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While U.S. military support can be critical when disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan strike, staging massive humanitarian relief missions for allies in need isn't just about being a good neighbor. They can be a strategic and publicity gold mine for U.S. troops whose presence in Asia isn't always portrayed in such a favorable light — and a powerful warning to countries that aren't on board.
The Navy next year will deploy a ship-mounted laser that can shoot down drones and planes, and disable small vessels, officials said Monday at the service's annual Air-Sea-Space Expo, touting the futuristic weapon as a cost-saving measure.
The Chinese People's Liberation Army will impose a much tougher regulation May 1 aimed at curbing the explosion of luxury vehicles sporting military license plates that provide drivers with coveted privileges and swagger.
Loose lips sink ships was the Navy's phrase during World War II. In the age of Twitter, the Navy is hoping loose lips saves ships.
China's military is making bold accusations that self-described "heroic" anti-American hawks are being purged and betrayed by China's CIA-controlled civilian leaders.
"China is a country with fertile soil to produce traitors. There were over 1 million Chinese traitors during the Resisting the Japanese War [World War II]. In today's China, there are more traitors than that number," said Rear Adm. Zhang Zhaozhong of the Chinese navy, who is the most well-known and most senior military commentator on China's state television. He is one of the most outspoken, hard core anti-American spokesmen. The revealing remarks were made June 7 in the online edition of the official Chinese newspaper the Global Times.
Billed as the most important and substantial military exchange visit with the United States in nine years, the grand tour from Friday through Thursday by a large Chinese military delegation – led by Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie – received royal treatment at the Pentagon this week.
On a bitter winter night in 1943, four Army chaplains stood on the deck of the torpedoed and foundering USAT Dorchester while hundreds of American soldiers around them prepared to slip into the icy depths of the North Atlantic.
Dozens of opposition activists have been detained in Cuba in the past five weeks, an outlawed rights group said Tuesday, blaming President Raul Castro for the crackdown.
The new commander of the USS Enterprise on Thursday promised karaoke and video games to boost crew morale instead of the raunchy videos that cost one officer his command and forced another to delay his retirement.
The blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico could be pronounced dead in a matter of days.
The U.S. government's point man on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Wednesday that BP's blown-out well is expected to be sealed permanently and declared dead by Sunday, nearly five months after a rig explosion set off the disaster.
The temporary cap on BP's ruptured oil well will stay closed even if ships evacuate the Gulf of Mexico during a tropical storm, the federal government's spill chief said Thursday.
ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Leonor Chavez, the wife of a Navy doctor, doesn't worry that her daughter has to change schools every few years. It's the required paperwork she finds daunting.
U.S. military officials say that a recently captured top al Qaeda leader in Iraq is fully cooperating with coalition forces and shedding light on the terrorist network.
"Crisis response planning is a skill set for the military, so when you have an opportunity to execute crisis response, it's good for your planning team," said Rear Adm. Mark C. Montgomery, who commands the George Washington strike group, stationed offshore in the Gulf of Leyte.
"If a U.S. nuclear submarine comes here, it will be difficult for it to dive. Even if it did submerge, it may be entangled with kelp nets on its propellers. Once that happens, what awaits the American nuclear sub is only death," said Adm.