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Pentagon condemns Turkey S-400 test, Erdogan dismisses US criticism

Washington - The United States strongly condemned NATO ally Turkey on Friday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed the first test of a Russian-made S-400 air defense system and dismissed US criticism.

Pentagon condemns Turkish missile system test, warns of 'serious consequences'

Washington - The Pentagon on Friday strongly condemned the test of a Russian-made S-400 missile defense system by NATO ally Turkey and warned of "serious consequences.

Pentagon may increase US Navy by around 500 ships

Documents obtained by Defense Nwa show that the Pentagon contemplates increasing the US Navy Fleet to about 500 ships. The documents are draft versions of a Future Navy Force Study as assessment commissioned by the Pentagon.

Trump says he won't allow Stars and Stripes to be defunded

Amid growing opposition, President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to reverse a Pentagon plan to defund Stars and Stripes, the iconic independent newspaper distributed to military bases and U.S. service members stationed around the world.

'Stars and Stripes' has been ordered to cease publication

The Trump administration has ordered the closure of Stars and Stripes, a newspaper that has served US armed forces since 1861, according to a Pentagon memo. This is despite congressional efforts to continue funding of the publication.

Pentagon seeks billions in COVID-19 funds for arms companies

As debate is picking up for the US to pass another emergency stimulus package to counter the economic damage produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pentagon is lining up well-connected US arms makers, some already the most heavily subsidized companies.

More than 10% of US carrier's crew test positive for virus: Navy

Washington - More than 10 percent of the 4,800 crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Navy said Saturday, days after the navy chief resigned over his mishandling of the outbreak.

Op-Ed: Pentagon wants big boost in funds for nuclear modernization

Each year the US spends tens of billions of dollars on nuclear weapon modernization schemes. Yet every year the Pentagon insists that funding is insufficient.

Pentagon to stockpile rare earth magnets for military weapons

The U.S. military plans to stockpile rare earth magnets used in Javelin missiles and F-35 fighter jets, a step that critics say does little to help create a domestic industry to build specialized magnets now made almost exclusively in Asia.

Army to fund rare earths for first time since Manhattan Project

The U.S. Army plans to fund construction of rare earths processing facilities, part of an urgent push by Washington to secure a domestic supply of the minerals used to make military weapons and electronics, according to documents seen by Reuters.

Pentagon now admits plans to send more troops to the Middle East

Washington D.c. - On Thursday, the Pentagon spent much of the day refuting a report by the Wall Street journal that Trump was considering sending 14,000 more troops to the Middle East to counter any Iranian aggression.

Pentagon releases video, photos of Baghdadi raid

Washington - The Pentagon released video and photos on Wednesday of the US special forces raid that resulted in the death of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Op-Ed: US is critical of Israeli air attacks on Iraq

The Pentagon has issued a statement denying that it had any involvement in recent Israeli attacks on Iraqi territory. The statement claimed that any reports that said the US was involved were false, misleading and inflammatory.

Senate to vote on bill that gives Pentagon $738 billion in 2020

Washington - US defense officials are hoping that the Senate will pass a massive two-year spending package this week as the bill will boost the spending power of the Pentagon to $738 billion.

Charlie Daniels announces The Alliance Collection at the Pentagon

Washington - Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels and his non-profit organization, The Journey Home Project, have formed a partnership with the Rich Poverty organization, in an effort to put together a new art exhibit at the Pentagon.

Pentagon launches probe into certification of SpaceX rockets

The Pentagon’s inspector general said it will begin an evaluation of the Air Force’s certification of SpaceX’s primary launch vehicles, the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, to determine whether the U.S. Air Force complied with certain guidelines.

'Operation Faithful Patriot' name gone now that election is over

Washington - The Pentagon is no longer referring to the U.S. military mission at the U.S.-Mexico border as “Operation Faithful Patriot,” a Defense Department spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

Pentagon's project called 'Insect Allies' - Is it a bioweapon?

A new Pentagon program wants to make insects that spread viruses to food crops to ensure food security, but scientists say the "Insect Allies" program is a biological weapon waiting to happen.

CEO helped Pentagon track insurgency — now tracks Walmart trends

-Primer is a company coming out of stealth, with $14.7 million in funding. -Previously, Primer CEO Sean Gourley had an illustrious career in academia and the public sector, including a stint in Iraq using algorithms to predict insurgent activity.

U.S. to test an ICBM 'interceptor' as threat from N. Korea grows

Preparing for the possibility that North Korea will launch an Intercontinental-range missile with a nuclear warhead toward the U.S. mainland, the Pentagon has scheduled a test of its Ground-based Midcourse Defense system for next Tuesday.

Pentagon enjoying greater leeway under Trump

Washington - The Pentagon under President Donald Trump is enjoying greater freedom to run its wars the way it wants -- and not constantly seek White House approval on important decisions.

More than 20 US strikes targeted Al-Qaeda in Yemen: Pentagon

Washington - US forces on Thursday conducted a series of air strikes in Yemen against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Pentagon said.

Op-Ed: Pentagon to spend $125 billion on nuclear-capable submarines

Washington - Frank Kendall, Pentagon Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, signed off on a $125 billion purchase of twelve sophisticated, nuclear-capable submarines. Kendall said he hoped to have the project done before he left.

Clashes between Turkey, US-backed Kurds in Syria 'unacceptable' for US

Washington - Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are "unacceptable", the Pentagon said Monday, calling on all sides to "stand down".

U.S. strike kills head of IS in Libya, Pentagon says

Washington - The head of the Islamic State group in Libya was killed in an air strike overnight, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

Op-Ed: Pentagon intelligence official indicted in covert weapons deal

In the pantheon of shady deals, things just don't get much shadier than this. Senior Navy intelligence official David W. Landersman has been indicted on charges of alleged theft and conspiracy.

Chris Christie tells NJ National Guard leader to shed weight

Trenton - New Jersey governor Chris Christie is shaping up — the leader of the National Guard, that is. Christie, who's struggled with his own weight problems over the years, has given Air Force Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff 90 days to slim down.

Pentagon confirms blast at U.S. military post in Japan

Toukyo - A blast ripped through a US military post near Tokyo early Monday, triggering a fire, the Pentagon confirmed, noting that no injuries had been reported.

Pentagon asks armed 'citizen guards' to stand down

Washington - The Pentagon asked that concerned armed citizens not stand guard at military recruiting offices, saying it can handle security on its own after a shooting rampage.

Op-Ed: Pentagon claims journalists can be legitimate targets

Washington - A new Pentagon rule book on the "laws of war" detailing legitimate warfare practices, as approved by the U.S. military, claims that journalists may be legitimate targets.
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