Posts tagged as Pentagon

The price of NATO-Russia contention

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nowadays, tensions between the main political forces of the world are growing. Tightness in relations between the United States and Russia is observed in the political, economic and military spheres. So, many experts call the Baltic region the most verisimilar place of an “explosion” (beginning of large-scale military conflict between NATO and Russia). To achieve its goals in Eastern Europe, the United States uses military, economic, informational and other instruments…

Cracks, confusion in US approach to North Korea as Trump openly defies advisers

By Conor Finnegan on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Three months after the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, cracks and confusion are starting to show in the administration’s approach. President Trump said he views recent missile launches by Kim’s regime “differently” than his advisers. The State Department declined to call those launches “ballistic missiles” or say they violated United Nations Security Council resolutions, even after the Pentagon used the term “ballistic missiles”…

Pentagon plan could send up to 10,000 more troops to the Mideast

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials said the move is…

North Korean, Iranian Missiles Remain a Significant Concern for US – Pentagon

Friday, January 18, 2019

The missile capabilities of US adversaries such as North Korea and Iran continue to play a significant role in America’s defense strategy, acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday during the rollout of the 2019 Missile Defense Review. “While we are forging a new path to peace on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s missiles remain a significant concern, so do Iran’s,” Shanahan said during his address at the…

Mattis to step down as Pentagon chief, citing deep differences with Trump

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday as the Pentagon chief just one day after President Donald Trump abruptly announced he was pulling all American troops out of Syria against the advice of his top national security advisers. Mattis cited differences in views with the president in a resignation letter laced with criticism of Trump’s foreign policy. The letter was distributed by Pentagon officials moments after Trump announced Mattis’ impending “retirement,…

Fourth soldier dies from large IED blast in Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Pentagon has identified a fourth casualty from the improvised explosive device that claimed the lives of three special operations troops last week and left three other Americans wounded. Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary died Sunday in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of injuries sustained from the IED blast that occurred Tuesday in Andar district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation, according to NATO’s Resolute Support mission to train…

Pentagon deploying troops from 39 units to US-Mexico border

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Pentagon has notified some 7,000 active-duty servicemembers that they could be sent to support its new operation along the U.S.-Mexico border as the military prepares to expand the mission beyond the initial 5,200 troops set to deploy by the weekend, officials said Wednesday. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday dismissed concerns raised by some Democratic lawmakers and others that the deployment was a political move ahead of the Nov.…

Greek Defense Chief Kammenos Wants More U.S. Bases

Thursday, October 11, 2018

After meeting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said he wants more American military bases, urging they be situated in Volos, Alexandroupoli near Turkey and Larissa. “I want to affirm that Greece considers the United States a strategic partner and ally, the only one I dare to say,” Kammenos said after the meeting, reported Kathimerini. “It is very important for Greece that the…

US is ready to lend more cybertools to NATO

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The U.S. will make cyberwarfare capabilities available to NATO to bolster the alliance’s efforts to counter Russian hacking and network espionage, a senior U.S. official said. The announcement is likely to come during a two-day defense ministers’ meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, which opened Wednesday. The U.K. and Denmark are expected to offer similar support. “We will formally announce that the United States is prepared to offer NATO its…