Featured by Idrees Ali, Reuters
After summer of protests, National Guard puts troops on standby in run-up to elections
After a summer of civil unrest over racial injustice in the United States, the National Guard has put hundreds of military police on standby specifically to help law enforcement deal with any potential violence in the coming months
Lawmakers hammer Pentagon over lack of detail on Germany troop cuts
U.S. lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, expressed frustration with the Pentagon at a hearing on Wednesday over the lack of details surrounding President Donald Trump's plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Germany
Defense secretary defends Trump amid claims he called America’s war dead ‘losers’
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that President Donald Trump has respect and admiration for American troops and veterans after a magazine report said he had called fallen U.S. military personnel buried in Europe "losers" and declined to visit an American cemetery because he thought it unimportant
Joint Chiefs chairman foresees no military role in resolving disputed election
'In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. military.'
The Army wants to remove ‘divisive symbols’ from military bases
The U.S. Army wants to remove any sort of divisive symbols from military bases, potentially including Confederate flags, the Army secretary said on Thursday, suggesting that the Pentagon was close to a broader policy barring such symbols from all military installations.
Pentagon halts all domestic travel for military amid coronavirus pandemic
The U.S. military said on Friday it will halt, with some exceptions, domestic travel for service members, Defense Department civilians and families in a move aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus and its impact on the military
US tests ground-launched ballistic missile that was previously banned
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Thursday tested a conventionally configured ground-launched ballistic missile, a test that would have been...
Top US general claims Afghanistan peace talks are right around the corner
"I think the chances of a positive outcome through negotiations is higher than I have seen, and I've been deeply involved in Afghanistan for 18 years."
A Navy carrier strike group just rolled up on Iran’s doorstep
The U.S. aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln sailed through the vital Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States
SecDef Esper: US forces in Afghanistan could drop to 8,600 without things falling apart
Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States' longest war
SecDef Esper says US troops will not enforce a safe zone in Syria
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the so-called safe zone in northern Syria and the United States "is continuing our deliberate withdrawal from northeastern Syria."
Sec Def wants European allies to help pay for defense projects after funds were diverted for the border wall
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that European nations should consider funding projects in their countries after the Pentagon diverted money to pay for a border wall with Mexico.
US military drone shot down over Yemen
A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen's Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday
Afghanistan’s security forces lost 42,000 troops in the last year in a crackdown on ‘ghost soldiers’
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a report that ANDSF personnel size had gone down by nearly 10 percentage points in the most recent quarter compared to the previous trimester
Trump: the US is working with Pakistan to find a way out of the war in Afghanistan
President Donald Trump, speaking at a White House meeting with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, said on Monday the United States is working with Islamabad to find a way out of the war in Afghanistan
US says Venezuelan fighter ‘aggressively shadowed’ Navy spy plane
The encounter between the U.S. and Venezuelan planes occurred on Friday, the same day that the Trump administration announced it was sanctioning four top officials in Venezuela's military counterintelligence agency.
Pentagon to White House: Stop politicizing the military
"There is no room for politicizing the military," Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said.
Navy warships again sail through the Taiwan Strait amid rising trade tensions with China
U.S. warships have sailed through the Taiwan Strait at least once a month since the start of this year
Pentagon to transfer $1.5 billion to border wall from Afghan forces and other areas
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved the transfer of $1.5 billion to build more than 80 miles of barriers on the border with Mexico, including taking about $600 million from an account meant for Afghan security forces.
US destroyers sail through disputed South China Sea in yet another message to Beijing
The U.S. military said two of its warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday, a move that could anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world's two biggest economies
US stops tracking territory controlled in Afghanistan since it was ‘of limited decision-making value’
The U.S. military has stopped tracking the amount of territory controlled or influenced by the Afghan government and militants.
2 Navy warships sail through strategic Taiwan Strait in message to China
The U.S. military said it sent two Navy warships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday as the Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China
North Korea nuclear, missile activity ‘inconsistent’ with denuclearization, US general says
North Korea's activity on nuclear weapons and missiles is inconsistent with its pledge to denuclearize, the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said on Wednesday
Shanahan still undecided on which projects will be impacted by border wall funding
According to the law, the defense secretary has to decide whether the wall is militarily necessary before money from the military construction budget can be used.