Pentagon

Border wall separating San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
Gregory Bull/AP Photo, File
AP News
September 03, 2019 - 9:45 pm
Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Trump's wall along the Mexican border.
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In this July 8, 2019, photo, acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper waits for the arrival of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the Pentagon.
Susan Walsh/AP Photo
July 15, 2019 - 12:55 pm
By Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a successor to Jim Mattis as secretary of defense on Monday. It will be Mark Esper, who has been serving as acting secretary of defense since June, when Patrick...
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Two Bradley Fighting Vehicles are parked next to the Lincoln Memorial before President Donald Trump's "Salute to America," event honoring service branches on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Washington.
Andrew Harnik/AP Photo
July 03, 2019 - 7:45 am
By Robert Burns, Lolita C. Baldor and Darlene Superville, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is marshalling tanks, bombers and other machinery of war for a Fourth of July celebration that traditionally is light on military might, while critics accused him of using America's...
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In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a ceremony at Imam Khomeini International Airport south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
Iranian Presidency Office via AP
June 18, 2019 - 6:39 am
By Matthew Lee, AP Diplomatic Writer 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 flashpoint. Iran announced it was breaking compliance with the...
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 In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan speaks with the media as he waits for the arrival of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon in Washington.
Alex Brandon/AP Photo
May 10, 2019 - 7:13 pm
By Robert Burns WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is shifting $1.5 billion in funds originally targeted for support of the Afghan security forces and other projects to help pay for construction of nearly 80 miles (130 kilometers) of wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday. Congress was...
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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, second from left, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington , Thursday, April 11, 2019, on the proposed Space Force.
Andrew Harnik/AP Photo
April 11, 2019 - 12:10 pm
By Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's proposal for creating a Space Force as a new military service encountered bipartisan skepticism in the Senate on Thursday, with several lawmakers questioning the need for expanding the military bureaucracy...
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President Donald Trump pauses during a signing event for "Space Policy Directive 4" in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Washington.
Evan Vucci/AP Photo
February 19, 2019 - 10:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted. Before signing a document instructing the defense secretary to draft proposed legislation, Trump...
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German minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen, right, looks to United States Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan at a press conference during the International Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
dpa via AP/Tobias Hase
February 15, 2019 - 10:46 am
By Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer MUNICH, Germany (AP) — The top Pentagon official said Friday he foresees a "bigger and stronger" American-led international coalition combatting the Islamic State group globally as the U.S. withdraws its troops from Syria. Pat Shanahan, on his first trip...
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FILE - This March 27, 2008, file aerial photo shows the Pentagon in Washington.
Charles Dharapak/ AP Photo, File
February 12, 2019 - 9:50 pm
(AP) — The U.S. military wants to expand its use of artificial intelligence in warfare, but says it will take care to deploy the technology in accordance with the nation's values. The Pentagon outlined its first AI strategy in a report released Tuesday. The plan calls for accelerating the use of AI...
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In this Jan. 7, 2019 photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
Mike DeNardo
January 22, 2019 - 9:54 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration's ban on transgender people in the military to go into effect, while challenges continue in lower courts. LGBT activists are continuing to push for the ban to be overturned. The high court split 5-4 in...
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