Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is flatly denying an ABC News report that said he listened to, and read the transcript of, audio of columnist Jamal Khashoggi being murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.
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By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times
The Navy is balking at restoring benefits and back pay to a former Navy SEAL whose sexual assault conviction was overturned by the military's highest court due to unlawful meddling by the services' top legal officer, a defense attorney charges. Published October 18, 2018
An U.S. Navy helicopter crashed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Friday, causing non-fatal injuries to sailors, the Navy said.
When it comes to building artificial intelligence with good old-fashioned common sense, elusive is thy name. Many have tried. Many have failed. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, aims to rectify that by bridging technology with -- get this -- psychology.
The top U.S. general in Afghanistan barely escaped Thursday after a brazen attack during a high-level security meeting in Kandahar where Afghan guards turned their guns on American forces, claiming the lives of three top provincial officials.
President Vladimir Putin hailed new missiles in Russia's military arsenals but emphasized Thursday that the country would only use its nuclear weapons in response to an incoming missile attack.
The sharp partisan divide in America has extended to the armed forces as the military becomes more politically polarized during the Donald Trump era, according to a recent survey of active-duty troops that found an even split in approval for the president.
The Army this month outlined its plan for using modern-day information warfare in future military conflicts as part of new, high-technology warfighting capabilities.
The Islamic State remains "far from defeated," one of the nation's top generals warned Tuesday, seeming to break with President Trump's assertion that the terrorist group was "99 percent" beaten after four years of U.S.-led military action in Syria and Iraq.
"First Man," the movie that was supposed to showcase the historical greatness of the first man to walk the moon, Neil Armstrong -- but that omitted the triumphant and patriotic planting of the flag of record from the very country that made this greatness possible, America -- has suffered a bit of a red face with its opening weekend ticket sales. Sales were projected at $21 million but came in short, at $16.5 million.
Top Trump administration officials now say they're prepared to enlist the U.S. military in a new mission to help move American coal and natural gas to key markets in Asia, an end-run around political and environmental roadblocks in the West that critics denounced as "harebrained" and a "Putin-like move."
President Trump's tour Monday of devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael took him close to Florida's Tyndall Air Force Base, where more than a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the powerful storm.
After President Trump branded him as "sort of a Democrat," Defense Secretary James Mattis shot down the charge on Monday and said flatly that he's never been a Republican or Democrat.
The Defense Department is scrambling for ways to ensure the U.S. military's fleet of warplanes is able to fly and fight when called upon, despite a string of accidents over the past several months.
The North American Treaty Organization (NATO), considered by many historians as the most successful military alliance in history, has a new lease on reality.
President Trump told CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday night that he doesn't trust some of his White House staff and that he considers Defense Secretary James N. Mattis "sort of a Democrat" who could leave the administration relatively soon.
Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it will respond to any "threats" against it as its stock market plunged following President Donald Trump's warning of "severe punishment" over the disappearance of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
President Trump said Thursday he does not favor stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the suspected murder of a Saudi journalist who has been critical of the government.
Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia were safe after an emergency landing Thursday in Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.
The Pentagon has decided to disclose a piece of evidence it withheld from Trump-supporting analyst Adam Lovinger, who alleges his security clearance was revoked as retaliation for whistle-blowing.
International intrigue deepened Wednesday over the disappearance of a prominent U.S.-based Saudi journalist after a visit last week to the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, as suspicions that he had been killed or kidnapped by a team of Saudi operatives threatened to spiral into a major diplomatic crisis.
With the commander in chief acting as the head salesman, U.S. weapons firms racked up a banner year in foreign military sales, up more than a third in the fiscal year that just ended to $55 billion and falling just short of the all-time record.
Since the very earliest wars, battlefield commanders have known that a successful strategy is to use food as a weapon. Vertical farming is a bold approach that will become a critical national asset — and will require protection.
The Pentagon's Pacific Command is pushing back against China's attempt to relabel its global infrastructure development initiative to make it more palatable for strategic messaging in support of Beijing's drive for global hegemony.
The Pentagon's most advanced jet fighter, and also the most expensive military weapons program in the department's history, is exceeding expectations during its first major combat deployment in the Middle East.
U.S. intelligence intercepted communications between Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to his disappearance last week in Turkey in a case now roiling international investigators and threatening to damage relations between Washington and Riyadh.
Vice President Michael Pence said "the free world deserves answers" about Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who disappeared in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he made "real progress" on his visit to North Korea and now believes the goal of verifiable denuclearization is within reach.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has handed in her resignation and will leave her post at the end of this year. And what a sad day for America it is.
Defying the Trump administration's warning for countries to completely stop buying Iranian oil, two Indian firms have placed orders to import crude from the Islamic Republic, India's minister of petroleum and natural gas announced.
Being an American means taking certain things for granted. Chief among them: A strong military.
In a push to fill the ranks in the face of a booming economy, the U.S. Army will be sending hundreds of recruiters into nearly two dozen cities in the coming weeks in an attempt to bolster lackluster enlistment numbers, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said Monday.
The Hubble Space Telescope has been sidelined by a serious pointing problem.
When SpaceX launched a rocket carrying an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite from California, both the night sky and social media lit up.
The Kremlin says it is working on plans to host North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Moscow.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday trumpeted progress in U.S.-North Korean relations on a slew of issues, from efforts to persuade Pyongyang to abandon nuclear weapons to closing in on details for a second Trump-Kim summit.
The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans.
Unveiling the new U.S. counterterrorism strategy on Thursday, President Trump's top security aide outlined a dramatic break with the Obama administration of how America should confront the threat, explicitly framing terrorism as an ideological war within Islam.
Russia's pursuit of a new, nuclear-powered cruise missile is simply an unacceptable endeavor in the eyes of the U.S. and other NATO powers, with Washington and its European allies seriously weighing options on how to deter Moscow's efforts, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Thursday.
A South Korean government delegation arrived in North Korea on Thursday for a joint celebration of the anniversary of a 2007 summit and to possibly hold further peace talks.
On Oct. 3 and 4, Defense Secretary James Mattis will be traveling to Brussels for the last NATO defense ministers conference of the year. According to the Pentagon, the meeting will concentrate on "reinforcing the need for equitable burden sharing, discuss implementation plans for key NATO summit outcomes and reinforce the U.S. commitment to the alliance."
Crude oil, the lifeblood of the global economy, is returning to its expensive past. While President Trump's economic revival has put more money into the pockets of U.S. consumers, efforts to restrain the nuclear ambitions of Iran is pinching the supply of oil. Americans are likely to relive the pain of a decade past, but ending the Islamic regime's menacing behavior will be worth the price.
The French government has decided it has no choice but to confront Iran after a blatant terror attempt on French soil during the summer against the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahideen of Iran, which held a massive gathering in Paris in June.
The Trump administration is pulling out of an "obsolete" 63-year-old friendship treaty with Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday, just hours after an international tribunal ruled the U.S. government must roll back some of the economic sanctions it has imposed on Tehran over its nuclear and missile programs.
The Defense Department is planning to provide military support to evacuate American diplomats stationed in a remote U.S. Consulate in southwest Iraq, after State Department officials opted to shutter the outpost in the wake of recent attacks.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Pyongyang this week to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, even as Pyongyang hardens its stance on denuclearization talks and South Korea's government warned that the Kim regime has as many as 60 nuclear weapons.
Two packages that initially tested positive for ricin were sent to a Pentagon official Monday and are now undergoing further testing by the FBI.
The United States and its NATO allies are threatening preemptive action against Russia's ongoing effort to build a new cruise missile, an effort Washington and its Western European partners say is in violation of standing treaties between Moscow and the alliance.
Domestic political pressure on Kim Jong-un to move slowly in denuclearization talks with the U.S. is so intense that North Korean state media is avoiding any mention of the high-level meeting the nation's foreign minister had with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week in New York.
A top South Korean official told lawmakers that North Korea is estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons, in Seoul's first public comment about the size of the North's secrecy-clouded weapons arsenal.
North Korea warned Washington through its state media Tuesday that a declaration ending the Korean War shouldn't be seen as a bargaining chip in denuclearization talks - but suggested lifting sanctions might be.
An eye-poppingly high price tag sank President Trump's plans for a military parade through the streets of Washington. Now, some experts say opponents are using the same creative budgeting to scuttle -- or at least delay -- the creation of a U.S. Space Force.
Stefan Halper, the college professor turned FBI spy on the Trump campaign, was paid $244,000 by the Pentagon to write a Russia-China study in 2015 and 2016.
Tehran retaliated against the Islamic State in Syria Monday with a missile barrage against terrorist redoubts in the eastern part of the country, a week after the group claimed credit for a deadly attack on Iranian forces that left two dozen people dead.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis' planned trip to Beijing has been scrapped, Pentagon officials confirmed Monday in the latest sign of deepening tensions between the U.S. and China.
Stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens, according to several U.S. officials.
In a move that's sure to please President Trump, top military contractor Lockheed Martin said Friday it's slashing the price of the groundbreaking F-35 aircraft just a day after the fighter jet flew its first combat missions in Afghanistan.
Indian defense officials have agreed to purchase several Russian-built S-400 advanced missile defense system, becoming the latest U.S. ally to buy top-tier weapon systems from Moscow.
A U.S. diplomatic outpost and major regional airport near the southwest Iraqi city of Basra was the target of a rocket attack early Friday morning, amid continuing violent civil unrest in the oil-rich city.
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps units in the Pacific are carrying out a series of live-fire drills in the hotly contested South China Sea, in a public show of force in the face of ongoing Chinese expansion in the region.
An aviation bill Congress is rushing to approve contains a little-noticed section that would give authorities the power to track, intercept and destroy drones they consider a security threat, without needing a judge's approval.
From The Vault
An excerpt of Sen. John McCain's new book released Thursday addresses his battle with cancer and message he'd like to leave behind.
The 2.5-by-2.5-foot granite block engraved with an image of an Army Huey commemorating Vietnam's air warriors proved an unexpectedly difficult fight.
We've got a new space race on our hands, and instead of competing as we should, we're spacing out.
President Trump moved late Friday to exclude most transgender people from signing up for the U.S. military, after his defense and homeland security chiefs said they were worried about the armed forces' ability to handle the different challenges the troops would bring.
Ji Seong-ho, a North Korea defector who suffered starvation, torture and lost a leg to the brutal regime, stood to thunderous applause as he defiantly held up his old wooden crutches in the House chamber Tuesday night.
Iran's rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday.
The Navy's disastrous 2017, punctuated by the deaths of nearly 20 American sailors, was the culmination of deep-seated issues within the sea service's budget, operations and culture stretching back decades, issues that Navy leaders are only now attempting to address.
Amid renewal of direct communications between North and South Korea, President Trump agreed with South Korea's leader Thursday to keep up "the campaign of maximum pressure" against Pyongyang and its nuclear program.
This is the second round of violent protests by Iranians against their government for suppressing their rights and attempts to enjoy those rights. Barack Obama didn't have much sympathy for the protests against the government suppression of voters in a national election in 2009.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941 "a day that will live in infamy," and with good reason. The date that Tojo's Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor heralded America's entrance into the bloody fighting of World War II. But there are other dates that live in infamy, and many of them aren't nearly as well known. But they deserve to be. Take Nov. 7, 1917.
Falah Mustafa Bakir heads the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government. He spoke with Washington Times special correspondent Seth J. Frantzman the day after Sunday's vote on why the region's nonbinding independence referendum deserves international support.
You know you've run afoul of President Trump when he gives you a nickname.
Concern of an armed clash over North Korea's nuclear weapons program reached new heights Tuesday as an angry President Trump warned that Pyongyang could soon face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" amid reports that the North has managed to build a nuclear bomb small enough to fit inside an intercontinental ballistic missile.
President Trump said Friday that the U.S. was taking a new hard-line approach to resolving the nuclear threat from North Korean, declaring that "patience is over."
The Pentagon released footage on Friday of its decision to drop the "mother of all bombs" for the first time in combat.