Mar 5, 2014 5:59pm

Masked Men in Crimea Not Russian Military, Russian Officials Tell Pentagon

The masked men in military uniform spotted all over Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula are not Russian military forces but “well-trained militia forces,” Russian officials have claimed to America’s top military officer. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey aren’t buying the claim,… Read More »

Mar 4, 2014 3:01pm

Russia Launches ICBM Despite Rising Tensions

Russia test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile today  amid growing tensions between Moscow and Washington, but a U.S. official said the launch was planned in advance of the current crisis in Crimea. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the test of a RS-12 M ICBM… Read More »

Feb 26, 2014 8:34pm

Army Disqualifies 588 Soldiers from ‘Positions of Trust’

The Army’s review of 20,000 “positions of trust” among its sexual assault response coordinators, recruiters and drill instructors has disqualified 588 soldiers from those positions for infractions ranging from sexual assault to prior DUIs. The number of soldiers disqualified from the positions was a significant… Read More »

Feb 25, 2014 10:31pm

‘Zero Option’ Could Add Up to Afghan Civil War, Pakistan Official Warns

WASHINGTON — The so-called “zero option” — the complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by year’s end — could result in a civil war and a mass desertion of Afghan security forces, a senior Pakistani official warned today. The White House acknowledged for… Read More »

Feb 25, 2014 7:36pm

Navy Relieves Commander of Ship That Ran Aground After Sochi Tour

The Navy has relieved the commander of the frigate USS Taylor, citing a “loss of confidence” after the vessel ran aground in a Turkish port two weeks ago, U.S. military officials said today. The Taylor was one of two Navy ships assigned to the Black Sea… Read More »

Feb 24, 2014 7:38pm

Pentagon Proposes Cutting the Army to Pre-WWII Level

WASHINGTON — Faced with tight budgets at the end of two lengthy wars the Pentagon is proposing cuts that could reduce the Army to its lowest level since just before the U.S. entered World War II. Budget proposals unveiled Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel… Read More »

Feb 20, 2014 6:22pm

Ukrainian Defense Ministry Not Taking Chuck Hagel’s Calls

With violence raging in Kiev, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has trying to reach his Ukrainian counterpart on the phone to urge restraint against civilian protesters — but no one is picking up, U.S. officials said today. Indications are that the Ukrainian government’s violent crackdown against… Read More »

Feb 18, 2014 7:10pm

U.S. May Swap Prisoners to Gain Captive Soldier’s Release

The Obama administration is considering a swap of prisoners to gain the release of  Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban for four years. A U.S. official confirms to ABC News that the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee has proposed renewed… Read More »

Feb 18, 2014 1:55pm

US Navy Ship on Olympics Duty Ran Aground

The frigate USS Taylor, one of two Navy ships assigned to the Black Sea during the Sochi Winter Olympics, briefly ran aground  last week in a Turkish port where it had gone to refuel. There were no injuries in the incident which resulted in some… Read More »

Feb 13, 2014 7:32pm

Afghanistan Releases 65 Detainees Despite US Objections

In another low point in Afghanistan’s relationship with the United States, Afghanistan has released 65 detainees that the U.S. military says are among the most dangerous men in the country. Afghanistan went through with the release over the objections of U.S. and NATO officials who… Read More »