U.S. Department of Defense - the best personalized free web-based Email en en U.S. Department of Defense Trump nominates Joint Chiefs chairman for 2nd term WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has nominated Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford to serve a second two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford completes his first term at the end of September. He originally was picked for the job by President Barack Obama. Most chairmen serve two, two-year terms. B... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:36:00 GMT 2017-05-19T21:36:00Z Mattis Outlines New Strategy to Fight IS U.S. Fri, 19 May 2017 18:40:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:40:00Z Airstrikes fuel Mosul gains as Iraq pushes for quick victory MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Half a dozen units of Islamic State group fighters holed up in western Mosul began their morning radio checks at just after 4 a.m. It was still dark and Iraqi forces deployed a few blocks away were listening in as they prepared an advance on the city's al-Rifai neighborhood. "Thirty, what's new? ... 120, do you read me? What's up?" the ... Fri, 19 May 2017 12:17:00 GMT 2017-05-19T12:17:00Z Chelsea Manning 'looking forward to so much' after release KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, spared by presidential clemency from the rest of a 35-year prison term for giving classified materials to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, stepped out of a military lockup Wednesday and into a future she said she was eager to define. "I'm figuring things out right now — which is exciting, awkward, fun, and... Wed, 17 May 2017 23:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T23:14:00Z The Latest: Mattis 'not worried' about Trump sharing intel WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT): 5:15 p.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is "not worried" that President Donald Trump disclosed classified information during discussions with senior Russian leaders. He sa... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:06:00Z US trumpets Mosul gains, but Iraq says more aid needed HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq (AP) — During a visit south of Mosul on Monday, a senior U.S. official praised territorial gains against the Islamic State group in Iraq, but local officials cautioned more aid is needed to rebuild on the heels of victories against the extremists. The Mosul fight is approaching its "final stages," Brett McGurk, special presidential env... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:10:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:10:00Z Syrian activists: Airstrikes on IS-held areas kill dozens BEIRUT (AP) — Air raids on an Islamic State-held village and town in Syria have killed at least 32 civilians over the past two days, activists said Monday, underscoring the risk for hundreds of thousands of residents trapped in areas under the militant group's control ahead of the looming battle for Raqqa. The Syrian military, meanwhile, announced it had ... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:47:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:47:00Z New TV ad shows Marines looking for a few good women WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine in full combat gear moves through dark, frigid water, gripping an M-16 rifle, before plunging under barbed wire and through a submerged drainage pipe. It is only when the fighter shouts an order over the sound of explosions does the historical nature of the TV advertisement become clear: the Marine is a woman. For a Corps that h... Fri, 12 May 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-05-12T15:46:00Z Pentagon intelligence chief warns of Afghan gains being lost WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. must "do something very different" in Afghanistan, such as placing American military advisers closer to the front lines of battle, or risk squandering all that has been invested there in recent years, the head of the Pentagon's military intelligence agency said Thursday. The grim assessment by Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, di... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:09:00 GMT 2017-05-11T19:09:00Z Syrian troops shift focus to IS-held east BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military launched a new assault Tuesday aimed at reasserting its authority in the east of the country, battling U.S.-backed opposition fighters in the remote desert near the borders with Iraq and Jordan. The government forces' ultimate goal is to insert itself in the fight against the Islamic State group in the oil-rich region. The g... Wed, 10 May 2017 01:20:00 GMT 2017-05-10T01:20:00Z Senate confirms Trump's choice for Air Force secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary, making her President Donald Trump's first service secretary nominee to be approved by the GOP-led chamber after fits and starts for several others. Senators voted 76-22 Monday to approve Wilson, who represented New Mexico in the House before becoming a defense industry consu... Tue, 09 May 2017 01:04:00 GMT 2017-05-09T01:04:00Z Afghan air force pounds area after death of IS commander KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's air force has pounded Islamic State targets in an eastern province where an Afghan and U.S. military raid last month killed the militant group's top commander, the government said on Monday. The Interior Ministry said the airstrikes killed at least 34 IS fighters over the past 24 hours and destroyed an insurgent-con... Mon, 08 May 2017 10:15:00 GMT 2017-05-08T10:15:00Z Deciding next step in Afghanistan comes with grim backdrop WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Trump administration weighs sending more troops to Afghanistan, the 16-year war grinds on in bloody stalemate. Afghan soldiers are suffering what Pentagon auditors call "shockingly high" battlefield casualties, and prospects are narrowing for a negotiated peace settlement with the Taliban. The insurgents may have failed to capture and hold a major ci... Mon, 08 May 2017 08:23:00 GMT 2017-05-08T08:23:00Z Pentagon: IS in Afghanistan leader killed in April raid WASHINGTON (AP) — A military raid last month killed the head of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Sunday night. The death of Abdul Haseeb Logari had been suspected after the April 27 raid on a compound in Nangarhar, a province in eastern Afghanistan, but officials said then that they were not certain. Logari ... Mon, 08 May 2017 04:30:00 GMT 2017-05-08T04:30:00Z Pentagon says Navy SEAL was killed in Somalia operation WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has identified the Navy SEAL who was killed in a military operation in Somalia. The Defense Department says Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, Maine, was killed during an operation Thursday against the extremist group al-Shabab. He is the first American to die in combat in the African country since 1993. ... Sat, 06 May 2017 15:17:00 GMT 2017-05-06T15:17:00Z US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993 MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab — the first U.S. combat death there in more than two decades — as the United States steps up its fight against the al-Qaida-linked organization in a country that remains largely chaos. "We do not believe there has been a cas... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:14:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:14:00Z The Latest: Official: Senior al-Shabab members were target MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Latest on the death of a U.S. service member in Somalia (all times local): 11:55 p.m. The deputy governor of the Somalia region where a U.S. military service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabab says one goal of the raid was to "surgically target" senior members of the... Fri, 05 May 2017 20:56:00 GMT 2017-05-05T20:56:00Z Iraq, US in talks to keep American troop presence after IS BAGHDAD (AP) — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is in talks with the Trump administration to keep American troops in Iraq after the fight against the Islamic State group in the country is concluded, according to a U.S. official and an official from the Iraqi government. Both officials underlined that the discussions are ongoing and that nothing is finalized... Fri, 05 May 2017 01:53:00 GMT 2017-05-05T01:53:00Z Flying Trump to Mar-a-Lago twice cost at least $1.2 million WASHINGTON (AP) — A pair of President Donald Trump's recent weekend trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort cost taxpayers more than $1.2 million, new documents released by a conservative group show. The documents made public Thursday by Judicial Watch are some of the first to put even part of a price tag on Trump's frequent visits to his Palm Beach, Florida, club. The numbers reflec... Thu, 04 May 2017 19:04:00 GMT 2017-05-04T19:04:00Z New Afghanistan troop plan goes to White House next week WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will send a proposal to the White House as early as next week laying out America's long-term presence in Afghanistan, senior defense officials said Thursday. The plan will likely include a request for more U.S. troops. U.S. military officials have said they need greater forces to meet the growing training and advising missio... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:57:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:57:00Z US company turned blind eye to wild behavior on Iraq base WASHINGTON (AP) — The two American investigators felt a sense of foreboding that Sunday as they headed to an emergency meeting with their boss on the Iraqi air base. But they didn't expect to be surrounded by armed guards, disarmed, detained against their will — and fired without explanation. It was March 12 — less than two months ago. Robert Cole and Kri... Thu, 04 May 2017 01:54:00 GMT 2017-05-04T01:54:00Z Shulkin mulls closing 1,100 'underutilized' VA facilities WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector. At a House hearing Wednesday, Shulkin said the VA had identified more than 430 vacant buildings and 735 that he descri... Wed, 03 May 2017 23:56:00 GMT 2017-05-03T23:56:00Z Highlights of bipartisan $1.1T government-wide spending bill WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan, $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill finances agency operations through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The bill has been endorsed by the White House, top congressional Democrats, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. It provides President Donald Trump with an increase in the Pentagon budget but denies his request for construction... Wed, 03 May 2017 18:42:00 GMT 2017-05-03T18:42:00Z The Latest: GOP moderate offers health care amendment WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican efforts in Congress to pass spending legislation and a health care bill (all times local): 10:25 p.m. An influential Republican moderate who'd announced his opposition to the GOP health care bill says he's working with party leaders on an amendment that could pick up crucial votes for the stalled measure. ... Wed, 03 May 2017 02:27:00 GMT 2017-05-03T02:27:00Z Report: Troops complained about nude photo sharing last year WASHINGTON (AP) — Months before the nude Marine photo-sharing scandal erupted, service members were complaining about a similar issue in an anonymous Defense Department survey on sexual assault and harassment. In a report issued Monday, the Pentagon said that nearly 6,200 military members said that sexually explicit photos of them were taken or shared aga... Tue, 02 May 2017 08:03:00 GMT 2017-05-02T08:03:00Z Pentagon: Academy athletes must serve before going pro CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department has rescinded its 2016 policy allowing military service academy athletes to go straight to the pros upon graduation. Athletes such as Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette, the NCAA's leader in yards per catch in 2016, will have to serve two years of active duty before applying for reserve status to pursue a career in pr... Tue, 02 May 2017 01:34:00 GMT 2017-05-02T01:34:00Z US soldier killed in Iraq during a patrol outside Mosul WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says an American soldier has died in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul. Officials say the 1st lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division, 25-year-old Weston C. Lee of Bluffton, Georgia, died Saturday. He was conducting security as part of advise-and-assist support to partnered forces. ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:14:00 GMT 2017-04-30T23:14:00Z Pentagon: 45 civilians killed by coalition strikes BAGHDAD (AP) — Investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to a Pentagon statement released Sunday. In each incident, the Pentagon said "all feasible precautions were taken," but ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-04-30T17:26:00Z Pentagon: blast kills US service member outside Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) — A U.S. service member in Iraq was killed Saturday by an explosive device outside Mosul, according to a statement released by the Pentagon. The Pentagon said the service member died from wounds sustained in an "explosive device blast," stating further information would be released as appropriate. Saturday's incident marks ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:47:00 GMT 2017-04-29T19:47:00Z Trump blames Flynn's vetting on Obama administration WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though he named Michael Flynn to be his top national security aide, President Donald Trump on Friday laid the blame for any flaws in Flynn's vetting at the feet of his predecessor. In an interview airing Friday evening on Fox News Channel's "The First 100 Days," Trump tried to deflect recent criticism of his decision to appoint Flyn... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:16:00 GMT 2017-04-28T22:16:00Z