Lloyd Austin

U.S. puts troops on alert for Europe deployment

U.S. puts troops on alert for Europe deployment

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin has put 8,500 American troops on “high alert” for possible deployment to Eastern Europe, the Pentagon announced. Most of the 8,500 troops would take part in a NATO response force …

Pentagon chief voices support for Ukraine in call

Pentagon chief voices support for Ukraine in call

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov on January 13, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters. Austin spoke by phone with Ukrainian Minister of …

Pentagon chief tests positive for COVID-19

Pentagon chief tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reported on Sunday that he tested positive for the presence of the coronavirus infection. "I tested positive this morning for COVID-19. I requested the test today after exhibiting symptoms …

Pentagon chief: Georgia is critical region to U.S.

Pentagon chief: Georgia is critical region to U.S.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said at the joint press briefing with Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze that Georgia is a critical region to the United States. "This is a critical region …

Pentagon chief to visit Georgia next week

Pentagon chief to visit Georgia next week

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Georgia, Romania, Ukraine and Brussels next week, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing yesterday.  Austin and his team will be preparing for a trip to Europe next week. …

Pentagon thinks former Afghan president is in UAE

Pentagon thinks former Afghan president is in UAE

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Tuesday that he thinks the former president of Afghanistan is in the United Arab Emirates after fleeing his home country - although the defense secretary said he did not know whether Ashraf Ghani …

Pentagon chief visits Afghan resettlement base

Pentagon chief visits Afghan resettlement base

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited one of the eight military bases housing Afghan nationals evacuated during the U.S. military withdrawal. Austin's trip to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey on …

U.S. says coordination with Taliban on strikes ‘possible’

U.S. says coordination with Taliban on strikes ‘possible’

U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it’s “possible” the United States will seek to coordinate with the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) on counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan against ISIS …

Pentagon: U.S. pull-out from Afghanistan ahead of schedule

Pentagon: U.S. pull-out from Afghanistan ahead of schedule

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Thursday that America’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is “slightly” ahead of schedule, but he provided no details. President Joe Biden has ordered a full U.S. …

Pentagon: climate crisis threatens U.S. national security

Pentagon: climate crisis threatens U.S. national security

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday described the climate crisis as one of the nation’s existential threats with the potential to profoundly destabilize global security. "From coast to coast and across the …

U.S. to increase military presence in Germany

U.S. to increase military presence in Germany

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Tuesday that the U.S. military will increase its presence in Germany, recommitting the US to the NATO alliance in a reversal from the previous administration's plans to withdraw troops from the …

Pentagon urges Turkey not to retain S-400 systems

Pentagon urges Turkey not to retain S-400 systems

Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin held a phone call on Thursday, discussing regional security and bilateral defense cooperation. Akar and Austin exchanged views and underlined …

U.S. Defense Secretary visits Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary visits Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in an unnanounced visit to Kabul on Sunday as Washington reviews the peace process there and its planned troop withdrawal. Austin said on Twitter he had come to …

Biden seems to forget U.S. defense secretary’s name

Biden seems to forget U.S. defense secretary’s name

U.S. President Joe Biden seemed to forget Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s name at a White House event - calling the Pentagon chief "the guy who runs that outfit over there." Biden was announcing the …