A Defense Department employee in Virginia managed to scam the government out of $1.4 million in overtime pay, eluding detection for more than 17 years while claiming to have worked a near-impossible 90 hours a week, 52 weeks a year.
Aerospace & Defense
The latest coverage of the Defense Department, State Department and aerospace industry.
By Dan Boylan - The Washington Times
The Russian navy is accelerating plans to build more amphibious assault warships, according to a leading supplier of vessels to the Kremlin, amid reports that Moscow has blockaded Ukrainian ports near the annexed Crimea peninsula. Published December 3, 2018
The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, moves which National Security Adviser John Bolton said "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage."
NATO said Thursday it will soon supply the Ukrainian military with high-tech, secure communications equipment, a key tactical move roughly a week after the Trump administration pushed on the alliance to take more of a "leadership" role in confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The United Nations secretary general on Thursday announced that Yemen's warring sides have agreed after weeklong peace talks in Sweden to a province-wide cease-fire in Hodeida and a withdrawal of troops from the contested Red Sea port city.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal.
The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Wednesday gave the country's warring sides at peace talks underway in Sweden a draft agreement they need to consider before this round of negotiations wraps up the following day.
American, Japanese and Australian forces have abandoned the search for five missing Marines involved in a fatal air collision in the Pacific, after U.S. commanders on Tuesday declared the lost service members dead.
North Korea's state media lashed out at mounting U.S. criticism of Pyongyang's human rights record Tuesday, delivering a blistering commentary just hours after the Trump administration leveled sanctions against three top North Korean officials for their involvement in abuses.
He's the last man standing among the band of retired military officers President Trump once called "my generals," but Defense Secretary James N. Mattis just scored arguably the biggest win of his tenure, staving off a steep budget cut and highlighting the political muscle he still wields inside the administration.
While the U.S. remains the world's clear leader, Russia is making major strides in arms sales and last year passed the U.K. to become the world's second-largest weapons producer, according to a comprehensive new study examining top international arms companies.
The current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has 10 months left on his term, but President Trump over the weekend laid out an early succession plan and said he'll tap Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley as the Pentagon's next top officer.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the idea that the company's new chairwoman can exert control over his behavior.
One Marine was killed and another wounded as American and Japanese search and rescue teams continue to seek survivors from a catastrophic midair collision between two U.S. warplanes in the Pacific, Marine Corps officials said Thursday. Five service members are still reported missing Thursday morning.
North Korea's foreign minister arrived in key ally China on Thursday for talks amid stalled efforts to persuade his government to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out Wednesday at Washington's threat to pull out of a key Cold War weapons treaty, while a top general warned Russian forces will target European countries hosting American missiles if the U.S. follows through on the threat.
Senators emerged from a closed-door briefing with the CIA director Tuesday to say there's no doubt Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was deeply involved in the killing of journalist Kamal Khashoggi -- but still not clear on what steps Congress can take to punish him.
The Trump administration will officially begin pulling the U.S. out of a key 30-year-old nuclear treaty with Russia in 60 days unless Moscow takes clear steps to come back into compliance with the pact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has yet to approve a Department of Homeland Security request to extend the deployments of U.S. troops on the southern border into next year, pending a military review of the request.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Monday Pakistan must take on a substantive role in peace talks with the Taliban if the war in neighboring Afghanistan is to be ended.
After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years.
The Pentagon has identified a fourth U.S. soldier killed during a devastating roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan over the weekend, representing the single deadliest attack on U.S. forces in the war this year.
The Trump administration's point man on Iran policy sharply condemned Tehran's latest ballistic missile test Monday, saying such provocations increase the risk of a "regional conflict" and only strengthen Washington's case for isolating the Islamic republic.
Three astronauts successfully blasted off Monday to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, a perfect launch that follows October's aborted mission.
U.S. leaders say Vladimir Putin used a familiar cyber playbook to "muck around" in the midterm elections last month, but intelligence officials and key lawmakers believe a much more sinister, potentially devastating threat lies just down the road -- one that represents an attack on reality itself.
President Trump's point man on curbing Iranian aggression offered fresh evidence Thursday that Tehran is violating a United Nations ban on weapons exports by sending rockets and other military equipment to proxies around the Middle East, and warned that the U.S. is prepared to use force to curtail such activity.
President Trump said Thursday he is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin because of escalating military tension in Crimea.
Lt. Col. Paul Goossen has been removed as commander of the 69th Bomb Squadron at Minot Air Force Base over phallic drawings displayed on cockpit screens during a recent deployment, a report said Thursday.
The Ukrainian president has urged NATO to deploy naval ships to the Sea of Azov amid a standoff with Russia.
The U.S. and its allies must step up their efforts to counter Russian aggression in the North Atlantic due to the Kremlin's demonstrated ability to exacerbate tensions in the strategic hot spots while stopping short of all-out war, the head of the Navy's recently reestablished 2nd fleet said Wednesday.
The Senate leveled up one of its harshest rebukes to date of President Trump's foreign policy Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to advance a resolution that could halt American support for Saudi Arabia's ongoing war against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.
A congressional push to limit U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen would do "immense damage" to U.S. interests in the region, leave Iran in a stronger position, and do nothing to alleviate the humanitarian crisis generated by the war, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is warning lawmakers Wednesday.
Russia said on Wednesday it still expects a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead as planned.
The Russian military is boosting the defense of the occupied Crimean peninsula with more anti-aircraft missiles in the wake of the weekend standoff with Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea.
U.S. and coalition military commanders are denying comments by President Trump's new special envoy to Syria that U.S. and Russian forces and mercenaries have had multiple unreported armed clashes on Syria's confusing battlefield.
The U.S. military says three American service members have been killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province.
With Ukraine "screaming for help" and moving toward martial law, the U.S., NATO and other international leaders on Monday promised serious consequences for Russia's latest act of aggression against its neighbor -- but they struggled to find concrete ways to resist an emboldened Kremlin in the region.
A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued atmosphere.
Europe and Iran, defying the Trump administration, pledged Monday to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal and defeat intensifying U.S. sanctions, but are having trouble finding a nation willing to host the system that operates the financial workaround, according to leading diplomats.
The Syrian and Russian governments say armed "terrorists" in Aleppo carried out a "toxic gas" attack in recent days, a claim opposition forces in war-torn Syrian city are denying.
A NASA spacecraft's six-month journey to Mars neared its dramatic grand finale Monday in what scientists and engineers hoped would be a soft precision landing on flat red plains.
President Donald Trump has delivered a Thanksgiving message to American service members on duty around the world, telling them by telephone, "Your courage truly inspires us."
A pair of tiny experimental satellites trailing NASA's InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars face their biggest test yet.
The head of the U.N.'s atomic watchdog has called on North Korea to allow inspectors back in to monitor its nuclear program.
As President Trump kicked off his Thanksgiving holiday with a round of golf, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee called on the president to "start showing our troops the respect they deserve" by visiting U.S. soldiers in a war zone.
For NASA's InSight spacecraft, it all comes down to the final six minutes of a six-month journey to Mars.
The Air Force has granted its first ever religious accommodation beard waiver to a Muslim airman.
The White House sent a memo to the Pentagon this week granting troops stationed at the border permission to engage in some law enforcement tasks, and to use lethal force if they get endangered.
NASA ordered a review of SpaceX and Boeing after Elon Musk sipped whiskey and smoked marijuana on a YouTube livestream, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The brutal legacy of the Islamic State is only now coming into clearer focus as rebuilding efforts across Iraq and Syria uncover hundreds of mass graves and fully pull back the curtain on four years of unspeakable atrocities.
The Trump administration says there is no timetable for the 5,800 troops at the border being withdrawn, undercutting a general who said Monday that he was beginning to draw down troops this week and expected all of them would be home by mid-December.
Japanese national security officials have inked a deal that will infuse Tokyo's defensive arsenal with nearly $1 billion worth of U.S. and NATO weapons and military hardware, State Department officials announced this week.
The Army says there is no timetable for the 5,800 troops at the border being withdrawn, undercutting a general who said Monday that he was beginning to draw down troops this week and expected all of them would be home by mid-December.
China is allowing a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and its battle group to make a port call in Hong Kong after it earlier turned down a similar request amid tensions with Washington.
U.S. military services on Monday began a process few expected under President Trump: finding programs they're willing to sacrifice in the face of looming multibillion-dollar budget cuts demanded by the White House.
A senior leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels said on Monday that the group will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts, answering a key Saudi demand in the first public sign of hope for the latest push to stop the bloodshed and civilian suffering in the Arab world's poorest country.
The Trump administration has embarked on a quiet bilateral campaign to extract more defense dollars from several countries, including South Korea and Saudi Arabia, saying they must pay more to fund American security missions and bases in their countries.
North Korea on Friday said it will deport an American citizen it detained for illegal entrance, an apparent concession to the United States that came even as it announced the test of a newly developed but unspecified "ultramodern" weapon that will be seen as a pressuring tactic by Washington.
A pair of Navy SEALs, assigned to the vaunted special operations group SEAL Team Six, as well as two members of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command, have been charged with the murder of a fellow Army Green Beret, Navy officials announced Thursday.
Pentagon budget officials next month will deliver to the White House its plans for a reduced defense spending blueprint for the coming fiscal year, weeks after a scathing report claims such reductions would put the U.S. defense posture at risk.
Interagency teams with members from the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence community have held a series of bilateral meetings with key European allies, preparing partner nations for Washington's eventual withdrawal from a key non-proliferation pact with Russia.
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.