Ashton Carter - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Ashton Carter 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 Trump says US prepared to deal with North Korea on its own POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump says that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea's nuclear program. Trump's comments in an interview with the Financial Times come just days before he is set to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in South Florida. The two are expected to dis... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 07:42:00 GMT 2017-04-03T07:42:00Z Trump says US is ready to act alone on North Korea POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump says that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea's nuclear program. Trump's comments in an interview with the Financial Times come just days before he is set to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in South Florida. The two are expected to dis... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 01:13:00 GMT 2017-04-03T01:13:00Z Former Pentagon chief Ash Carter returns to teach at Harvard BOSTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter is the latest member of Barack Obama's cabinet heading to the world of academia. Harvard University said Tuesday that Carter is being hired as a professor and as director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a university think tank. Carter follows other top members... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:56:00 GMT 2017-03-28T22:56:00Z Marine leaders vow to combat online nude photo sharing WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "enough is enough," the top U.S. Marine on Tuesday told senators that he intends to fix the problem that led to current and former Corps members sharing nude photos of female Marines online and making lewd or threatening comments about them. But angry and skeptical members of the Senate Armed Services Committee demanded more, s... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-03-15T01:30:00Z Top Marine asks women to 'trust us' in nude-photo inquiry WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer than 10 women victims have come forward so far in the investigation into nude photos of female service members that were posted online without their permission, the top Marine general said Friday. He pleaded with female Marines to "trust us" and reach out to make complaints or seek help. "I need their help," said Gen. Robert Neller... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:24:00 GMT 2017-03-10T21:24:00Z The Latest: Trump returns to White House after celebrations WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States (all times EST): 12:15 a.m. The nation's 45th president, Donald Trump, has arrived back at the White House after attending three inaugural balls celebrating his election. The president has used the balls to recount h... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:42:00 GMT 2017-01-21T05:42:00Z Senate confirms Trump's picks for defense, homeland security WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate, taking little time to fill two critical national security posts, overwhelmingly confirmed a pair of retired Marine generals tapped by President Donald Trump to run the Pentagon and secure America's borders. A little more than an hour later, Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to James Matt... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:13:00 GMT 2017-01-21T01:13:00Z US bombers strike 2 Islamic State camps in Libya WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers attacked a pair of Islamic State military camps in Libya, killing more than 80 fighters in an unusual mission that may have marked the final demonstration of military force of President Barack Obama's global counterterrorism campaign. The militants targeted in the airstrikes included Islamic State members "acti... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:58:00 GMT 2017-01-19T18:58:00Z Carter tells AP more US troops will not fix Iraq or Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — Sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of the Islamic State group would push U.S. allies to the exits, create more anti-U.S. resistance and give up the U.S. military's key advantages, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an Associated Press interview. Speaking from his Pentagon office ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:36:00 GMT 2017-01-19T08:36:00Z Pentagon chief says he opposed cutting Manning's prison term WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday he had opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq. "That was not my recommendation," Carter said in an Associated Press interview. "I recommended aga... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:29:00 GMT 2017-01-19T03:29:00Z Committee decisively approves Mattis for defense secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee voted decisively Wednesday to approve Donald Trump's pick for defense secretary, clearing the way for retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to be confirmed shortly after the president-elect is sworn in. On a vote of 26-1, the Republican-led panel agreed that Mattis' nomination should be sent directly to the... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:25:00 GMT 2017-01-18T20:25:00Z US, North Korea trade warnings over potential ICBM test PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — With Donald Trump getting ready to take office as president, North Korea is talking about launching a newly perfected intercontinental ballistic missile. Officials in Washington are saying that if Pyongyang launches anything that threatens the territory of the U.S. or its allies, it will be shot down. North Korea has not expl... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:44:00 GMT 2017-01-09T07:44:00Z Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — President Barack Obama NBC's "Meet the Press" — Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Kellyanne Conway, adviser to President-elect Donald Trump; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. CBS' "... Sat, 07 Jan 2017 13:55:00 GMT 2017-01-07T13:55:00Z Obama calls for seamless transition for US military to Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called for a smooth handover of control of the U.S. military to incoming commander in chief Donald Trump, as the outgoing president met Wednesday with military leaders for the last time. "We've got to make sure that during this transition period that there is a seamless passing of the baton, that there's continuity... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:39:00 GMT 2017-01-04T21:39:00Z Trump welcomes 'nice' letter from Putin after nuclear vow WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — After months of promising to engage more with Russia, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to enhance America's nuclear capabilities, admonishing Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday that he hopes both global powers can restore collaboration so that "we do not have to travel an alternate path." Trump passed along a "ver... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:02:00 GMT 2016-12-24T00:02:00Z Trump: US must 'greatly strengthen' nuclear capability WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — After months of promising to engage more with Russia, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to enhance America's nuclear capabilities, warning Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday to avoid circumstances that may set the two global powers on an "alternate path." Trump passed along a "very nice letter" his transition team say... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:54:00 GMT 2016-12-23T20:54:00Z Former defense chief Hagel opens Pentagon's Vietnam exhibit WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel returned to the Pentagon Tuesday to pay tribute to his fellow Vietnam veterans who he said fought in an unpopular war they didn't understand and returned to an ungrateful nation. The two-time Purple Heart recipient formally opened the Defense Departments Vietnam war exhibit, which stretches along a se... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:22:00 GMT 2016-12-20T23:22:00Z Vincent Viola: Billionaire businessman, hockey team owner WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire Florida hockey team owner Vincent Viola is known more for his business success and sports deals than his military acumen. But the 1977 West Point graduate, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Army secretary, has maintained his service ties since leaving active duty. While he has steadily built a financial empire — liste... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:56:00 GMT 2016-12-19T18:56:00Z China says it will give drone back, but Trump says 'keep it' BEIJING (AP) — China says its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea, but that it will give it back. President-elect Donald Trump, however, says the Chinese government should be told "we don't want the drone they stole back" and "let them keep it!" This comes after U.S. officials confirmed that they "secured an under... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:21:00 GMT 2016-12-18T15:21:00Z In collapse of US-Russian military ties, some see nuke risk LONDON (AP) — It's not quite Cold War II, but the collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama's national security legacy while presenting an early test of Donald Trump's hope for friendly ties to Moscow. Beyond the prospect of the two militaries accidentally brushing aga... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:49:00 GMT 2016-12-14T19:49:00Z Carter says 3 key Islamic State militants killed in Syria AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AP) — U.S. airstrikes killed three key leaders of the Islamic State group in Syria, including two involved in last year's attacks in Paris, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday. He announced the killings during an address to U.S. airmen at a military base in Italy. "I can confirm today we took out three of ISIL's key lead... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:24:00 GMT 2016-12-13T16:24:00Z For Congress, defense contracts are like baseball, apple pie WASHINGTON (AP) — For members of Congress, there's nothing more American than baseball, apple pie and big defense contracts. After President-elect Donald Trump attacked the cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on Monday as "out of control," several lawmakers responded by praising the Pentagon's most expensive weapons acquisition. Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, a... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:58:00 GMT 2016-12-13T09:58:00Z Trump targets F-35, but aircraft means jobs in 45 states WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to corral the "out of control" cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But congressional Republicans and Democrats, aware of the tens of thousands of jobs the aircraft generates in 45 states, will be wary of any plans by Trump to cut the program. A Monday morning tweet from Trump targeting the F-35 d... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:06:00 GMT 2016-12-12T23:06:00Z US defense secretary in Israel as country gets F-35 jets NEVATIM AIR FORCE BASE, Israel (AP) — The vanguard of Israel's new fleet of F-35 fighter jets roared onto the Nevatim air base Monday, ushering in a new era for Israeli air power and sharpening its military edge in a volatile Mideast. The arrival of Israel's first two F-35 stealth aircraft also highlighted the Obama administration's commitment to providin... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:41:00 GMT 2016-12-12T18:41:00Z Militants retake ancient city of Palmyra from Syrian forces BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Syrian troops Sunday, according to both sides in the battle, scoring a major advance after a year of setbacks in Syria and neighboring Iraq. In winning back Palmyra, the extremist group appeared to be taking advantage of the Syrian and Russian preoccupation with Aleppo, timi... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 01:16:00 GMT 2016-12-12T01:16:00Z US says 2,000 IS fighters killed, gravely wounded in Mosul QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces have killed or gravely wounded more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters in the battle for Mosul since October, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Sunday. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told reporters there are still an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 IS fighters defending Mosul. He applauded the efforts ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:05:00 GMT 2016-12-11T18:05:00Z Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa. The 200, to include special operations troops, are in addition to 300 already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, tra... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:31:00 GMT 2016-12-10T20:31:00Z Islamic State militants re-enter Syria's historic Palmyra BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants re-entered the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria on Saturday for the first time since they were expelled by Syrian and Russian forces nine months ago. The activist-run Palmyra Coordination network said the militants had nearly encircled the city and entered its northern and northwestern neighborhoods. The group, which maintains c... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:43:00 GMT 2016-12-10T19:43:00Z It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war. It also is America's longest war. Now in its 16th year and showing little sign of ending, it will soon be the responsibility of Donald Trump, two presidents removed from the October 2001 invasion. ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:36:00 GMT 2016-12-10T07:36:00Z