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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.

Oct 3, 2013

U.S., Japan to modernize alliance to counter 21st century threats

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.

Oct 2, 2013

South Korea, U.S. sign new pact to deter North Korea nuclear threat

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.

Oct 2, 2013

S.Korea, U.S. sign new pact to deter N.Korea nuclear threat

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.

Oct 1, 2013

Pentagon chief says shutdown hurts U.S. credibility with allies

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.

Sep 30, 2013

Pentagon chief, at Korean DMZ, says U.S. will not cut force in Korea

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.

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      "David has been a journalist for 30 years, based in Washington, London, New Delhi, Jerusalem and Philadelphia. He covered the first Gulf war, the Palestinian intifada and the conflict in Kashmir. Since 1998 he has been an editor and reporter in Washington, covering politics, the White House and other stories."
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