Tag Archives: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Pentagon Rescinds COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, Questions Remain for Separated Sailors

Pentagon Rescinds COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, Questions Remain for Separated Sailors

Seaman Apprentice Johnnese Poomaihealani, from Waianae, Hawaii, receives a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot during a shot event in the foc’sle aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Jan. 3, 2022. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin officially rescinded the COVID-19 vaccine mandate Tuesday evening in a memo, stopping any more military separations due to refusal to get the shot series. Read More

U.S., South Korea Extend Air Force Exercise in Response to North Korea Missile Launches

U.S., South Korea Extend Air Force Exercise in Response to North Korea Missile Launches

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and South Korean Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-Sup conduct a press conference at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., on Nov. 3, 2022. U.S. Air Force Photo

The United States and the Republic of Korea will extend a joint Air Force exercise in response to missile launches from North Korea, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced Thursday.

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New Pentagon National Defense Strategy Will be 'Well Received' by U.S. Allies in Pacific, Says Expert

New Pentagon National Defense Strategy Will be ‘Well Received’ by U.S. Allies in Pacific, Says Expert

People’s Liberation Army Navy aircraft carrier Shandong berths at a naval port in Sanya, China. PLAN Photo

The National Defense Strategy clearly points at China as the United States’ pacing threat in both the Indo-Pacific and globally with its territorial ambitions and expanding nuclear arsenal, four regional security experts said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies discussion Thursday. Read More

Nuclear Sea-Launched Cruise Missile Has ‘Zero Value,’ Latest Nuclear Posture Review Finds

Nuclear Sea-Launched Cruise Missile Has ‘Zero Value,’ Latest Nuclear Posture Review Finds

A tomahawk cruise missile launches from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG-86) for a live-fire exercise during Valiant Shield 2018 on Sept. 18, 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — The Defense Department officially abandoned the effort to pursue a nuclear sea-launched cruise missile, according to the Nuclear Posture Review unveiled today. Read More

Defense Secretary Austin to Meet with Red Hill Team in Hawaii

Defense Secretary Austin to Meet with Red Hill Team in Hawaii

A firefighter, attached to Federal Fire Department Hawaii, conducts environmental testing during a spill response exercise at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on Sept. 22, 2022. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to Hawaii to meet with Indo-Pacific partners and get an update on the effort to defuel the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a Pentagon spokesman announced Tuesday. Read More