Dec 6, 2016

Djibouti military chief-of-staff visits China amid base building

A senior Chinese officer has met Djibouti’s military chief-of-staff in Beijing and thanked him for supporting China’s construction of a military base in the Horn of Africa country, the second such high-level meeting in a month. Djibouti’s position on the northwestern edge of the ...

Dec 6, 2016

Pentagon buried study that found $125 billion in wasteful spending: report

A Defense Department study that proposed cutting $125 billion in administrative waste from the Pentagon budget was buried amid concerns the findings would give Congress an excuse to further slash defense spending, The Washington Post reported Monday. The report, issued in January 2015, identified ...

A Cabinet of generals? Trump's choices get mixed reviews

Dec 3, 2016

A Cabinet of generals? Trump's choices get mixed reviews

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s moves to pack his administration with military brass is getting mixed reviews as lawmakers and others struggle to balance their regard for the individuals he is choosing with a broader worry about an increased militarization of American policy. No fewer ...

Gen. James Mattis: A 'Mad Dog' with a big library

Dec 2, 2016

Gen. James Mattis: A 'Mad Dog' with a big library

Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis — who for years oversaw U.S. war efforts in the Middle East and was tapped Thursday by President-elect Donald Trump as his new defense secretary — did not come by his nickname lightly. Mattis, 66, commanded ...

White House announces support for women in military draft

Dec 2, 2016

White House announces support for women in military draft

The Obama administration declared its support Thursday for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military’s evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels. President Barack Obama has ...

Thailand's parliament invites crown prince to assume throne

Nov 29, 2016

Thailand's parliament invites crown prince to assume throne

Thailand’s parliament on Tuesday named Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as the new king, completing a formal step for the heir to take the throne following the death of his father last month. The Cabinet, following a 1924 law on succession, submitted Vajiralongkorn’s name to the ...