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US disinvites China from multinational military exercise
by Robert Burns - May 24, 2018 - 8:11am
The Pentagon said Wednesday it has withdrawn an invitation for China to participate in a multinational naval exercise the U.S. is hosting this summer, a sign of fresh tension between Pacific powers.
Pentagon report: Nukes are central to North Korea strategy
by Robert Burns - May 23, 2018 - 9:33am
A Pentagon report to Congress says North Korea sees nuclear weapons as central to its security, an assessment that would seem to complicate President Donald Trump's effort to persuade the North's dictator, Kim Jong...
Trump: US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weapons
by Robert Burns - April 14, 2018 - 9:43am
President Donald Trump announced Friday that the U.S., France and Britain together launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians and...
Pentagon head warns Syrian forces on use of chemical weapons
by Robert Burns - March 12, 2018 - 2:13am
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on yesterday warned the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons in its civil war and said the Trump administration has made it clear that it would be "very unwise" to use gas...
Pentagon chief says North Korea engages in 'outlaw' behavior
by Robert Burns - October 29, 2017 - 12:00am
The threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday, accusing the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs and pledging to repel...
Japanese defense minister sounds alarm on North Korea
by Robert Burns - October 23, 2017 - 12:50pm
Japan's defense minister asserted Monday that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have grown to an "unprecedented, critical and imminent" level, requiring "different responses" to the threa...
US nuke commander 'assumes' North Koreans tested H-bomb
by Robert Burns - September 15, 2017 - 1:59am
The top commander of U.S. nuclear forces said Thursday he assumes the Sept. 3 nuclear test by North Korea was a hydrogen bomb, suggesting a heightened U.S. concern that the North has advanced to a new level of nuclear...
US missile strike on NKorea an unlikely option, for now
by Robert Burns - July 7, 2017 - 7:42pm
A pre-emptive military strike may be among the "pretty severe things" President Donald Trump says he is considering for North Korea, but it's a step so fraught with risk that it ranks as among the unlikeliest o...
Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser
by Robert Burns - February 21, 2017 - 8:31am
President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.
Trump's Pentagon pick receives strong support in first vote
by Robert Burns - January 13, 2017 - 3:30am
Retired Gen. James Mattis won overwhelming support yesterday in a first vote to allow him to run the Pentagon after telling senators he places Russia at No. 1 on his list of security threats. He also accused Russian...
US defense secretary in Israel as country gets F-35 jets
by Robert Burns - December 13, 2016 - 6:31am
The vanguard of Israel's new fleet of F-35 fighter jets roared onto the Nevatim air base yesterday, ushering in a new era for Israeli air power and sharpening its military edge in a volatile Mideast.
US says 2,000 IS fighters killed, gravely wounded in Mosul
by Robert Burns - December 12, 2016 - 6:10am
Iraqi and US-led coalition forces have killed or gravely wounded more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters in the battle for Mosul since October, the top US commander in Iraq said yesterday.
Carter's Asia trip spotlights issues for next Pentagon head
by Robert Burns - December 6, 2016 - 8:42am
Ash Carter's final swing across Asia as Pentagon chief shines a spotlight on tough issues to be inherited by his successor, from concern in Tokyo and Seoul about being forced to pay more for U.S. military protection...
Duterte's Hitler comments 'deeply troubling,' says US defense chief
by Robert Burns - October 1, 2016 - 9:46am
Defense Secretary Ash Carter hinted Friday at U.S. impatience with the Philippine government over inflammatory comments by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Pentagon chief urges Southeast Asia security cooperation
by Robert Burns - October 1, 2016 - 9:21am
Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday opened talks in Hawaii with his counterparts from 10 Southeast Asian nations, even as U.S. relations with the Philippines, a longtime American ally, grew shakier.
Defense secretary: US will sharpen 'military edge' in Asia
by Robert Burns - September 30, 2016 - 8:54am
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday the US will "sharpen our military edge" in Asia and the Pacific in order to remain a dominant power in a region feeling the effects of China's rising military might.
US defense secretary offers closer security ties to China
by Robert Burns - June 4, 2016 - 10:12am
Striking a notably positive tone, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday offered closer U.S. cooperation with China in pursuit of a deeper and broader Asian security network. 
Defense Secretary Carter: US-Philippines relationship stable
by Robert Burns - June 2, 2016 - 7:51pm
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the American alliance with the Philippines remains "iron clad," following the election of a new Philippines president who has said his country needs to chart a course more independent...
Sending more US troops to Iraq fits a 2-year pattern
by Robert Burns - April 19, 2016 - 4:15pm
President Barack Obama's decision to send 217 more troops to Iraq and to put military advisers closer to the front lines, fits a pattern of ever-deepening involvement in a war against the Islamic State.
US reviewing scale of its peacekeeping mission in Sinai
by Robert Burns - April 12, 2016 - 1:46pm
The Pentagon is considering ways it could automate aspects of its peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula, possibly reducing the number of troops deployed to an area struggling with the rise of an Islamic State...
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