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Apr 8, 2014

U.S. to cut nuclear launchers under treaty with Russia: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will scale back its nuclear bombers, submarine launchers and ballistic missiles in the first cuts to its leftover cold war nuclear arsenal since ratifying a landmark treaty with Russia in 2011, officials said on Tuesday.

Under the treaty, known as New Start, the U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on each of the 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said.

Apr 8, 2014

U.S. plans balanced cuts to nuclear launchers under treaty with Russia -officials

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – The United States will scale
back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under the
New START treaty with Russia, but it will not retire a ballistic
missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials
told Reuters.

The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on
each of its 14 nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear
bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental
ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on
condition of anonymity.

Apr 8, 2014

U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty -officials

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – The United States will scale
back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under a New
START treaty with Russia but not retire a ballistic missile
squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told
Reuters.

The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on
each of its 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear
bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental
ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on
condition of anonymity.

Apr 7, 2014

U.S. Navy to test futuristic, super-fast gun at sea in 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a “Star Wars” technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy’s research chief said.

Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, the chief of Naval Research, told a round table group recently the futuristic electromagnetic rail gun had already undergone extensive testing on land and would be mounted on the USNS Millinocket, a high-speed vessel, for sea trials beginning in 2016.

Apr 5, 2014

U.S. Navy testing more sophisticated pilotless helicopters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The helicopter kicked up a cloud of freshly fallen snow that partly obscured the ground below, but despite the poor visibility, it gently touched down in a landing that was unremarkable except for the fact no one was at the controls.

The helicopter, filmed during testing by the Naval Research Laboratory, was piloted by a 100-pound (45-kg) sensor and software package that officials said can turn any rotary-winged aircraft into a virtually autonomous drone able to fly with minimal input from the Marine Corps troops it was designed to serve.

Apr 2, 2014

U.S. sending 175 Marines to Romania as part of Africa crisis team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was bolstering the size of its Europe-based crisis response force to 675 Marines by sending 175 new troops to a Romanian base near the Black Sea at a time of tensions over Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

The Marines are part of a crisis response team headquartered in Moron, Spain, and primarily meant for operations in Africa, although they can be sent anywhere, a Pentagon spokesman said. The decision to increase the force with Marines based in Romania was made last year before the current crisis, he said.

Mar 31, 2014

Hagel revamps effort to find U.S. troops missing from foreign wars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday ordered the Pentagon to reorganize its much-criticized effort to account for U.S. troops missing from foreign wars, creating a single agency to improve accountability and speed recovery and identification of remains.

Hagel’s announcement came as the U.S. Congress is putting pressure on the Defense Department to boost its accounting for some 83,000 missing U.S. troops – about 73,000 from World War Two and 10,000 from other conflicts.

Mar 28, 2014

Hagel, ahead of China trip, urges military restraint in cyberspace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, pushing for openness ahead of a trip to China, said on Friday in an unusual live broadcast from a secretive base the Pentagon would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace and urged other nations to do so as well.

In his first remarks on cyber security since becoming defense secretary last year, Hagel told a retirement ceremony for Cyber Command chief General Keith Alexander that the Pentagon sought to be “open and transparent” about its cyber capabilities and intentions with both allies and competitors.

Mar 27, 2014

Nine officers removed, one resigns in Air Force cheating probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the nuclear missile wing at a base in Montana resigned on Thursday and nine officers were removed from their jobs over a test-cheating scandal that involved 91 missile launch officers, the Air Force said.

Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson, head of the Air Force’s Global Strike Command, said Colonel Robert Stanley, commander of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, had resigned on Thursday and would retire from the service.

Mar 26, 2014

UK defense chief says give Russia chance to de-escalate in Crimea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If Vladimir Putin follows traditional Russian military doctrine, he may seek to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine and not move beyond annexing Crimea, Britain’s defense chief said on Wednesday, adding the West should not militarize the standoff.

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said it was important to reduce tensions with the Russian leader over the Crimea by avoiding an aggressive military response from NATO allies and instead using diplomatic and economic levers of influence.

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