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U.S. Marines aim to move ahead with new combat vehicle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps aims to kick off a competition for a new wheeled amphibious combat vehicle in coming months, with a formal request for proposals likely to follow in fiscal year 2015, a Marine Corps spokesman said Wednesday. Manny Pacheco, spokesman for the Marine Corps office in charge of land systems said the goal was to buy around 200 wheeled vehicles priced at $3 million to $6 million each under the first phase of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program.

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."

Hagel: Pentagon to triple cyber staff as America's use of cyberspace outpaces security for it

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend against Internet attacks that threaten national security, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday. Hagel's comments at the National Security Agency headquarters in suburban Washington come as he prepares to vist China next week, where officials are likely to challenge him amid reports of aggressive U.S. cyber spying.

Nine officers removed, one resigns in Air Force cheating probe

By David Alexander and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the nuclear missile wing at a base in Montana resigned on Thursday and nine officers were removed from their jobs over a test-cheating scandal that involved 91 missile launch officers, the Air Force said. Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson, head of the Air Force's Global Strike Command, said Colonel Robert Stanley, commander of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, had resigned on Thursday and would retire from the service.

US to send more Marines to Australia

The United States will send 1,150 Marines to Australia in April, bolstering the roughly 200-member force already in Darwin, officers said Monday. The reinforcements are part of a planned deployment of up to 2,500 US Marines in Australia by 2016-2017, as Washington pursues a strategic "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific. Most of the Marines will come from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton in California and are "expected to arrive in Australia in early April," the Marine Corps said in a statement.

US to send more Marines to Australia

The United States will send 1,150 Marines to Australia in April, bolstering the roughly 200-member force already in Darwin, officers said Monday. The reinforcements are part of a planned deployment of up to 2,500 US Marines in Australia by 2016-2017, as Washington pursues a strategic "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific. Most of the Marines will come from the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton in California and are "expected to arrive in Australia in early April," the Marine Corps said in a statement.

S. Korean, U.S. Marines hold exercise March 15-23

South Korean and U.S. Marines held a large-scale command post exercise last week, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday. The exercise involving about 500 South Korean Marines and 1,500 U.S. troops from III Marine Expeditionary Force was held in the southeastern cities Pohang and Daegu from March 15-23 as part of the two-month Foal Eagle combat field training that runs through April 18. During the exercise, North Korea launched scores of short-range rockets from its east coast on three separate days.

S. Korea, U.S. Marines held drills during NK rocket launch

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 24 (Yonhap) -- Marines of South Korea and the United States held a large-scale command post exercise last week when North Korea fired scores of rockets in a show of force against the allies' annual military drills, the Marine Corps in Seoul said Monday. About 500 South Korean Marines and 1,500 American troops from III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) conducted their joint exercise in the southeastern cities of Pohang and Daegu from March 15-23, as part of the two-month Foal Eagle combat field training that runs through April 18.

U.S. Naval Academy midshipman not guilty of sex assault of fellow student

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military judge on Thursday found a former Naval Academy football player not guilty on a charge of sexually assaulting a female midshipman in 2012 when she was drunk. Judge Marine Colonel Daniel Daugherty said he would refer a charge of making false official statements to the Naval Academy superintendent for discipline under the school's honor system. (Reporting by Tom Ramstack; Editing by Scott Malone)
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