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U.S. agencies back DigitalGlobe bid to sell sharper images

By Warren Strobel and Andrea Shalal TAMPA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence community has thrown its support behind a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc to sell higher resolution images from its satellites, the leading U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday.

Hagel, ahead of China trip, urges military restraint in cyberspace

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, pushing for openness ahead of a trip to China, said on Friday in an unusual live broadcast from a secretive base the Pentagon would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace and urged other nations to do so as well.

US 'restrained' in cyber operations - Pentagon chief

The United States will show "restraint" in cyber operations outside of US government networks, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Friday, urging other countries to do the same. Hagel, speaking at the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, said that the Pentagon "does not seek to 'militarize' cyberspace." Instead, Hagel said that the US government "is promoting the very qualities of the Internet -- integrity, reliability, and openness -- that have made it a catalyst for freedom and prosperity in the United States, and around the world."

US Air Force fires nine in nuclear missile cheating scandal

The US Air Force said Thursday it sacked nine nuclear missile officers and will discipline dozens of others over an exam cheating scandal that has sparked concerns about lax ethics. The officers, including chiefs of four squadrons, were all working at Malmstrom Air Force base in Montana, which has been rocked by cheating allegations that implicated up to 100 airmen. "Nine officers in leadership positions at Malmstrom were recommended for removal," Air Force Secretary Deborah James told a news conference.

Deep budget cuts may erode U.S. Army ability to fight long war: general

By David Alexander and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Army officer told lawmakers on Tuesday that a return to deep budget cuts as required by law beginning in 2016 would make it difficult for the military to carry out even one extended ground war.

Air Force leaders defend move to retire popular 'Warthog' plane

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon's decision to retire the entire U.S. fleet of popular A-10 "Warthog" aircraft is painful but necessary as the military is forced to save money now to develop tomorrow's weapons, Air Force leaders said on Friday. General Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, told a panel in the House of Representatives that eliminating the 283 tank-killer jets would save $3.7 billion over the next five years plus another $500 million in planned aircraft upgrades.

Sex crimes trial starts for U.S. Army brigadier general

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - The court-martial of Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair on sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for life began on Tuesday, a rare proceeding against a top U.S. military officer in recent decades. Sinclair, 51, a married father of two, is accused of twice forcing oral sex during a three-year affair he admitted to having with a junior female officer during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and back home in the United States.

With 2015 budget, Pentagon looks beyond Afghanistan

By David Alexander and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon unveiled a $496 billion base budget on Tuesday that looks beyond Afghanistan to future U.S. security challenges after a dozen years of war, cutting the military to afford more training and new weapons as it adapts to an era of tighter spending.

RSA chief faults NSA for security industry mistrust

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency blurred its spying and cybersecurity missions, and that led to a broad collapse in trust between the private security industry, its customers and the government, the head of security pioneer RSA said on Tuesday.

Longest-serving Pentagon comptroller since 1950s to step down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pentagon budget chief Robert Hale, the department's longest-serving comptroller since the 1950s, has decided to step down after a five-year tenure that spanned a shift from peak wartime spending to shrinking budgets in a period of fiscal uncertainty. The Pentagon confirmed Hale's decision to leave on Friday after the White House - in a note to Congress on Thursday - nominated his top deputy, Michael McCord, to replace him as undersecretary of defense (comptroller).
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