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U.S. reviewing its options in Syria

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department wants to have "options on the shelf" for Syria in case U.S. President Barack Obama orders action, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs warns of risks in Syria

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, warns that a no-fly zone in Syria would be hard to achieve and might have little effect.

Gen. Dempsey: China shares U.S. concerns about North Korea

BEIJING, April 24 (UPI) -- China shares U.S. concerns about North Korea and is working to prevent more provocations, Gen. Martin Dempsey, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, said.

U.S. military officials meet Chinese president

BEIJING, April 23 (UPI) -- The United States and China should look at the long term when assessing their cooperative relationship, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday.

China opposes N. Korea nuclear test, says army chief

BEIJING, April 23 (UPI) -- China is "thoroughly opposed" to North Korea's nuclear test and asked all sides to urge that country to stop such tests, China's army chief said.

U.S. looks for signs Syria used chemical weapons

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- U.S. intelligence agencies are looking at whether Syria used small amounts of chemical weapons in its civil war, officials told The Wall Street Journal.

Japan, South Korea ready for defensive ties

SEOUL, April 17 (UPI) -- There's a need to build a better strategic relationship with South Korea given lingering security concerns, Japan's ambassador to South Korea said.
Pentagon intel report says nuclear missile possible for North Korea

Pentagon intel report says nuclear missile possible for North Korea

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department's intelligence arm indicated North Korea may be able to make a nuclear weapon deliverable by missile, a congressman revealed.

Hagel: North Korea near 'red line'

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday North Korea has been "skating very close to a dangerous line" with "bellicose rhetoric."
U.S. diplomat among Afghan bomb victims

U.S. diplomat among Afghan bomb victims

QALAT, Afghanistan, April 7 (UPI) -- A 25-year old diplomat was among five Americans killed this weekend in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, the U.S. State Department confirmed.

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Joint chiefs chairman visits Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 6 (UPI) -- Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, traveled to Afghanistan Saturday to determine American troop level needs for 2014.
Dempsey: Less is more in Persian Gulf

Dempsey: Less is more in Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. military envisions a long-term strategy in the Persian Gulf region that's compatible with available resources, U.S. Marine Gen. Martin Dempsey said.

McFaul: U.S., Russia will discuss shield

MOSCOW, March 8 (UPI) -- The United States and Russia will discuss the European missile defense this year, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said.

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U.S. said to mull direct aid to rebels

U.S. said to mull direct aid to rebels

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The Obama administration is working with European allies on possibly giving non-lethal equipment to Syrian rebel fighters, U.S. and European officials said.

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Obama said open to U-turn on arming rebels

Obama said open to U-turn on arming rebels

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama is open to reversing himself and deciding to arm vetted Syrian rebel fighters, senior administration officials told The New York Times.

EU snubs British plan to arm Syrian rebels

BRUSSELS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- European governments rejected a British push to modify a European Union arms embargo on Syria to permit weapons shipments to Syrian rebel forces.
Allen may leave NATO post consideration

Allen may leave NATO post consideration

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Marine Gen. John R. Allen, cleared in the David Petraeus email scandal, will likely withdraw from consideration as NATO commander, military officials say.
Odierno: Sequester puts security at risk

Odierno: Sequester puts security at risk

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Fiscal uncertainty over defense spending may degrade the military's ability to defend national interests for the next decade, said U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno.

Military leaders warn against budget cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The nation's top military leaders Tuesday painted a bleak picture for the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee should Congress not back off slated budget cuts.

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Testimony shows rift in U.S. Syria policy

Testimony shows rift in U.S. Syria policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- President Obama blocked a Pentagon, State Department and CIA plan to arm Syrian rebels, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Obama's top military adviser said.
Vote delayed on Hagel nomination

Vote delayed on Hagel nomination

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A vote on whether to back former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary hasn't been scheduled, said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.
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