United States Department of Defense

US Army carry team carries transfer case of US soldier killed in Afghanistan, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. (AP Photo)

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,100

(The Associated Press) – As of Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at least 2,100 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according […]

06/11/2013

Howard McKeon, US Representative of California (AP Photo)

McKeon: State didn’t ask for help before Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Republican says U.S. military forces weren’t in a position to help those under attack at a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya because the State Department had failed to ask […]

05/21/2013

Missile defense system tested over Pacific Ocean

PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, Hawaii (AP) — The Missile Defense Agency and US Navy sailors completed a successful test of a missile defense system by destroying a target launched in the Pacific Ocean. The Department […]

05/16/2013

U.S. Department of Defense (AP Photo)

DOD poised to trim furlough days, add exemptions

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of debate and number-crunching, the Defense Department announced plans Tuesday to furlough about 680,000 of its civilian employees for 11 days through the end of this fiscal year, allowing only […]

05/14/2013

California Governor Jerry Brown

New Calif. council to promote defense industry

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown launched a major push Thursday to bolster California’s military installations and defense industries amid federal cutbacks by establishing a council of retired generals and admirals to promote the state.

03/28/2013

U.S. Department of Defense (AP Photo)

Report: Pentagon must do more to prevent assaults

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report required by Congress calls on the Department of Defense to assess how well commanding officers handle sexual assault and harassment complaints as a condition of their job.

03/26/2013

Leon Panetta

Pentagon notifies Congress of likely furloughs

WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may be compelled to furlough the “vast majority” of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers.

02/20/2013

Afghanistan map with military helicopter

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,045

(AP) – As of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at least 2,045 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of the country in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

02/19/2013

(AP Photo)

High-tech cargo airship being built in California

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.

01/30/2013

(AP Photo)

Panetta: Complete background checks by Jan. 21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is giving the Defense Department and the military services until Jan. 21 to review the backgrounds of all employees in contact with children in department programs and to report back in writing.

12/21/2012

U.S. Department of Defense (AP Photo)

Military begins planning for massive budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Defense Department says it has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal.

12/05/2012

Soldier from Glendora killed in Afghanistan

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – The Department of Defense says a 26-year-old soldier on his third deployment to Afghanistan has been killed by an explosive. The News Tribune says Kenneth Wade Bennett, of Glendora, Calif., was […]

11/12/2012

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