Department of Defense

DoD Prepares for Possible Shutdown as Congress Wrestles with Budget

Pentagon. Photo by Tia Dufour/USMC

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department was preparing this week for a possible shutdown with just days left for Congress to solve an entrenched federal budget impasse. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Tuesday that hope remains that lawmakers will strike a deal to fund the government when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and insisted the situation... more

Sanders Says He Would Be Prepared to Use Military Force

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, says international rivals would be mistaken to assume he wouldn't use military force. He says the U.S. should have the strongest military in the world. Jim Mone/AP

WASHINGTON -- International rivals would be mistaken to assume he wouldn't be prepared to use military force if that's what circumstances required, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in an interview that aired on Sunday. The Vermont senator who is the leading challenger to front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United S... more

Senior Chief Named American Culinary Federation’s Chef of the Year

Senior Chief Petty Officer Derrick D. Davenport

WASHINGTON — Say "military cook" to most Americans, and they will conjure a picture of Cookie in the Beetle Bailey comic strip. They certainly wouldn’t conjure a picture of Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Derrick D. Davenport, an executive chef with the Joint Staff and the 2015 American Culinary Federation’s Chef of the Year. The Chef of the Y... more

Senate Confirms Dunford for Joint Chiefs Chairman

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., who is currently commandant of the Marine Corps, is expected to take over Oct. 1 for Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who will retire after a 41-year Army career. Dunford is a widely respect... more

Pentagon Readying Plan to Lift Transgender Ban

The Pentagon celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Pride Month. Chad J. McNeeley/Navy

WASHINGTON -- Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press. An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have si... more

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