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China blasts US report, reiterates 'no 1st use' nuke policy

Dec. 06, 2022 04:43 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China strictly adheres to its policy of no first use of nuclear weapons “at any time and under any circumstances," its Defense Ministry said Tuesday in a scathing response to a U.S. report alleging a major buildup in Beijing's nuclear capabilities. The Pentagon...

Keep COVID military vaccine mandate, defense chief says

Dec. 04, 2022 10:43 AM EST

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he wants to keep the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in place to protect the health of the troops, as Republican governors and lawmakers press to rescind it. This past week more than 20 Republican...

Pentagon chief: US faces pivotal years in countering China

Dec. 03, 2022 15:07 PM EST

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. is at a pivotal point with China and will need military strength to ensure that American values, not Beijing's, set global norms in the 21st century, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Saturday. Austin’s speech at the Reagan National Defense...

Turkish strikes on US Kurd allies resonate in Ukraine war

Dec. 03, 2022 12:48 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Biden administration officials are toughening their language toward NATO ally Turkey as they try to talk Turkish President Recep Erdogan out of launching a bloody and destabilizing ground offensive against American-allied Kurdish forces in neighboring Syria. ...

Pentagon debuts its new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider

Dec. 02, 2022 23:36 PM EST

PALMDALE , Calif. (AP) — America’s newest nuclear stealth bomber made its debut Friday after years of secret development and as part of the Pentagon’s answer to rising concerns over a future conflict with China. The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber aircraft in more...

US military halts patrols against Islamic State in Syria

Dec. 02, 2022 17:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forces have stopped joint military patrols in northern Syria to counter Islamic State extremists, as Turkish threats of a ground invasion stymie those missions with Kurdish forces. Other more limited security patrols by U.S. and Kurdish troops, particularly around prisons,...

China to increase nuclear warheads to 1,500, Pentagon warns

Nov. 29, 2022 12:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

Vet sues over coverage denial for daughter gender transition

Nov. 21, 2022 19:03 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. military veteran and his daughter filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging a federal rule they said prevents the daughter from accessing medical coverage because she is transgender. The veteran and daughter filed their lawsuit against the government...

US defense chief: 'Tyranny and turmoil' in Russian invasion

Nov. 19, 2022 19:39 PM EST

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned Saturday Russia’s invasion of Ukraine offers a preview of a world where nuclear-armed countries could threaten other nations and said Beijing, like Moscow, seeks a world where might makes right. Austin made...

Canadian defense minister says Ukraine winning the war

Nov. 18, 2022 17:13 PM EST

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Canada’s defense minister said Friday Ukraine’s military is winning the war and Russian President Vladimir Putin has only united NATO and renewed its purpose. Defense Minister Anita Anand made the remarks at the start of the annual Halifax...