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Thursday's 326-78 vote would grant a waiver that would exempt Austin from the seven-year rule. All signs point to quick action in the Senate after that, putting Austin on track to be confirmed as secretary by week's end.
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.
The decision reflects Navy concern that the USS Nimitz, which deployed from the U.S. in April, is already overdue to return.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
The acting defense secretary says the period of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq in the coming weeks is "fraught with risk."…
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.
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