Senate confirms Army general as next Joint Chiefs chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted 89-1 to confirm the Army's top officer, Gen. Mark Milley (MIHL'-ee), to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Milley will succeed ...

Pentagon chief aims to ensure safe passage in Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new Pentagon chief says he aims to ensure a U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf that would deter Iran from threatening to stop or seize any American co...

Senate confirms Army veteran Mark Esper secretary of defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump finally has a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyi...

Iran's poking at West heightens risks of military missteps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to...

Officials: US putting troops back in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the U.S. is sending several hundred troops as well as aircraft and air defense missiles to Saudi Arabia to counter Iran. The move has been in the work...

US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a significant break with a longtime NATO ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey can no longer be part of the American F-35 fighter jet program. ...

Pentagon nominee argues for diplomatic approach to Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Pentagon has told his Senate confirmation hearing that the United States should pursue diplomatic solutions to its differences with Iran a...

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...

US proceeding with plan for coalition to deter Iran threats

FORT MYER, Virginia (AP) — The top U.S. military officer says Washington will move ahead with plans to build a coalition of nations to monitor and deter Iranian threats against shipping in the Persian...

Admiral to lead Navy instead will retire; bad judgment cited

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy admiral set to become his service's top officer on Aug. 1 says he will instead retire. The extraordinary downfall of Adm. William Moran was prompted by wha...

Additional US fighter planes sent to Gulf amid Iran tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says nearly a dozen Air Force F-22 stealth fighters have deployed to the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. They are part of a force buildup requested b...

Islamic State in Afghanistan aims to attack US, general says

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — The Islamic State group in Afghanistan is a "very worrisome" threat to the United States, and U.S. counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions...

US carrier in Persian Gulf region sends clear signal to Iran

ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (AP) — The USS Abraham Lincoln, with its contingent of Navy destroyers and cruisers and a fighting force of about 70 aircraft, is the centerpiece of the Pentagon's respo...

US commander says Mideast buildup prompted Iran 'step back'

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran has chosen to "step back and recalculate" after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude the threa...