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Pentagon eyes longer-term support on US-Mexico border

05 May, 2019 8:41 am 8:41 am

MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) – Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made his second trip to the US-Mexico border as the Pentagon looks to develop a longer-term plan to support President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Shanahan travelled to McAllen, Texas, to meet with officials and visit a migrant processing facility and Border Patrol station, two days … Read More

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Pentagon warns on risk of Chinese submarines in Arctic

05 May, 2019 12:03 pm 12:03 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday. The assessment is included in the U.S. military’s annual report to Congress on China’s armed … Read More

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Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall

02 February, 2019 9:34 am 9:34 am

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at … Read More

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Singapore to buy a few F-35 jets, eyes fleet replacement

01 January, 2019 8:35 am 8:35 am

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s defense minister said that Lockheed Martin Corp’s  F-35 fighter jets were the most suitable replacement for the country’s F-16 fleet, and it planned to initially buy a few for evaluation. With Southeast Asia’s largest defense budget, the wealthy city-state is a key prize for global arms companies as it looks to … Read More

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White House asked for options to strike Iran

01 January, 2019 10:55 am 10:55 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House’s national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US Embassy, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The source … Read More

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No change to Pak-US military-to-military relationship: Pentagon

11 November, 2018 10:17 am 10:17 am

WASHINGTON (92 News) – Pakistan remains a critical partner to America’s South Asia strategy, the Pentagon said on Monday, a day after President Donald Trump said that Islamabad was not doing ‘a damn thing’ for the US. During an off-camera news conference, Director of Defense Press Operations Col Rob Manning said: “The US and Pakistan … Read More

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Google drops out of bidding for $10 billion Pentagon data deal

10 October, 2018 9:34 am 9:34 am

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said it was no longer vying for a $10 billion (£7.6 billion) cloud computing contract with the US Defence Department, in part because the company’s new ethical guidelines do not align with the project, without elaborating. Google said in a statement “we couldn’t be assured that [the JEDI … Read More

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Screening for poisons, explosives in mail a daily reality after US threats

10 October, 2018 8:20 am 8:20 am

(Reuters) – A letter sent to the Pentagon this week containing castor seeds, from which the highly toxic bacteria ricin is derived, shows the daily challenges facing the US Postal Service and companies trying to stay a step ahead of potentially deadly deliveries. After letters containing deadly anthrax were mailed to two senators and media … Read More

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US to sharply limit refugee flows to 30,000 in 2019

09 September, 2018 9:39 am 9:39 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000 for fiscal-year 2019, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018. “We proposed resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling as well as … Read More

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Russia says US dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria, which Pentagon denies

09 September, 2018 9:36 am 9:36 am

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s military said on Sunday that two U.S. F-15 fighter jets dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria’s Deir al-Zor province on Saturday, the TASS and RIA news agencies reported, an allegation the United States denied. The air strikes targeted the village of Hajin, the last major stronghold of Islamic State in Syria, and … Read More

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Trump’s military parade planned for November postponed: Pentagon

08 August, 2018 8:11 am 8:11 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A military parade requested by US President Donald Trump that had been planned for November in Washington has been postponed until at least next year, the Defence Department said . “We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019,” Defence Department Spokesman Colonel … Read More

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Oracle Corp files protest over Pentagon cloud computing contract

08 August, 2018 12:14 pm 12:14 pm

(Reuters) – Oracle Corp filed a protest on Monday with the U.S. Department of Defense over its plans to award a cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion to a single company instead of allowing for multiple winners. The Defense Department opened the competition in July and said a single winner … Read More

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