Secretary Defense nominee Mark Esper clears Senate committee
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Army Secretary Mark Esper’s nomination to be the next defense secretary was approved Thursday in a voice vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee. Esper’s nomination now moves to a full Senate vote, which Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the committee chairman, has said... Read more
Blame Canada: Senator accidentally revealed American nuclear sites in Europe
A Canadian senator revealed secret information concerning the location of over 150 American nuclear bombs across Europe, making its rounds around the world before being deleted. Canadian Senator Joseph Day included the classified information, which effectively exposed the location of around 150 B61-12 gravity bombs across Europe and likely... Read more
North Korea threatens to call off talks if U.S.-South Korea military drills go on
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korea hinted Tuesday that long-stalled working-level denuclearization talks with the United States due to be restarted soon could be halted and nuclear and missile tests restarted if the U.S. goes ahead with planned joint military exercises with South Korea. In a statement carried... Read more
Trump: Turkey not getting F-35’s after buying Russian missiles
By Justin Sink Bloomberg News President Donald Trump confirmed reluctantly that Turkey won’t be able to buy the U.S. F-35 fighter that it helps build after the country began taking delivery this week of a Russian missile defense system. “We are now telling Turkey that ‘because you have really... Read more
U.S. bars four Myanmar military leaders for human rights violations
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The United States on Tuesday banned four leaders of Myanmar’s military for gross human rights violations, including killings that occurred in northern Rakhine state against Rohingya Muslims. The commander in chief of the military and the deputy commander in chief are among the four banned from... Read more
Naval Secretary Richad Spencer becomes acting Def. Sec. as Esper has confirmation hearing
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Richard Spencer is now acting defense secretary after President Donald Trump on Monday officially nominated Mark Esper to the top Pentagon job, defense officials announced. Esper’s nomination was submitted one day before his already scheduled confirmation hearing in the Senate on Tuesday. Esper,... Read more
House bill wants DoD to stop using Confederate symbols and names
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes The Defense Department might be prohibited from naming assets after Confederate symbols should an amendment added to the House defense budget make its way into the final version of the law. The amendment, added Thursday to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal... Read more
First set of Russian S-400 missiles arrive in Turkey
dpa, Hamburg, Germany (TNS) Turkey accepted the first shipment of a Russian surface-to-air S-400 defence system at a military airport in Ankara on Friday, thereby defying warnings and threats of sanctions from the United States. “The first phase of the S-400 delivery has started with a plane that has... Read more
Survey: Majority of vets support President Trump’s national security decisions
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump, who often has struggled with low approval ratings, has more support from veterans than other Americans when it comes to his national security decisions, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Veterans are more approving than other Americans regarding Trump’s actions... Read more
China wants U.S. to scrap $2 billion dollar tank deal with Taiwan
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes China is demanding that the United States scrap a plan to sell more than $2 billion worth of military hardware, including M1A2 Abrams tanks and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, to Taiwan. Such a deal violates international law, norms of international relations, the “One China” policy... Read more
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