Pentagon Chief Urges End to Island-Building in South China Sea

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrives to make a personnel announcement in the Pentagon

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Wednesday for a halt to island-building by all parties in the South China Sea and an end to militarization of the dispute, saying the United States would be the principle security power in the region for decades to come.

Don’t Read Too Much into Ramadi ‘Setback,’ Pentagon Says

Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in the eastern part of Ramadi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon expressed confidence on Monday that Iraqi forces, with support of U.S.-led airstrikes, would ultimately reclaim Ramadi from Islamic State and played down any implications of the “setback” on U.S. military strategy.

Pentagon Says Evicted Russian Hackers, Global Cyber Threat Grows

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter addresses U.S. military personnel during a meeting near an F-16 fighter jet at Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek

PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion this year by Russian hackers who accessed an unclassified U.S. military network, in a episode Defense Secretary Ash Carter said showed the growing threat and the improving U.S. ability to respond.