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2007-05-25 08:30:00

WASHINGTON -- China's recent success at destroying a satellite in low-Earth orbit threatens the interests of all space-faring nations and posed dangers to human space flight, the Pentagon said Friday. In its annual report on Chinese military developments, the Pentagon also said the People's Liberation Army is building a greater capacity to launch preemptive strikes. It cited as examples China's acquisition of long-endurance submarines, unmanned combat aircraft and additional precision-guided...

2006-08-30 16:18:06

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon, mindful of potential threats to U.S. security emerging from Africa, is considering creating a new military command responsible for the continent, defense officials said on Wednesday. "The notion of setting up an Africa Command is being considered by the secretary," said Pentagon press secretary Eric Ruff, referring to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Ruff said no decision has been made and any such proposal must be approved by...

2006-08-28 17:23:46

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Monday unveiled a plan to reorganize its policy office and make it easier to coordinate the so-called global war on terror within the U.S. government and with international allies. The chairmen of the House and Senate armed services committees, who must approve creation of a new assistant secretary position, were "inclined to be helpful," said Eric Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy, who served as U.S. ambassador to Turkey from July...

2006-08-05 06:31:46

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There is no evidence that senior Pentagon commanders intentionally provided false testimony to about the military's actions on the morning of the September 11 attacks, according to a report by the Defense Department's watchdog agency cited in the New York Times on Saturday. The Pentagon's office of inspector general said the Defense Department's initial inaccurate accounts could be attributed largely to poor record-keeping, the newspaper said in an article on its...

2006-08-05 01:15:32

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There is no evidence that senior Pentagon commanders intentionally provided false testimony to about the military's actions on the morning of the September 11 attacks, according to a report by the Defense Department's watchdog agency cited in the New York Times on Saturday. The Pentagon's office of inspector general said the Defense Department's initial inaccurate accounts could be attributed largely to poor record-keeping, the newspaper said in an article on its...

2006-07-28 13:45:34

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration plans to extend Singapore F-16 fighter pilots' use of an Arizona training range and munitions, in a deal valued at up to $301 million, the Pentagon said on Friday. Singapore needs the continued use of Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, to train pilots for its current and future F-16 inventory, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a notice to Congress. The long-term pilot training program enhances the...

2006-06-30 17:40:00

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday exempted the Navy for six months from a law protecting whales and other marine mammals, a move that may allow planned naval exercises using military sonar to proceed despite a lawsuit. The exemption allows the Navy to conduct the 13 exercises it plans over the next six months without seeking permission for each under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The exemption is allowed under law, but it was the first time the Pentagon had...

2006-06-22 19:05:00

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel of armed forces medical experts has found that vaccines required by the military may have killed a 26-year-old Army soldier last year, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Pfc. Christopher "Justin" Abston died on December 4 in his barracks room at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 16 days after getting smallpox and injectable influenza vaccines, officials said. The panel concluded it was "possible" the vaccines were the cause of death, the Pentagon said in a...

2006-06-20 17:36:29

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday identified military units scheduled to deploy to Iraq this year, but officials said no decision has been taken on whether significant troop cuts will be made. The announcement came as Army Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq and due to make recommendations soon on future force levels, traveled to Washington to meet with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The Pentagon said seven Army and Marine Corps combat...

2006-06-15 13:15:13

Deletes statement in final paragraph that the American Friends Service Committee is "also known as the Quakers" which is erroneous By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday to demand information it says the government has collected on groups opposed to the war in Iraq. The group says the Pentagon has been monitoring anti-war groups and individuals and has compiled lists on people it sees as potential...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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