Military leadership

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Officials say Wilson has resigned. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
March 08, 2019 - 1:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, once seen as a candidate to succeed Jim Mattis as defense secretary, said Friday she is resigning to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso. A former U.S. House Republican member from New Mexico and graduate of the U.S. Air Force...
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U.S. Africa Command Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, center, flanked by U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel, left, and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger, right, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 07, 2019 - 6:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Planned troop cuts on the African continent will have no impact on counterterror operations in Libya and Somalia, where American airstrikes target insurgents, the top U.S. commander for Africa told Congress Thursday. General Thomas D. Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, said...
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U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 07, 2019 - 2:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as Islamic State militants are losing the last of their territory in Syria, the militants who remain are unbroken and radicalized, and represent a "serious generational problem," the top U.S. commander for the Mideast said Thursday. Gen. Joseph Votel told the House Armed...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019, photo, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, left, arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan to consult with Army Gen. Scott Miller, right, commander of U.S. and coalition forces, and senior Afghan government leaders. Shanahan, the former Boeing executive, was in a familiar place, aboard an airplane, when he got word of a bolt-from-the-blue political shot across his bow. A key senator seemed to have buried Shanahan’s chances of being nominated as the next secretary of defense. The crisis passed, but it highlighted the precarious position Shanahan occupies as he waits for President Donald Trump to decide who he will successor to Jim Mattis as leader of the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
February 26, 2019 - 2:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With no other candidate emerging as the clear front-runner, expectations inside the Pentagon are that Patrick Shanahan will soon be nominated as the next secretary of defense and that he likely would win Senate confirmation. Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, would be the first...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, Indian army soldiers patrol near the Line of Control in Nowshera sector, about 90 kilometers from Jammu, India. As India considers its response to the suicide car bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir that killed dozens of soldiers on Feb. 14, 2019, a retired military commander who oversaw a much-lauded military strike against neighboring Pakistan in 2016 has urged caution. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)
February 16, 2019 - 7:29 pm
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — As India considers its response to the suicide car bombing of a paramilitary convoy in the disputed region of Kashmir that killed dozens of soldiers, a retired military commander who oversaw a much-lauded military strike against neighboring Pakistan in 2016 has urged caution...
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United States Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan talks to the media at a meeting of ministers of Defense during the International Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
February 16, 2019 - 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump's border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview with...
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An unnamed Australian representative, Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders, Canada's minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan, Denmark's minister of Defense Claus Hjort Frederiksen, French state secretary Juan Francisco Martinez Nunez, French minister of Defense Florence Parly, US minister of Defense Patrick Shanahan, German minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen, British minister of Defense Gavin Williamson, Italy's minister of Defense Elisabetta Trenta, Dutch minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld, Norway's minister of Defense Frank Bakke Jensen, New Zealand's foreign minister Rupert Holborow, and Turkish minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, from left to right, pose for a group photo at the International Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 9:25 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's upcoming scheduled exit from the European Union (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Britain's defense secretary has sought to reassure an audience in Germany that his country's commitment to supporting European security will remain "steadfast" after the country's...
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In this Feb. 9, 2019, photo, a man watches a TV screen showing images of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. A top U.S. commander says he’s seen little to no change in North Korea’s military readiness or a slowdown in its nuclear weapons program since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for nuclear talks last year. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
February 12, 2019 - 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. commander said Tuesday that he has not seen any effort by North Korea to curtail its nuclear weapons program since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for nuclear talks last year. Army Gen. Robert Abrams testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz speaks at the official launch of his election campaign in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Israeli Justice Ministry said Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, that the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections. A Dutch-Palestinian man originally from the Gaza Strip is suing Gantz and Israel's former air force chief, Amir Eshel, for their roles in an airstrike on his family's home that killed six relatives. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
February 11, 2019 - 1:45 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Justice Ministry on Monday said the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections. A Dutch-Palestinian man originally from the Gaza...
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Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, left, arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2019, to consult with Army Gen. Scott Miller, right, commander of U.S. and coalition forces, and senior Afghan government leaders. The unannounced visit is the first for the acting secretary of defense, Pat Shanahan. He previously was the No. 2 official under Jim Mattis, who resigned as defense chief in December. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
February 11, 2019 - 11:33 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At an extraordinary moment in Pentagon history, a former business executive with little political stature and without military experience is making his international debut as the acting U.S. defense secretary. Pat Shanahan was in Afghanistan's capital on Monday, meeting...
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