U.S. Department of Defense

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

The Pentagon said Thursday that an investigation into the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger last year found "individual, organizational and institutional failures." But it said no sole reason was responsible for the ambush.

A Pentagon report has found that Islamist extremists ambushed and killed four U.S. troops in Niger last October after a series of missteps left the Americans exposed and vulnerable in a remote corner of the African nation.

The Pentagon has sent the classified report to Congress and military officers have started to brief the families of the soldiers who were killed. The report has not been released publicly, but an official who has seen it described it to NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman.

U.S. Air Force

The number of sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton rose in 2016, but officials say that does necessarily mean more assaults occurred.

The U.S. Department of Defense says one of the three U.S. soldiers killed in an attack by Islamic extremists in Niger was from southwestern Ohio.

´╗┐Federal prosecutors say a former defense contractor convicted of mail fraud and making false claims while supplying non-conforming parts to the military has been sentenced to two years in prison.


A Columbus-based Ohio National Guard unit's planned mission to West Africa to help control the Ebola outbreak in the region has been canceled.

State records show the U.S. military has given armored vehicles, assault rifles and thousands of other types of surplus military equipment to Columbus police and other Ohio law enforcement agencies in recent years.

Civilian Wright-Patt Workers Back On The Job

Oct 8, 2013

87 hundred civilian workers are back on the job at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.

Ohio Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Jul 18, 2013

The Defense Department says a U.S. Army soldier from Ohio has died in Afghanistan after being wounded when a rocket propelled grenade struck his vehicle.

The body of an Ohio man killed in Afghanistan last week has been returned to Preble County.

Length Of Military Furloughs Shortened

Mar 29, 2013

Officials say a U.S. Air Force reserve wing that flies troops around the globe will start shutting down on Fridays when civilian furloughs begin at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.