The solider accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians has been named.
WASHINGTON -- Roughly 200 U.S. troops face dismissal for refusing mandatory anthrax vaccinations, including 23 sailors who were preparing to ship out to the Persian Gulf this month, the Pentagon said Thursday. Navy Capt. Michael Doubleday, a Defense Department spokesman, blamed the scattered resistance to the vaccine partly on "misinformation" about the anthrax vaccine that has shown up on Internet sites, apparently causing health concerns.
NEW YORK -- Russia's new foreign minister assured Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that Moscow's foreign policy will hold steady despite the government shakeup and deep money woes. "I wish to underscore the continuity of foreign policy in Russia," Igor Ivanov said Monday. Albright, just before their first working dinner, pledged to deal as closely as she did with Ivanov's predecessor, Yevgeny Primakov, now prime minister.
WASHINGTON -- Roll up that sleeve, soldier. The Pentagon is ready to begin inoculating all 2.4 million men and women in the military and reserves against deadly anthrax. Troops in Southeast Asia and Korea will get picked first, starting next week. Until now, only U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf have been protected against the biological menace that's 99 percent lethal if inhaled. It is in the arsenal or being developed as a weapon by at least 10 nations, the Defense Department said Friday.
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WASHINGTON -- Congressional investigators questioned the long-term safety of an anthrax vaccine administered to America's armed forces despite government assurances Thursday that U.S. troops are being protected, not harmed by the shots. Skeptical lawmakers suggested the Defense Department shouldn't continue mandating anthrax vaccinations until further studies ensure there won't be health problems later.
WASHINGTON -- Military computer and communications systems are "increasingly compromised" and vulnerable to attack by hackers and high-tech enemies, concluded a Pentagon-sponsored study released Monday. Although the Defense Department is working to improve cybersecurity, the study said technological advances are outpacing the Pentagon's sluggish moves to protect vital information used in today's battles.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. agency managing the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile is testing its most critical computers, after Pentagon inspectors discovered nobody had verified whether key systems could withstand year 2000 problems. The Defense Special Weapons Agency wasn't alone in certifying computers Y2K safe without independent testing, said the Pentagon's Inspector General's Office, which found only 25 percent of the agency's "mission critical" defense computer systems had been tested.
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force is experimenting with "light, lean and lethal" combat units designed to deploy around the globe within 48 hours for military or humanitarian missions, which in today's world are often the same. The Air Force this week is conducting its first test of command and control of an expeditionary force to see what it takes, technically, to run emergency fighting units at about half the size of the 2,000-troop units that went to battle during the Persian Gulf War in 1991.