The Army aviator killed during a helicopter crash in northern Iraq was officially identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor Gavin of Spokane, Washington, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday.
Aerospace & Defense
The latest coverage of the Defense Department, State Department and aerospace industry.
By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times
China's military is "likely training for strikes" against U.S. targets in the Pacific, the Defense Department warned Thursday in a sobering report that says Beijing's broader strategy is to develop armed forces capabilities able to "degrade" American advantages. Published August 17, 2018
By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times
The husbands and wives of military service members face a whopping 26 percent unemployment rate and a 25 percent wage gap compared with their civilian counterparts, according to the Pentagon's figures. Published July 2, 2018
President Trump relies on the mere mention of troop withdrawal as a negotiating tool with defense officials, continually forcing them to justify troop deployments anywhere in the world, experts say.
The Trump administration made the decision to cancel a highly controversial military parade in Washington, D.C., before receiving the Pentagon's official cost estimate for the event, a Defense Department spokesman said Monday.
A U.S. helicopter crashed in Iraq on Monday morning, killing one and injuring at least three others, American officials said in a statement, marking the second fatal crash so far this year.
President Trump canceled the military parade on Friday and blamed local D.C. politicians for wanting a price "so ridiculously high."
The Defense Department says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump won't happen in 2018. Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the military and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019."
The U.S. military will help provide security later this year for a key G-20 summit in Argentina, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Wednesday, casting the gathering as a key example of deepening ties between the two nations.
'ISIS 2.0': Semi-independent terror cells, loyal only to radical ideology, plot strikes around world
Osama Bin Laden has been dead for years and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's "caliphate" in the Middle East has crumbled, but the global jihadist threat continues to boil as extremists retreat underground to plot terror strikes around the world.
U.S. forces in the Pacific have called off the search for a missing Marine lost at sea during naval operations off the coast of the Philippines, Marine Corps officials said Monday.
A top State Department official warned Tuesday that Russian "space apparatus inspector" satellites are behaving unlike anything seen before, and that current international inspection protocol makes it virtually impossible to know for sure whether they could actually be space-weapon prototypes.
America's national security relies on our military maintaining its absolute superiority — in the air, on the ground and at sea.
The Taliban are on the verge of dramatically expanding their control over southern and eastern Afghanistan in a surprise offensive that has caught Afghan and U.S. forces off guard and thrown a vexing new wrench into the Trump administration's strategy for ending the nearly 17-year-old war there.
President Trump's call for a U.S. "Space Force" may have turned into a punchline on Twitter and late-night TV, but U.S. intelligence agencies, military insiders and security experts say the nation must take real, concrete action to prepare for conflicts in space or risk falling behind its global foes, chiefly Russia and China.
President Trump signed a $716 billion defense bill Monday that authorizes hundreds of new planes, ships and tanks -- and delivers a substantial victory to the administration by watering down penalties on a Chinese telecom company.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has embarked on his first diplomatic visit to South America, arriving as the region continues to be embroiled in political and economic upheaval that could have a destabilizing effect.
Egyptian zeal to partner with President Trump's special envoys to reach a "deal of the century" has dimmed in recent months with a lack of concrete progress in brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. The pessimism is spreading to other Arab capitals.
Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before.
Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin cheered President Trump's plan to develop Space Force as an additional branch of the military.
Military investigators at U.S. Central Command could not determine whether the shooting of a Marine by a Syrian militia member in February was the result of an insider attack, which would have been the first related to the American-backed fight against the Islamic State in Syria.
American and Philippine forces are scouring the waters in the Pacific for a lost Marine, reported missing during joint military drills of the Philippines' southwest coastline, officials at Marine Corps headquarters said Friday.
Russia's prime minister sternly warned the United States on Friday against ramping up sanctions, saying that Moscow will retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means.
Hard-liners push Trump to ramp up pressure on North Koreans over slow pace of denuclearization talks
Hard-liners advising President Trump say the North Koreans need to start showing results.
President Trump's plan to bring America's top Arab Middle East allies to the White House this fall in a bid to forge a military alliance against Iran and radical terrorism groups has the potential to transform the military balance in one of the world's most unstable regions -- if the putative allies can find a way to get along.
The U.S. "Space Force" will become a reality by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis promised Thursday, laying out an ambitious timeline to set up the first new branch of the armed forces in nearly 75 years and making the case that Americans must prepare for space threats from Russia, China, North Korea and other hostile actors.
The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship - at least temporarily.
The Pentagon is moving ahead with President Trump's call to establish a "Space Force" as a potential sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces, with top officials scrambling to tamp down reports of disagreement between military leaders and the White House ahead of a high-profile speech Thursday by Vice President Mike Pence.
China's intelligence service sought to recruit a Chinese-American staff member for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a lawmaker who had access to the most sensitive U.S. secrets, but Beijing gained no secrets in the case.
Iran's president warned North Korea's top diplomat Wednesday to be wary of embracing a denuclearization deal with Washington, arguing the Trump administration's pullout of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal shows the U.S. can't be trusted to keep its word.
Pentagon officials are adamantly denying reports that U.S.-supported allies have bribed -- and at times recruited -- members of al Qaeda's Yemeni cell to support their ongoing campaign against Iranian-backed Shia paramilitaries in the country.
Britain's Royal Navy closely monitored two Russian warships and their support vessels that passed through the English Channel overnight Tuesday, claiming the development "routine" despite tension between London and Moscow over a nerve attack on a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom earlier this year.
Top Russian officials warned this week that "horrible conflict" will follow if Georgia is allowed to join NATO, adding even more tension to an already simmering situation in the region.
The Defense Department is lauding Macedonia's decision Tuesday to repatriate a group of Islamic State foreign fighters captured in Syria, pressing other foreign nations to follow suit as part of an overall effort to address the growing issue of combat detainees taken off the battlefields of Syria and northern Iraq.
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday threw his support behind the Trump administration's push to create a new U.S. military force to fight future wars in space, saying the effort to create the new force is already underway.
President Trump marked the 236th anniversary of the creation of the Purple Heart on Tuesday, saying those who earned the military medal belong to "a revered class of American patriots to whom we owe our everlasting respect and gratitude."
Fifty active military members representing every branch took part in five football drills during "USAA's Salute to Service NFL Boot Camp" at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center before Tuesday's practice.
The civilian death toll tied to the American-led air war against the Islamic State in Syria could reach into the "high hundreds," despite recent public admissions of civilian casualties by the U.S.-led coalition tied to the campaign.
National Security Adviser John R. Bolton said Tuesday morning that North Korea is not committed to restoring its global relationships.
President Trump on Tuesday touted sanctions slapped on Iran at midnight, calling them "the most biting sanctions every imposed."
The Trump administration is quietly pushing ahead with a plan for a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, in part to counter Iran's expansion in the Middle East. The plan, which some in the White House and Middle East are calling an "Arab NATO" of Sunni Muslim allies can clearly be seen as one way to counter expansionism by Shi'ite Iran and referred to as the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA).
President Trump has promised "the greatest" peace plan ever to settle what he concedes is the toughest negotiation of all: Peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The use of explosives-laden drones in an assassination attempt against Venezuela's president over the weekend has sent concern soaring among security officials over the growing threat that even consumer-level drones rigged with rudimentary bombs now pose to heads of state around the world.
It's sad when promising friendships turn sour. It's treacherous when carefully nurtured bonds among nations are put asunder. On paper, the United States and Turkey are NATO allies, but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to trade relations with the West for ties to radical Islam. This has cast doubt on the future of the alliance. Turkey's harsh treatment of an American pastor intensifies the crisis.
U.S.-Turkish military cooperation in Syria remains intact despite a diplomatic dispute that has brought bilateral relations to their lowest point in years, the Pentagon insisted Monday.
Iran's president in a nationally televised address Monday slammed President Trump's decision to restore U.S. economic sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal and accused Mr. Trump of playing politics at home while trying to sow "chaos" in Iran.
President Trump signed an order Monday reimposing harsh economic sanctions on Iran and on the foreign companies that deal with it.
Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al Qaeda militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he warned Russia, China and others at a major summit in Asia over the weekend not to violate sanctions on North Korea, asserting that the Trump administration has no intention of lifting them until Pyongyang fully abandons its nuclear weapons.
Despite having been captured in 2003 and first charged more than a decade ago in the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has yet to receive a trial date. Defense Department officials overseeing the military commission proceedings can offer little in the way of a timeline.
NASA introduced the nine U.S. astronauts who will fly on commercial Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft on Friday. The crews will be the first to venture into the final frontier from Florida on American-made ships since 2011.
President Trump's plan to gather Arab Gulf leaders in Washington for an October summit to create a military alliance against Iran has stirred optimism, curiosity and outrage on the world stage of opinion this week.
The Trump administration imposed new sanctions Friday on a Russian bank, two North Korean companies and one North Korean citizen for illegal financial activity.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea is far from living up to its pledge to denuclearize and remains in violation of numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Iran's navy sent dozens of small boats into the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, dramatizing its ability to choke off the strategic Persian Gulf waterway -- a move that could send global oil and U.S. gasoline prices soaring -- and escalating the confrontation with the Trump administration for withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal.
President Trump's proposal to establish a U.S. Space Force as an independent military service on an equal footing with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps is necessary to defend the American people from the unprecedented existential and growing threat posed by the horizontal and vertical proliferation of nuclear missiles.
Sen. Rand Paul will head a U.S. delegation Monday to meet with Russian members of parliament, a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican confirmed on Thursday.
President Trump revealed Thursday he received another letter from Kim Jong-un as he thanked the North Korean leader for the "kind gesture" of returning the remains of fallen American soldiers.
The U.S. military is beginning the painstaking process of analyzing remains from the Korean War now that they are back on American soil after having been handed over by North Korea last week.
The Pentagon will face stricter operating and reporting rules under the major defense authorization bill heading to the White House for President Trump's signature, as U.S. military leaders find themselves under fire for what critics say is a failure to account for and minimize civilian casualties from U.S. airstrikes and military operations.
Psychiatrists tell their patients they have to "name their fears." A fear that cannot be named cannot be understood or faced. An unnamed threat cannot be defeated. This is particularly true of what is called the threat of "terrorism."
The Trump administration slapped sanctions on two top government officials in Turkey Wednesday over the continued house arrest of an American pastor working there.
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.