Pentagon

  • Pentagon spends $ 2.5 million in Malaysian Airlines jet MH370 search 22-03-2014 08:45 AM

    Washington: The Pentagon says it has spent $2.5 million to help in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. The Defense Department has been flying high-tech surveillance planes to assist in the effort. The spending also includes operating costs for ships that have assisted in the search, which has...
  • US lawmakers ask Pentagon to welcome Sikhs in military 11-03-2014 11:49 AM

    Over 100 members of Congress from both Democratic and Republican parties have urged the US defence department to end the presumptive ban on Sikh Americans serving in the US military with their beards and turbans. In a letter to Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, the lawmakers specifically requested that the US...
  • Obama prepared to leave no troops in Afghanistan after 2014 26-02-2014 11:43 AM

    US President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama said he had given the order to the...
  • Highest ranked Indian-American official at Pentagon to join think-tank 22-02-2014 02:14 PM

    Vikram Singh, the highest- ranking Indian-American at the Pentagon, is joining an eminent US think-tank after serving the Obama Administration in various positions for over five years. Singh, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, is joining the Center for American Progress (CAP) as its vice...
  • US court gives conditional consent to Sikhs to enter military in turbans 24-01-2014 02:48 PM

    A Sikh can be allowed to enter the US military with turban and beard, the Pentagon has said, noting that the approval in this regard would be given on a case by case basis and there is no universal or automatic approval to the new relaxed religious norms. "It does,"...
  • Lawmaker calls for end of ban on Sikh articles in US military 23-01-2014 11:04 PM

    A top American lawmaker on Thursday asked the Pentagon to end a ban on Sikh articles of faith including turban and beard in the US military, a long-standing demand of the Sikh-American community. In the wake of new Pentagon rules permitting limited religious accommodations, Congressman Joe Crowley requested the US...
  • US official applauds India's growth in space industry 08-01-2014 07:19 AM

    Washington: Describing India as one of the largest space industries in Asia, a top Pentagon official on Tuesday applauded India's remarkable growth in the sector. "India has one of the largest space industries in Asia. Their extensive satellite communications network spans the globe," US Air Force General William Shelton, Commander...
  • Pentagon sees 50 per cent rise in reports of sexual assaults in 2013 28-12-2013 08:54 AM

    The number of sexual assaults reported across the US military rose by around 50 per cent in the 2013 fiscal year compared with 2012, the Pentagon said on Friday. The Pentagon said a review of preliminary data from the government's 2013 fiscal year, which began in October 2012, showed there...
  • Do not anticipate long term impact on shipment through Pakistan: US 05-12-2013 07:13 AM

    Washington: A day after temporarily halting cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan in view of protest over drone strikes there, the United States has said that it does not anticipate long term impact of its shipment through the country. "(We) hopefully don't anticipate that there'll be any long term impacts...
  • Pentagon to recall most furloughed workers, easing shutdown pain 06-10-2013 07:45 PM

    The Pentagon said on Saturday it would recall the vast majority of some 350,000 civilian Defense Department employees sent home during the government shutdown, in a move that could greatly lessen the impact of the shutdown on America's armed forces. Civilian Pentagon employees comprise nearly half the 800,000 federal employees...
  • Middle-aged man arrested for throwing fire crackers inside White House fence 17-09-2013 10:07 AM

    A man threw fire crackers over the north fence of the White House, hours after a shooting rampage at a Navy Yard in Washington that left at least 13 people dead. A middle-aged man was arrested near the White House after he threw fire crackers inside its fence, officials said....
  • Barack Obama to observe 12th anniversary of 9/11 11-09-2013 07:05 PM

    President Barack Obama will observe the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with a moment of silence and a visit to the Pentagon Memorial. Obama on Wednesday will join first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden and members of...
  • US: People pay tribute at ground zero on 9/11 anniversary 11-09-2013 06:21 PM

    September 11 victims' loved ones were gathering at ground zero early on Wednesday to commemorate the attacks' 12th anniversary with the reading of names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition. At a morning ceremony on the 2-year-old memorial plaza, relatives will recite the names of the...
  • Pentagon ready to strike Syria when Obama orders 05-09-2013 11:45 PM

    Washington: Anticipating a military strike against Syria, the Pentagon has deployed a series of naval assets, including four destroyers and one amphibious ship in the Middle East, to accomplish a "robust and agile" attack. The deployment came after US President Barack Obama last week announced his decision to go for...
  • US naval forces move closer to Syria 24-08-2013 03:22 PM

    US naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a...
  • US, India discuss joint production of military equipment 06-08-2013 10:30 PM

    Washington: A top American defence official and the head of India's DRDO have discussed ways to take bilateral defence cooperation towards the goal of joint development and production of military gear. US Deputy Secretary of Defence Ash Carter and DRDO chief Avinash Chander also held talks on measures to deepen...
  • US evacuating its citizens from Yemen amid Qaeda threat 06-08-2013 06:49 PM

    Washington: The US on Tuesday began evacuating its nationals from Yemen amid a worldwide alert linked to electronic intercepts from al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, ordering one of the most serious attacks since 9/11. The State Department said it had pulled all non-essential personnel from Yemen, and the Pentagon said the...
  • China calls US the 'real hacking empire' after Pentagon report 08-05-2013 11:32 AM

    Beijing: China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernisation, branding Washington the "real hacking empire". The latest salvo came a day after China's foreign ministry dismissed as groundless a Pentagon...
  • China rejects US Pentagon's charges of military espionage 07-05-2013 08:25 PM

    Washington: The Pentagon said on Monday that China is using espionage to acquire technology to fuel its military modernization. The Pentagon for the first time accused the Chinese of trying to break into US defence computer networks, though China on Tuesday firmly desmised the allegations. In its 83-page annual report...
  • US Department of Defence approves Samsung Android Knox, BlackBerry 10 03-05-2013 12:47 PM

    Washington: The Pentagon on Thursday cleared BlackBerry and Samsung mobile devices for use on Defence Department networks, a step toward opening up the military to a wide variety of technology equipment makers while still ensuring communications security. Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman, said the department cleared the use...
  • Pentagon may soon clear use of Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry devices 02-05-2013 10:33 AM

    Washington: The Pentagon is expected to clear Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry mobile devices for use on Defense Department networks in the next few weeks, part of an effort to ensure the military has access to the latest communications technology, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The decision will set the stage...
  • After weeks of NKorean fury, calm on key holiday 15-04-2013 08:27 PM

    Pyongyang: North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader Monday by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts, with little hint of the fiery bombast that has kept the international community fearful that a missile launch may be imminent. Pyongyang fired off a rocket ahead of the last anniversary...
  • North Korea has nuclear missiles: US report 12-04-2013 12:47 PM

    Washington: North Korea has nuclear weapons capable of delivering by ballistic missiles, an unclassified US intelligence report says, amid heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang's saber-rattling. DIA (Defence Intelligence Agency) assesses with moderate confidence the North Korea currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivering by ballistic missiles, however...
  • US backs India's emergence as regional anchor 12-04-2013 04:07 AM

    Washington: Rebalancing its security posture in the Asia-Pacific region, the US says it is investing in a long-term strategic partnership with India to support its ability to serve as a regional economic anchor and security provider. The US defence department's "commitment to the Asia-Pacific region is part of a broader...
  • 'Pentagon spy agency says N Korea can launch nuclear missile' 12-04-2013 03:27 AM

    Washington: A Pentagon spy agency concluded with "moderate confidence" that North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles but the weapons would probably be unreliable, officials said on Thursday. A study dated March by the Defense Intelligence Agency appeared to be the first time the Pentagon spy agency...
  • US to boost cybersecurity force 28-01-2013 04:56 PM

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