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China has accused US media of using the opportunity to 'hype' China threat

Last month, North Korea launched its third nuclear test.

US to boost missile defences as North Korean nuclear threat grows

$1 billion move follows increasingly aggressive rhetoric from the secretive regime 

Editorial: Washington deficit follies, Act Two

Welcome to the idiotic new world of the US government budget "sequester". Under this latest self-inflicted wound to fiscal governance – for which both Republicans and Barack Obama share responsibility – $85bn (£56bn) of government spending cuts are starting to kick in, with consequences that are impossible to predict, but certain to be harmful.

Pentagon grounds entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets after crack found in engine

The Pentagon yesterday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane.

Nato may keep 12,000 troops in Afghanistan

Nato countries are considering keeping up to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, the date when foreign combat forces were due to leave the war-torn country.

General John Allen chooses retirement over top Nato job

US General John Allen, who oversaw the Nato war effort in Afghanistan until earlier this month, has decided to retire instead of pursuing his nomination as head of the military alliance.

Ready for service: US to lift ban on women in front-line combat jobs

The US military will formally end its ban on women serving in front-line combat roles, officials said yesterday, in a move that could open thousands of fighting jobs to female service members for the first time.

Florida socialite Jill Kelley

Jill Kelley breaks her silence over David Petraeus scandal

The woman who unwittingly brought down General David Petraeus has broken her silence to reject “outrageous” claims that she exchanged 30,000 emails with a second top officer.

Along with lawyers for Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi and Ammar al-Baluchi, Ms Bormann insisted that it would make it harder to convict those accused of supporting roles

U-turn leaves Guantanamo Bay 9/11 trials in disarray

The Guantanamo Bay trials are in such disarray that nobody may ever be convicted of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, it emerged today.

Beyond CCTV: the serious science of surveillance

Monitoring is becoming ever more advanced, Rob Hastings finds

US diplomats evacuated from Central African Republic

US diplomats in the Central African Republic are being evacuated to Kenya as fears increase that rebel forces will soon advance on the capital, Bangui.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who ordered a review into misconduct by top brass

Pentagon to review perks for top brass

The Pentagon announced Friday that it will examine whether its generals and admirals receive too many perks and said they should receive more ethics training earlier in their careers.

Amanda Dory, the Pentagon's deputy assistant secretary for Africa,

Pentagon plans for multinational operation in Mali

US military planners have begun to help organize a multinational proxy force to intervene next year in Mali, the famine-stricken, coup-wracked African country that has become a magnet for Islamist extremists, US officials said Wednesday.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford

Marine General Dunford confirmed as Commander of Afghan War

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, tapped by President Barack Obama to become his fifth commander of the war in Afghanistan, will take charge in Kabul early next year, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

A female US soldier eats breakfast while on tour in Afghanistan

Female service members sue over US combat exclusion policy

Four female service members filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn the Pentagon's exclusion of women from many combat roles, arguing that the restrictions are unconstitutional and have hindered their careers.

Osama Bin Laden was killed last year, but his network has not been eliminated

"FedEx delivered the package": US military emails shed light on Osama bin Laden's burial at sea

Osama Bin Laden’s last rites aboard the USS Carl Vinson were shrouded in such secrecy that the ship’s crewmen had little idea what was going on as the slain Al-Qaida leader’s body was helicoptered in and swiftly buried at sea, new US military emails have revealed.

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