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Obama Set to Nominate Hagel for Defense Secretary

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is expected Monday to nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be the country’s next defense secretary. Prominent Republicans signaled Sunday that the 66-year-old Hagel would likely face a tough confirmation process, with a focus on questions about his stances on Israel and Iran. Hagel has opposed unilateral sanctions against Iran, […]

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Australia Agrees to Host Key US Space Surveillance Systems

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has reached an agreement to station a powerful radar and space telescope in Australia, providing what U.S. officials say is a key ability to monitor the skies of the Asia-Pacific. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the agreement reached Wednesday at an annual security summit in Australia is a “major leap forward” […]

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US, Australia Vow Deeper Defense Ties

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States vowed continued military cooperation with Australia, as the two countries opened annual defense talks in Perth, Australia on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in the summit’s opening remarks that U.S.-Australia relations were an important part of Washington’s strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific. “Our biggest challenge now is, as we rebalance to […]

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U.S. Navy Accuses SEALs of Disclosing Secrets

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Defense Department says seven members of an elite Navy SEAL team have been disciplined for disclosing classified information when they served as consultants to developers of a video game. Officials said Thursday that the SEALs are alleged to have divulged the information and shown the designers specially-designed combat equipment without authorization from their […]

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Russia Hopes for US Flexibility on Missile Defense Plan

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says it expects the United States will show more flexibility in a dispute over U.S. missile defense plans following the re-election of President Barack Obama. Speaking Thursday at an international conference in Moscow, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin expressed hope that the U.S. president will take into account the opinions of Russia and others […]

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US to Station Majority of Warships in Pacific

Posted June 2nd, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the United States will shift the majority of its warships to the Asia-Pacific region over the next several years as part of a new strategic focus on Asia. In Singapore Saturday, Panetta told a conference of defense officials from 30 Asia-Pacific nations that the U.S. Navy would reposition its […]

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NATO Chief Says Alliance Moving Forward with Missile Shield

Posted May 14th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance has conducted a successful test of its missile defense system for Europe. In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Rasmussen said NATO plans to declare an “interim capability” for the anti-ballistic missile system at a conference later this month. He said the system will still […]

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US, China to Cooperate on Cyber Security

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Senior Chinese and U.S. defense officials have agreed to cooperate on cyber security threats, despite recent accusations that China is behind several cyber attacks against U.S. networks. The announcement came Monday as China’s Defense Minister Liang Guanglie met in Washington with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta. Panetta said it was important for both countries to […]

US, China to Cooperate on Cyber Security

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Senior Chinese and U.S. defense officials have agreed to cooperate on cyber security threats, despite recent accusations that China is behind several cyber attacks against U.S. networks. The announcement came Monday as China’s Defense Minister Liang Guanglie met in Washington with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta. Panetta said it was important for both countries to […]

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Russia’s Top General Says Preemptive Strike Against Missile Shield Possible

Posted May 3rd, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia’s top general said Thursday that Moscow may be forced to disable NATO’s planned missile defense system in Europe. Army General Nikolay Makarov told an international conference on missile defense in Moscow that a pre-emptive strike could be utilized to physically destroy the missile systems. Makarov added that he hoped the use of weapons of […]

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