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Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 28, 2019
Microsoft's Pentagon cloud computing win comes at a cost, legal and internal
Microsoft Corp. scored a major victory in securing a milestone, $10 billion Pentagon contract for cloud computing services. But the contract — unthinkable for Microsoft even a year ago — will likely come at a cost, legal and internal.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 1, 2019
Australia sees chance to raise rare earth supply to U.S. as Washington cuts dependence on China
Australia has a fresh opportunity to supply the United States with critical minerals after recent changes to U.S. regulation aimed at cutting its dependence on China, an Australian government report showed on Tuesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 19, 2019
Democrats seek details on U.S. military use of Trump's Scottish hotel after Pentagon reveals 'far more taxpayer funds' spent
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Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 18, 2019
Pentagon prepares show of evidence in Saudi oil attack, as CBS reports on launch sites in Iran
The Pentagon is preparing a report on who was responsible for the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities and intends to make it public within 48 hours, a U.S. defense official said.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Aug 8, 2019
With eye on Russia and China, U.S. defense chief visits strategic Mongolia
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is set to meet senior Mongolian leaders on Thursday in a rare visit to the strategically important nation to deepen ties, as the Pentagon seeks to implement its strategy of focusing on countering China and Russia.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 7, 2019
Pentagon chief Mark Esper urges Japan to help protect shipping in Persian Gulf
Washington has been struggling to secure support for its efforts to counter Iranian activities in the sea lane, through which much of the world's oil passes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 5, 2019
New U.S. defense chief insists he wasn't told to review $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing contract
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he heard questions from people in the White House about a Pentagon cloud-computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion, but wasn't directed to order the review that's under way.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 2, 2019
Defense chief Takeshi Iwaya to meet new U.S. counterpart Mark Esper in Japan on Wednesday
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Friday he will hold his first face-to-face talks with U.S. counterpart Mark Esper next week in Japan.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 23, 2019
Trump says U.S. working with Pakistan to find way out of Afghan war
President Donald Trump, speaking at a White House meeting with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, said on Monday the United States is working with Islamabad to find a way out of the war in Afghanistan.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 12, 2019
Trump's Pentagon pick says won't be bullied into making 'stupid decisions'
U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to become his top uniformed military adviser told Congress on Thursday that he would not be "intimidated into making stupid decisions," saying he would always give his best advice, regardless of pressure.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 4, 2019
Trump casts himself, military and Republican VIPs as stars of July 4 pageant
U.S. military armored vehicles stood near Washington's majestic Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday as President Donald Trump pushed ahead with an elaborate Fourth of July production with him at the center, as critics accused him of hijacking a nonpartisan celebration of America's Independence Day.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 18, 2019
U.S. preparing to send more troops to Middle East, sources say
The United States is preparing to send additional troops to the Middle East in response to mounting concerns over Iran, which Washington blames for attacks on oil tankers last week, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 18, 2019
Pentagon shares new photos and time-line of Gulf oil tanker attacks
The Pentagon on Monday released new photos and a time-line that it said bolstered U.S. accusations that Iran was behind a pair of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 30, 2019
Pentagon seeks funds to boost U.S. rare-earth production as fears over China supply mount
The U.S. Defense Department is seeking new federal funds to bolster domestic production of rare earth minerals and reduce dependence on China, the Pentagon has said, amid mounting concern in Washington about Beijing's role as a supplier.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
May 3, 2019
Sexual assaults spike 38% in U.S. military, hitting new record
The U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday the estimated number of sexual assaults in the military climbed nearly 38 percent in 2018 compared with a survey two years earlier, data that critics say laid bare broken Pentagon promises of a crackdown.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 12, 2019
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy conducts first commercial flight
The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on Thursday from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 2, 2019
U.S. intel veterans helped UAE spy on Al Jazeera boss and BBC host during row with Qatar, says report
A group of American hackers who once worked for U.S. intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against the Gulf state of Qatar.
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 2, 2019
Google's new external AI ethics council apparently already falling apart
Google recently appointed an external ethics council to deal with tricky issues in artificial intelligence. The group is meant to help the company appease critics while still pursuing lucrative cloud computing deals.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 12, 2019
Japan decorates former Pentagon chief William Cohen for strengthening alliance with U.S.
Japan on Monday recognized former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen for his contribution to strengthening the bilateral security alliance.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 13, 2019
Acting Pentagon chief makes surprise Iraq visit to reassure Baghdad after latest Trump remarks
Acting U.S. defense chief Patrick Shanahan told Iraqi leaders that Washington understood its forces were in Iraq at Baghdad's invitation, aiming to steady relations after President Donald Trump said U.S. troops were needed to keep an eye on Iran.

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