • White House: July 2011 Afghan withdrawal 'firm'

    June 20, 2010 10:35 AM

    The Obama administration is reaffirming its pledge to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next summer. But the Pentagon and the White House are still saying different things about how many troops will leave - and when. President Barack Obama's chief of staff tells ABC's "This Week"... more »
  • Gates: Veto possible of military gay ban bill

    June 20, 2010 10:31 AM

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates says President Barack Obama could end up vetoing legislation that would lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Obama supports repealing the law, and the White House has pushed for quicker congressional action than the Pentagon has favored. Gates also supports repeal.... more »
  • US reconsidering pace of Iraq troop withdrawl

    May 11, 2010 12:30 PM

    Worries over violence fueled by Iraq's political instability have forced U.S. commanders to reconsider the pace of a major pullout this summer without overstepping a deadline to cut the military's presence by nearly half by the end of August. Under a plan by the top U.S. commander in Iraq,... more »
  • Leave "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" alone for now

    April 30, 2010 8:37 PM

    Senior leaders at the Pentagon warned Congress not to tamper with the ban on gays serving openly in the Military. They say leave the current Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy the way it is for now. Both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen say developing a... more »
  • Oil Spill: Air Force gets order to help

    April 30, 2010 11:58 AM

    The Air Force has gotten the "green light" to dump chemicals on the oil spill threatening the Gulf Coast. The Pentagon approved the use of two C-130 Hercules cargo planes today. The planes were already on standby in Mississippi; they were sent from Ohio on Thursday to await... more »
  • Navy sending equipment to help in oil spill cleanup

    April 29, 2010 12:49 PM

    The Navy is sending equipment to help clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Navy bases are being used as staging areas for the operation. And that's just probably the beginning of a larger Pentagon effort to deal with the environmental disaster. Navy spokesman... more »
  • Army considers rescinding invitation to Franklin Graham

    April 21, 2010 12:57 PM

    The Army says it's considering whether to rescind an invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham to appear at the Pentagon on the National Day of Prayer after a religious liberty group complained about his description of Islam as "evil." Col. Tom Collins says Army leaders were meeting Wednesday and that... more »
  • Muslims object to Pentagon prayer event speaker

    April 20, 2010 8:45 PM

    Muslims who work at the Pentagon object to evangelist Franklin Graham speaking at the National Day of Prayer observance at the building because of his past description of Islam as "evil." The Military Religious Freedom Foundation also wants to limit the Pentagon's ties with the National Day of Prayer Task... more »
  • Women on submarines

    February 23, 2010 2:45 PM

    The Pentagon has moved to lift a ban on women serving on Navy submarines. Congress was notified of the Navy's intent by the Defense Secretary. Congress has 30 days to weigh in on the matter. The policy keeps women from serving only on submarines. The thinking is a... more »
  • U.S. scrapping missile shield for Czech, Poland

    September 17, 2009 6:30 AM

    The Pentagon confirmed that the U.S. is shelving plans to put a radar system on Czech territory and is also dropping plans to put 10 interceptor missiles in Poland. The Bush administration had said the missile shield was a strategic way to counter a threat from Iran or another rogue... more »

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