Jan 7, 2015

U.S.-led strikes may have killed civilians: Pentagon

The U.S. military is investigating several incidents in which civilians may have been killed in coalition airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, officials said Tuesday. The comments marked the first time the U.S. military has acknowledged that the air war may ...

Under pressure, Hagel exits as Pentagon chief

Nov 25, 2014

Under pressure, Hagel exits as Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular team of national security advisers. During a White House ceremony, Obama said he and ...

Oct 31, 2014

General: U.S. considering empowering Sunni tribes in Iraq

The Pentagon is considering ways to bring the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq’s Anbar province more fully into the battle against the Islamic State group, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters ...

Russian forces near Ukraine 'more lethal' than ever: Pentagon

Sep 5, 2014

Russian forces near Ukraine 'more lethal' than ever: Pentagon

Russian forces deployed near Ukraine’s eastern border are “more lethal” than before and heavily armed with artillery and air defense weaponry, the Pentagon said Thursday. “The force that we see arrayed on the border is exceptionally capable, probably more capable, more lethal than anything ...

U.S., Chinese officials to meet at Pentagon after jet intercept

Aug 26, 2014

U.S., Chinese officials to meet at Pentagon after jet intercept

U.S. and Chinese military officials will hold talks on rules of behavior at the Pentagon on Wednesday and Thursday, a U.S. official said, days after the United States denounced a “dangerous” Chinese jet intercept of a U.S. Navy patrol plane. Last Tuesday, a Chinese ...

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. teams complete assessment of Iraqi forces: Pentagon

U.S. military teams have completed an assessment of Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon said Monday, amid reports the American officers came away with bleak conclusions. The teams were deployed to Baghdad this month after Sunni militants swiftly advanced across the country in a string ...

China's forces grow more sophisticated

Jun 7, 2014

China's forces grow more sophisticated

China is improving its military doctrine, training, weapons and surveillance to be able to conduct more sophisticated attacks against the United States and other adversaries, including Japan, according to the Pentagon. After jamming communications and mounting other forms of electronic and cyberwarfare, stealthy Chinese ...

Dec 28, 2013

Hail to the governor: U.S. stoked by Futenma OK

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel has praised Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima’s decision to allow the relocation of the Futenma air base to move forward, calling it a “milestone” for relations with Japan. Hagel on Friday welcomed the approval of the long-delayed transfer of U.S. Marine ...