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More Suicides Than Combat Deaths in US Military

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Pentagon says 349 U.S. servicemen and women killed themselves last year, more than the number of troops killed in combat. The number is up from the 301 military suicides in 2011. Some experts predict the number will be even higher this year. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has called suicides in the armed forces an […]

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Alcohol Off Menu for China’s Military

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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China’s military commission has initiated strict changes for high-ranking military officers in an effort to curb a stream of corruption scandals. Reports in state media Friday said the Central Military Commission’s new rules ban senior officers from holding receptions featuring alcohol and staying in luxury hotels when on work trips. According to the new commission […]

Alcohol Off Menu for China’s Military

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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China’s military commission has initiated strict changes for high-ranking military officers in an effort to curb a stream of corruption scandals. Reports in state media Friday said the Central Military Commission’s new rules ban senior officers from holding receptions featuring alcohol and staying in luxury hotels when on work trips. According to the new commission […]

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Pentagon Plans to Expand Intelligence Gathering

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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A leading U.S. newspaper says the Defense Department has an “ambitious” plan to assemble an espionage network, rivaling the Central Intelligence Agency in size. The Washington Post reported late Saturday the project is aimed at transforming the Defense Intelligence Agency into a spy service focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA […]

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N.Korea Replaces Defense Minister in Military Shakeup

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has replaced its defense chief with a hardline general believed to have masterminded deadly 2010 attacks on South Korea. South Korean officials said Thursday that Kim Kyok Sik was named to the post of Armed Forces Minister. He is is believed to have orchestrated the sinking of a South Korean warship and an […]

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Putin Replaces Army Chief of Staff

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has replaced his army chief of staff, just days after replacing the defense minister. Mr. Putin announced Friday that General Valery Gerasimov will take over the position from Army chief of staff Nikolai Makarov. Gerasimov was a commander in the second war with Chechnya. On Tuesday, Mr. Putin dismissed Defense Minister […]

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US Serviceman Suspected of Assaulting Japanese Boy

Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese police are investigating claims a U.S. serviceman assaulted a boy on the island of Okinawa, where opposition to the U.S. military presence runs high. Authorities say the serviceman allegedly broke into an apartment Friday and hit the 13-year-old boy in the face before jumping out a third floor window and suffering injuries. Sources say […]

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China Makes Military Changes Ahead of Transition

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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China’s air force has a new commander. Chinese state-run media said Tuesday General Ma Xiaotian will take over control of the nation’s air force from General Xu Qiliang. Reports out of China say Xu will likely be promoted to vice chairman of the country’s powerful Central Military Committee. The moves come as China is set […]

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US to Invite Burma to Observe Military Exercises

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand says the United States plans to invite Burma to observe a major regional military exercise early next year. Thai Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Thanathip Sawangsang said on Friday that Burma will be allowed to observe “Cobra Gold,” which annually brings together more than 10,000 troops U.S. and Thai troops and other participants from countries […]

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U.S. Imposes Curfew on All American Troops in Japan

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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The commander of U.S. forces in Japan has imposed an nationwide curfew for all military personnel in Japan after the arrest of two American sailors for the alleged rape of an Okinawan woman. Lieutenant-General Salvatore Angelella said Friday that the immediate 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will apply to all American service members, whether […]

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