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2010-02-02 10:26:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The fiscal 2011 budget request for the Defense Department is a reasonable target that takes into account the very real demands that two ongoing wars make on our troops and the equipment that supports them. Even in today's budget-reduction climate, it is extremely important that our nation stands firm behind those obligations. Over the long term, we need to be especially mindful about maintaining and modernizing the equipment that gives our...

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2010-02-02 06:30:00

The responsibilities of the US military are about to be expanded to include new horizons based on a long-awaited administration report released on Monday. Details of those horizons, which include space and cyberspace defense, were released by US defense secretary Robert Gates as part of the Obama administration's Quadrennial Defense Review. The goal is to shift emphasis from the post-cold war principle that the US is capable of fighting two "major regional conflicts" at one time. The US...

2006-02-03 17:20:40

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is speeding up the development of new weapons designed to knock out targets anywhere in the world in short order. The Defense Department said on Friday it wants to develop a new "land-based, penetrating strike capability" for fielding by 2018 while modernizing the current bomber force of B-1s, B-2s and B-52s. The terms "long-range strike" and "bombers" were once synonymous. But such 21st-century systems could be manned or unmanned and...

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2006-02-02 00:35:00

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is seeking to dissuade China from building its military forces to a level not warranted by its security needs, and the issue is addressed in a new long-term Pentagon plan, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Ryan Henry, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said Washington wanted to make sure the Chinese "have the forces necessary to provide for their genuine security needs and not to go beyond that." He gave no further details. He...

2006-01-24 17:10:43

By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military plans to add nearly 8,000 troops to its elite Special Operations Forces next year to bolster America's ability to fight terrorists and insurgents worldwide, defense officials said on Tuesday. The plan would swell the ranks of the Special Operations Command, including Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and the top-secret Delta Force, to about 60,000 troops by the end of 2007, said the officials. The officials, who asked not to...

2006-01-24 01:05:00

WASHINGTON -- A new Pentagon review of U.S. defense strategy would add thousands of troops skilled in fighting terrorists and insurgents to the ranks of the elite Special Operations Forces, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Citing U.S. officials and military analysts familiar with the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review, or QDR, the report said the plan would increase the number of Special Operations Forces to the highest level since the Vietnam War. The strategy also would add...

2006-01-11 13:29:34

By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon, stung by criticism over secret U.S. military payments to Iraqi newspapers to print pro-American articles, is moving to develop a "strategic communications" plan, a senior defense official said on Wednesday. The White House and some members of Congress have expressed concern over the payments, but the military says it is important to spread the truth in Iraq to counter what it calls lying by insurgents to the Iraqi people. The...

2005-10-04 18:36:59

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two decades from now, the U.S. military could routinely use high-powered microwaves and other non-lethal weapons to fight wars, but it may also have far less money to buy new arms, a top Air Force official said on Tuesday. Col. Gail Wojtowicz, division chief for Air Force future concepts and transformation, is leading a three-day top-secret war game at the Pentagon ending on Thursday meant to test the forces's abilities in the year 2025....

2005-07-05 21:32:23

By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military, under stress fromfighting in Iraq and protecting America from terrorism, isdebating whether it can remain ready to fight two big wars atonce, according to defense officials. The discussion is part of a broad Quadrennial DefenseReview (QDR), in which the Pentagon will propose a new strategyand budget to Congress next February to shape the superpower'sforces for years to come. The civilian and military officials, who asked not to...

2005-07-05 20:27:37

By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military, under stress fromfighting in Iraq and protecting America from terrorism, isdebating whether it can remain ready to fight two big wars atonce, according to defense officials. The discussion is part of a broad Quadrennial DefenseReview (QDR), in which the Pentagon will propose a new strategyand budget to Congress next February to shape the superpower'sforces for years to come. The civilian and military officials, who asked not to...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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