AMSTERDAM/WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is
suggesting the world’s chemical weapons watchdog uses a
U.S.-made mobile destruction unit in Syria to neutralise the
country’s toxic stockpile, officials told Reuters.
It gave a briefing on the unit on Tuesday to officials at
the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons, who are deciding what technology to use for the
ambitious chemical weapons destruction plan, two officials said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Wednesday it had begun re-examining the evidence for the continued detention of terrorism suspects held without charge at Guantanamo, Cuba, more than two years after President Barack Obama directed it to develop a review process.
Pentagon officials said the new Periodic Review Board, created to facilitate the eventual closure of the prison, had not yet considered the case of any individual detainee but was now working on the reviews.
TOKYO (Reuters) – The United States and Japan agreed on Thursday to modernize their defense alliance for the first time in 16 years to address growing concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program, global terrorism, cyber intrusions and other 21st century threats.
The move to modernize the U.S.-Japanese defense alliance follows President Barack Obama’s decision to strategically rebalance U.S. forces to the Asia-Pacific region following a dozen years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States and South Korea signed a new pact to deter North Korea’s potential use of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction amid growing threats from Pyongyang, their defense chiefs said on Wednesday.
The defense ministers also agreed to review the timing of the transfer of war-time command control of their combined forces on the Korean peninsula from the U.S. military to South Korea, a joint statement issued after their meeting said.
SEOUL, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The United States and South Korea
signed a new pact to deter North Korea’s potential use of
nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction amid growing
threats from Pyongyang, their defense chiefs said on Wednesday.
The defense ministers also agreed to review the timing of
the transfer of war-time command control of their combined
forces on the Korean peninsula from the U.S. military to South
Korea, a joint statement issued after their meeting said.
SEOUL (Reuters) – The U.S. government shutdown will undermine American credibility abroad and lead allies to question its commitment to treaty obligations, the U.S. defense chief warned on Tuesday as he prepared to put 400,000 civilian workers on unpaid leave.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was visiting South Korea to celebrate the two nations’ 60-year-old mutual defense treaty, said Pentagon lawyers were analyzing a new law passed by Congress to see if additional civilian workers could be spared unpaid leave.
PANMUNJOM, Korean Demilitarized Zone (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured the Korean DMZ on Monday, at times under the watchful eye of North Korean soldiers, and said the Pentagon had no plan to reduce its 28,500-member force in the South despite budget constraints.
“This is probably the only place in the world where we have always a risk of confrontation,” Hagel said after touring a single-story building with a corrugated metal roof where talks are held with North Koreans on Conference Row in the truce village of Panmunjom.
MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appealed on Saturday for lawmakers to take action to avert a government shutdown next week, saying it was “astoundingly irresponsible” to try to influence policymaking by triggering a funding crisis.
Hagel, speaking to reporters en route to Seoul to mark the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea defense alliance, said he had spent much of the week working on future spending cuts while planning for a shutdown next week that could force 400,000 civilian defense workers to take unpaid leave.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department will put half its 800,000 civilian employees on unpaid leave next week and halt military activity not critical to national security if Congress fails to resolve a looming funding crisis, Pentagon officials said on Friday.
The U.S. military’s 1.4 million uniformed personnel would continue fighting the Afghanistan war, patrolling the Mediterranean off Syria and conducting other operations considered necessary for security, but they wouldn’t get paid until Congress resolves the spending dilemma, officials said.
WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department
will put half of its 800,000 civilian employees on unpaid leave
and halt military activity not viewed as vital to national
security in the event of a
government shutdown next week, a senior Pentagon official said
The department’s 1.4 million military personnel would keep
working even if Congress fails to reach a deal to fund
government operations after the start of the 2014 fiscal year on
Oct. 1, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told reporters.