WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday it believes China spent up to $180 billion on its military buildup last year, a far higher figure than acknowledged by Beijing, and it accused “Chinese actors” of being the world’s biggest perpetrators of economic espionage.
The Pentagon, in its annual report to Congress on China’s military, flagged sustained investment last year in advanced missile technologies and cyber warfare capabilities and warned that Chinese spying threatened America’s economic security.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In what would be a major breakthrough, Pakistan and the United States appeared on Tuesday to be on the verge of clinching an agreement to reopen ground supply lines into Afghanistan, a U.S. official said, as Pakistan confirmed its president will attend a summit of NATO leaders this weekend in Chicago.
Ties between the United States and Pakistan have been severely strained over the past year, fuelling speculation Islamabad might be excluded from the high-level NATO talks on Afghanistan’s future because of the failure to reach an agreement on the supply lines, which have been shut for months.
WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – The Pentagon announced on
Tuesday new safety precautions for its F-22 fighter jets -
including limiting how far they can fly away from airstrips -
after pilots experienced symptoms of oxygen deprivation aboard
the advanced stealth aircraft.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes the new
precautions on the F-22s, built by Lockheed Martin Corp,
are sufficient to guarantee safety. But the Pentagon did not
rule out again grounding the aircraft, if necessary.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After years of worrying what might happen if openly gay troops were allowed in the military, the Pentagon said on Thursday there had been no impact on morale, readiness or unit cohesion in the eight months since the ban on homosexuals was lifted.
President Barack Obama, who on Wednesday became the first U.S. president to publicly support gay marriage, helped champion the end of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. He is counting the ban’s repeal last September as a fulfillment of one of his campaign promises.
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary
Leon Panetta made a full-throated pitch for Brazil to buy
American fighter jets in a speech on Wednesday and said defense
trade between the hemisphere’s two largest economies was “an
area ripe for growth.”
U.S.-based Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet is seen as an
underdog in a Brazilian competition for a contract with an
initial value of about $4 billion. It will likely be worth
considerably more over time once maintenance and follow-on
orders are included.
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Another embarrassing incident surfaced involving U.S. personnel and prostitution in Latin America on Tuesday, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that Marines had been punished for allegedly injuring a prostitute in Brazil in December.
Panetta told reporters during a visit to Brasilia that the incident was fully investigated and the military personnel involved had been “severely punished,” demoted and withdrawn from Brazil.
BOGOTA (Reuters) – A 12th U.S. military service member was linked to the prostitution scandal in Colombia on Monday and the Pentagon suspended security clearances of personnel implicated in the events leading up to President Barack Obama’s visit.
The service member, attached to the White House Communications Agency, has been relieved of his duties pending the outcome of an investigation, according to a U.S. defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
BOGOTA (Reuters) – The Pentagon has suspended security clearances of military personnel implicated in the Colombia prostitution scandal, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.
U.S. Secret Service and military personnel allegedly took as many as 21 women back to their beachfront hotel on the night of April 11-12, ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip to the seaside city of Cartagena to attend the Summit of the Americas.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering on Saturday after undergoing heart transplant surgery, a once risky procedure whose survival rates have improved over the years.
The 71-year-old Republican, who wielded unprecedented power as vice president during the George W. Bush administration’s war on terrorism, was in the intensive care unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.
MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Friday a top U.S. commander in Afghanistan was in the path of an apparent suicide attack that coincided with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s arrival in Afghanistan this week, a key detail of the incident that had not been initially revealed.
Major General Mark Gurganus and his deputy were part of a VIP delegation assembled to greet Panetta on Wednesday when an Afghan translator driving a stolen sport utility vehicle sped onto the runway ramp, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.