Dec 20

Senators OK defense budget bill, much left to 2010 
    (AP)

AP – The Senate cleared its year-end plate of some must-do work Saturday as it passed a critical budget bill that blends money for the Pentagon with additional help for the jobless. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 19

Senate approves 2010 military budget 
    (AFP)

AFP – The US Congress on Saturday sent US President Barack Obama a massive annual military spending bill that funds current operations in Afghanistan and pays for the troop withdrawal from Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 19

Senators OK defense budget bill, much left to 2010 
    (AP)
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Dec 19

Despite base dispute, US-Japan security alliance solid 
    (AFP)

AFP – A spat over the future of a US military base in Japan has strained ties between Tokyo and Washington but analysts say it is unlikely to cause permanent damage to an alliance both sides value highly. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18

Top US officer and celebs visit troops in Iraq 
    (AFP)

AFP – The top US military officer, Admiral Michael Mullen, visited troops in southern Iraq on Friday, accompanied by retired Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova and American country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18

Pentagon plays down security breach with US drones 
    (AFP)

AFP – A day after the Pentagon acknowledged that Iraqi militants had used cheap software to intercept US drone feeds, a new report said Friday that senior military officials dismissed that risk in 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 17

Raytheon turns iPhones into battlefield tools 
    (AFP)

AFP – US defense contractor Raytheon on Wednesday unveiled the first of what it said will be a series of software applications to make iPhones or iPod touch devices into battlefield tools. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 17

US reviews condolence policy for troop suicides 
    (AFP)

AFP – US officials are reviewing a policy that allows condolence letters to be sent only to the families of soldiers killed in war and not to those who take their own life, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 17

U.S. ramps up aerial spying for Afghan surge 
    (Reuters)

Reuters – The United States will deploying new “eyes in the sky” surveillance technology next year in Afghanistan to back President Barack Obama’s surge of 30,000 additional forces, a top Air Force official said on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 17

US, Brazil talk over foreign policy differences 
    (AFP)

AFP – The United States and Brazil on Monday talked over foreign policy differences on Iran, Honduras and US use of Colombian military bases during a visit by a senior US diplomat. Read the rest of this entry »

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