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Pentagon claims China’s cyber spying targets U.S. government

China is engaging in state-sponsored cyber espionage to collect intelligence about the US government’s defense programs, said a Pentagon report issued Monday. “China is using its computer network exploitation (CNE) capability to support intelligence collection against the US diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support US national defense…

Pentagon sends troops to Jordan to counter Syria chemical weapons threat

Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal 2014 and beyond. He also talked about plans to send an Army unit to Jordan. (J. Scott Applewhite…  …

Lifetime cost to run F-35 fighter: about $1 trillion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon estimates that it will still cost about $1 trillion to operate a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 50 years, but is continuing to analyze how to drive that staggering sum down, a top U.S. Marine Corps official told Reuters. Lieutenant General…

Michelle Obama aims to cut the fat out of the military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obese Americans in the military are a national security hazard and first lady Michelle Obama wants to see that change. Obama, who has spearheaded a healthy eating and fitness program for children for two years, will lend her voice on Thursday to the military’s efforts to overhaul…

WATCH LIVE: Panetta discusses Pentagon cuts

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey hold a Pentagon briefing to discuss major budget decisions for future defense staffing. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Jan. 26, 2012. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Decision on expanding cyber defense program due in March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government will decide in about two months whether to expand a Pentagon pilot program that uses classified National Security Agency data to protect the computer networks of 17 defense contractors, the Pentagon’s chief cyber official said. The pilot program has largely been successful since its start…

Pentagon identifies unit in US Marine abuse video

Top US officials strongly condemned a video that appears to show Marines urinating on dead insurgents in Afghanistan, while the Pentagon said it had identified the unit involved. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the behavior in the video was “utterly deplorable,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of…

Pentagon reporter caught complaining he’ll be laid off if Ron Paul wins

As President Barack Obama was set to announce the largest cuts to the U.S. military since the Cold War Wednesday, a few reporters on the Defense Department beat were worrying about their jobs. Prior to the president’s remarks at the Pentagon, C-SPAN microphones caught several reporters discussing what a Ron…

Obama to unveil strategy for leaner US military

President Barack Obama will unveil a revised US military strategy on Thursday designed to reflect fiscal constraints and a greater focus on the potential threat posed by a rising China, officials said. The plan calls for confronting possible challenges from Iran and China with air and naval power while shifting…

No indication drone lost in Iran was shot down: Pentagon

The Pentagon said Monday there is no indication that a US drone lost in Iranian territory was shot down, contradicting Tehran’s claims. Iranian media said late Sunday that an RQ-170 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down after making an incursion into Iran’s eastern airspace. The RQ-170 Sentinel is a high-altitude…

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