Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 9, the 130th day of 2020. There are 236 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 9, 194...

Esper: US to soon put intermediate range missile in Asia

SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he wants to deploy an intermediate range conventional missile in the Pacific region within months, now that the Trump administration has form...

New US defense secretary recognizes threat posed by Chinese telecom companies

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The new U.S. secretary of defense, Mark Esper, made it clear upon being sworn into office that Chinese telecom companies like Huawei represent a significant threat to the ...

Senators weigh sexual misconduct allegations against general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are hearing closed-door testimony this week about an allegation of sexual misconduct against Air Force Gen. John Hyten as they weigh his nomination for vice chairman of the ...

The Latest: Esper sworn in as new secretary of defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation of Mark Esper as defense secretary (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Mark Esper has been sworn in as the next U.S. defen...

Pentagon to get unprecedented 3rd acting chief this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, President Donald Trump is expected today to nominate a successor to Jim Mattis as secretary of defense. It will be Mark Esper, who has been s...

Pentagon in longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seve...

Senate committee sets Tuesday hearing on Pentagon leadership

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Mark Esper's expected nomination as defense secretary. The committee says it's "pre-nomination paperwork" from ...

The Latest: Acting Pentagon chief to appeal to NATO allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper's trip to Europe (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he wants ...

Trump's Pentagon pick is Army veteran, defense lobbyist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for new defense secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as ...

The Latest: Trump to nominate Esper to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Pentagon leadership (all times local): 8:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he will nominate Mark Esper to be the next U.S. defense...

US prepped for strikes on Iran before approval was withdrawn

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States made preparations for a military strike against Iran on Thursday night in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but the operation was abru...

US prepped for strikes on Iran before approval was withdrawn

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States made preparations for a military strike against Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but the operation was abruptly called off with jus...

Pentagon is without a chief as US faces many global threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a difficult time for the Pentagon to be without a permanent U.S. defense secretary. The Trump administration is grappling with an escalating crisis with Iran, ...

Trump's Pentagon pick is Army veteran, defense lobbyist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for new Defense Secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as ...