Hagel gets earful as China visit exposes tensions

2014-04-08 18:19

Tensions between China and the US have been on full display as Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions about America's position in bitter territorial disputes.

China shows off new carrier to US defence chief

2014-04-07 07:51

China will show off its new aircraft carrier to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, allowing the Pentagon chief a first-hand look at a symbol of the country's growing military prowess.

Obama 'heartbroken' over Fort Hood shooting

2014-04-03 09:51

US President Barack Obama says he was "heartbroken" that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

IMF bails out Ukraine, UN rejects Crimea annex

2014-03-28 08:40

The IMF has announced a $14-$18bn bailout for Ukraine as the UN General Assembly refused to recognise Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula.

Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea

2014-02-28 07:57

Dozens of armed men in Russian-marked military uniforms have occupied an airport in the capital of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region, a report says.

Envoy: Russian intel sharing good enough

2014-01-26 22:04

Russia's intelligence sharing with United States ahead of the Sochi Olympics has been "good enough", Moscow's ambassador to Washington says.

34 US missile officers in cheating scandal

2014-01-16 07:33

Thirty-four US nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and have been stripped of their certification.

Japan: China's defence zone unenforceable

2013-11-25 12:04

China's new maritime air defence zone is unenforceable, a Japanese government spokesperson says, in a continuing war of words over waters that include islands claimed by both countries.

Official: US senator's son killed in plane crash

2013-11-12 09:05

The son of US Senator Jim Inhofe, Dr Perry Inhofe, has been killed in a plane crash in northeast Oklahoma.

US gov't shutdown enters 2nd week

2013-10-07 09:04

The US government shutdown has entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs about debt limit prospects.

South Korea, US sign plan to deter North Korea strike

2013-10-02 13:07

South Korea and the US have signed a strategic pact to prevent a North Korean nuclear attack and agreed to review a planned switch of US wartime command over South Korean troops.

US shut-down hurts military credibility

2013-10-01 16:03

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that the US federal government shut-down raised a "dark cloud of uncertainty" over overseas military missions.

Pentagon prepares for possible shutdown

2013-09-23 22:28

The Pentagon has warned its workforce that it is preparing for a possible government shutdown if Congress fails to break a political impasse.

Hagel holds talks with Egyptian army chief

2013-09-18 07:53

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has urged Egypt’s interim authorities to "advance the political roadmap" in a phone call with the country’s army chief, a Pentagon spokesperson says.

US warns of N Korean chemical arms threat

2013-09-10 10:03

The US is trying to enlist Beijing's support for military action against Syria by arguing that it would help deter North Korea from using chemical weapons and threatening China's security.

Putin softens tone on Syria strikes ahead of G20

2013-09-04 13:01

Russian President Vladimir Putin has softened his stance ahead of the G20 summit, saying Moscow would take "decisive" action if the West proved who used chemical weapons in Syria.

US still seeks 'coalition' on Syria: Hagel

2013-08-30 10:03

The US is still seeking an "international coalition" in response to Syria's alleged chemical attack, despite a vote against military action by UK MPs, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says.

Showdown set over action against Syria

2013-08-28 22:41

The Syrian president's friends and foes have headed for a showdown at the UN, as Britain pushed for a resolution to pave the way for military strikes.

Hagel: No US plans to cut off Egypt aid yet

2013-08-28 07:52

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says he opposes cutting off US military aid to Egypt but vowed Washington would keep pressing for "reconciliation" in the country.

Taiwan to continue buying arms from US

2013-08-23 11:58

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou says the island will continue to acquire arms from the United States, dismissing reports that the US and China could discuss ending such sales.

US scraps Egypt military drills, not aid

2013-08-16 12:00

US President Barack Obama has scrapped plans for joint US-Egyptian military exercises, a reaction to the spiralling violence but stopping short of withholding $1.3bn in US military aid.

Morsi loyalists slam Kerry over comments

2013-08-02 14:01

Supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi has slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry after he said the military was "restoring democracy" by deposing the Islamist leader.

Obama still to decide on Afghan troops

2013-07-09 21:59

US President Barack Obama has not yet decided how many troops to keep in Afghanistan after 2014, but a total pullout is one of the options under consideration, the Pentagon says.

Hagel calls Egyptian defence minister

2013-07-03 21:14

The Pentagon says Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken to the Egyptian defense minister twice in the past week.

Obama aides split on arming Syria rebels

2013-06-13 09:18

US officials are still uncertain whether arming Syria's rebels to halt the violence is the best way to reshape a war that now includes Hezbollah and Iranian fighters backing President Bashar Assad.


Hagel visits China's aircraft carrier

2014-04-07 17:12

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has taken a tour around China's sole aircraft carrier, in an unprecedented opening by Beijing to a potent symbol of its military power.

Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

2014-04-03 19:53

An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness is the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, authorities say.

Pentagon to triple cyber staff

2014-03-29 12:22

Pentagon to triple cyber staff as America's use of cyberspace outpaces security for it.

West must stand firm against 'brute force' - Obama

2014-03-27 12:35

US President Barack Obama has urged the West to stand firm in opposing Moscow's takeover of Crimea, saying that "with time" Russians will realise "brute force" cannot win.

Congress skeptical about plan to shrink US military

2014-02-25 20:03

The Obama administration's push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years resisting cuts to the defence budget.

US offers Russia naval defences for Olympics

2014-01-21 08:51

The United States says it is ready to deploy air and naval assets, including two ships to help secure the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia after terror threats.

Hagel to meet with Pakistani PM

2013-12-09 13:27

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has arrived in Pakistan for meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the nation's new army chief, hoping to repair a strained relationship.

US on alert as Russia guns for Arctic

2013-11-22 15:00

The US military is looking for ways to expand operations in the Arctic as melting ice caps open sea lanes and other nations such as Russia compete for the lucrative oil and gas deposits.

US vows 'relentless' terror fight after raids

2013-10-07 11:03

The United States pledged Sunday to keep "relentless pressure" on terror groups following the daring capture of an Al-Qaeda operative in Libya and the storming of a Shebab stronghold in Somalia.

Japan, US to modernise military alliance

2013-10-03 10:07

The US and Japan has agreed to modernise their defence alliance for the first time in 16 years to address growing concerns about North Korea's nuclear programme and other threats.

North Korea slams 'lunatic' military display

2013-10-02 09:16

North Korea has condemned South Korea's "lunatic hostility" in staging a military parade that showcased a cruise missile capable of precision strikes against the leadership in Pyongyang.

Hagel tours last Cold War frontier

2013-09-30 22:57

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has toured the South-North Korean border ahead of talks on switching command of combined US and South Korean forces in the event of war.

Former Pentagon chiefs criticise Obama over Syria

2013-09-19 11:02

Two former Pentagon chiefs who served under Barack Obama have criticised the president over the Syria crisis and his request to Congress to authorise possible US military action.

US military budget cuts threaten ops like Syria

2013-09-12 11:14

American warships lie in wait across the eastern Mediterranean Sea ready to strike Syria if ordered, while Pentagon officials insist they'll find the money to fund the operation if needed.

White House tries to sway public on Syria

2013-09-09 07:07

President Barack Obama is going public to try to convince war-weary Americans that limited strikes against Syria are needed for US long-term safety.

Syria: It's complicated

2013-09-04 08:45

A Senate committee hearing has shown just how unpredictable a congressional "solution" in Syria could be.

US deploys 5th destroyer to Mediterranean

2013-08-29 18:33

The US Navy has deployed a fifth destroyer to the eastern Mediterranean, as expectations grow of an imminent strike on Syria.

US to punish Syria, not push regime change

2013-08-28 10:00

US forces are readying to strike Syria, though the West insists its goal is not regime change but to punish President Bashar Assad's government for unleashing chemical warfare on civilians.

Hagel: Military stands ready to strike

2013-08-27 20:49

The US military stands ready to strike Syria at once if President Barack Obama gives the order, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said.

US Air Force lacks volunteers for drones

2013-08-21 11:57

The US Air Force is unable to keep up with a growing demand for pilots capable of operating drones, partly due to a shortage of volunteers, according to a new study.

Russia 'disappointed' by US talks decision

2013-08-08 07:43

US President Barack Obama has scrapped a summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, with the Kremlin saying Washington is not ready for ties on an "equal basis".

Egypt cabinet includes women, Christians

2013-07-17 08:32

Egypt's interim leader has sworn in a Cabinet which includes women and Christians but no Islamists as the administration moved swiftly to formalise the new political order.

US tout democracy amid Egypt military coup

2013-07-05 09:48

The Obama administration has turned to its top officials to tout democracy and transparency for Egypt, a message that took on a hollow tone as the Egyptian military installed a new leader.

Snowden 'stuck' in Moscow on asylum doubts

2013-06-27 09:00

Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has began a fifth day in a Moscow airport, with his travel plans still a mystery as Ecuador warned of a lengthy asylum request process.

Hagel to discuss cyberthreat with Chinese

2013-05-31 11:36

The United States must develop "rules of the road" with China and other countries to mitigate cyberthreats, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel says.

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