Joseph Dunford

  • Arizona Sep 26, 2019

    Air Force General Hyten Confirmed as Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs

    The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of an Air Force general to become the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, largely dismissing an aide’s allegations that he had subjected her to unwanted sexual advances. The 75-22 vote to approve Gen. John Hyten as the nation’s No. 2 military officer indicates a bit more opposition than most military...

  • Donald Trump Sep 26, 2019

    US Deploys Air Defense Systems, Troops to Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. is sending one Patriot missile battery and four ground-based radar systems to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Thursday, in what officials describe as the first steps to help the kingdom protect itself against Iranian attacks. Two more Patriot batteries and a THAAD missile defense system will be prepared to go later if needed, and the deployment will involve...

  • Donald Trump Sep 21, 2019

    US to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia, Hold Off on Striking Iran

    The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Pentagon reporters this is a...

  • Donald Trump Sep 20, 2019

    US Military to Present Several Options to Trump on Iran

    The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry. In a White House meeting, the president will be presented with a list of potential airstrike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses,...

  • General Sep 19, 2019

    US Says Attack on Saudi Oil Site Was an Iranian ‘Act of War'

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations an “act of war” against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.” Iran, which has denied involvement in the attack, warned the U.S. it will...

  • Donald Trump Aug 29, 2019

    Trump Declares New Space Command Key to American Defense

    Declaring space crucial to the nation’s defense, President Donald Trump said Thursday the Pentagon has established U.S. Space Command as part of a broader effort to preserve U.S. dominance in orbit. “This is a landmark day,” Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony, “one that recognizes the centrality of space to America’s national security and defense.” He said Space Command,...

  • Donald Trump Aug 28, 2019

    Dunford: Too Early to Discuss Full Pullout From Afghanistan

    The top U.S. military officer said Wednesday it’s too early to talk about a full American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, injecting a cautionary note as U.S. peace talks with the Taliban appear to be near a final agreement. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pentagon reporters that any U.S. deal with the Taliban will be...

  • Donald Trump Jul 12, 2019

    Pentagon in Longest-Ever Stretch of Leadership Limbo

    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 with Iran. That’s the longest such stretch in Pentagon history. There is also no...

  • Donald Trump Jul 12, 2019

    Pentagon in Longest-Ever Stretch of Leadership Limbo

    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 with Iran. That’s the longest such stretch in Pentagon history. There is also no...

  • Donald Trump Jun 7, 2019

    US Commander Says Mideast Buildup Prompted Iran ‘Step Back'

    Iran has chosen to “step back and recalculate” after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude the threat is gone, the top commander of American forces in the Mideast said Thursday. In an interview with three reporters accompanying him to the Gulf, Gen. Frank McKenzie said...

  • Donald Trump May 21, 2019

    Congress Joins Debate Over Sending TSA Employees to Border

    Lawmakers clashed Tuesday over the Trump administration’s move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border, and one airport official warned it could lead to long checkpoint lines this summer. The TSA is asking federal air marshals, airport screeners and others to volunteer to support a buildup of federal agents along the border who are dealing...

  • Donald Trump May 21, 2019

    Dual Hearings on Capitol Hill Focus on Trump's Iran Policy

    As questions mount over President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, top national security officials are heading to Capitol Hill to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats have asked for a second opinion. The competing closed-door sessions Tuesday, unusual and potentially polarizing, come after weeks of escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf that have raised alarms over a possible military confrontation...

  • Congress May 11, 2019

    Shanahan Says Military Won't Leave Until Border Is Secure

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visited a border city in Texas on Saturday and said he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the administration’s ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon’s continuous help. He also offered assurances to perhaps two dozen Border Patrol agents and other officials at the McAllen Border Patrol Station that the Pentagon...

  • Donald Trump Feb 24, 2019

    Pentagon Chief: Broader Approach to Border Security Needed

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border that the government needs a broader, more effective approach to border control. He suggested the Pentagon might contribute with its expertise in surveillance and monitoring. “How do we get out of treating the symptoms and get at the root of the issue,” Shanahan said in an interview while...

  • Donald Trump Jan 8, 2019

    Turkey Slams US Request for Assurances on Syrian Kurds

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.S. national security adviser of making “a very serious mistake” Tuesday by demanding that Ankara guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria before the U.S. withdraws its troops from the war-torn country. “We cannot make any concessions in this regard,” Erdogan said after John Bolton sought assurances of protection for Kurdish...

  • Donald Trump Jan 1, 2019

    Leaving Pentagon, Mattis Urges Workers to ‘Keep Faith' in US

    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 resignation on Dec. 20 and was, in effect, fired by Trump three days later, spent the day in his...

  • Donald Trump Dec 23, 2018

    US Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition Quits Over Trump's Syria Move

    Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a U.S. official said, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures. Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said it would be “reckless” to...

  • Donald Trump Dec 9, 2018

    Trump Chooses Chief of the Army to Be Top Military Adviser

    President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he wants a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation’s next top military adviser. If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford’s term...

  • Associated Press Sep 10, 2018

    US Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to War-Weary Kabul

    Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. Accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mattis met with senior government officials, including President Ashraf Ghani and his...

  • CHAIRMAN Sep 7, 2018

    Mattis Makes Surprise Visit to War-Weary Kabul

    U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived on a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. As helicopters patrolled the skies over Kabul, Mattis arrived accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. He...

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