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France to cut defense jobs, hold line on spending

Posted August 5, 2013 by Sylvie Corbet

France plans to hold the line on military spending while reducing 34,000 defense jobs over the next five years, a decision the defense minister said would still allow the country to prepare for the future. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government laid out its five-year military program at a Cabinet meeting Aug. 2 that would keep…

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North Korea to put captured U.S. spy ship on display

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If there was ever any doubt about what happened to the only U.S. Navy ship that is being held by a foreign government, North Korea has cleared it up. It's in Pyongyang. And it looks like it's there to stay.

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Pentagon delaying fighter jet sale to Egypt

Posted July 24, 2013 by Robert Burns

The U.S. is delaying delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in light of the military overthrow of Mohammed Morsi as president, but it has not decided whether to suspend military aid more broadly, the Pentagon said July 24. Pentagon press secretary George Little said President Barack Obama made the decision to hold up…

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Putin on Russia’s naval plans in the Mediterranean

Posted June 10, 2013 by Vladimir Isachenkov

Russia announced June 6 that it will keep a fleet of about dozen navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea, a move President Vladimir Putin said is needed to protect his country’s national security. Putin said the plan should not be seen as saber rattling, but it comes as Moscow is serving as a key ally…

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NATO defense ministers set post-2014 Afghanistan mission

Posted June 5, 2013 by Karen Parrish

NATO defense ministerial meetings June 4 and 5helped to cement the allianceís commitment to a ìtrain, advise and assistî mission that will begin after the International Security Assistance Force disbands at the end of 2014, NATOís senior civilian leader said June 5. The end of 2014 will mark the end of our combat mission, but…

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Patriots, F-16s may remain in Jordan after Eager Lion exercise

Posted June 5, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The United States could leave Patriot anti-missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in Jordan following the end of Exercise Eager Lion, a Pentagon spokesman said June 5. Jordan has requested the batteries, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not yet reviewed it, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. Hagel is returning from NATO meetings in…

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Russia wary of deeper nuclear arms cuts

Posted May 24, 2013 by Vladimir Isachenkov

Russia’s top military officer May 22 voiced skepticism about deeper nuclear arms cuts, saying they should require parallel reductions in non-nuclear precision weapons. The statement by chief of Russia’s military General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, appeared to signal the Kremlin’s reluctance to negotiate a new nuclear arms deal with Washington. President Barack Obama, who signed…

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United Kingdom military ‘unrealistic’ on cost risks

Posted May 15, 2013 by Cassandra Vinograd

Britain’s Ministry of Defence has taken an over-optimistic approach to its equipment budget, an influential committee of lawmakers warned May 14, expressing doubts that the department plagued by cost overruns and late delivery of projects has properly planned for potential pitfalls over the next decade. Britain’s military is shrinking from 102,000 troops to around 80,000…

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Space Station Expedition 35 astronauts land safely In Kazakhstan, Expedition 36 begins

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Three members of the International Space Station Expedition 35 crew undocked from the orbiting laboratory and returned safely to Earth May 13, wrapping up a mission lasting almost five months. The departure marks the beginning of Expedition 36. Space station Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko of the Russian…

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Karzai says U.S. can have nine Afghan bases after 2014

Posted May 13, 2013 by by Kathy Gannon

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has irked Washington with his frequent criticism of American military operations in his country, said May 9 that his government is now ready to let the U.S. have nine bases across Afghanistan after most foreign troops withdraw in 2014. A border spat with Pakistan and a desire to test public…

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