Gates, Petraeus want longer pullout period from Iraq

Gates, Petraeus want longer pullout period from Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama faced down his three top military officials in a policy confrontation during his very first day in office, U.S. military sources have told UPI.

U.S., Russia still unrivaled in global power projection

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- When the top military commanders who run the U.S. and Russian armed forces on a daily basis met for important but very low-profile talks outside Helsinki, Finland, in October, the range of issues they discussed covered the whole world.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Obama winning over military skeptics

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama seems to be winning over skeptical military commanders who at first distrusted him, analysts say.

U.S., Russia still doing military business

MOSCOW, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The "military summit" talks held in Helsinki, Finland, in October between the chiefs of staff of the Russian and U.S. armed forces had far-reaching implications.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator

U.S., Russian military chiefs hold Helsinki summit

MOSCOW, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- On Oct. 21, Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with his Russian counterpart, Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov, at a mansion outside Helsinki, Finland.
NIKITA PETROV, UPI Outside View Commentator
Mullen's Pakistan trip highlights concerns

Mullen's Pakistan trip highlights concerns

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- This week's Pakistan trip of U.S. Adm. Michael Mullen came amid rising concerns about the escalating insurgency in that nation's tribal areas.

Mullen calls for new Afghanistan strategy

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The top U.S. military commander said Wednesday that while victory in Afghanistan is possible, the current strategy is not leading Americans in that direction.

Mullen: Not 'winning' yet in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday coalition forces are not winning yet in Afghanistan, and a new strategy is needed.
Pentagon prepares for November election

Pentagon prepares for November election

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Top U.S. military personnel have been ordered to start security planning for the transition period following the November election, CNN reported.

U.S. delays Iraq report on Iranian weapons

BAGHDAD, May 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. military Wednesday delayed the release of a dossier alleging Iranian funding, supply and training of Iraqi insurgents, sources said.

Homeland security: The week ahead

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Foreign policy, and in particular relations with so-called rogue states like Iran and Syria, has taken center stage in the presidential election campaign this week -- with the row over President Bush's comments in Israel about appeasement. What other security-type stories are we going to see on the news agenda over the next seven days?
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

Soldiers killed in armored vehicle

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- Two U.S. soldiers in a reinforced military vehicle known as an MRAP were killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, showing its armor can be pierced, the military says.

Commentary: Wilderness of mirrors

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- "Every lie contains a truth and every truth contains a lie" is a safe rule of thumb when Shakespeare's powers of observation are applied to the Middle East. With each shake of the kaleidoscope, the configuration of the key players becomes a wilderness of mirrors.

Mullen: Plans for 'potential' Iran action

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday the United States is planning for "potential military courses of action" against Iran.

Gates says he doesn't expect Sadr's arrest

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he'd be "surprised" if Shiite rebel cleric Moqtada Sadr were arrested, given his political importance in Iraq.

Gates, Petraeus at odds over withdrawal

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus and his boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, differ about when troop withdrawals from Iraq could resume.

Bush meets Joint Chiefs on Iraq

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff Wednesday in a closed-door session to discuss military commitments in Iraq.

Calif. Guard equipment staying in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger complained to federal officials that the California National Guard is short on equipment because it stays in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pakistani military aid under scrutiny

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- With growing concerns about instability in Pakistan, the Senate Armed Services Committee has requested a report on the effectiveness of U.S. aid to the country.

Pentagon reluctantly gives a budget number

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the full 2009 defense budget would total about $685 billion, $100 billion more than the official proposal so far.

Dewey Aegis-class destroyer christened

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's 55th Aegis guided missile destroyer, Dewey -- DDG 105 -- was christened last week.

Mullen: Military balance will take time

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says it may take years for the U.S. military to become a balanced force after the strains from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mullen hails moves against FARC

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, says the Colombian government is making progress against narcoterrorism.

Military Matters: Pakistan backlash

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- As we observe the increasingly certain disintegration of Pakistan, we should realize events there are to a large degree side effects of our war in Afghanistan.

Report: al-Qaida on rise in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A top U.S. military leader says Pakistan must act quickly to reduce al-Qaida's growing influence in that country and elsewhere in the world.
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