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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.
Politics Oct 23Trump administration slams NATO ally Turkey for weapon test
In unusually strong language, the Pentagon is condemning Turkey's decision to test a Russian-made air defense system that has created a rift between Washington and one of its oldest NATO allies.
Politics Sep 21Biden says he would push for less U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons for defense
Although he has not fully detailed his nuclear policy priorities, Biden says he would push for less reliance on the world's deadliest weapons.
Nation Sep 09U.S. will withdraw thousands of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan
The top U.S. general for the Middle East says the Trump administration will pull thousands of troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan by November. Gen. Frank McKenzie says the number of troops in Iraq will drop this month from about…
Politics Sep 01Pentagon says China planning big increase in nuclear arsenal
In a new report to Congress, the Pentagon says it expects China over the next 10 years to double its stockpile of nuclear warheads, which it says currently numbers in the "low 200s."…