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  • Yale commencement includes first ROTC graduates since 70s 
    Updated: May-24-16 6:48 am

    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Defense Secretary Ashton Carter handed out commissions to the Yale's first ROTC graduating class in more than four decades.

  • GOP-led House decisively approves $602 billion defense bill story has photos
    Updated: May-18-16 10:31 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House voted convincingly Wednesday to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill after rejecting attempts by Democrats to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State.

  • Senate approves new Army secretary after Guantanamo delay story has photos
    Updated: May-17-16 8:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed the long-stalled nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary, making him the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service.

  • GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-17-16 3:07 pm

    WASHINGTON - Buckling under conservative pressure, House Republicans pulled a legislative sleight of hand Tuesday and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required young women to sign up for a military draft.

  • Former GOP lawyer: Military acted properly on Benghazi story has photos
    Updated: May-16-16 4:48 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military acted properly on the night of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to leaked testimony from a retired, three-star Army general who served as chief lawyer for Republicans on the House committee investigating the attacks.

  • General is 1st woman to lead top-tier US combat command story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-13-16 11:33 pm

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado - Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson on Friday became the first woman to lead a top-tier U.S. warfighting command when she took charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in Colorado.

  • The Latest: 1st woman takes over top US command story has photos
    Updated: May-13-16 1:50 pm

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado - The Latest on the installation of the first woman to lead a top-tier U.S. warfighting command. (all times local):

  • Navy officer fired over Iran's detention of 10 sailors 
    Updated: May-12-16 6:26 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who wandered into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf and were captured and held by Iran for about 15 hours.

  • Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials 
    Updated: May-11-16 5:04 pm

    Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:

  • Senate's power brokers are aging; several to seek new terms story has photos
    Updated: May-08-16 9:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - Millennials have emerged as the nation's largest living generation yet that demographic shift isn't reflected in the upper reaches of the Republican-controlled Senate, where the body's oldest members are the power brokers.

  • Orem woman among first to join Army infantry 
    Updated: May-06-16 3:21 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A 25-year-old from Orem is set to become the first Utah woman to join the U.S. infantry, taking advantage of the Pentagon's decision to open up all combat jobs to women.

  • Coalition vows to build up further against Islamic State story has photos
    Updated: May-04-16 8:36 am

    STUTTGART, Germany - An international coalition leading the military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq agreed Wednesday to accelerate their contributions but did not publicly specify what those would be. The group also called on Iraqi leaders to reconcile political differences.

  • Russia to boost troops levels along borders to counter NATO 
    Updated: May-04-16 7:31 am

    MOSCOW - Russia says it will form new military divisions to be stationed along the country's borders with Europe to counter a planned NATO buildup.

  • US defense secretary says Russia is 'nuclear saber-rattling' story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-03-16 2:20 pm

    STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter blasted what the U.S. and its allies see as Russian aggression in Europe, saying Tuesday that Moscow is "going backward in time" with warlike actions that compel an American military buildup on NATO's eastern flank.

  • NATO alliance getting new supreme commander story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 9:40 am

    BRUSSELS - The NATO alliance this week is getting a new supreme commander, a former top-ranking U.S. military officer in Korea hailed Tuesday by Defense Secretary Ash Carter as a proven warrior-diplomat and "a soldiers' general."

  • Q&A: When is a Boot on the Ground not a Boot on the Ground? story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 6:45 am

    WASHINGTON - No one disputes that U.S. military forces are fighting in combat in Iraq and Syria -- except maybe President Barack Obama and some members of his administration.

  • US defense chief: NATO ponders ground force in Baltics 
    Updated: May-02-16 4:43 pm

    STUTTGART, Germany - The NATO alliance is considering establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic states and possibly Poland, reflecting deepening worry about Russian military assertiveness, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

  • 16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-29-16 4:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."

  • Defense secretary investigating accuracy of sex crimes cases story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 5:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday he's investigating whether his department misled Congress in an effort to derail a contentious bill that would change the way the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct.

  • Haley: Feds have left South Carolina in dark on Guantanamo 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 2:02 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday criticized the federal government for keeping her in the dark about plans to potentially transfer Guantanamo detainees to South Carolina, telling a U.S. House panel that she has heard no details about what she says could be detrimental for her state.

  • Carter defends US strategy for defeating Islamic State group 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 11:39 am

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter defended the U.S. strategy for defeating Islamic State militants, telling Congress on Thursday that U.S.-backed local forces in Iraq and Syria are making substantive gains toward retaking the extremist group's strongholds.

  • Carter calls Republican plan to shift wartime money flawed story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-27-16 2:02 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter attacked as "another road to nowhere" a Republican plan that cuts $18 billion from the wartime operations account to pay for weapons and troops the Pentagon didn't request, kicking the battle over how much to spend on the U.S. military into high gear.

  • Obama boosts Islamic State fight, asks Europe to do the same story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-25-16 7:06 pm

    HANNOVER, Germany - Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.

  • Administration: Up to 250 military personnel headed to Syria story has photos
    Updated: Apr-24-16 7:11 pm

    AERZEN, Germany - President Barack Obama will send an additional 250 military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting the Islamic State group, increasing to 300 the number of U.S. forces battling extremists in the war-torn country, administration officials confirmed Sunday.