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Washington says 'possible' Ankara will reject Russian missiles

Washington - The US believes it is "possible" Turkey will decide against buying a Russian air defense system whose proposed purchase has strained relations between the NATO allies, a top official said on Thursday.

North Korea's missile tests not 'breach of trust': Trump

Washington - North Korean missile launches over the past week have not affected Donald Trump's relationship with Kim Jong Un, the US president said Friday, in a change of course after initially expressing his dissatisfaction.

Trump taps acting Pentagon chief Shanahan as defense secretary

Washington - US President Donald Trump plans to nominate acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan as his next secretary of defense, the White House announced Thursday.

Shanahan: Trump chooses a business manager for defense chief

Washington - After two years of the battle-hardened and wizened Jim Mattis, President Donald Trump has chosen a flexible business manager to lead the Pentagon and support his anti-immigrant border operations: Patrick Shanahan.

Trump taps acting Pentagon chief Shanahan as defense secretary

Washington - US President Donald Trump plans to nominate acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan as his next secretary of defense, the White House announced Thursday.

Pentagon preparing to move F-35 work out of Turkey

Washington - US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan warned Friday that the Pentagon will halt manufacturing support for the F-35 in Turkey if Ankara buys a Russian missile defense system.

Commander of Guantanamo prison removed

Washington - The commander of the US prison at Guantanamo, where 40 "war on terror" detainees are still held after 17 years, has been fired for "loss of confidence," the military said Monday.

Acting Pentagon boss cleared of ethics wrongs by internal inquiry

Washington - Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was on Thursday cleared of any ethics violations in an internal Pentagon investigation into links with his former employer Boeing, where he worked for 30 years.

Turkish Defense Minister makes unannounced visit to Pentagon

Washington - Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held unannounced talks with acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan Tuesday amid tensions over Ankara's plans to buy a Russian missile defense system and its threat to attack Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Pro-gun Bolsonaro fires up foreign hopes for Brazil defense market

Rio De Janeiro - With its high murder rate and huge armed forces, Brazil has long been in the cross-hairs of foreign weapons makers. Now they have a powerful champion: pro-gun President Jair Bolsonaro.

Indian satellite destruction created 400 pieces of debris, endangering ISS: NASA

Washington - The head of NASA on Monday branded India's destruction of one of its satellites a "terrible thing" that had created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Indian satellite destruction creates debris field of 'space junk'

Washington - India's destruction of a satellite with a missile created hundreds of pieces of "space junk," a potentially dangerous situation that established space powers have tried to avoid for years.

Thai junta shoots down proposal to slash defence spending

Bangkok - Thailand's junta defended its $7 billion defence budget and annual draft on Monday after political opponents proposed slashing military spending by 10 percent and ending conscription after elections.

NATO chief says Trump's funding gripes having 'real results'

Washington - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that US President Donald Trump's regular complaints about the alliance had not undermined it -- adding that his criticism on defense spending was having a positive impact.

China 'compressing' technology gains: US intel official

Washington - China is making technological advances in a far shorter timeframe than it took the United States, rapidly narrowing the gap between the two countries, a senior US intelligence official said Tuesday.

Brazil launches first of five French-tech attack subs

Itagua - Brazil on Friday launched with military pomp the first of five navy attack submarines it is building under a $7.6-billion technology-sharing deal struck with France.

Macron the latest US ally insulted by Trump

Washington - President Donald Trump's Twitter-lashing of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron is only the latest insult by the US leader against longstanding allies.

Trump lashes Macron as Europe moves on defense without US

Washington - Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed an extraordinary attack on Emmanuel Macron, mocking the French president's approval rating and lashing him over European defense proposals which enjoyed a crucial new boost from Germany.

Trump criticizes Macron again over European defense remarks

Washington - Donald Trump on Tuesday launched another attack against Emmanuel Macron over the French president's call for a European army, a proposal the US leader earlier had dubbed "insulting.

Nearly 5,000 US soldiers posted near Mexico border

Washington - Around 4,800 US soldiers were deployed Monday to the border with Mexico, the Pentagon announced, saying it could not give a price tag for the operation Democrats decry as political maneuvering from President Donald Trump.

Trump's 'Space Force' to be built in stages by 2020

Washington - A new US "Space Force" will soon take shape but will at least initially be a step below the proposed sixth branch of the military envisioned by President Donald Trump, his vice president said Tuesday.

New Pentagon weapons systems easily hacked: report

Washington - New US weapons systems being developed by the US Department of Defense can be easily be hacked by adversaries, a new government report said on Tuesday.

Poland offering $2 billion to host US military base: Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seriously considering a request from Poland for US troops to be permanently based in the strategically important country on Europe's flank with an "aggressive" Russia.

US defense chief hears shots during visit to Rio de Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got some alarmingly direct insight into Rio de Janeiro's violent crime wave when gunfire burst out close to his hotel during an official visit to the Brazilian city.

Trump slams NATO spending on eve of departure for summit

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday criticized NATO member states' military spending and said it benefits Europe more than America, setting the stage for a potentially-acrimonious summit with leaders of the alliance.

Mattis visits China amid Korea talks, strategic tensions

Eielson Afb - US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will make his first visit to China this week amid rising tensions between the two countries but also a deep need for Beijing's support in nuclear talks with North Korea.

NATO working on cyber attack trigger: commander

Washington - NATO countries are working to determine when a cyber attack would trigger the collective defense provision in the alliance's charter, a US general said on Thursday.

Hawaii fires warning officer who sent missile alert

Washington - The administrator of Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency has resigned and an officer with a track record of "poor performance" has been fired after triggering mass panic with a false alert of a ballistic missile headed for the Pacific islands, officia...

Australia warplane catches fire during US training: military

Washington - A Royal Australian Air Force electronic warfare plane caught fire on takeoff during an exercise in the United States Saturday but there were no serious injuries, the military said.

US official defends early-warning systems after Hawaii 'failure'

Honolulu - A top US official on Sunday defended government early-warning systems after a false missile alert terrified Hawaii, in what a congresswoman called an epic failure that emphasized the need for talks with North Korea.
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A French Pluton short-range tactical ballistic nuclear missile (SRBM), installed on an AMX-30 tank.
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Discretionary spending for FY2011.
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