China to increase nuclear warheads to 1,500, Pentagon warns
China is expanding its nuclear force and is on pace to nearly quadruple the number of warheads it has by 2035, rapidly closing its gap with the United States, the Pentagon said in a report released Tuesday. The report builds on the military’s warning last year that China is expanding its nuclear force much faster than U.S. officials had predicted, highlighting a broad and accelerating buildup of military muscle designed to enable Beijing to match or surpass U.S. global power by mid-century. Last year, the Pentagon said the number of Chinese nuclear warheads could increase to 700 within six years and may top 1,000 by 2030.news.yahoo.com
US stopped Poland giving Ukraine MiG-29 jets in secret deal with China – media reports
The United States scuppered a deal for Poland to provide Ukraine with Soviet-made MiG-29 jets back in March due to a back-channel intervention by Beijing, UK journalist Owen Matthews wrote in The Spectator news magazine on Nov. 26, referring to Chinese sources.news.yahoo.com
US aid to Ukraine puts pressure on Pentagon's arms stockpile
The intense firefight over Ukraine has the Pentagon rethinking its weapons stockpiles. It’s a question confronting Pentagon planners, not only as they aim to supply Ukraine for a war with Russia that could stretch years longer, but also as they look ahead to a potential conflict with China. Ukraine is answering with as many as 7,000 rounds a day, firing 155 mm howitzer rounds, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and now NASAMS air defense munitions, and thousands of rounds of small arms fire.news.yahoo.com
US to give Ukraine eight NASAMS, first two on the way – Pentagon
Washington has confirmed that it will provide Ukraine with eight NASAMS systems, two of which will be delivered "in the very near future” and six more being sent later, a senior Pentagon official said at a background briefing for the media on Oct. 31.news.yahoo.com
US military now doing onsite weapons inspections in Ukraine
A small number of U.S. military forces inside Ukraine have recently begun doing onsite inspections to ensure that Ukrainian troops are properly accounting for the Western-provided weapons they receive, a senior U.S. defense official told Pentagon reporters Monday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide a military update, would not say where the inspections are taking place or how close to the battlefronts the U.S. troops are getting. The official said U.S. personnel can’t do inspections “close to the front lines,” but said they are going where security conditions allow.news.yahoo.com
Russia threatens commercial satellites that Pentagon sees as its future
In a speech at the UN, a Russian official said the proliferation of privately operated satellites is “an extremely dangerous trend that goes beyond the harmless use of outer space technologies and has become apparent during the latest developments in Ukraine.”washingtonpost.com
Military suicides drop as leaders push new programs
A new report and Pentagon data show that suicides across the active duty U.S. military decreased over the past 18 months, driven by sharp drops in the Air Force and Marine Corps last year and a similar decline among Army soldiers during the first six months of this year.
Pentagon does not confirm rumors of transport of Russian nuclear weapons to Ukrainian border
The Pentagon could not confirm rumors of Russian forces transporting nuclear weapons to the Ukrainian border by rail, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper said on Oct. 5, according to the U.S. state-owned Voice of America news outlet.news.yahoo.com
Advanced anti-aircraft weapons head to Ukraine in 2 months
The Pentagon will deliver the first two advanced NASAMS anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine in the next two months, providing Kyiv with a weapon that it has pressed for since earlier this year. Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told Pentagon reporters on Tuesday that six more of the Norwegian-developed weapons will be delivered in the future, as much as a year or two from now. Recent reports that some of the U.S.-provided NASAMS were already in Ukraine were not correct.news.yahoo.com
Hawley probes Pentagon over 'alarming' mishandling of religious exemptions to the COVID vaccine
Senator Josh Hawley is asking for information from the Pentagon related to an internal investigation into the handling of service members requests for exemptions to the vaccine on religious grounds.foxnews.com
How a Soviet plot to bombard the U.S. embassy with microwaves led to a ‘brain weapons arms race’
In some of the darkest days of the Cold War, the U.S. intelligence community was alarmed by a startling discovery: the Soviet Union was bombarding the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with microwaves in what some officials feared was an attempt to harm American diplomats and possibly even mess with their minds.news.yahoo.com
Allies push for US weaponry after seeing impact in Ukraine
As other nations see the impact of U.S. weapons in the Ukraine war, the Pentagon is getting more requests for them, including the high-tech, multiple-launch rocket system that Ukrainian forces have successfully used against Russian ammunition depots and other supplies, Defense officials said Friday. Bill LaPlante, the department's under secretary for acquisition, told reporters that the Pentagon has been working with the defense industry to increase production lines to meet both U.S. and international demands for certain weapons. As a result, he said, the U.S. has to both replace the HIMARS systems it sent to Ukraine — at a projected cost so far of about $33 million — but also predict the future demands in foreign sales.news.yahoo.com
Pentagon watchdog tells GOP senators it will evaluate whistleblower claims on Afghan evacuees
The Department of Defense’s watchdog told two Republican senators that it will evaluate claims that hundreds of Afghan evacuees were allowed to enter the U.S. despite being on the department’s watchlist. “As part of our ongoing body of work on Afghan evacuees, we are initiating an evaluation, to commence in the first quarter of [fiscal…news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: Deciding when to use 'invasion' label in Ukraine
In the opening hours of Russia’s assault on Ukraine, ballistic missiles by the dozens struck mostly military targets across the country, but there was little sign of Russian soldiers crossing the border or naval infantry landing on Ukraine’s shores.
US strike framed to spare civilians after mounting criticism
Facing criticism for civilian deaths in U.S. airstrikes, the Biden administration targeted the leader of the Islamic State group in a way that was riskier for American forces, landing dozens of U.S. commandoes outside his Syrian hideout rather than targeting him with an airstrike.
US orders 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia worry
The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered about 8,500 U.S. troops on heightened alert, preparing for possible deployment to Europe, if needed, to reassure NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression on the border of Ukraine.