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Top military official warns China and Russia are modernizing nuclear weapons faster than US

Top military official warns China and Russia are modernizing nuclear weapons faster than US

(CNN)The top US military official who runs the American nuclear arsenal warned that China and Russia are and capabilities faster than the US, saying during a congressional hearing on Tuesday that if it does not start investing more in nuclear defense and infrastructure, the US will be "at risk of losing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries."Russia is "aggressively engaged" in "conventional nuclear capability development and modernization, and are now roughly 80% complete while we are at zero," saId Adm. Charles Richard, the head of US Strategic Command, which oversees the US nuclear...

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Army preparing to approve DC request for National Guard ahead of verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

Army preparing to approve DC request for National Guard ahead of verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

(CNN)The Army is preparing to approve a request for DC National Guard forces to deploy as soon as Monday night if there is unrest in the wake of the verdict in the , according to a US defense official.The move comes amid nationwide tensions after recent police killings of Americans of color and as and potential unrest as the Chauvin trial in the death of George Floyd nears a close. DC officials told reporters on Monday that they requested National Guard assistance to help secure the District and acting Secretary of the Army John Whitley is scheduled to meet with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser...

Apr 19
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Army preparing to approve DC request for National Guard ahead of verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

Army preparing to approve DC request for National Guard ahead of verdict in Derek Chauvin trial

(CNN)The Army is preparing to approve a request for DC National Guard forces to deploy as soon as Monday night if there is unrest in the wake of the verdict in the , according to a US defense official.The move comes amid nationwide tensions after recent police killings of Americans of color and as and potential unrest as the Chauvin trial in the death of George Floyd nears a close. DC officials told reporters on Monday that they requested National Guard assistance to help secure the District and acting Secretary of the Army John Whitley is scheduled to meet with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser...

Apr 19
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NATO scrambles jets 10 times to track Russian military planes across Europe

NATO scrambles jets 10 times to track Russian military planes across Europe

(CNN)NATO scrambled fighter jets 10 times Monday to track and intercept an unusually "rare peak" of bombers and fighters flying over the North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea, according to a NATO official. "NATO aircraft intercepted six different groups of Russian military aircraft near alliance airspace in less than six hours," the organization said in a statement.The Russian activity across an unusually wide area of European skies came on the same day North American Aerospace Defense Command said it tracked Russian aircraft off the coast of Alaska.None of the Russian aircraft entered the...

Mar 30
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US Navy plans to send assessment team to Suez Canal to assist with stuck container ship

US Navy plans to send assessment team to Suez Canal to assist with stuck container ship

(CNN)The US Navy in the Middle East plans to send an assessment team of dredging experts to the Suez Canal as soon as Saturday to advise local authorities attempting to free there since Tuesday, according to two defense officials.The Ever Given, a container ship almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall, ran aground on Tuesday after being caught in 40-knot winds and a sandstorm that caused low visibility and poor navigation.The Egyptian government agreed to accept an offer of help relayed through the US Embassy in Cairo."The Biden administration is tracking the situation closely....

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North Korea fires two ground-based ballistic missiles, South Korea says

North Korea fires two ground-based ballistic missiles, South Korea says

Pentagon, Washington (CNN)launched two ballistic missiles Thursday -- the second such launch in less than a week.South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said in a statement that two short-range missiles had been fired from the Hamju area of South Hamgyong province toward the sea, off North Korea's east coast, at 7:06 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. local time. The projectiles flew about 450 kilometers (280 miles), reaching an altitude of 60 kilometers (37 miles), and are believed to have been ballistic missiles launched from the ground, the statement said. The exact type of the missiles was unclear, a...

Mar 25
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Biden wrestles with Afghanistan troop dilemma as time to make a decision runs out

Biden wrestles with Afghanistan troop dilemma as time to make a decision runs out

(CNN)President , facing his first major decision about American troops abroad, has found himself weighing competing instincts: to wind down the 20-year war in Afghanistan, a position he's held for more than a decade, or to remain in the hopes of avoiding a Taliban takeover.The decision, which administration and congressional sources said could be made as soon as this week, will come after months of deliberations. Most officials and those involved in US believe it unlikely that Biden will order all troops out of the country by the May 1 deadline established in a peace deal the previous...

Mar 21
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Army now reviewing Pentagon investigation into Michael Flynn's dealings with Russia and other foreign entities

Army now reviewing Pentagon investigation into Michael Flynn's dealings with Russia and other foreign entities

(CNN)The Pentagon's internal watchdog has finished a long-delayed investigation into Michael Flynn and has sent its findings to the Army for a final review that could possibly bring financial penalties against the military retirement benefits afforded to the retired Army three-star general.It is unclear when the Defense Department may announce its decision in the matter. first reported the report's referral to the Army.Former President Donald Trump Flynn, his first national security adviser, last November, an action that wiped away the guilty plea Flynn had made in 2017 -- and then...

November 25, 2020
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US begins to move equipment out of Afghanistan and approves deployment of forces to protect withdrawal operations

US begins to move equipment out of Afghanistan and approves deployment of forces to protect withdrawal operations

(CNN)The US is now underway with equipment being packed and shipped out, three defense officials tell CNN. The Pentagon has also approved the deployment of hundreds of maritime, air and land forces to the region to ensure security for American and NATO forces as well as contractors as they withdraw, the officials said.Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin approved the extension of the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier's mission to "remain in the Central Command area of responsibility for a period of time," and approved "the addition of some long-range bombers" to the region in preparation for US...

Apr 18
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