A flotilla of nine Iranian military and cargo ships that US officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday, a move the Pentagon said helped to ease US concerns.
The Pentagon on Thursday denied Russian allegations that U.S. troops are in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, calling Moscow`s claims a "ridiculous attempt to shift the focus" from its own activities in the region.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to unveil an updated cyber strategy on Thursday that will stress the military`s ability to retaliate with cyber weapons, a capability he hopes will help deter attacks.
Defence Secretary Ashton Carter warned on Wednesday that the military`s sexual assault problem could drive away new recruits, and urged a group of officer trainees to have the courage to speak out against behaviour that contributes to sexual misconduct.
The Pentagon said on Tuesday the presence of a large convoy of Iranian cargo ships in the Arabian Sea was one factor in the US decision to deploy additional warships in the waters off war-torn Yemen but was not the primary reason for the move.
North Korea fired two surface-to-air missiles into the sea this week as US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter visited the region for talks in Tokyo and Seoul, South Korea`s defence ministry said Thursday.
President Barack Obama`s new Pentagon chief said Saturday the United States was seriously considering slowing the pace of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, as the country faces a growing Taliban insurgency.
Vice President Joe Biden has praised new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on his key role in deepening defense relationship with India during his previous capacity as US Deputy Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.
An attack on Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq on Friday was carried out by some 25 Islamic State fighters including several suicide bombers, some of whom evidently detonated their vests, the Pentagon said, cautioning that reports were still preliminary.
A Pentagon study from 2008 claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, giving him a need to exert "extreme control" when faced with crises, according to the report released Thursday.