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US protests Chinese military action

The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace. The Associated Press reports it's the fourth such incident since March. Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot's actions "unsafe and unprofessional." Furthermore, U.S. officials said this is at least the second formal complaint American diplomats have filed with the Chinese over these military actions in recent months.

Tags: DoD , China , Chinese military , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Monday - 08/25/2014, 12:21pm EDT

Kattala captured

The alleged Benghazi ring leader Ahmed Kattala was captured on June 15th, but it wasn't announced until June 17th. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby explains the time lapse as, "This was very much an interagency effort. There is a legal component to this and we had to respect the integrity of that process." There is also the question of why it took almost two years to find him when journalists could get him. Experts say he simply made himself available to the journalists, while hiding very well from others.

Tags: Benghazi , Ahmed Kattala ,

Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 04:46pm EDT

Russian troops still on Ukraine border

The Pentagon says Russia is not withdrawing its troops from the Ukraine border, despite Moscow's claim that the order to pull out has been given. Rear Adm. John Kirby says small numbers of Russian troops have gone back and forth to forward operating bases near the border, but the U.S. has seen no movement of Russian troops back to their home bases. NATO says Russia has 40,000 troops along the border.

Tags: Russia , Ukraine , Moscow , DoD , pentagon , NATO ,

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:38pm EDT

Hagel not happy

The House Armed Services Committee is rejecting many cost-savings proposals from the Pentagon including closing excess military bases and retiring aging aircraft. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is displeased about this budget bill, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. Hagel plans to talk to lawmakers again about the need for another round of base closings, which was also denied by the budget.

Tags: House Armed Services Committee , Chuck Hagel , DoD , pentagon , budget ,

Monday - 05/12/2014, 08:53am EDT

Navy details two rounds of budget cutbacks for 2013

Round one is already in effect and includes a civilian hiring freeze, cancellation of conferences, cutbacks on training, and a reduction in IT spending for the Navy. Round two would involve unpaid civilian furloughs, operational reductions for deployed ships, and cuts to tuition assistance for sailors.

Tags: DoD , Navy , sequestration , continuing resolution , DoD budget , Jonathan Greenert , Jared Serbu , On DoD , budget

Wednesday - 01/30/2013, 05:14am EST
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Pentagon restricts F-22 flights, safety a concern

Facing a mysterious safety problem with the Air Force's most-prized stealth fighter, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered new flight restrictions on the F-22 and summoned help from Navy and NASA experts.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , F-22 , Leon Panetta , hypoxia , Mark Warner , Adam Kinzinger

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 08:41am EDT

DoD would change strategy even without budget pressure, Pentagon says

Declining budgets are a factor, but not the only factor in DoD's new strategic guidance. In this week's edition of On DoD, Pentagon spokesman George Little and Capt. John Kirby tell Federal News Radio the department would be implementing a new strategy with or without today's fiscal pressure.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , strategic guidance , George Little , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/25/2012, 01:13pm EST
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Why the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs tweets

The Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has fully embraced Web 2.0 and social media. U.S. Navy Capt. John Kirby, the Chairman's Special Assistant for Public Affairs, explains why.

Tags: technology , Mike Mullen , Joint Chiefs of Staff , Twitter , Facebook , Web 2.0 , Gov 2.0 , social media , Dorothy Ramienski , DorobekInsider

Wednesday - 05/19/2010, 02:39pm EDT
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