Apr 25, 2014 4:00pm

Chuck Hagel Wants to Talk Ukraine With Russia by Phone, But No Response

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been trying to get Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the phone the past 24 hours to discuss de-escalating the tensions along the Russian border but has been unable to reach him, Pentagon officials said today. And the U.S. military… Read More »

Apr 23, 2014 9:36pm

Former Blue Angels Commander Reassigned After Sex Harassment Complaints

The Navy says a former commander of the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team was reassigned from his current post because of an ongoing investigation that he allowed “lewd speech, inappropriate comments, and sexually explicit humor” under his command. The “inappropriate work environment within the… Read More »

Apr 10, 2014 1:39am

US Destroyer Headed to Black Sea to Reassure Allies

In the latest sign of support for NATO allies in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook will enter the Black Sea on Thursday to participate in exercises with regional partners. It is unclear how long… Read More »

Apr 4, 2014 11:04am

White House to Post Ambassador Nominee Qualifications Online

The Obama administration will start posting proof of their ambassadorial nominees’ competency online in an effort to stanch criticism that their political appointees are not qualified to represent the United States abroad. The change in policy, which was announced by the American Foreign Service Association… Read More »

Apr 3, 2014 6:18pm

Fort Hood Shooter Had Lengthy but Unremarkable Military Career

The Army service record of Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, who has been identified as the shooter who killed three fellow soldiers and injured 16 others at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, revealed a lengthy though unremarkable military career. Read More: Fort Hood General Cites ‘Awful Lot… Read More »

Apr 1, 2014 5:19pm

Veteran Mideast Negotiators Advise Against Releasing Pollard

The Obama administration’s decision to put the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard back on the Middle East negotiating table is not without precedent. President Bill Clinton – the third of five presidents under whom Pollard has been imprisoned – floated the commutation of his… Read More »

Mar 27, 2014 7:29pm

9 Air Force Commanders Fired for Cheating Scandal

The Air Force cheating scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana has resulted in the firing of nine commanders and the disciplining of 79 nuclear launch officers. The disciplinary action is the latest in a string of negative incidents that have occurred over the… Read More »

Mar 27, 2014 2:17pm

Pentagon ‘Monitoring’ Russian Troop Presence Along Ukraine Border

The Pentagon says Russia continues to send in troops along Ukraine’s eastern border for what it says are exercises, but so  far the U.S. has not seen evidence that those exercises have taken place. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters today that… Read More »

Mar 26, 2014 8:09pm

US Official Can’t Say Syria Chemical Weapons Fully Tracked Down

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria, a State Department official could not confirm that the international community has located Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s entire chemical weapons supply. Sen. Tim Kaine asked Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman whether there… Read More »

Mar 25, 2014 7:40pm

North Korea Launches Two Mid-Range Ballistic Missiles

North Korea has fired two medium-range Nodong ballistic missiles into the waters east of the Korean Peninsula, that the State Department called “a troubling and provocative escalation that the United States takes seriously.” In a statement, State Department Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said the United… Read More »