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2009-06-24 08:50:00

The US military announced on Wednesday a new "cyber command" created to fight digital crime and to increase defenses against rising threats to its computers. Defense Secretary Robert Gates created the command that will answer to the US Strategic Command, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman stated. The headquarters, housed at Fort Meade, Maryland, will be accountable for shielding U.S. military systems only, Whitman said. When inquired about if the command would be offensive as well defensive,...

2008-09-27 12:00:28

By Associated Press MOSCOW -- A Russian warship on Friday rushed to intercept a Ukrainian vessel carrying 33 battle tanks and a hoard of ammunition that was seized by pirates off the Horn of Africa -- a bold hijacking that again heightened fears about surging piracy and high- seas terrorism. U.S. naval ships were in the area and "monitoring the situation" and a U.S. Defense Department official said Washington was concerned about the attack. "I think we're looking at the full range of...

2006-08-08 11:42:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fifth Iraqi Army division took control of a section of the country from U.S. forces on Tuesday, pushing to 50 percent the number of Iraqi divisions that have picked up primary responsibility for operations, according to the Pentagon. U.S. Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman said the Iraqi division took primary control of an area that includes the cities of Tikrit and Kirkuk, north of Baghdad. While calling the transfer of control "a milestone,"...

2006-07-28 14:55:00

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Persistent violence in Iraq is forcing the United States to boost troop levels there, but Pentagon officials said on Friday there are no plans now to extend the tours of more troops beyond 3,500 already notified. The U.S. force in Iraq has reached 132,000 troops, a gain of roughly 5,000 this week after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld extended the year-old tour of the Alaska-based 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team by up to four months. The move was the...

2006-07-24 11:43:45

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States wound down the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon on Monday and planned to begin bringing humanitarian supplies into that country, the Pentagon said. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew to Lebanon as hostilities continued between Israeli and Hizbollah forces in the 13-day-old war. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said some combination of U.S. Navy ships and contracted commercial vessels would deliver humanitarian...

2006-07-19 11:52:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 1,100 American evacuees left Lebanon by sea and air bound for Cyprus on Wednesday, the largest group of U.S. citizens rescued from the country in a single day, U.S. officials said. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said roughly 900 Americans were aboard the Orient Queen, a private passenger ship hired by the U.S. government, that left the port of Beirut on Wednesday bound for Cyprus. A further 200 Americans were carried from Lebanon in helicopters and...

2006-07-17 11:30:27

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States flew dozens more U.S. citizens from Lebanon on Monday and contracted a commercial cruise ship for a possible broader evacuation due to the conflict with Israel, the Pentagon said on Monday. The Orient Queen, operated by Lebanon-based Abou Merhi Cruises, will be available starting on Tuesday to transport U.S. citizens to Cyprus, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. The ship can hold about 750 people, he said. "The intent at...

2006-04-05 12:36:57

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday an internal review launched after revelations that it had collected data on U.S. peace activists found that some information stored in a database of possible terrorist threats should not have been kept there. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said that "less than 2 percent" of the more than 13,000 entries in the database provided through the so-called Talon reporting system "should not have been there or should have...

2006-04-03 17:14:56

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After four years of resisting disclosure of information on Guantanamo detainees, the Pentagon changed course on Monday and voluntarily released about 2,600 pages of documents relating to numerous prisoners. The Pentagon generally has refused to release documents identifying the foreign terrorism suspects held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, citing security concerns such as keeping groups like al Qaeda in the dark about who is...

2006-03-31 15:00:33

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Army said on Friday U.S. soldiers can only use body armor provided by the Pentagon even though some have bought their own because they felt what the military provided was insufficient. "There is, obviously, sufficient body armor for every deployed service member," said Bryan Whitman, a senior Pentagon spokesman in outlining the new policy. Whitman said military leaders had decided to require soldiers to use Pentagon issue armor because they...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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