Military news

Study finds massive Defense Department carbon emissions

In this image, the Pentagon is seen from a distance.
The Pentagon. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

America's Defense Department uses more oil and emits more greenhouse gases than any other institution on Earth, according to a new Brown University study.

The impact: The study found that if the Pentagon, which oversees the U.S. military, were a nation, its emissions would rank it as the world's 55th largest contributor of greenhouse gases. The department has been responsible for some 80% of all U.S. government energy consumption since 2001.

First female Infantry Division commander will serve in U.S. military

Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager, a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, will become the first woman to command a U.S. Army Infantry Division later this month, ABC reports.

The backdrop: Last year, then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said "the jury is still out" on whether a 2015 U.S. military policy allowing women to serve in traditionally all-male combat roles was been successful, since too few women had participated.