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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.