Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pushed back Thursday against President Biden’s comments downplaying a potential Russian invasion into his country as a “minor incursion.”
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President Biden on Friday told reporters he wouldn’t take their questions because they would only press him about Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Most American voters across the political spectrum support U.S. military intervention to defend Taiwan against China, but not to defend Ukraine against Russia, according to a new poll released Friday.
The U.S. Navy sent a destroyer through the disputed South China Sea, the latest in a series of maritime challenges to China’s territorial claims in the region.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for a new Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative to counter growing nuclear and conventional strategic threats posed by China.
The Department of Defense reportedly wants to allow people who identify as nonbinary to serve openly in the military and is hiring a Washington, D.C.-area think to study the issue.
President Biden told a White House press conference Wednesday that Russia would pay a “dear price” if it took military action against neighboring Ukraine, hours after Secretary of State Antony Blinken huddled with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv to kick off a hastily organized European mission to head off a new war in Europe.
The Navy and partner nations operating in the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea seized almost $200 million worth of illegal drugs in 2021 — more than the total value of narcotics interdicted there in the previous four years combined.
Support for Democrats plunged during 2021 as President Biden struggled with the coronavirus pandemic and inflation, according to Gallup polling that found a dramatic swing in party preference handed the GOP a 5-point edge by the end of the year.
The United Kingdom has begun shipping anti-tank weapons to Ukraine even as Russia continues to deny allegations that it is preparing a pretext to invade the former Soviet republic.
North Korea fired at least one projectile into the sea on Monday, South Korea’s military said, in a fourth weapons launch this month as it demonstrates its military might amid pandemic border closures and paused diplomacy with the United States.
The nearly 2-decade-old U.S. military mission in Iraq has entered a dangerous new phase, with critics warning that the Biden administration has allowed it to carry on without clear parameters or a straightforward endgame and with increased attacks by volatile Iranian proxies.
U.S. intelligence officials have determined a Russian effort is underway to create a pretext for its troops to invade Ukraine, the White House said Friday.
Two Marines become first U.S. troops granted religious waivers from Pentagon’s COVID vaccine mandate
Two Marines will be exempt from the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate because of their religious beliefs, the Marine Corps said Thursday, making it the first service to grant such waivers on the basis of religion.
A new arrival can easily spot China’s inexorable southern thrust along the Mekong River, where tall, fanciful Chinese buildings sprout nearby on the Laos side of this sleepy northern frontier town, sparking both hopes and fears about Beijing’s influence and intent in Thailand.
Senators sparred early Thursday ahead of a vote on a bill that would impose immediate sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, with Senate Democrats in a bind over backing the tough-on-Kremlin legislation that would embarrass President Biden.
Republican lawmakers are calling on President Biden to clamp down on Russia amid a series of high-stakes talks aimed at cooling tensions with the Kremlin.
The Department of Defense’s inspector general this month launched an investigation into whether the military is adequately screening recruits for “supremacist, extremist and criminal gang behavior,” in accordance with Pentagon policy and procedures.
The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is waiting for a federal appellate court in California to decide whether his former aide’s civil lawsuit against him for sexual assault will proceed to a jury trial.
China on Thursday defended its “historical rights” to virtually the entire South China Sea, following a new U.S. government report saying Beijing’s claims are almost entirely invalid.
Fears rose Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is intent on invading Ukraine, as talks between American, NATO and Russian officials failed to produce a commitment from Moscow to draw down its major troop buildup along the border with the developing, U.S.-aligned democracy.
A Marine Corps officer working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency disclosed in a memorandum last August that his study of the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic concluded that it was produced as part of vaccine research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to documents made public by a conservative investigative group.
Russian and NATO officials held a “serious and direct exchange” over soaring tensions in Ukraine and eastern Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, asserting that the Western military alliance still has deep concerns about the Kremlin’s policy but hopes for more talks to ease the crisis.
A soldier found dead in his off-post home near Fairbanks, Alaska is the fifth soldier to die in the state in less than two months.
Iran is believed to be behind a number of recent attacks targeting U.S. forces operating in parts of Iraq and Syria as part of a continuing mission to defeat the remnants of Islamic State forces, also known as Daesh.
North Korea conducted its second ballistic missile launch of the new year on Tuesday, testing a suspected “hypersonic” missile that sparked concerns in Washington that that regime in Pyongyang is increasing the pace of its provocations in hopes of pressuring the Biden administration into making concessions.
Biden administration officials insist they still intend to close down the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba even as 39 accused fighters captured during the 20-year global war on terror remain in custody there.
The White House said Tuesday it will provide $308 million in new humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, as the country teeters toward a full-scale humanitarian crisis and economic collapse under the Taliban.
Construction company owner sentenced for illegally securing contracts meant for veterans, minorities
A Kansas construction company owner has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for illegally obtaining U.S. government contracts set aside for veterans and minorities.
The China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization said the regional security pact is prepared to act in Kazakhstan, fueling concerns China may join Russia in sending troops to the troubled Central Asian nation in a bid to exploit the recent unrest for its own ends.
A nearly six-hour “businesslike” conversation between American and Russian diplomats on Monday outwardly did little to resolve the dangerous military standoff along the Russia-Ukraine border and rising tensions across Eastern Europe, with top officials from both nations publicly downplaying the talks and insisting that the other side had to make the first move.
The fast spread of the omicron variant means U.S. military troops in Japan won’t be allowed off base for at least two weeks because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is crediting his troops with helping restore order and preserve the authoritarian regime in Kazakhstan following a week’s worth of unrest from what he described as a terrorist uprising backed by foreign powers.
Starting this month, new enlistees in the Navy will have an extra two weeks added to their basic training to better help them adjust to life in the military.
The buildup of Russian forces along Ukraine’s border and the Russian military’s role in putting down protests in Kazakhstan will be the main topics of discussion this week during a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels.
The White House on Sunday threatened Iran with “severe consequences” in the wake of recent escalations on the second anniversary of the U.S. strike that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday downplayed prospects for a diplomatic breakthrough with Moscow ahead of high-stakes U.S.-Russia talks this week aimed at staving off a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In a Jan. 21 ceremony, Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell will become the 77th captain of the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest naval ship still in active service.
Advocates for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center were optimistic when President Joe Biden took office. And they were relieved this summer after the U.S. released a prisoner for the first time in years. Many are now increasingly impatient.
The Biden Administration says it is willing to negotiate on missile placements and the size and scope of military exercises in Eastern Europe as security officials prepare for next week’s bilateral talks with Russia.
EXCLUSIVE: Haley blasts Biden for not revealing how sanctions relief for Iran helps terrorist groups
Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is slamming President Biden for sidestepping congressional calls for a full accounting on how Iranian sanctions relief bolsters terrorist groups.
Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Friday he authorized law enforcement to open fire on “terrorists” and shoot to kill, a move that comes after days of extremely violent protests in the former Soviet nation.
Iran displayed three ballistic missiles at an outdoor prayer esplanade in central Tehran on Friday as talks in Vienna aimed at reviving Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers flounder.
President Biden will nominate the head of the Army’s 18th Airborne Corps for promotion to four-star general and name him the next commander of U.S. Central Command.
The slow-burning military standoff along the Russia-Ukraine border could reach a tipping point next week as the Biden administration enters a series of high-stakes diplomatic meetings with Moscow, and analysts say the U.S. and its NATO allies must seize a golden opportunity to turn the tables and extract their own concessions from the Kremlin.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke by telephone with his Kazakh counterpart Thursday, urging a quick end to a week of increasingly violent protests that have rocked the Central Asian nation.
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday asked that the U.S. military in Japan stay inside its bases to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
A popular revolt exploded in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, with protesters storming and setting fire to the presidential residence in the often unnoticed but strategically vital Central Asian nation that shares lengthy borders with Russia and China and operates as a key hub for U.S. oil companies in the region.
Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro has banned the Navy from taking part in activities of the semi-official Naval Attache Association over concerns China is manipulating the group in a bid to block Taiwanese military officers from taking part in its activities.
A Katyusha rocket struck an Iraqi military base hosting U.S. troops at Baghdad’s international airport Wednesday while in Syria, eight rounds of indirect fire hit a base with members of the U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi and U.S. militaries said.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, its first such launch in about two months and a signal it isn’t interested in rejoining denuclearization talks anytime soon and would rather focus on boosting its weapons arsenal.
America’s intensifying pro-democracy alignment with Japan, Australia and India has room to grow as other nations seek ways to push back on an aggressive China that is eager to dominate Asia and beyond in the 21st century, former top U.S. officials and regional experts said Tuesday.
Thousands of military families in Hawaii were sent fleeing from their homes after jet fuel from an aging storage tank tainted their water supply. Now the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to gauge the potential health impact on the state’s civilian population as well.
China is expanding a network of more than 95 port facilities around the world and is working to establish a system of overseas military bases that analysts say will support Chinese President Xi Jinping’s announced ambition for global dominance.