Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III reviewed his first 100 days in office, saying there is measurable progress in his priority areas, but that much more needs to be done.He spoke at a Pentagon news conference, today.39:10 Defending the nation is the top priority and COVID-19 is the most immediate threat, he said.
Major powers are “rapidly militarizing space” to prepare for a prospective conflict that could have devastating effects in the absence of norms to restrict such weapons, according to a senior Democrat.“I suspect the norm is ‘he who is strongest will win at the end of the process,’ and we'll all be dead,” California Rep. John Garamendi said during a congressional hearing on space policy.
Despite no one knowing where a spent, 10-story Chinese Long March 5B booster rocket will fall to Earth, the Pentagon has no plans to try to shoot it down, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said May 6.“We’re hopeful that it will land in a place where it won’t harm anyone,” Austin said during his first press conference as Defense Secretary.
Washington, United States — The US military has no plans to shoot down an out-of-control Chinese rocket now hurtling towards Earth, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday.“We have the capability to do a lot of things, but we don’t have a plan to shoot it down as we speak,” Austin told journalists.
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WXMI — Whether it was people spending more time looking skyward during the pandemic, the effect of its decreased pollution and visibility, or a Pentagon investigation announced this summer, more people reported U.F.O.sightings in 2020.According to the National U.F.O.Reporting Center, sightings increased by 1,000 this year nationally, with 7,200 total calls about U.F.O.s.
Austin says military has no plan to shoot the tumbling Chinese rocket, hints at capabilities to do so
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday the U.S. has no plans to shoot down a Chinese rocket hurling back toward earth this weekend, but he hopes it will land in the ocean."We have the capability to do a lot of things, but we don't have a plan to shoot it down as we speak," Austin told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday.
As momentum within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill builds to remove commanders from overseeing sexual assault prosecutions, top Defense Department leaders say they are open to the idea but want to give a commission time to finish its work and have discussions with service leaders before making any changes.
On Tuesday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) sent letters to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and the Acting Inspector General of the Department of Defense Sean O’Donnell, questioning whether a Pentagon official who received more than $1 million in undisclosed payments from an Amazon consultant unlawfully influenced the Pentagon to consider Amazon Web Services for its $10 billion JEDI defense cloud computing contract.
Afghan commanders are pleading for more help from American warplanes, illustrating their dependency on American air power.KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States has continued limited air support to Afghan national security forces in recent days, launching a half-dozen airstrikes as Taliban fighters stepped up an offensive in the country’s south before the full withdrawal of American troops ordered by President Biden.
American service members will move out with professionalism and dedication to fulfill the newest mission in Afghanistan, ending the U.S. presence in the country by September, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said today.39:10 Austin and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held their first joint press conference at the Pentagon.
The service will remove harassment investigations from units, but keep them within the military ranks.Is that enough?Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin signaled Thursday he would support changing how the military handles sexual assault cases, but wouldn’t say whether he’ll accept a panel’s recommendation to remove investigations from the ranks.
WASHINGTON — The United States has deployed a dozen additional warplanes to bolster protection of American and coalition troops making a final withdrawal from Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents step up pressure on Afghan government forces, top Pentagon officials said Thursday.Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said F-18 attack planes have been added to a previously announced package of air and sea power — including the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea and six Air Force B-52 bombers based in Qatar — that can be called upon as protection for withdrawing troops.
The fall of the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan to the Taliban isn’t inevitable after American forces leave the country in the coming months, top Pentagon officials insisted on Thursday.While a Taliban victory isn’t a “foregone conclusion,” the Pentagon is considering ways to continue training Afghan government forces in third-country locations after U.S. troops leave, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a news conference with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday would not say if he will impose new recommendations to prosecute sexual assaults outside the military's chain of command.The Pentagon chief said he is still waiting for military service chiefs and secretaries to give their two cents on the matter later this month, though his top uniformed adviser, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, has already dropped his objection to the proposed change.
The US military has deployed more heavy bombers and fighter jets to protect withdrawing American and coalition troops from Afghanistan, which have so far sustained no direct attacks, the Pentagon said Thursday."Less than one week in, the drawdown is going according to plan," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters.
The U.S. Space Command is tracking a large Chinese rocket booster that is tumbling uncontrollably through space and is expected to come crashing down to Earth sometime this weekend.It’s not clear where the 22-metric-ton rocket stage would land or what, if anything, the Pentagon would do if it were to come down over a populated area, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters this week.