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Pentagon to review controversial drone warfare medal

The US military said Tuesday it halted production of a new medal for drone and cyber warfare, ordering a review after critics called the award an insult to combat veterans. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who received two Purple Hearts and other decorations as a soldier in the Vietnam War, made…

U.S. vows no change in Afghan war strategy

WASHINGTON — The US military has no plans to alter its troop drawdown timetable in Afghanistan despite a week of deadly unrest over the burning of the Koran at an American base, the Pentagon said Monday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and top US military officer General Martin Dempsey both “believe…

Top U.S. general to visit Egypt amid row over NGOs

WASHINGTON — The US military’s top general plans to fly to Egypt this week as the United States presses Cairo to lift criminal charges against American pro-democracy activists, officials said Wednesday. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “is scheduled to travel to Egypt later this week,”…

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