Category Archives: Defense

Defense Secretary Austin urges immediate reduction in Taliban violence

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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in his first news conference as Pentagon chief, said Friday that progress toward peace in Afghanistan and an end to U.S. military involvement there depends on the Taliban reducing attacks. He said, right now, “clearly the violence is too high.” He refused, however, to say when the U.S. will […]

Defense Department inspector general reviews Trump relocation of Space Command

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DENVER — The Department of Defense’s inspector general announced Friday that it was reviewing the Trump administration’s last-minute decision to relocate U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama. The decision on Jan. 13, one week before Trump left office, blindsided Colorado officials and raised questions of political retaliation. Trump had hinted at a Colorado Springs […]

Defense Department inspector general reviews Trump relocation of Space Command

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DENVER — The Department of Defense’s inspector general announced Friday that it was reviewing the Trump administration’s last-minute decision to relocate U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama. The decision on Jan. 13, one week before Trump left office, blindsided Colorado officials and raised questions of political retaliation. Trump had hinted at a Colorado Springs […]

Defense Department inspector general reviews Trump relocation of Space Command

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DENVER — The Department of Defense’s inspector general announced Friday that it was reviewing the Trump administration’s last-minute decision to relocate U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama. The decision on Jan. 13, one week before Trump left office, blindsided Colorado officials and raised questions of political retaliation. Trump had hinted at a Colorado Springs […]

US defense secretary says Germany is ‘highly valued’ station for American troops

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BERLIN — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Germany’s Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in his first conversation with her since taking up his new post that Germany is “highly valued” as a station for American soldiers, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Last year, then President Donald Trump ordered the reduction of the U.S. military contingent stationed […]

New in 2021: Biden’s defense secretary pick faces some hurdles

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President-elect Joe Biden announced in early December his selection of retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who last served as the head of U.S. Central Command in 2016, for the Pentagon’s top job. The choice was met with resounding concern, because it would make Biden’s the second administration in a row to tap a recently retired […]

Acting defense chief visits Afghanistan during troop pullout

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Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Tuesday, meeting top leaders during the American troop withdrawal. The Pentagon said Miller met Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in the country. Miller’s stop in Kabul is the second visit by senior defense officials in the […]

Timing on defense bill veto could cause problems for Congress, military

The fate of dozens of military pay authorizations, Pentagon reform plans and new program starts now depends on whether President Donald Trump will follow through on his public promises to block a $740.5 billion defense authorization bill over a non-military complaint. On Friday, Senate lawmakers approved the annual military budget measure 84-13, with the majority […]

Biden’s defense secretary pick raises concerns over recent military service

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President-elect Joe Biden’s decision this week to name retired Gen. Lloyd Austin III as his pick for defense secretary drew immediate concerns from lawmakers worried about another recently retired officer taking over the department’s top civilian post. Austin, 67, served in the Army for 41 years and was head of U.S. Central Command before his […]

Acting US defense secretary to push for free and open Indo-Pacific policy during tour of Asia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — The acting U.S. secretary of defense met with his counterpart in Indonesia on Monday as part of a visit to Asia in which he will push Washington’s free and open Indo-Pacific policy. Christopher Miller met Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto on Monday, according to Prabowo’s office. The Pentagon has said during […]