Pentagon official explains Asia-Pacific focus

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The entire U.S. government has made a concerted effort to improve U.S.-China relations while implementing the tenets in the defense strategic guidance, a senior Pentagon official said here today. Speaking to an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Kathleen Hicks, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy explained the U.S. military’s strategic shift in focus toward the Asia ... More

Warships join forces for training exercises

By Jody Harrison The Herald NATO warships will team up to hunt for pirates off the Scottish coast in the largest military exercise of its type next month. Operation Joint Warrior will see the armed forces of 10 nations conducting war games in the North Atlantic for almost two weeks. Warships from Britain, the US, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, France, Norway, Denmark and Estonia will take part, while RAF fighter planes flying out of Scottish bases will also be deployed. Around 150 service personnel, many of t ... More

Assange is a US military 'enemy'

By Philip Dorling Canberra Times The US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States — the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency, according to documents released under US freedom of information laws. Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents obtained by Fairfax show that US military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with "communicating with the enemy& ... More

Combined force kills Taliban weapons dealer

International Security Assistance Force Joint Command  KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban weapons dealer and destroyed his cache of illegal weapons during an operation in the Omnah district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province today, military officials reported. Hizbullah, the weapons dealer, and another armed insurgent maneuvered on the Afghan and coalition troops as the security force approached Hizbullah’s compound, officials said. The security for ... More

Soldier intervenes to help troubled friend

By Army Sgt. Megan Garcia 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment ARLINGTON, Va. — The day Army Sgt. Sheldon Benjamin’s friend asked him if he wanted his TV, Sheldon knew that something just wasn’t right. “He was real teary faced — a way that I just wasn’t used to seeing him,” said Benjamin, an infantryman with Honor Guard Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). “I told him to [unlatch] his door and that I would be over there in a little bit.” When Shel ... More

Benghazi attackers struck against UN ideals, Obama says

By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The assault on the U.S. Consulate earlier this month in Benghazi, Libya, was an attack not only on America, but also on the ideals of the United Nations, President Barack Obama said in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly today. The attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, was an assault on “the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully, that diplomacy can take the place ... More

Comptroller outlines continuing resolution, sequestration

By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The continuing resolution the Senate approved Sept. 22 and the president is expected to sign this week will affect short- and long-term Defense Department spending in coming months, a senior defense official said today. Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale spoke on “Financing Defense: Strategies for Leaner Times” at a Government Executive defense briefing series event here this morning. The department’s financial managers are ac ... More

Silver Star recipients added to valor website

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Officials have added the names of those who have received Silver Star awards to a website listing recipients of the nation’s highest awards for valor. The site launched in July with the names of those who have received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, since Sept. 11, 2001. On Aug. 1, officials added the names of those who have received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross or the Air Force Cross – the nation&rs ... More

DOD to revise sexual assault prevention training

By Claudette Roulo American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Calling sexual assault “an affront to basic human values,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little announced today that the Defense Department is revising its sexual assault prevention and response training requirements. In a Pentagon news conference, Little said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta repeatedly has stated that there is no place for sexual assault in the military or in the department. “[Sexual assault] is a crime th ... More

Panetta shares perspectives from latest trip

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — In a message to the men and women of the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta shared his perspectives from his recent trip to the Asia-Pacific region. Here is the secretary’s message: This week I returned from a week-long trip to Japan, China, and New Zealand, my third trip to the Asia-Pacific region as Secretary of Defense. The underlying purpose of the trip was to support our new defense strategy, which calls for the Department of Defe ... More

Coalition, Afghan troops arrest 2 Taliban leaders

International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News KABUL, Afghanistan — A combined coalition and Afghan security force arrested two Taliban leaders — an attack commander and an improvised explosive device expert — during an operation in the Ghazni district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province today, military officials reported. The attack commander is suspected of having directed IED attacks against coalition and Afghan security forces across the district, officials said, in ... More