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  1. News - World - DEFENCE

    Pentagon chief Leon Panetta declares end to ban on NZ warships' US visits

    Posted Sep 22nd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... States has lifted a ban that prevented New Zealand naval ships visiting US ports or bases since the 1980s, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday, hailing a "new era" in relations between the two nations. The policy change, part of efforts to bolster security ties, will "allow the US Secretary of Defence to authorise individual visits to Department of Defence ...

  2. News - China - DEFENCE

    Chinese general urges calm amid regional tensions in US visit

    Posted Aug 26th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... was maturing. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Cai revealed that US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta would visit China next month. Cai said he had conveyed to his US colleagues China's strong ... visit to the Pentagon, Cai, who also met Deputy US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, urged the development of a "win-win" relationship based on "respect, fairness ...

  3. US defence strategy in Korea has time on its side

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Richard Halloran When US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta was in Hawaii last week, he was asked why the US still has troops in South Korea when North Korea's conventional forces are in a miserable condition, South Korea's soldiers are fully capable of defending their own country and US forces are experiencing serious budget restrictions. Panetta said US forces, which have been ...

  4. We come in peace: defence minister

    Posted Jun 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode in Singapore greg. torode@scmp.com Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie yesterday used his first speech at an annual regional security forum to stress China's peaceful ... repeatedly described it in a defensive role while saying China was still far behind US capabilities. Liang spoke for more than 45 minutes before taking questions from a broad audience of defence ...

  5. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    US west coast within range of North Korean missile, Seoul says

    Posted Dec 24th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... a half-tonne payload to the US west coast, the South Korean defence ministry said yesterday. The estimate was based on the analysis of an oxidiser container- recovered from the rocket's ... kilometres with a warhead of 500kg to 600kg," a defence ministry official said. The estimated range of 10,000 kilometres covers the whole of Asia, eastern Europe and West Africa as well ...

  6. News - World - US DEFENCE

    Nuclear arms stockpile requires overhaul, US officials say

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 11:40am by Reuters in Washington

    ... Reuters in Washington Defence chiefs in Washington tell House committee America's nuclear arsenal is in need of an urgent upgrade if the US is maintain its deterrent The US nuclear arsenal needs a multi-billion dollar overhaul in the coming decade to ensure the weapons’ safety and effectiveness, defence officials said on Tuesday, despite warnings from arms control groups ...

  7. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Accused Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan barred from using Taliban claim

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... rampage in Texas that killed 13 soldiers, a military judge has ruled. Hasan, 42, had sought to use the defence as he represented himself at his upcoming trial on 13 counts of first-degree murder. ... and left paralysed from the chest down. "I object," he said when the judge ruled he could not use his chosen defence argument, that he was justified in opening fire on soldiers because he ...

  8. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Obama, India’s leader seek to reinvigorate ties

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 06:27pm by Associated Press in Washington

    ... for moving forward on defence and civil nuclear agreements. US efforts to counter China’s growing influence and the tenuous situation in Afghanistan will be strong undertones, even if the leaders ...

  9. News - World - INTERNET

    Ban on 3-D printed Liberator handgun in US backfires

    Posted May 12th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... The Pirate Bay, dodging a US government attempt to pull them off the internet. Defence Distributed, a Texas non-profit organisation that promotes the open-source development of firearms using 3D ... Department of Defence Trade Controls," said Defence Distributed on its website. "Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information," it added without ...

  10. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINUSULA

    North Korea approves nuclear strike on US as Hagel admits 'real and clear danger'

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 08:36am by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences, preparing to send ground-based interceptors to Guam and dispatching two Aegis class destroyers to the region. Tension was also high ... and others, to defuse that situation on the peninsula Chuck Hagel, US Defence Secretary But, while Pyongyang has successfully carried out test nuclear detonations, most experts think it is not yet ...




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