Military leadership

August 15, 2019 - 9:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has hosted his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss military ties between the two countries. During Thursday's meeting, Sergei Shoigu hailed Venezuela for "resisting attempts by the United States to overthrow the legitimate government," noting that the...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper poses with a horse presented as a gift at the Defense Ministry in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Esper's stop in Ulaanbaatar — the third U.S. engagement with Mongolia in recent weeks, underscored its key role in America's new defense strategy that lists China and Russia as priority competitors. (AP Photo/Chimgee Tuvdendagva)
August 08, 2019 - 5:55 am
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — With one hand resting on the mane of a sturdy Mongolian horse, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper invoked the name of one of America's great soldiers as he sought to strengthen the military bonds between the U.S. and this landlocked democracy sandwiched between Russia...
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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar Green Beret. A military court hearing is set to begin in Virginia for a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who are charged in the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret in Africa. Monday's, April 5, 2019, preliminary hearing at Naval Station Norfolk will review the cases against Navy SEAL Tony DeDolph and Marine Mario Madera-Rodriguez. DeDolph and Madera-Rodriguez are among four U.S. servicemen charged in the strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali. (U.S. Army via AP)
August 05, 2019 - 7:35 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Military prosecutors in Virginia said Monday that they want to add allegations of sexual misconduct to their murder case against a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who are among those blamed for the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret in Africa. Navy prosecutor Benjamin Garcia...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from right, and his wife Susan, right, are greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse and U.S. Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean as they arrive aboard his plane in Sydney Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
August 03, 2019 - 5:14 am
SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he wants to deploy an intermediate range conventional missile in the Pacific region within months, now that the Trump administration has formally pulled out of a Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia. Esper, however, added that it will...
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Mark Esper, left, is sworn in as the Secretary of Defense by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, right, as is wife Leah Esper holds the Bible, during a ceremony with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 23, 2019 - 9:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally got a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense to succeed Jim Mattis. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation by a vote of 90-8 and was sworn in at the White House by...
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Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Defense nominee Mark Esper testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 16, 2019 - 11:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they...
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In this July 8, 2019, photo, acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper waits for the arrival of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the Pentagon. The Pentagon says that Esper expects to be formally nominated for the top job very soon, setting off a complicated leadership replacement shuffle at top Army, Navy and senior Defense Department levels(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 15, 2019 - 2:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. The moment the nomination was received by...
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A Russian transport aircraft, carrying military vehicles and equipment, parts of the S-400 air defense systems, is seen at Murted military airport in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, July 12, 2019. The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. The U.S. has strongly urged NATO member Turkey to pull back from the deal, warning the country that it will face economic sanctions. (Turkish Defence Ministry via AP, Pool)
July 12, 2019 - 11:00 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Russian missile systems arriving in Turkey (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The acting U.S. secretary of defense says Washington is aware that Turkey has begun taking delivery of a Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Mark Esper, who is expected to be officially...
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with reporters before welcoming Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis to the Pentagon in Washington. When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense secretary even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran. It’s the longest such stretch in the history of the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
July 12, 2019 - 5:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense chief even with the nation facing potential armed conflict...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Strategic Command Commander Gen. John Hyten testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A senior military officer has accused, Hyten, the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing the nomination as members of Congress raised questions about the allegations and an investigation that found insufficient evidence to charge him. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 11, 2019 - 11:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination. Members of Congress have raised questions about the allegations and the military...
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