Department of Defense

U.S. General Discusses Russian Tactics in Ukraine

Military officers sitting at large U-shaped table (DOD/U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sean K. Harp)

Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and its threats to eastern and southern Ukraine amount to an “alarming use of both military force and subversion,” the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said here May 21.

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U.S. Wants to Advance Military Relations with China

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, says the United States wants to “further grow and develop the military-to-military relationship” with China and "find ways to have a more productive conversation about these very tough issues."

A day after the Justice Department charged five members of China’s military with hacking into computer networks of American companies, a DOD spokesman said the Pentagon wants to continue developing military relations with Beijing

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Ukrainian Border Guards Getting Equipment, DOD Says

View from deck of Navy ship on water (DOD/U.S. Navy Seaman Edward Guttierrez III)

Ukraine’s border guard has received a large percentage of the U.S.-funded equipment it requested, a Defense Department spokesman said.

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Defense Department Works to Counter Russian Intervention in Ukraine

Official portrait of Evelyn N. Farkas (DOD)

The Defense Department is working with the State Department and NATO allies to provide reassurance, deterrence and support to Ukraine.

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Defense Secretary Hagel Visits Chinese Aircraft Carrier Liaoning

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, is greeted by U.S. Army Brigadier General Mark W. Gillette, right, U.S. defense attaché to China, and Chinese military officers in Qingdao, China, April 7.

On Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first official visit to China, the People’s Liberation Army allowed him to become the first foreign visitor to tour the refitted Russian aircraft carrier — the PLA’s first — called Liaoning.

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U.S. Officials on Launch of Global Health Security Agenda

Welcome to this telebriefing where we’ll be discussing the launch of a new global health security initiative which we all hope will make the world a safer place.

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Cape Ray Conducts Final Sea Trials for Syria Mission

The container ship MV Cape Ray rests dockside in Portsmouth, Virginia, before departing for its final sea trials.Aerial view of large cargo ship at dock (AP Images)

The U.S. Military Sealift Command container ship MV Cape Ray left Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 10 to conduct its final sea trials in preparation for its mission to destroy Syrian chemical weapons.

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U.S. Army to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons Aboard Ship

Frank Kendall at podium in front of large ship (DOD/C. Todd Lopez)

Some 64 U.S. Army specialists are expected to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboard an American-owned ship, the Cape Ray, to destroy chemical weapons from Syria.

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Australia, U.S. to Expand Defense, Space Cooperation

From left: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bishop, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Australian Defence Minister Johnston and U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel at Arlington National Cemetery

Australia and the United States are expanding cooperation in areas concerning defense and space, U.S. officials said at a November 20 press briefing after consultations with their Australian counterparts at the annual Australia-U.S. ministerial meeting.

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U.S., Russia Can Make Bilateral Progress, DOD Official Says

Official portrait of Evelyn N. Farkas (DOD)

The U.S. and Russia disagree on some aspects of their bilateral relations, but there are many areas where the countries can and do cooperate, Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas told the Heritage Foundation.

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