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North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit

U.S. Military: North Korea an Immediate Threat Unlikely to Give Up Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON, DC— North Korea does not intend to give up all its nuclear weapons or production facilities and remains the “most immediate” menace in the Indo-Pacific area for the United States, the top U.S. commander in the region told lawmakers on Tuesday, echoing a recent assessment from the American intelligence community.

China says the USS Hopper, center in this 2009 file photo, was involved in a close encounter near a Chinese island in the South China Sea this week. File photo by Michael A. Lantron/U.S. Navy/UPI

Top Commander: China ‘Eroding’ U.S. Military Advantage in Asia

WASHINGTON, DC — China’s “massive effort to grow and modernize” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is “eroding” the United States’ “relative competitive military advantage” in the Indo-Pacific region, the top American commander in the area warned on Tuesday, stressing that Beijing’s communist leaders are sensing “weaknesses.”

An elderly woman stands outside her house on May 5, 2016 in Nimbo, southeastern Nigeria, where nomadic Fulani herdsman attacked the village. Ongoing clashes between nomadic Fulani herdsmen and farming communities in Nigeria's middle belt and southeast states have accounted for the death and displacement of many people.

Top General: U.S. Troops Combating ‘Environmental Change’ in Africa

American troops are helping African countries combat the “environmental degradation” allegedly stoking violence and fueling overall political, economic, and social unrest on the continent, a top U.S. general noted in an annual assessment of United States military activities in Africa.

Dutch jihadist suspect 'involved' in S.Africa kidnap: reports

Top U.S. Commander: Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah Operating in Latin America

WASHINGTON, DC — The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), al Qaeda, and Iran’s narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah maintain a presence on the Western Hemisphere and present an “immediate threat” to the region, a top U.S. commander told lawmakers on Thursday, warning that the jihadi groups could use drug trafficking routes in Latin America to infiltrate the United States.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Navy Vice Adm. Craig Faller

Elizabeth Warren Attacks Navy Admiral over Party He Attended 14 Years Ago

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, attacked Navy Vice Adm. Craig Faller Tuesday during his confirmation hearing to become commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) over a decision 14 years ago to attend a party during a port visit to Hong Kong.

Chinese President Xi Jinping steps out from behind China's flag as he takes his position for his joint news conference with President Barack Obama, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Chinese Surveillance Firm Builds Up Beltway Lobbying Muscle

A Chinese electronics company called Hikvision, partly owned by the Communist government, was one of several such firms banned from working for the U.S. government under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed into law by President Trump on Monday.

General John Hyten, commander of United States Air Force Space Command, speaks during the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The Space Symposium brings together international leaders and experts to discuss the future of space, space policy, and program expansions. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg …

Top Commander: U.S. Unable to Stop Chinese, Russian Hypersonic Missiles

The United States must accelerate the development of high-velocity rocket technology that is able to “defeat” ballistic missiles defense systems to keep up with the capabilities being honed by China and Russia, warned a top commander and key lawmakers.

US Strategic Command leader General John Hyten says he would resist any "illegal" presidential order for a strike and work to find an alternative

Commander: U.S. ‘Not Capable’ of Sustaining Nuclear Stockpile as China Modernizes

WASHINGTON, DC — Some of the “specialized capabilities” necessary to sustain America’s nuclear stockpile and remain a credible nuclear power “have either atrophied or become obsolete” while U.S. rival China continues to modernize and expand its atomic weapons, a top U.S. commander warned lawmakers on Tuesday.

"I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity, and he's there, and I guess he's running things, so I guess something should happen," US President Donald Trump said of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, seen in 2016

Top U.S. Commander: Bashar al-Assad ‘Has Won’ Syrian Civil War

WASHINGTON, DC — The Russian- and Iranian-assisted regime of Bashar al-Assad is winning the civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands in Syria since 2011, suggested the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, stressing that toppling the dictator is not part of the American mission in the conflict-ridden country.

Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of US Southern Command, addresses the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, on July 13, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Commander: China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ a Threat to U.S. in Latin America

China’s decision to expand its ambitious multi-trillion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative to Latin America may create security vulnerabilities for the United States by allowing Beijing to expand its influence over the region, the chief of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) cautioned lawmakers.

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Pentagon Chief on Working with Pakistan: ‘We Need to Try One More Time’

WASHINGTON, DC — American President Donald Trump is ready “to take whatever steps are necessary” to pressure Pakistan into taking action against terrorist groups killing and maiming American troops in neighboring Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis tells lawmakers.

SUB-ORBITAL SPACE - JULY 19: Tropospheric (lowest point in the atmosphere) point of view of Lake Doirani 15000 metres above earth, on July 19, 2012 in Sub-Orbital Space. A GREEK engineer has built his own high altitude balloons capable of photographing earth at the stratospheric layer - five times higher …

U.S. Military Warns ‘Space Is Now a Warfighting Domain’

The U.S. Air Force considers “maintaining space superiority” one of its “core missions,” high-ranking American military officials told lawmakers Wednesday, warning that “space is now a warfighting domain.”

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: (L-R) Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Air Force Gen. John Hyten (L) and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran testify during a hearing before House Armed Services Committee March 8, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing …

Top Commander: U.S. Military Strugging with ‘Timely Responses’ to Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States is facing “significant challenges” sustaining its defense capabilities, both in the nuclear and conventional realm, and is at risk of no longer holding a military advantage over its enemies, warned the head of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Tuesday.

U.S. Defense Secretary-nominee, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, is seen during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) December 7, 2016 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Mattis, who had retired from the military in 2013, will need a waiver from Congress because current federal law bars …

Trump’s Pentagon Pick James Mattis: ‘The Capital of Israel is Tel Aviv’

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Pentagon said Thursday that the United States should continue treating Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, breaking with Republican members of Congress and intimations the incoming president could fulfill his campaign pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.