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Oct 23, 2013

Despite high-tech arms, war requires ground troops: Army chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even with drones, smart bombs and precision weapons, war remains a clash of human wills that ultimately requires boots on the ground, and the notion that land forces are obsolete is naive and dangerous, the top U.S. Army general said on Wednesday.

“Technology will not solve the problems alone,” General Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, told a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Association of the U.S. Army, a military support group.

Oct 23, 2013

Despite high-tech arms, war requires ground troops -U.S. Army chief

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Even with drones, smart bombs
and precision weapons, war remains a clash of human wills that
ultimately requires boots on the ground, and the notion that
land forces are obsolete is naive and dangerous, the top U.S.
Army general said on Wednesday.

“Technology will not solve the problems alone,” General Ray
Odierno, the Army chief of staff, told a panel discussion at the
annual conference of the Association of the U.S. Army, a
military support group.

Oct 18, 2013

U.S. nuclear arms modernization plan misguided: scientists’ group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Obama administration plan to spend $60 billion over the next 25 years to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal is misguided and violates the spirit of its pledge not to develop new nuclear arms, a Union of Concerned Scientists report said on Thursday.

The 81-page report by the independent nonprofit said the $60 billion for upgrading warheads is a fraction of what Washington plans to spend on its nuclear deterrent in the coming decades, on top of billions for new manufacturing facilities and billions more for delivery systems like submarines.

Oct 17, 2013

Pentagon facing fiscal shadow despite end of shutdown: Hagel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday the Pentagon is still laboring under the shadow of budget uncertainty despite a deal by Congress that reopened the federal government and let some 7,000 furloughed defense employees return to their jobs.

Hagel urged lawmakers working to craft a government funding bill by mid-January to show the flexibility needed to reach a long-term spending agreement. He warned that further fiscal uncertainty would undermine U.S. national security and erode America’s standing in the world.

Oct 16, 2013

Pentagon chief apologizes for lost Medal of Honor nomination

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apologized on Wednesday to a former Army captain whose nomination for the nation’s highest military honor was misplaced for two years after he complained about a lack of artillery and air support during a deadly 2009 firefight in Afghanistan.

Former Army Captain Will Swenson received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on Tuesday for heroism during the battle of Ganjgal in Kunar Province and was inducted on Wednesday into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, which lists the recipients of the military’s top award for valor.

Oct 11, 2013

U.S. Air Force fires general overseeing nuclear missiles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The two-star general overseeing the U.S. arsenal of intercontinental missiles was fired on Friday for personal misbehavior, the Air Force said, adding the matter was not tied to the readiness or security of America’s nuclear missiles.

The removal of Major General Michael Carey from his job as commander of the 20th Air Force was the latest in a string of recent high-profile firings of top U.S. generals.

Oct 11, 2013

Real Captain Phillips warns cuts could hit Pentagon shipping program

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – An American merchant marine
captain made famous by a Tom Hanks movie after being kidnapped
by Somali pirates warned on Thursday that looming U.S. budget
cuts could sink part of a program that keeps U.S.-flagged ships
ready to ferry military supplies and aid around the world.

Richard Phillips, who was held hostage after Somali pirates
seized his vessel in 2009, is backing a campaign to halt the
budget cuts, saying they could reduce by a third the size of the
60-strong U.S. commercial fleet that regularly carries cargo for
the military.

Oct 10, 2013

U.S. suggests destruction unit for Syria’s chemical weapons

AMSTERDAM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is suggesting the world’s chemical weapons watchdog uses a U.S.-made mobile destruction unit in Syria to neutralize the country’s toxic stockpile, officials told Reuters.

It gave a briefing on the unit on Tuesday to officials at the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, who are deciding what technology to use for the ambitious chemical weapons destruction plan, two officials said.

Oct 10, 2013

U.S. suggests destruction unit for Syria’s chemical weapons

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.

Oct 9, 2013

Pentagon begins review of Guantanamo detainees held without charge

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.

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