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Taiwan Report Warns of Growing Chinese Military Advantage

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 3:25 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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Pentagon: Foreign Spies Stole 24,000 Classified Documents

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Defense Department has revealed a foreign government accessed 24,000 classified files in a cyberattack earlier this year, highlighting the need for its newly unveiled strategy to counter cyberthreats. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said Thursday the attack in March was just one of a number of security breaches to U.S. defense computer networks. […]

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Panetta Sworn in as US Defense Secretary

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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The United States’ new defense secretary, Leon Panetta, has officially taken up his new post. The former head of the Central Intelligence Agency was sworn in Friday at the Pentagon. In a message to the defense department, he laid out his vision for confronting the challenges facing the military both at home and abroad. He […]

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Australian Military Aiming to Shift Forces North

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Australia has begun a review of its defense forces which could lead to a shift of resources and personnel to the country’s resource-rich northwestern coast. Defense Minister Stephen Smith told reporters Wednesday the review will consider how best to defend the growing oil and natural gas exploration projects in the area, as well as the […]

Japan, US to Delay Base Realignment Plan

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United States and Japan have dropped a deadline for moving a U.S. Marine Corps air station, but reaffirmed their commitment to the overall plan to realign the U.S. military presence in the country and reduce the American footprint on the island of Okinawa. The announcement came Tuesday after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and […]

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Gates, Mullen Discuss US Defense Cuts, Warn Against ‘Hollow’ Force

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 1:16 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is calling on Congress to support strategic cuts to the defense budget, while ensuring the military remains strong enough to respond to the threats facing the nation. Testifying before a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday, Gates said the overarching goal is to preserve a U.S. military capable of meeting crucial national […]

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Czech Republic Rejects US Proposal for Missile Defense Center

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Czech defense minister says Prague has rejected a U.S. proposal to build a missile defense center in the country after complaining that the facility would diminish the Czech role in the project. Alexander Vondra said Wednesday the Czech Republic has decided not to host an early warning center that would gather and analyze information […]

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