May 20, 2015

North Korea 'many years' from developing SLBM: U.S. commander

A senior U.S. military officer says North Korea is “many years” away from being able to launch ballistic missiles from a submarine. But Vice Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James Winnefeld said Tuesday such missiles could eventually present a “hard-to-detect” ...

Obama moves to demilitarize U.S. police after string of 'abuses'

May 19, 2015

Obama moves to demilitarize U.S. police after string of 'abuses'

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to ban police from using tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and large-caliber firearms, in response to accusations that U.S. law enforcement has become too militarized. After controversy over the policing of high-profile protests in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, ...

Deadly Osprey crash in Hawaii renews sense of fear in Okinawa

May 18, 2015

Deadly Osprey crash in Hawaii renews sense of fear in Okinawa

The deadly crash of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft in Hawaii on Sunday sparked further concern in Okinawa Prefecture over the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft, 24 of which have been deployed at a controversial U.S. base in the island prefecture. The ...

May 13, 2015

China developing key aircraft to build amphibious capabilities

Chinese researchers are getting closer to developing a military aircraft seen as key to building the country’s amphibious capabilities, despite technical obstacles, state media reported on Wednesday. The official China Daily, citing experts, said progress was being made in research on components for short ...

Weapons inspectors find traces of undeclared sarin and VX in Syria

May 9, 2015

Weapons inspectors find traces of undeclared sarin and VX in Syria

International inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at a military research site in Syria that had not been declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources said on Friday. Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition ...

American flyovers commemorate end of World War II in Europe

May 9, 2015

American flyovers commemorate end of World War II in Europe

Old soldiers squinted up at a brilliant blue sky Friday, remembering battles fought and comrades lost, as the United States marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a spectacular flyover of iconic World War II aircraft. Several thousand spectators converged on Washington’s National ...

May 9, 2015

Wartime lab in Nagoya tried to develop interceptor to catch B-29s

A Japanese aeronautics laboratory conducted research on making fighters that could intercept U.S. B-29 bombers and using wooden aircraft to deal with material shortages during the war, Jiji Press has learned. The lab was established by the government in 1943 in Nagoya, the heartland ...