US Military 'Inadvertently' Sent Live Anthrax Sample to Maryland Lab

Sandia National Laboratory researcher Mark Tucker examines two petri dishes in 1999. On the left is one with a simulant of anthrax growing in it. Photo by Randy Montoya, courtesy of Sandia National Laboratory

The U.S. military's Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah mistakenly sent a live sample of the deadly anthrax bacteria to a civilian lab in Maryland and possibly other states, the Pentagon said Wednesday. In a statement, the Defense Department said that Dugway "inadvertently transferred a sample containing live anthrax" but added that "there is no... more

China Outlines Military Expansion, Opposes US 'Meddling'

In this screen capture from U.S. Navy-released video, sailors conduct flight operations aboard a Navy P-8A Poseidon over the South China Sea on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. SCREEN CAPTURE FROM U.S. NAVY-RELEASED VIDEO

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan -- China's new white paper on military strategy indirectly criticizes the United States for "meddling" in South China Sea affairs but also calls for a strengthened relationship to prevent crises from occurring. The document, released Tuesday, outlined China's defense posture, which includes plans for a rapid expansion... more

Shiite Militia's Name for Ramadi Counter-Offensive Splits Iraq Force

Iraqi Security forces deploy after clashes with militants in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Army)

The operational name given by a Shiite militia to the counter-offensive against Ramadi went against U.S. efforts to promote Sunni-Shia unity in Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday. "I think it's unhelpful," Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said of the name for the operation - "Labaik Ya Hussein" - used by an umbrella group for the "Popular ... more

Huge Surprise Air Force Drill Underway in Russia

Russian MI-17s

The Russian Defense Ministry says that its air forces have begun a massive exercise involving hundreds of aircraft and thousands of service personnel. In a May 25 statement, the ministry described the four-day drill as a "massive surprise inspection," to check combat readiness. "The inspection involves about 12,000 military service personnel, ... more

Squadron Boss Lost Job Over 'Unprofessional Relationship'

Lt. Col. Scott Foley. Photo by Airman 1st Class Kayla Newman/Air Force

A squadron commander at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland was relieved earlier this month for having an unprofessional relationship with an airman in his command, the Air Force said Tuesday, but questions about his exit remained unanswered. Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, commander of Joint Base San Antonio, issued a brief statement that went beyond ... more

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