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Asia-Pacific Defense Chiefs Meet on Maritime Security

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Senior military leaders from 27 Asia-Pacific countries are meeting this week in Hawaii for talks dealing with issues raised by a growing dispute in the South China Sea. The U.S. Defense Department is hosting the annual conference, which began Monday and runs through Thursday. It said Australia, Japan and South Korea are among the 27 […]

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British Defense Chief Quits

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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British Defense Secretary Liam Fox has resigned amid growing questions about his links to a friend who posed as a government advisor while traveling overseas with him on official trips. Fox apologized to Prime Minister David Cameron in a resignation letter Friday, saying that he mistakenly allowed his personal interests and government activities to “become […]

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British Defense Chief Quits

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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British Defense Secretary Liam Fox has resigned amid growing questions about his links to a friend who posed as a government advisor while traveling overseas with him on official trips. Fox apologized to Prime Minister David Cameron in a resignation letter Friday, saying that he mistakenly allowed his personal interests and government activities to “become […]

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Top US Military Officials Say Budget Cuts ‘Tough’ but Doable

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 5:43 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says it will be “very difficult” to cut more than $450 billion over the next decade from the nation’s defense budget, but he says he also sees it as an opportunity to reshape U.S. armed forces for the future. Panetta told reporters Tuesday that defense spending has nearly doubled […]

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Turkey Joins NATO’S Missile Defense System

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 1:16 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s Foreign Ministry says an early warning radar system will be installed at a military base in the country’s southeast as part of NATO’s missile defense system for Europe. It is aimed at countering the threat of missile attacks from Iran. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the radar will be installed at […]

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Cuba Holds Day of Mourning Following Defense Minister’s Death

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Cuba has held an official day of mourning to mark the death of Defense Minister Julio Casas Reguerio, who passed away Saturday of heart failure at age 75. In Havana Monday, President Raul Castro took part in a private ceremony to remember Casas, who ran the Cuban military’s economic ventures for several years. Several Cuban […]

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Cuban Defense Minister Dies

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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State-run media in Cuba say the country’s defense minister died from a heart attack Saturday. Julio Casas Regueiro fought alongside Fidel and Raul Castro in the guerrilla war that brought the two brothers to power in 1959. He succeeded Raul Castro as head of the armed forces in 2008, when Castro replaced his brother Fidel […]

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US Military Chiefs Warn Against Further Defense Cuts

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen say they are concerned about the possibility of further defense spending cuts. Panetta and Mullen told reporters Thursday that they understand the need for the $350 billion in defense cuts in the deal to raise the debt ceiling that was […]

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China Puts Information Technology at Center of Military Buildup

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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China’s defense minister says the nation must continue and diversify its military modernization while placing the development of information technology at its core. The official Xinhua news agency quoted Defense Minister Liang Guanglie making the remarks late Sunday at a reception marking China’s annual Army Day. It said Liang promised to “expand and deepen” China’s […]

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Taiwan Report Warns of Growing Chinese Military Advantage

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan says it is falling further behind in its race to keep up with China’s rapidly expanding military capability. In a biennial defense white paper published Tuesday, Taiwan says China is already capable of imposing a naval blockade around Taiwan and seizing Taiwan-controlled offshore islands. It says the balance of power is expected to continue […]

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