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Nation Jun 03WATCH: Esper breaks with Trump, opposes using military for protests
Esper says active-duty troops in a law enforcement role should be used in the United States "only in the most urgent and dire of situations," adding, "We are not in one of those situations now."…
Nation May 30Pentagon ready to send troops to Minneapolis if state asks
The Pentagon said Saturday it was ready to provide military help to authorities scrambling to contain unrest in Minneapolis, where George Floyd's death has sparked widespread protests, but Gov. Tim Walz has not requested federal troops.
World May 20Quest for ‘super-duper’ missiles pits U.S. against key rivals
For decades the United States has searched for ways to get ultra-fast flight right, but now China and Russia are arguably ahead in this chase,…
Nation May 07Esper, in first trip since March, defends coronavirus efforts
Esper flew to the headquarters of U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to meet with Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, who is spearheading the military's support for civilian agencies combating the virus. It is Esper's first trip beyond Washington since he…
Nation Apr 26Pentagon focusing on most vital personnel for virus testing
With limited supplies of coronavirus tests available, the Pentagon is focusing first on testing those performing duties deemed most vital to national security. Atop the list are the men and women who operate the nation's nuclear forces, some counterterrorism forces,…
Politics Apr 24Navy recommends reinstatement of fired carrier captain
Officials say the top Navy officer has recommended the reinstatement of the aircraft carrier captain fired for sending a fraught email to commanders pleading for faster action to protect his crew from a coronavirus outbreak.
World Apr 20Cautious Pentagon extends troop travel limits through June
The extension reflects that the coronavirus remains a threat to troops even as the Trump administration pushes for some states to begin opening up in May.
Nation Apr 18Reinstate? Reassign? Navy to decide fate of fired captain
WASHINGTON — The Navy’s top admiral will soon decide the fate of the ship captain who was fired after pleading for commanders to move faster to safeguard his coronavirus-infected crew on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. In the glare of a…
Nation Apr 13Navy reports first coronavirus death from USS Theodore Roosevelt crew
The Navy says a sailor who was hospitalized in intensive care on Guam last week has died of coronavirus-related complications.
Health Apr 07Acting Navy secretary resigns amid coronavirus uproar
Modly had created a combustible controversy by firing the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt last week, saying Capt. Brett E. Crozier had shown "extremely poor judgment" in distributing a letter calling for urgent help…