Austin speaks with Chinese counterpart in latest reopening of talks

[ad_1] U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke Tuesday morning with China’s minister of defense — the highest level of military communications to resume between the two countries. In a readout of the call, the Pentagon said they discussed the war in Ukraine, North Korea, operating in the South China Sea and U.S. policy toward … Read more

Review says Abbey Gate bombing wasn’t preventable

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that killed U.S. troops and Afghans in August 2021 was not preventable, and the “bald man in black” spotted by U.S. service members the morning of the attack was not the bomber, according to a new review by U.S. Central Command. The findings. released … Read more

philippine coast guard: Biden says US support for Philippines, Japan defense ‘ironclad’ amid growing China provocations

[ad_1] President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. defense commitment to Pacific allies was “ironclad” as he gathered Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House in the midst of growing concern about provocative Chinese military action in the Indo-Pacific. The U.S. and the Philippines have had a … Read more

US, Japan announce generational upgrade to alliance amid China threat

[ad_1] The leaders of America and Japan unveiled a lengthy list of defense agreements Wednesday in what U.S. President Joe Biden called “the most significant upgrade in our alliance since it was first established.” The two countries will improve their respective command-and-control systems, form an industrial council to build weapons together, network their missile defense … Read more

US Air Force issues $409 million award for long-sought Pacific airfield

[ad_1] The U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract for an airfield on Tinian, a Pacific island military leaders consider crucial to their plans in the region. Fluor, an engineering and construction company based in Irving, Texas, will receive about $409 million to finish the project within five years, the company announced April 10. Tinian … Read more

Israel F-15 sale in jeopardy as congressional support wanes

[ad_1] A key Democrat on Tuesday said he is noncommittal about approving an $18 billion F-15 sale to Israel, even as centrist members of the party who previously supported unrestricted military aid to the country become increasingly skeptical amid the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. And the topic of U.S. military support for Israel overshadowed a … Read more

Israel F-15 sale hangs in the balance as Democrats push Austin on Gaza

[ad_1] A key Democrat on Tuesday said he is noncommittal about approving an $18 billion F-15 sale to Israel, even as centrist members of the party who previously supported unrestricted military aid to the country become increasingly skeptical amid the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. And the topic of U.S. military support for Israel overshadowed a … Read more