United States

Pentagon chief: US eager to deploy new missiles in Asia

Mark Esper says US wants to deploy land-based, medium-range weapons in Pacific region in months, following INF exit.

Pentagon chief: US eager to deploy new missiles in Asia

United States

US Senate confirms former lobbyist Esper as secretary of defence

Senate overwhelmingly backs Mark Esper, a US Army secretary and former lobbyist for weapons maker Raytheon Co.

US Senate confirms former lobbyist Esper as secretary of defence

AJ Impact

SpaceX: Another step to breaking a monopoly

Tuesday's launch marks the first time SpaceX's Falcon Heavy has carried a US Air Force mission into space.

SpaceX: Another step to breaking a monopoly

Middle East

US focus on building consensus after oil tanker attacks: Pentagon

US working on contingency plans and broadening international support for standoff with Iran, US defence secretary says.

United States

US starts withdrawing Turkey from F-35 programme over Russia deal

Pentagon tells Turkey it's cancelling its purchase of F-35 jets if Ankara continues purchase of Russia S-400 system.

US starts withdrawing Turkey from F-35 programme over Russia deal

China

China to increase overseas military bases: Pentagon report

Beijing will seek to add bases to provide security to One Belt, One Road infrastructure projects, Pentagon report says.

China to increase overseas military bases: Pentagon report

US-Mexico border

Pentagon prolongs US troop deployment at Mexico border

Active-duty US soldiers to remain on unusual mission until September 30 with Pentagon adding surveillance to their tasks

Pentagon prolongs US troop deployment at Mexico border

Donald Trump

Trump to increase military budget above China, Russia

The enormous increases in military spending agreed to by legislators on Friday go beyond what Trump ask for.

Trump to increase military budget above China, Russia

US & Canada

Afghan war: Pentagon blocks release of key facts

The Pentagon has sought to limit the amount of publicly available information about the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.

Afghan war: Pentagon blocks release of key facts

September 11

'We will fight': 9/11 families renew bid to sue Saudi

Victims' relatives try to prove Saudi involvement in first hearing after Congress removed aspects of sovereign immunity.

'We will fight': 9/11 families renew bid to sue Saudi

Turkey-Syria border

Turkish FM: Syria force may 'irreversibly harm' US ties

Foreign Minister Cavusoglu warns US counterpart Tillerson over moves to form a 30,000-strong army in the north of Syria.

Cavusoglu: US-Turkey ties may get 'irreversibly harmed'

Middle East

US: Qatar to get 36 fighter jets by 2022

The aircraft are to be delivered at the end of 2022 and will be built by Boeing in St Louis, Missouri.

Pentagon: Boeing wins $6.2bn contract for Qatar's F-15

Qatar

Pentagon approves Qatari F-15 support deal

US state department sends deal with Qatar involving design, training and maintenance to Congress for final approval.

Pentagon approves Qatari F-15 fighter jet support deal

Middle East

Pentagon: Russia knowingly hit US-backed SDF in Syria

Russia denies targeting alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters in Deir Az Zor as both sides battle ISIL in the province.

Pentagon: Russia knowingly hit US-backed SDF in Syria

US & Canada

Trump 'seeks $54bn increase' in military budget

Proposal, which could entail big cuts in foreign aid and spending on domestic agencies, to fulfil key campaign promise.