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US prepped for strikes on Iran before approval was withdrawn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US prepped for strikes on Iran before approval was withdrawn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 ...

Q&A: A look at the standoff between the US and Iran

Hostilities are heating up between the United States and Iran and while President Donald Trump says he's not looking to go to war with Tehran, it's unclear how the standoff can be resolved. ...

The Latest: Shanahan cites 'painful' family situation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's decision to step down (all times local): 2 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanaha...

Shanahan steps down to avoid 'painful' family situation

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of unexplained delays, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family sit...

Trump: Shanahan out at Pentagon, Esper now acting secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing his nomination to lead the Pentagon. The abrupt announceme...

Test of resolve, credibility in US-Iran nuclear deal fallout

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a test of resolve and credibility for the United States and Iran, the two adversaries have taken steps sure to further inflame tensions in the Mideast and draw them closer to a fl...

Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reaching out to wary foreign leaders to frame alleged Iranian attacks in a Middle East oil shipping route as a problem for the world at large, espec...

Turkey won't bow to US 'ultimatums' on Russia missile system

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday his country won't bow to "ultimatums" after the United States warned Turkey it was excluding it from the F-35 fighter jet program over its...

US troops, civilian defense workers get political reminder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is reminding civilian Defense Department employees and service members not to engage in political activity while on the job. ...

US photos show China not enforcing North Korea oil sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan sat down with his Chinese counterpart during his recent trip to Singapore and presented him with a photo book with a pointed message. ...