Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to...
Mattis sends Christmas greeting to US military
Editorials from around Ohio
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio's newspapers:
The Blade, Dec. 23
The departure of Gen. James Mattis is unfortunate for this President and for the country — maybe tragic. The reason is not that he is a fine man and a great patriot, though he is both. And the reason is not that he is right about Syria and the President is wrong. The reason is that the President and the country need his experience and his mind.
Russia claims US ignoring outreach on nuclear disagreement
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for "open and specific" talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.
The U.S. claims Russia is violating the INF treaty, and on Dec. 4 issued an ultimatum that Moscow come into compliance with the accord in 60 days, or else Washington will withdraw. Russia denies it's in breach of the treaty.
The Latest: Senators move to act against Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):
Senators are sending a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voting to move forward with legislation that would end U.S. involvement with a Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Senate defies Trump, showing anger with Saudis for Khashoggi
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying President Donald Trump, senators sent a strong signal Wednesday that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with legislation calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
New Orleans-based Marine Corps Reserve head being promoted
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Marine Corps Reserve commander based in New Orleans has been nominated for promotion to major general.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a news release Wednesday that President Donald Trump nominated Brig. Gen. Bradley S. James for the rank.
James is commander of both the Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Marine Corps Forces North, and is commanding general of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.
At Southcom, Mattis sees stability in Western Hemisphere
MIAMI (AP) — Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that the U.S. military brings stability to most of Latin America through its operations run across the hemisphere by the Miami-based Southern Command.
Mattis spoke Monday at a ceremony appointing Navy Adm. Craig Faller as new leader of the command that oversees U.S. military operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is also responsible for security of the Panama Canal and the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Mattis: War-trophy bells’ return to help US, Philippine ties
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Three war-trophy bells seized by U.S. troops over a century ago got a send-off back to the Philippines on Wednesday by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who called the controversial decision to repatriate them an important gesture of friendship between the two countries.
Some veterans and officials in the U.S. oppose returning the Bells of Balangiga, calling them memorials to American war dead. But Filipinos revere the bells as symbols of national pride.
Mattis: Bells’ return to help US-Philippine ties
Mattis send-off as US war-booty bells return to Philippines
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. defense secretary plans to take part in a ceremony in Wyoming marking the beginning of a process to return three disputed church bells to the Philippines.
The Defense Department says Defense Secretary James Mattis plans to travel Wednesday to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. Two of the Bells of Balangiga are at the base, and the third is with the U.S. Army in South Korea.
US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan's war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others.
Pompeo, Mattis talk bolstering Indian ties despite tensions
NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis held long-delayed talks Thursday with top Indian officials, looking to shore up the alliance with one of Washington's top regional partners.
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Duterte says buying US F-16 jets ‘utterly useless’
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president is opposing an offer by the U.S. defense chief and other top American officials to buy F-16 fighter jets, saying such an acquisition would be "utterly useless" because his country needs lighter combat aircraft to fight insurgents.
Wyoming officials oppose returning war-trophy church bells
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The United States should not return church bells seized as war trophies from the Philippines over a century ago, Wyoming's congressional delegation said Monday.
It's a position Wyoming officials have repeated often over the years amid reports the Bells of Balangiga were to be repatriated. This time, however, the U.S. Defense Department appears intent on following through.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary James Mattis and top Australian officials on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to ridding North Korea of nuclear weapons and touted the strong relationship between the two countries as they ended two days of meetings.
US postpones high-level dialogue with India
NEW DELHI (AP) — The United States on Wednesday announced postponement of a high-level dialogue with India scheduled for next week in Washington, D.C., without assigning any reasons even as its ambassador to the United Nations met with top Indian leaders in New Delhi to step up ties in various fields.
Mattis Talks Immigration, Space Force, Korea
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Defense Secretary James Mattis is urging U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduates to always maintain integrity and "run the ethical midfield."
Mattis also stressed preparedness and taking responsibility in Saturday's commencement address, saying the 191 graduates should "always know where your boots are" so they're ready when trouble looms.
Looming war games suspension raises concern in Seoul
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After being blindsided by President Donald Trump's decision to shelve major U.S. military exercises in South Korea, Seoul appears to be going along with it.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's defense minister says Turkish and U.S. soldiers will patrol the key northern Syrian town of Manbij as part of a deal reached this week for the withdrawal of a Syrian Kurdish militia.
Speaking in Brussels after a NATO summit late Friday, Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said he met his American counterpart James Mattis. "We had a very detailed, constructive and positive meeting on the Manbij roadmap," he said.
Politicians and experts still debate whether the United States and Russia are in a new cold war. Let's end the suspense. Cold War 2.0 is a reality. U.N. Secretary-General Antnio Guterres shares that view. He ought to know, as he observes daily the hateful rhetoric exchanged by U.S and Russian delegations during Security Council sessions.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Thursday the White House has yet to pull the trigger on an all-out withdrawal from the controversial nuclear proliferation pact with Iran, telling congressional lawmakers that administration officials are still weighing the benefits and consequences of such a decision.
The slogan "The few. The proud. The Marines" will definitely describe one colonel if things go as planned as she may soon step into the forefront of U.S. military history.
Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock may not strike most people as a typical Marine, but she evidently has leadership skills and a commanding presence honed as a senior officer in the Corps over nearly three decades.
So the April 10 announcement may not have surprised her peers and those under her charge.
White House slams report that Mattis urged Trump to ask Congress to approve Syria strikes
The White House shot down a New York Times report Wednesday that claimed Defense Secretary James Mattis tried unsuccessfully to persuade President Trump to get approval from Congress for last weekend's airstrikes against Syria.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the reports "categorically false."
"As Secretary Mattis explained to Congress in yesterday's all-member briefs, the president appropriately ordered the strikes under his constitutional authorities," she said.
- Globe NewswireStatement from the Alliance Party on Trump PoliticsDecember 22, 2018
James Mattis: Strikes send ‘clear message’ to Syria’s ‘murderous lieutenants’
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said military strikes launched Friday night in Syria were "directed at the Syrian regime" and have "sent a clear message" to President Bashar Assad and his "murderous lieutenants."
Mr. Mattis said he is "absolutely confident" that Mr. Assad used chemical weapons on his own people last week in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, that killed dozens of civilians.
Gen. Dunford Says Targets Linked To Chem Weapons
James Mattis-favored Close Combat Lethality Task Force primed to transform infantry
A task force favored by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is on a mission to transform combat units into war-fighting machines unlike anything on the battlefield today.
Troops throughout history are all too familiar with the saying, "Hurry up and wait," but the Close Combat Lethality Task Force in many ways seeks to make it a memory. A cross-service group at the highest levels of the Pentagon has already been allocated $2.5 billion in resources to develop a wholly new kind of infantry unit.
Mattis: US Aim in Syria is Still Defeating ISIS
Pentagon, White House discussed shifting military funds to Trump border wall
The Defense Department confirmed Thursday the Trump White House and Defense Secretary James Mattis have begun initial talks over whether to funnel billions from the Pentagon's coffers into the administration's border wall program.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters Thursday Mr. Mattis and Mr. Trump have discussed issue of siphoning off federal funds for defense and national security toward the White House's plan to erect a new border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
With more planes arriving to Fairchild, Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck says base’s future remains bright
In a gallery of photos hanging on the wall of a cavernous World War II-era hangar at Fairchild Air Force Base, Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck’s picture shows him smiling, between similarly beaming photos of Gen. Carlton Everhart and Col. Ryan Samuelson.
While protecting Santa Ana refuge, spending bill includes 33 miles of border wall in RGV
While conflating the border with the military and declaring his displeasure for the $1.3 trillion Omnibus spending package, President Donald Trump signed the bill Friday to avoid a looming government shutdown.
“I will never sign another bill like this again,” Trump said after tweeting early on Friday that he was considering a veto. “Nobody read it. It’s only hours old.”
President Trump moved late Friday to exclude most transgender persons from signing up for the U.S. military, after his defense and homeland security chiefs said they were worried about the armed forces' ability to handle the different challenges the troops would bring.
The decision replaces Mr. Trump's earlier ban, announced last summer, with a more thoroughly justified and somewhat tailored approach.
The Republican head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sharply criticized President Trumps proposal to cut USAID funding by 33 percent Wednesday, saying the reduction will negatively impact American-led efforts to combat terrorists, address future health threats and promote democracy around the world.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is asking the Defense and Justice Departments to explain how they handle student-on-student sexual assaults at K-12 schools the Pentagon runs on military bases worldwide.
Top defense officials in Washington and Seoul plan to restart a new round of massive military drills on the peninsula, initially delayed due to the recent winter Olympic games, within the coming weeks in a move assured to draw a harsh response from North Korea.
Senators demand explanation for unspent funds to counter Russian propaganda
A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has demanded an explanation for why tens of millions in federal funds allocated to battle Russian disinformation and propaganda has gone unspent.
On March 14, 2008, Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani, a close aide and "procurement specialist" for Osama bin Laden, having been captured by Pakistani authorities and handed over to the CIA, was processed and imprisoned at the U.S. detainment site at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Exactly a decade later, al-Afghani remains the last inmate to enter Guantanamo despite President Trump's vow to "load it up with bad dudes."
The Pentagon has begun preparing for President Trump's requested military parade in Washington, D.C., but preliminary plans suggest it won't involve any tanks like the Bastille Day celebration that inspired it.
"The purpose of this memorandum is to provide initial guidance for the planning and execution of a military-themed Veteran's Day Parade in Washington, D.C. on November 11, 2018," the office of Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote in a memo published Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House pushed back Thursday against an MSNBC report that President Donald Trump is planning to imminently replace National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton said Trump called the report "fake news" in a meeting with McMaster Thursday and informed McMaster "that he is doing a great job."
H.R. McMaster, Trump national security adviser, to be replaced: report
The Trump administration will reportedly get rid of H.R. McMaster as national security adviser this month.
Citing "five people familiar with the discussions," NBC News reported that the move is being orchestrated by Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis.
NBC News said a likely replacement for Mr. McMaster would be auto industry executive Stephen Biegun.
Top intel official: US must do more to stop Russian meddling
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. response to Russian meddling and disinformation campaigns has not been strong enough to deter Moscow's activities, a top intelligence official said Tuesday.
The first transgender recruit has officially signed up for the U.S. military since the White House called for the ban of all such individuals from serving in the armed forces, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.
Pentagon officials are nearing the end of an almost five-month review into the chain of events that led to the deaths of four Army Special Forces soldiers during a military adviser mission in Niger, the Defense Department confirmed Monday.
Pentagon officials are still drafting options for the White House on how the department will carry out a unprecedented military parade on the streets of D.C. ordered by the Trump administration.
Pentagon transgender policy recommendations to reach White House this week
The Pentagon's highly anticipated recommendations to implement President Trump's ban on transgender recruits from serving in the armed forces will be sent to the White House by the end of this week, Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said Thursday.
The candidates running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in Indiana clashed Tuesday over whether it was necessary to pass a two-year bipartisan spending deal that increased spending by $300 billion.
Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita joined former state Rep. Mike Braun Tuesday night for a debate, hosted by Americans for Prosperity-Indiana, where they pressed on the deal lawmakers passed last month that lifted caps on defense and nondefense spending and raised the debt limit.