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FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(REUTERS)

Microsoft’s $10 billion Pentagon deal at risk amid Amazon fight

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 03:59 PM IST
The US Defense Department said it will reconsider the controversial procurement if a federal judge declines to dismiss Amazon.com Inc.’s allegations that former President Donald Trump’s meddling cost the company the winner-take-all contract.
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Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby announced late Thursday that the US military conducted airstrikes in eastern Syria.(AP)
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby announced late Thursday that the US military conducted airstrikes in eastern Syria.(AP)

US airstrikes on eastern Syria kill at least 17: Report

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 02:29 PM IST
The Pentagon has said the strikes were against facilities belonging to Iran-backed militia.
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US President Joe Biden at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, US on Wednesday.(Bloomberg Photo)
US President Joe Biden at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, US on Wednesday.(Bloomberg Photo)

Pentagon establishes task force to meet China challenge

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 06:45 AM IST
Biden said that the US needs to take on the dangers and opportunities of emerging technologies, enhance its capabilities in cyberspace, ensure that America is positioned to lead in a new era of competition.
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FILE - In this May 7, 2007 file photo, former Secretary of State George Schultz arrives to watch Queen Elizabeth II take part in arrival ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Shultz, former President Ronald Reagan’s longtime secretary of state, who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve relations with the Soviet Union and forging a course for peace in the Middle East, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. He was 100. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)(AP)
FILE - In this May 7, 2007 file photo, former Secretary of State George Schultz arrives to watch Queen Elizabeth II take part in arrival ceremonies on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Shultz, former President Ronald Reagan’s longtime secretary of state, who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve relations with the Soviet Union and forging a course for peace in the Middle East, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. He was 100. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)(AP)

George Shultz, who led US Cold-War diplomacy, dies

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 07:04 PM IST
  • An Ivy League-educated economist, Shultz moved seamlessly from academia to government to business. He led a faction that promoted “realism” in foreign policy, including direct bargaining with the Soviet Union. As Treasury secretary he played a role in untying the US dollar from the price of gold.
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A man wearing a protective mask gives a plastic bag containing his air-sample to be tested using GeNose C19 (GeNose), a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) detection tool, at a train station in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana(REUTERS)
A man wearing a protective mask gives a plastic bag containing his air-sample to be tested using GeNose C19 (GeNose), a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) detection tool, at a train station in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana(REUTERS)

Pentagon will deploy troops to assist Covid-19 vaccine drive

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 10:18 PM IST
President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month.
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Former US President Donald Trump looks on at the end of his speech during a rally in Washington. (Reuters File Photo )
Former US President Donald Trump looks on at the end of his speech during a rally in Washington. (Reuters File Photo )

Pentagon chief purges defence boards; Donald Trump loyalists out

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 05:59 AM IST
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the review will assess whether each board provides value and make sure its focus aligns with "our most pressing strategic priorities and the National Defense Strategy"
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The US Pentagon announced in mid-January that the US military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan.(AP file photo)
The US Pentagon announced in mid-January that the US military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan.(AP file photo)

Afghan negotiating team warns Taliban to resume talks

PTI, Kabul
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 06:30 PM IST
The Afghan peace negotiating team praised President Biden's administration for its decision to review the US-Taliban peace deal.
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The soldiers were among 25,000 National Guard members sent to secure Wednesday’s inauguration following a Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol and fears of more violence.(AFP)
The soldiers were among 25,000 National Guard members sent to secure Wednesday’s inauguration following a Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol and fears of more violence.(AFP)

12 people removed from US Capitol duty after background checks: Pentagon

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 02:45 PM IST
“We’re not taking any chances. Anything that’s flagged is brought to the attention of the command,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said.
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The attack on the judges happened as they were travelling to their office in a court vehicle.(AP representative image)
The attack on the judges happened as they were travelling to their office in a court vehicle.(AP representative image)

Gunmen shoot dead 2 women Supreme Court judges in Kabul

AFP, Kabul
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 12:56 PM IST
The latest attack comes just two days after the Pentagon announced it had cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 2,500.
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At Trump's order, commanders also cut US troop levels in Iraq to 2,500 from about 3,000 in the same period.(AFP)
At Trump's order, commanders also cut US troop levels in Iraq to 2,500 from about 3,000 in the same period.(AFP)

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:56 PM IST
Senior US commanders are skeptical of the Taliban's stated commitment to peace.
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Nine Chinese firms were added to the Pentagon's list of companies with alleged ties to the Chinese military, including planemaker Comac and phone maker Xiaomi Corp.(Bloomberg)
Nine Chinese firms were added to the Pentagon's list of companies with alleged ties to the Chinese military, including planemaker Comac and phone maker Xiaomi Corp.(Bloomberg)

Trump administration takes final swipes at China and its companies

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:57 PM IST
Those companies will be subject to a new US investment ban which forces American investors to divest holdings of the blacklisted firms by Nov 11, 2021.
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US President Donald Trump waves at a campaign for Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler on the eve of the run-off election to decide both of Georgia's Senate seats, in Dalton, Georgia, US on January 4, 2021.(Reuters File Photo)
US President Donald Trump waves at a campaign for Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler on the eve of the run-off election to decide both of Georgia's Senate seats, in Dalton, Georgia, US on January 4, 2021.(Reuters File Photo)

Pentagon gets diversity watchdog in bill passed over Trump veto

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:33 PM IST
The new watchdog will also have a key role in responding to white supremacist and criminal gang activity by military personnel, according to the legislation passed on Jan. 1 over Trump’s veto.
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The former Pentagon chiefs questioned Trump’s willingness to follow his Constitutional duty to peacefully relinquish power on January 20.(AP)
The former Pentagon chiefs questioned Trump’s willingness to follow his Constitutional duty to peacefully relinquish power on January 20.(AP)

‘Dangerous territory’: Extraordinary warning to Trump by 10 former Pentagon chiefs

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 08:29 PM IST
The former Pentagon chiefs warned US President Donald Trump against use of the military in any effort to change the outcome.
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The NYSE said it would delist the telecom operators to comply with a US executive order imposing restrictions on companies identified as affiliated with the Chinese military.(AP file photo)
The NYSE said it would delist the telecom operators to comply with a US executive order imposing restrictions on companies identified as affiliated with the Chinese military.(AP file photo)

China oil majors may face US delisting after NYSE drops telcos

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 05:31 PM IST
Donald Trump signed an order barring American investments in Chinese firms owned or controlled by the military in a bid to pressure Beijing over what it views as abusive business practices.
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Whenever the testing occurs, it will take an additional two to three months to transfer and analyze the data and then draft a final report for delivery to Pentagon leaders and Congress. The report is mandated by law before a decision.(AP file photo)
Whenever the testing occurs, it will take an additional two to three months to transfer and analyze the data and then draft a final report for delivery to Pentagon leaders and Congress. The report is mandated by law before a decision.(AP file photo)

Pentagon keeps $398 billion F-35’s full-rate production on hold

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 01:45 PM IST
The most recent of many milestones for a full production decision on the $398 billion program -- “no later than March” of next year -- has been scrapped by Ellen Lord, the Defense Department’s undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment.
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US media reported that acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller ordered a halt in cooperation with Biden’s transition amid frustration within President Donald Trump’s administration with the President-elect’s team.(AP file photo)
US media reported that acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller ordered a halt in cooperation with Biden’s transition amid frustration within President Donald Trump’s administration with the President-elect’s team.(AP file photo)

Joe Biden’s transition team expresses concern over tensions with Defense Department

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 11:31 AM IST
The Pentagon acknowledged that about 20 meetings with 40 officials were being rescheduled until after January 1, but insisted that cooperation with Biden’s team was continuing.
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New York-born Patel has his roots in Gujarat. His parents are from East Africa – mother from Tanzania and father from Uganda. They came to the US from Canada in 1970.(Mint file photo)
New York-born Patel has his roots in Gujarat. His parents are from East Africa – mother from Tanzania and father from Uganda. They came to the US from Canada in 1970.(Mint file photo)

Indian-American Pentagon official Kash Patel sues CNN, seeks USD 50 million for defamation

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 03:25 PM IST
In his lawsuit, Patel, who previously served in the White House before being moved to the Pentagon, alleged that CNN between November 24 and December 4 published a series of articles that “contain a series of false and defamatory statements” about him.
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SolarWinds, publicly-listed in Austin, is a Texas-based company with a value of over $6 billion. According to the company, it has over 300,000 customers.(Reuters)
SolarWinds, publicly-listed in Austin, is a Texas-based company with a value of over $6 billion. According to the company, it has over 300,000 customers.(Reuters)

SolarWinds Orion hack: Pentagon, White House and US army impacted

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 05:26 PM IST
According to Reuters, which broke the news on Sunday, hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the US treasury and commerce departments.
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US President-elect Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 8.(Reuters)
US President-elect Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 8.(Reuters)

Supreme Court dismisses GOP lawsuit; Biden names Austin as defence secretary

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 12:29 PM IST
Austin will become the first Black person to lead the Pentagon if he is confirmed by Senate. Announcing the nomination, Biden said Austin had shown “exemplary leadership, character, and command”.
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By choosing Austin, Biden will have to persuade the US Senate to waive a law that says the US military must be led by a civilian or, if a former military official, someone who has been out of the service at least seven years.(AP file photo)
By choosing Austin, Biden will have to persuade the US Senate to waive a law that says the US military must be led by a civilian or, if a former military official, someone who has been out of the service at least seven years.(AP file photo)

Joe Biden taps General Lloyd Austin as first black Pentagon chief

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Wilmington
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 04:15 AM IST
“Throughout his lifetime of dedicated service -- and in the many hours we’ve spent together in the White House Situation Room and with our troops overseas -- General Austin has demonstrated exemplary leadership, character, and command,” Biden said in a statement.
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The MH-60 Romeo chopper which will be inducted in the Indian Navy.(Twitter/@LMIndiaNews)
The MH-60 Romeo chopper which will be inducted in the Indian Navy.(Twitter/@LMIndiaNews)

‘MH-60 Romeo in all its glory’: Lockheed Martin shares photo of chopper for Indian Navy

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 05:28 PM IST
India had signed $2.6 billion deal in 2019 to buy 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Lockheed Martin. The multi-mission helicopters can detect, track and attack submarines and surface ships.
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The US government on Tuesday announced that the number of American troops stationed in Afghanistan will be cut by half by mid-January.(AP Photo | Representational Image)
The US government on Tuesday announced that the number of American troops stationed in Afghanistan will be cut by half by mid-January.(AP Photo | Representational Image)

US decision to reduce troops in Afghanistan, Iraq draws ire

By Yashwant Raj | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 02:14 AM IST
US Government tells Pentagon to withdraw some soldiers from these two nations by Jan 15, just days before Joe Biden is expected to take charge as president.
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Rare earths are 17 metals that are difficult and costly to mine and process cleanly.(Reuters | Representational image)
Rare earths are 17 metals that are difficult and costly to mine and process cleanly.(Reuters | Representational image)

Pentagon awards USD 13 million in rare earths funding to US projects

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2020 01:26 AM IST
The Pentagon on Tuesday said it awarded $9.6 million to MP Materials Inc , which owns the only US rare earths mine, to help the company process light rare earths.
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The withdrawal plan falls short of Trump’s oft-repeated vow to end America’s long wars. It also runs counter to his guidance that troop withdrawals be based on the conditions on the ground, not a date on the calendar.(Reuters file photo)
The withdrawal plan falls short of Trump’s oft-repeated vow to end America’s long wars. It also runs counter to his guidance that troop withdrawals be based on the conditions on the ground, not a date on the calendar.(Reuters file photo)

Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan

By Associated Press | Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 06:34 AM IST
The plan will accelerate troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in Trump’s final days in office, despite arguments from senior military officials in favor of a slower, more methodical pull-out to preserve hard-fought gains.
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Michele Flournoy has served as under secretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration.(AP)
Michele Flournoy has served as under secretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration.(AP)

Michele Flournoy: All about former US govt official likely to become first woman Pentagon chief

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 04:23 PM IST
Several media reports have suggested that Biden is expected to select a woman to head the Pentagon and Michele Flournoy is being regarded as a top choice for the position.
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Democrats have long sought to name a woman to the top post in a department that didn’t open all combat jobs to female service members until about five years ago.(REUTERS)
Democrats have long sought to name a woman to the top post in a department that didn’t open all combat jobs to female service members until about five years ago.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden likely to break barriers, pick woman to lead Pentagon

By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 09:02 PM IST
Michele Flournoy, a politically moderate Pentagon veteran, is regarded by U.S. officials and political insiders as a top choice for the position.
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The abrupt changes sent reverberations through the Pentagon as nervous civilian and military personnel waited for the next shoe to drop.(REUTERS)
The abrupt changes sent reverberations through the Pentagon as nervous civilian and military personnel waited for the next shoe to drop.(REUTERS)

Trump appoints loyalists to top Pentagon jobs after Esper firing

By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 04:31 PM IST
While the personnel changes added to the tumult in the wake of Esper’s departure, it’s not clear how much impact they could have on the massive Pentagon bureaucracy.
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The second aircraft took off from Dallas on Friday and will land after flying non-stop to New Delhi. The first plane landed on October 1, 2020
The second aircraft took off from Dallas on Friday and will land after flying non-stop to New Delhi. The first plane landed on October 1, 2020

Prez, PM’s 2nd special plane takes off for Delhi, will land today

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 09:29 AM IST
The two aircraft were earlier scheduled to be delivered in August but the date had to be pushed due to what were described as “certain operational issues”.
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Indian Air Force's C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a rehearsal for the 85th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad.(PTI File Photo)
Indian Air Force's C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a rehearsal for the 85th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad.(PTI File Photo)

Pentagon okays $90 million sale of spares, support for C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to India

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Washington
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2020 03:12 PM IST
The items ordered by India are aircraft consumable spares and repair/return parts; ground support and equipment.
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China blasted a critical US report on the country’s military ambitions.(via REUTERS)
China blasted a critical US report on the country’s military ambitions.(via REUTERS)

China hits out at Pentagon’s report on PLA

By HT Correspondent and Agencies | Beijing/London
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 11:58 PM IST
Defence ministry spokesman Col Wu Qian called the report a “wanton distortion” of China’s aims and the relations between the People’s Liberation Army and China’s 1.4 billion people.
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