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Nation Mar 19While Trump talks tough, U.S. quietly cutting nuclear force
The Air Force is shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia.
Politics Mar 08Russia has deployed banned missile, U.S. general says
A senior U.S. general on Wednesday accused Russia of deploying a land-based cruise missile in violation of "the spirit and intent" of a nuclear arms treaty.
World Feb 23Dunford: Counter-Islamic State plan will have global scope
WASHINGTON — A Pentagon-led review of strategy to defeat the Islamic State group will present President Donald Trump with options not just to speed up action against IS but also to counter al-Qaida and other extremist groups beyond Iraq and…
Politics Feb 01As Mattis departs for first trip to Asia, U.S. stance on North Korea unclear
There are growing concerns about North Korea's weapons programs. It's not clear how President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis plan to stop threats.
Nation Feb 01New Pentagon chief seeks to reassure Asian allies
Mattis is seeking to reinforce key alliances after President Donald Trump's campaign-trail complaints that defense treaties disadvantaged the U.S.
World Jan 20Defense official: Al-Qaida training camp in Syria bombed Thursday
U.S. warplanes bombed an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, killing more than 100 militants, marking the second major U.S. counterterrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obama's presidency, a defense official said Friday.
World Jan 19U.S. bombers strike Islamic State camps in Libya
U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers attacked Islamic State military camps in Libya in a move aimed at eliminating extremists who had escaped the former ISIS stronghold of Sirte.
Politics Jan 11Putin trying to ‘break’ NATO, says James Mattis, Trump’s Pentagon pick
As confirmation hearings start winding down for the week, next up to face a Senate committee is retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of defense.
World Jan 09U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy destroyer fired multiple warning shots at Iranian patrol boats as they sped toward the destroyer at the entrance to the Persian Gulf, two U.S. defense officials said.
World Dec 30Timeline: Three decades of diplomatic spats between U.S. and Moscow
U.S. relations with Moscow during and after the Cold War have been marred by diplomatic dustups ranging from espionage scandals to an Olympics boycott.