Pentagon warns of tough trade-offs in face of looming cuts

.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Photo: Xinhua

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday pledged US$40 billion in new Pentagon spending reductions over the next decade, but warned that additional cuts required by law posed stark choices that could bend or break the president’s defence strategy.

Thursday, 1 August, 2013, 11:32am

Beijing slams Pentagon over claims hackers accessed weapons designs

A Pentagon report accusing Chinese hackers of accessing US weapons designs contained "misjudgments", a spokesman for the Defence Ministry in Beijing said yesterday, adding China could build weapons on its own.

31 May 2013 - 6:11am

Pentagon chief Hagel to reassure East Asian allies on trip

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs the press at the Pentagon in Washington. Photo: AFP

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will reassure allies in a trip to East Asia this week that the US intends to "follow through" on its promised strategic shift to the Pacific region, American officials said.

30 May 2013 - 1:36am

Obama limits use of US drone strikes, offers steps to close Guantanamo

US President Barack Obama speaks at the National Defense University in Washington. Photo: Reuters

President Barack Obama outlined plans to limit the use of US drone strikes against extremists abroad and took steps aimed at breaking a deadlock on closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

24 May 2013 - 4:23am

Pentagon renews lease of Chinese commercial satellite

The choice of a Chinese satellite by the Pentagon's Defence Information Systems Agency was criticised by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers. Photo: Reuters

The Pentagon will continue for another year the lease of a Chinese commercial satellite to provide communications for its Africa Command.

17 May 2013 - 4:48am

PLA condemns US as 'the real hacking empire'

US computer security company, Mandiant, traced hacking attacks to an office in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Beijing branded the United States the "real hacking empire" yesterday and accused it of sowing discord between China and its neighbours.

The rebuke was issued after the Pentagon said Beijing was using espionage to fuel its military modernisation.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China spying on US to develop defence, says Pentagon

Cyberattacks that stole information from 141 targets in the U.S. and other countries have been traced to the Chinese military unit in this building in Shanghai, a U.S. security firm alleged. Photo: AP

China is using cyberspies to boost its defence industry and military planning by gathering information about US defence programmes, a Pentagon report claims.

8 May 2013 - 5:59am 10 comments

Pentagon questioned on use of Chinese satellite

Pentagon questioned on use of Chinese satellite

The Pentagon's decision to use a commercial satellite operated by a Hong Kong-based and listed company was questioned by a US lawmaker who said the use of China's Apstar-7 satellite "exposes our military to the risk that China may seek to turn off our eyes and ears".

1 May 2013 - 12:43pm 1 comment

John Brennan finally confirmed as head of CIA

John Brennan, mastermind of the US drone programme. Photo: AFP

The US Senate has finally confirmed John Brennan as CIA director after the White House doused a fierce debate over the potential use of domestic drones that could have delayed filling the crucial post.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:49am

Top US commander in Afghanistan cleared in Pentagon inquiry

US General John Allen. Photo: AP

The top commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan has been cleared by a Pentagon inquiry into potentially inappropriate email communications with a Florida socialite, likely resurrecting his nomination to the military’s top job in Europe.

23 Jan 2013 - 10:19am

Hagel draws fire as Obama’s Pentagon pick

US President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defence, former Senator Chuck Hagel. Photo: Xinhua

US President Barack Obama named Chuck Hagel on Monday to lead the Pentagon, setting up an ugly confirmation battle as Republican opponents said he was too hard on Israel and too soft on Iran.

8 Jan 2013 - 8:58pm

Obama set to nominate Hagel as defence secretary, Brennan as CIA chief

If nominated, former senator Chuck Hagel would face heavy opposition from fellow Republicans. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama was set to nominate Republican Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan as the new CIA director on Monday, a senior administration official said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chuck Hagel in line for Pentagon

Chuck Hagel. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama is considering former Republican senator Chuck Hagel for the job of defence secretary as he moves towards appointing his second-term cabinet, sources said.

But Obama, who served with Hagel in the Senate, has not made a final decision on whether to send his friend to the Pentagon to succeed Leon Panetta, an administration source said.

15 Dec 2012 - 4:51am

US Navy Seals in trouble for revealing secrets to video-game company

A screen capture from Medal of Honour: Warfighter. Photo: AP

Seven members of an elite US Navy Seal team, including one who participated in the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, have been reprimanded for disclosing classified material while helping produce a video game, American officials said.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

Pentagon and Toyota unite in bid to crack China's rare-earth cartel

A rare-earth mineral is shown in Tokyo. The Pentagon and Toyota are trying to end China's domination of rare-earth exports. Photo: Reuters

The Pentagon and Toyota Motor Corp are trying to crack China's global monopoly on mining the most valuable rare earths used in unmanned military drones and electric car motors.

8 May 2015 - 4:41pm