Washington (CNN) - It was a quick remark in a long, sometimes-contentious GOP presidential debate. But for the tradition-oriented United States military, referring to an admiral as ‘General’ can be seen as a major misstep.
Luckily for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff isn’t bothered by the mistake in title.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen have certified that the U.S. military is prepared to accept openly gay and lesbian service members, and that doing so will not harm military readiness, the White House announced Friday.
Under a bill passed last year that set up a process for repealing the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, all three men needed to sign a certification confirming the military's ability to move forward with the integration of openly gay and lesbian troops.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Gen. Martin Dempsey, the relatively new Army chief of staff, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The term of the current chairman, Adm. Michael Mullen, ends in September.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she had a frank discussion with the Pakistani president on Friday as part of a push to repair the relationship with Islamabad in the wake of a U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accompanied Clinton for what one senior State Department official said beforehand would be a "sober" set of talks about the need for Pakistan to root out terrorists in its country.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will nominate Gen. Martin Dempsey, the relatively new Army chief of staff, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, several administration officials say.
(CNN)– The United States has seen no evidence that the senior Pakistani leadership knew of Osama bin Laden's presence in Pakistan, Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters Wednesday.
(CNN) – Today, we covered two major developing stories – the attacks in Libya, and the crisis in Japan. Here are the highlights:
Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs Chairman, on CNN's State of the Union
I would say that the no-fly zone is effectively in place. We've got combat air patrol or aircraft over Benghazi and we'll have them there for - on a 24/7 basis, start to move to the west. He hasn't flown any aircraft for the last two days. And the whole goal here is to, one, get it in place, two, be in a position so that he is unable to massacre his own civilians and that we affect the humanitarian support. So from that standpoint, the initial operations have been very effective, taken out most of his air defense systems, some of his airfields. Yet, there is still, I think, a great deal to be done.
Washington (CNN) - A U.S.-led military mission in Libya has effectively imposed a no-fly zone and blasted some of Moammar Gadhafi's ground forces outside the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday.
The coalition forces, including U.S., British and French aircraft, have taken out most of Libya's air defense systems and some airfields, Mullen said in interviews on CNN's "State of the Union" program and other networks.
(CNN) - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff described the behavior of North Korea as "belligerent" on Sunday, following a report that the country is stepping up its nuclear program.
"It confirms or validates the concern we've had for years about their enriching uranium which they've denied routinely," Adm. Mike Mullen said on CNN's "State of the Union." "All of this is consistent with belligerent behavior, the kind of instability creation in a part of the world that is very dangerous."