Military leadership

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. Esper on Wednesday, Sept. 4, began briefing allied officials in Europe on an emerging peace deal with the Taliban, but he cautioned that no final deal has been sealed to end the longest war in American history. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 06, 2019 - 7:55 am
LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper cautioned European allies against cozying up to China, arguing on Friday that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology. "The more dependent a country becomes on Chinese investment and trade, the more...
Read More
September 02, 2019 - 1:28 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's powerful army chief says that the date of the nation's long-delayed presidential election should be announced on Sept. 15 to quickly pull the nation out of political limbo. By law, elections come 90 days after an announcement, which would mean a December vote. The...
Read More
FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks beside President Donald Trump, during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the “breaking point” in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 30, 2019 - 5:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Try as he might, Jim Mattis can't seem to hide his real feelings about Donald Trump - that the president is leading the world's most powerful nation down a dangerously wrong path. Mattis, the retired Marine general who resigned as defense secretary last December in a military...
Read More
President Donald Trump watches with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper as the flag for U.S. space Command is unfurled as Trump announces the establishment of the U.S. Space Command in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 29, 2019 - 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring space crucial to the nation's defense, President Donald Trump said Thursday the Pentagon has established U.S. Space Command as part of a broader effort to preserve U.S. dominance in orbit. "This is a landmark day," Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony, "one that...
Read More
August 15, 2019 - 10:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has hosted his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss military ties between the two countries. During Thursday's meeting, Sergei Shoigu hailed Venezuela for "resisting attempts by the United States to overthrow the legitimate government," noting that the...
Read More
This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar Green Beret. A military court hearing is set to begin in Virginia for a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who are charged in the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret in Africa. Monday's, April 5, 2019, preliminary hearing at Naval Station Norfolk will review the cases against Navy SEAL Tony DeDolph and Marine Mario Madera-Rodriguez. DeDolph and Madera-Rodriguez are among four U.S. servicemen charged in the strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali. (U.S. Army via AP)
August 05, 2019 - 8:35 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Military prosecutors in Virginia said Monday that they want to add allegations of sexual misconduct to their murder case against a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who are among those blamed for the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret in Africa. Navy prosecutor Benjamin Garcia...
Read More
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from right, and his wife Susan, right, are greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse and U.S. Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean as they arrive aboard his plane in Sydney Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
August 03, 2019 - 6:14 am
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 formally pulled out of a Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia. Esper, however, added that it will...
Read More
Gen. John Hyten appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, for his confirmation hearing to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 31, 2019 - 7:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee on Wednesday approved the nomination of an Air Force general to become the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, largely discounting an aide's allegations that he had subjected her to unwanted sexual advances. Gen. John Hyten flatly denied the allegations...
Read More
Gen. John Hyten appears before a Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, for his confirmation hearing to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 30, 2019 - 10:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on confirmation hearings for Air Force Gen. John Hyten (all times local): 10:30 a.m. The Air Force general nominated to the Pentagon's second-in-command is strongly denying allegations of sexual misconduct as he appears before the Senate committee considering his...
Read More
Mark Esper, left, is sworn in as the Secretary of Defense by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, right, as is wife Leah Esper holds the Bible, during a ceremony with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 23, 2019 - 10:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally got a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense to succeed Jim Mattis. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation by a vote of 90-8 and was sworn in at the White House by...
Read More

Pages