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Panetta focused on Afghan mission

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The Pentagon said U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is committed to working with allies on a strategy to draw forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Flournoy: U.S. military isn't in decline

Flournoy: U.S. military isn't in decline

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. military responding to a changing set of priorities shouldn't be mistaken as a military in decline, an outgoing senior defense official said.
Top Defense Dept. adviser resigns

Top Defense Dept. adviser resigns

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Michele Flournoy, one of the highest-ranking women in the history of the Pentagon, says she plans to resign to spend more time with her three children.

China, U.S. hold annual defense talks

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- China and the United States held their annual defense talks Wednesday as Beijing officials noted a growing U.S. presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mullen backs 'aggressive' Afghan drawdown

Mullen backs 'aggressive' Afghan drawdown

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen testified Thursday he supports President Obama's "aggressive" withdrawal plan in Afghanistan.
Mullen talks detente with Beijing

Mullen talks detente with Beijing

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Washington and Beijing may not always see eye-to-eye, but there is potential to bolster bilateral military engagement, the top U.S. military official said.
U.S. backs military aid to Lebanon

U.S. backs military aid to Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. commitment to Beirut includes assistance to the Lebanese armed forces, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy said in Beirut.

Future, Afghanistan on NATO's agenda

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- NATO's course in the next century and its Afghanistan mission will be key issues when alliance leaders meet in Portugal, the U.S. Defense Department said.
Gates indicates he'll retire next year

Gates indicates he'll retire next year

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested in a magazine interview he would retire next year.

U.S.-India ties strong, secretary says

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The United States and India are natural partners because of common democratic and strategic interests, a top U.S. defense official said in Washington.
U.S. gives upbeat view on Afghan mission

U.S. gives upbeat view on Afghan mission

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- U.S. and international counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan are finally headed in the right direction, U.S. Defense Department officials said.
Helmand benchmark for Afghan COIN

Helmand benchmark for Afghan COIN

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Operation Moshtarak in the Afghan province of Helmand is defining the broader military offensive for the country, Pentagon officials said in Washington.

Pentagon eyes Iran, DPRK in missile shield

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The Pentagon's ballistic missile defense review focuses on specific threats from North Korea and Iran, said the U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy.

U.S. sees long-term ties to Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Washington is committed to a strategic partnership with Pakistan that extends beyond plans for a regional U.S. military withdrawal in 2011, officials said.

China stresses Taiwan issues at talks

BEIJING, June 24 (UPI) -- China says obstacles such as U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan have hampered the development of comprehensive Sino-U.S. military relations.

Flournoy to follow up S. Korea summit

SEOUL, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy will follow up this week's U.S-South Korea summit with a visit to Seoul, Pentagon sources say.

Obama taps Clinton vets for defense posts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- President-elect Barack Obama named his picks for four top defense positions Thursday, continuing a pattern of choosing centrist Washington insiders from the Clinton era for his government's top posts.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

Report: Pentagon needs to share power

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A report criticizing the Pentagon for alleged unwillingness to work with other U.S. agencies is likely to get more attention, The Washington Post said Monday.
Analysis: Petraeus on Iraq vs. Afghanistan

Analysis: Petraeus on Iraq vs. Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- If Gen. David Petraeus is confirmed as commander of U.S. Central Command, his broader responsibilities may force him to reconsider his thinking about U.S. commitments in Iraq in order to properly resource the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, say some analysts and military observers.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

Gates hints at April Iraq assessment

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other top officials met the U.S. commander in Iraq to discuss the April progress report on troop levels in Iraq.

5th-year test for Bush strategy in Iraq

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- Five years after U.S.-led forces ousted Saddam Hussein from power, analysts ponder the post-surge environment, the next president and the future of Iraq.

National Guard's role in Iraq studied

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- A senior U.S. defense official says National Guard troops in Iraq are among the first that will be brought home as the U.S. shrinks its manpower there.

Think tanks wrap-up VII

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. This is the seventh of several wrap-ups for March 20.

Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks.

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