Startling Evidence Finds Pentagon Failed To Stop Pakistani Wedding Despite Prior Knowledge

WASHINGTON—Calling into question the Defense Department’s tactical readiness, startling evidence released Friday revealed that the Pentagon failed to stop a Pakistani wedding despite prior knowledge that it would occur. “It’s deeply troubling to learn that top Pentagon officials knew in advance that Pakistani couple Ali Aslam and Abida Khan would pledge their love to each … Read more

Pentagon Rejects DC’s Call For National Guard Help Amid Migrant Influx

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined to provide Guard personnel and the use of the … Read more

China’s defense minister pushes back at US over Taiwan – POLITICO

SINGAPORE – In his first international appearance since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe focused on one target for all of the world’s crises: the United States. From Taiwan to Ukraine, in expressed or implied language, Wei on Sunday zeroed in on Washington, doubled down on the Chinese military’s readiness to fight, … Read more

China and the US Are Arranging an In-Person Meeting Between Heads of Defense

China and the US are working to finalize what would be the first face-to-face meeting between their top defense officials on the sidelines of a conference in Singapore in June amid rising tensions over Taiwan, according to people familiar with the situation. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said he will travel to the Shangri-La … Read more

In Asia, economy and security can not be separated

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrive for the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on May 24. Saul Loeb | Afp | Getty Images TOKYO – Security deals are important, but in Asia, money talks. Australia, India, Japan and the United … Read more

Should the West prepare for war with Putin?

When relations between the West and Russia were bad, but not so bad: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the US – Russia Summit in 2021 in Switzerland. Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images News | Getty Images Saber-rattling and rhetoric between Moscow and the West have become notably more aggressive this week, prompting concerns that … Read more

Fears over global growth dominate sentiment

LONDON – European stocks closed higher Wednesday despite fears of a slowdown in global economic growth, as traders digested a deluge of earnings. The pan-European Stoxx 600 index closed up by 0.6% provisionally with nearly all sectors and major bourses in positive territory. Investors are also watching the halting of Russian gas supplies to Poland … Read more

Germany approves tank sales to Ukraine, bowing to pressure – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN – The German government said Tuesday it will deliver anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine after facing strong pressure at home and abroad to abandon its reluctance to supply heavy weapons to Kyiv. The decision to provide the “Gepard” tanks, which come from German defense industry stocks, was made … Read more

US rallies global allies to help Ukraine repel Russia – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article It’s not quite the Coalition to Defeat Putin just yet – and the name is admittedly tame if not lame: the Ukraine Defense Consultative Group. Still, if the US ends up forming a global alliance to actively fight against Russia, the roughly 40 countries convened by US Defense … Read more

Blinken, Austin, Zelenskyy meet in Ukraine’s capital in secret

The United States announced new military assistance for Ukraine and a renewed diplomatic push in the war-ravaged nation as President Joe Biden’s secretary of state and Pentagon chief completed a secrecy-shrouded trip to Kyiv. Washington only confirmed it after they’d left Ukraine. In the highest-level American visit to the capital since Russia invaded in late … Read more