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Politics Jan 19WATCH: Biden DNI pick Haines says no room for politics in intel agencies
President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to "speak truth to power" and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted.
World Dec 31U.S. to move aircraft carrier out of Middle East amid Iran tension
The decision reflects Navy concern that the USS Nimitz, which deployed from the U.S. in April, is already overdue to return.
World Dec 30U.S. bomber mission over Persian Gulf aimed at cautioning Iran
Two U.S. bombers have flown over the Persian Gulf in response to what U.S. officials say are signs that Iran may be planning attacks against American or allied targets in the Middle East.
Health Dec 08WATCH: Pentagon set to begin COVID-19 vaccinations on small scale
Pentagon officials say that once the Food and Drug Administration gives its “emergency use authorization,” the military will start giving shots within a day or two.
Politics Dec 07AP sources: Biden picks Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense
Austin retired from the Army in 2016, which means he would require a congressional waiver of the legal requirement that a former military member be out of uniform for at least seven years before serving as secretary of defense.
Politics Dec 03Biden facing growing pressure over secretary of defense pick
Black leaders have encouraged the incoming president to select an African American to diversify what has so far been an all-white prospective Cabinet, while others are pushing him to appoint a woman to lead the Department of Defense for the…
Politics Nov 28AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts military role in vaccines
From the get-go, President Donald Trump has miscast or exaggerated the military’s role in his administration’s crash program to accelerate the development, production and eventual distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Politics Nov 18Acting defense secretary cites risks during troop reductions
The acting defense secretary says the period of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq in the coming weeks is "fraught with risk."…
Politics Nov 17Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan
The new plan will accelerate troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in Trump's final days in office, despite arguments from senior military officials in favor of a more methodical pullout.
Politics Nov 09Trump terminates Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
President Donald Trump says he has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. It's a stunning move on the heels of Trump’s failed reelection bid. It could also unsettle U.S. allies and partners.