Military leadership

February 05, 2019 - 5:55 am
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's armed forces have killed 146 jihadists in three counterterror operations in the northwest near the border with Mali, the army's commander general said. The army's response came after armed men attacked Kain village in Yatenga province early Monday,...
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Retired Israeli military chief Benny Gantz speaks at the official launch of his election campaign for the April 2019 elections, in Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Gantz launches his long-awaited political campaign, positioning himself as the most viable alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lengthy rule. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
January 29, 2019 - 3:16 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Retired Israeli military chief Benny Gantz on Tuesday launched his campaign to be prime minister, presenting himself as a moderate alternative to Benjamin Netanyahu with a message of unity at home, a search for peace and a tough line against the country's many enemies. Gantz...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, as national security adviser John Bolton, right, watches. In President Donald Trump’s Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It’s up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 21, 2019 - 12:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2014, image provided by the U.S. Navy, Navy Capt. John R. Nettleton, then-commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, speaks during a Battle of Midway commemoration ceremony. Nettleton was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2018, on charges that he interfered with the investigation into the death of a civilian with whom he fought after an argument over whether the officer had had an affair with the man's wife.(Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Goff/U.S. Navy via AP)
January 09, 2019 - 5:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay was arrested Wednesday on charges that he interfered with the investigation into the death of a civilian with whom he fought after an argument over whether the officer had had an affair with the man's wife. Navy Capt. John...
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FILE - In a Jan. 5, 2006 file photo, former Secretary of Defense Harold Brown arrives at the White House, to meet with President Bush. The Rand Corp. says Harold Brown, the defense secretary during the Carter administration, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. He was 91. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
January 06, 2019 - 2:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Harold Brown, who as defense secretary in the Carter administration championed cutting-edge fighting technology during a tenure that included the failed rescue of hostages in Iran, has died at age 91. Brown died Friday, said the Rand Corp., the California-based think tank which...
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January 03, 2019 - 2:55 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. Army's chief of staff made a surprise visit to the capital Kabul where he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss prospects for a peaceful end to the country's 17-year war, the United States' longest. In a statement late Thursday, Ghani's office said Gen...
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In this photo provided by the Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' farewell message is seen Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. On his final day as secretary of defense, Jim Mattis is urging all Pentagon employees, military and civilian, to "hold fast" in defense of the country. Mattis submitted his resignation on Dec. 20, 2018, and was in effect fired by President Donald Trump three days later. He was working in the Pentagon on Monday and preparing to hand off his duties at midnight to Deputy Secretary Patrick Shanahan. (Department Defense via AP)
January 02, 2019 - 12:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — On his first working day as acting defense secretary, Pat Shanahan made clear that his focus is on China. The former Boeing executive, who moved up from the No. 2 job after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis left Monday, gathered civilian leaders of the military services and other top...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reviews the troops during the 2018 POW/MIA National Recognition Day Ceremony at the Pentagon. Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is quoting President Abraham Lincoln in a farewell message to defense employees, urging them to stay focused on their mission. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
January 01, 2019 - 12:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Mattis ended one of history's more turbulent tenures as defense secretary on Monday by re-emphasizing a key difference with President Donald Trump and encouraging Pentagon employees, civilian and military, to "hold fast" in safeguarding the nation. Mattis, who submitted his...
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December 28, 2018 - 10:28 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has extended the mandate of the army's chief of staff for a year against the wishes of the government, which is allegedly in a dispute with him over the acquisition of warships. President Klaus Iohannis on Friday convened the country's top defense body...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2018, file photo, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, in Washington. A U.S. administration official says that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his post Jan. 1, 2019, as Trump is expected to name Shanahan as acting secretary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
December 24, 2018 - 4:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in a week will thrust President Donald Trump's largely unknown choice for acting Pentagon chief into the military hot seat and shift attention to the search for a permanent replacement who will probably face sharp Capitol Hill...
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