US may not target Taliban leaders after Jan 2

The US said that American forces in Afghanistan would not target Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders after Jan 2 unless they posed a direct threat to the country, a media report said Monday.

US sends four Afghans back home from Guantanamo

The Pentagon said on Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre have been returned to their home country in what US officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Six Guantanamo detainees sent to Uruguay: Pentagon

Six Guantanamo detainees, including four Syrians, one Palestinian and one Tunisian, have been transferred to Uruguay from the American military base in Cuba, where 136 detainees remain, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

Afghanistan ready to assume security responsibility: Pentagon

Afghan forces will be prepared to assume security responsibility after the complete withdrawal of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at the end of this month, the Pentagon has said.

Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon: Sources
Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon: Sources

Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as US defense secretary, sources familiar with the situation said.

'Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon'

 US President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former Pentagon official Ashton Carter as US defense secretary, CNN reported on Tuesday.

American delegation in Delhi to talk defence

Ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit here next month, an American delegation arrived on Monday for talks on defence technology transfer and joint production.

Top contender for Pentagon job bows out: Source

A former senior US defense official touted as the most likely candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief has taken herself out of the running, a source familiar with the situation told AFP on Tuesday.

Behind Hagel's ouster, tensions over Syria and Obama's team

From the moment he was appointed last year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had a troubled relationship with President Barack Obama`s tight-knit White House national security team. As the bombing intensified in Iraq and Syria, so did his problems.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel out as IS war heats up
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel out as IS war heats up

President Barack Obama announced the departure of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday, with the White House under fire over perceived fumbling in its response to the Islamic State threat.

India played productive role inside Afghanistan: US

Praising India for playing a useful and productive role inside war-torn Afghanistan, the US Friday said it is looking forward to India's leadership and its continued participation in regional security.

Hagel says US military accelerating mission to train Iraqi troops

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the Pentagon will accelerate its mission to train Iraqi forces to combat Islamic State militants, using troops already in Iraq to start the effort while funding is sought for a broader initiative.

US nuclear woes: Pentagon chief orders a shakeup

Pledging firm action to support the men and women who handle the world's most powerful and deadly weapons, the Pentagon will spend an additional USD 10 billion to correct deep problems of neglect and mismanagement within the nation's nuclear forces, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

Troubled US nuclear force needs reform, funds: Hagel

 The US nuclear force is plagued by declining morale, manpower shortages and mismanagement that could jeopardize its safety and effectiveness, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.

The US `triad` of nuclear weapons

 The Pentagon vowed Friday to reform how it manages the US military`s vast nuclear arsenal after government reviews found low morale among missile crews, manpower shortfalls and poor leadership.

Russia plans long-range bomber flights near North American waters: Agency

 Russia said on Wednesday it planned to send long-range bombers on flight patrols over North American waters, including the Gulf of Mexico, but the Pentagon played down Moscow`s mission as routine training in international airspace.

50 US troops arrive in western Iraq: Pentagon

US troops have deployed to Iraq`s frontline western province of Anbar for the first time in the fight against Islamic State jihadists, with 50 preparing the way for a larger contingent, the Pentagon said Monday.

Pentagon can't confirm fate of Islamic State leader

The US military can not confirm reports that the Islamic State group leader may have been struck in an airstrike, but a Pentagon official suggested on Monday that lower-level figures may have been hit.

Pak using militants as proxies to counter Indian Army: Pentagon
Pak using militants as proxies to counter Indian Army: Pentagon

In a blunt assessment of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, the Pentagon has told the US Congress that the country is using militant groups as proxies to counter the superior Indian military.

Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new US Engine
Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new US Engine

The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co`s defense division said on Thursday.