US military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons

The U.S. military has made strides in developing lasers, microwaves and other directed energy weapons, and could soon use them more widely, top armed forces officials and U.S. lawmakers told an industry conference on Tuesday.

US Army confirms 40,000 soldiers to be cut

 The US Army said Thursday it aims to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years in order to achieve target workforce reductions, confirming numbers leaked this week.

US plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from Army: Official
US plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from Army: Official

The US Army plans to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years in sweeping cutbacks at home and abroad, a US defense official said Tuesday.

Bomb kills nine Afghan children, 10 adults
Bomb kills nine Afghan children, 10 adults

A roadside bomb killed at least 19 Afghan civilians including nine children in a southern province, while Taliban fighters in the north captured a key district on the frontline of the battle for Kunduz city, officials said on Sunday.

White House fence jumper to be sentenced in US court

A US Army veteran who burst into the White House with a knife in September is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Tuesday.

Sikh wins right to join US Army prog keeping articles of faith

 A 20-year-old Sikh-American student has won a significant legal battle in the US with a court allowing him to enrol in an army programme without removing his articles of faith like the beard and turban.

US Army website hacked: Officials

The US Army`s official website was hacked Monday with messages denouncing Washington`s training of rebel fighters inside Syria, but no data was stolen, officials said.

Canada says no danger posed by US anthrax shipment

The Canadian government confirmed on Tuesday that it received an anthrax sample kit from the U.S Department of Defense that might have contained live bacterium, but it said there were no reported illnesses.

Last chance for women in US Army Ranger test

 The final eight women still trying to pass the US Army`s Ranger School course have failed one phase of the test, but will get a final chance to try again this week.

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by Taliban, has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

US begins destroying its largest cache of chemical weapons

The US Army has begun destroying the nation's largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons, using explosives to rip open a container of mustard agent inside a sealed chamber and then flooding it with another chemical to neutralise it.

US Defence Chief Ashton Carter convenes anti-IS war council in Kuwait

New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter will hold talks Monday in Kuwait with top US commanders and diplomats to discuss the war effort against the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said.

'US Army to train Ukrainians in March'

US Army Europe commander Ben Hodges said on Wednesday the U.S. army will provide training to Ukrainian troops battling Russian-backed separatists in the country`s east.

Army veteran charged with threatening US Capitol shooting

A US Army veteran from Maryland who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder has been charged with threatening to shoot his wife and others at the US Capitol building, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Smaller NATO mission has big job to train Afghan Army in time
Smaller NATO mission has big job to train Afghan Army in time

US Army Major Eric Lightfoot, serving at a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan, knows NATO has its work cut out to prepare local forces to go it alone against Taliban insurgents once its training mission ends in two years` time.

Barack Obama praises US troops as Afghanistan mission winds down

President Barack Obama in a Christmas Day speech to US troops stationed in Hawaii hailed their "extraordinary dedication and sacrifices," as NATO prepares to wrap up its combat mission in Afghanistan.

US Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

 The US Army said on Monday it sent findings from an investigation into Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl`s 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan to a US general, a move that leaves open the possibility of disciplinary action for leaving his post.

Investigation into ex-POW Bergdahl over: US officials

 The US Army has wrapped up its investigation into how an American soldier was captured by Taliban insurgents in 2009, and now senior officers will weigh the findings, Pentagon officials said Friday.

US Army base in Texas on lockdown after suspicious vehicle found

A lockdown was ordered at a US Army base in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday evening in what a military spokesman described as a "high security incident" while adding that there was "no threat." 

Lawsuit against US Army for not enlisting Sikh student

Two US-based rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the US Army for allegedly not enlisting a Sikh student in the Reserve Officer Training Corps programme, unless he shaved his beard and cut his hair.