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Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy study basic cyber operations in a computer science classroom July 20, 2011. (Raymond McCoy/U.S. Air Force)

Wanted: Cyberwarriors, no experience or knowledge necessary

WASHINGTON — To meet manning requirements for cyber warfare that will skyrocket in the coming years, the Pentagon will focus on recruiting and...

A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumps out of a CH-46E Sea Knight while conducting Helocast training with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., on Jan. 27, 2014. training. (Emmanuel Ramos/U.S. Marine Corps)

Japan, US to create new defense body for disputed islands

WASHINGTON - Japan and the United States plan to create a permanent consultative body to coordinate the operations of the Self-Defense Forces and...

An artist's rendering of the new Center for Character Leadership and Development, adjacent to Arnold Hall and Harmon Hall at the U.S. Air Force Academy. It's the biggest architectural addition to the school since Sijan Hall was built in the 1960s. (USAF)

On 60th anniversary, Air Force Academy's traditions still core to cadet experience

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sixty years into its existence, the Air Force Academy is changing again.
 
This time, the biggest change is...

Child abduction treaty takes effect in Japan

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A treaty aimed a preventing cross-border parental kidnapping took effect April 1 in Japan after years of pressure from the...

Road tax season: Don't drive yourself crazy, pay on base

It’s time to pay your annual road taxes, which are mandated by Japanese law and based on vehicle engine size.

All Status of Forces Agreement...

Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer Robert Hale and Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright talk to the media on Feb. 20, 2013. (Chad J. McNeeley/U.S. Navy file photo)

Delay military compensation reform, lawmakers and advocates say

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and advocacy groups said this week that Defense Department requests for changing military compensation are premature,...

Illustration: Christi Rochin

When In Japan…

To put it mildly, certain members of Japan’s expatriate community seem to have a beef with their adoptive country. Their discontent is hashed out...

Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea, meets with Republic of Korea Fleet Command leadership at Busan Naval Operations Base and tours the ROK Aegis destroyer ROKS Yulgok-Yiyi on Feb. 6, 2014. (Brian Gibbons/U.S. Army)

Scaparrotti: N. Korea able to fire missiles 'with very little warning'

SEOUL — The top U.S. military commander in South Korea told U.S. lawmakers Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is more dangerous and...

The House of Representatives side of the U.S. Capitol. (Stars and Stripes)

House bill would give federal workers a 3.3 percent raise

WASHINGTON — A group of House Democrats has introduced a bill that would give federal workers a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015, far more than...

Petty officers Stephanie Patterson and Stuart Clements smoke in physical training uniforms at Naval Station Yokosuka in Japan. (Nathan A. Bailey/Stars and Stripes)

Navy considering tobacco sales ban on bases, ships

NAPLES, Italy — The Navy is considering a ban on all tobacco sales on ships and bases due to health concerns over the high rate of tobacco use...

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers secure a beach while conducting an amphibious raid during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 15, 2014. (Ricardo Hurtado/U.S. Marine Corps)

Japan, Australia look to Marines while beefing up amphibious forces

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. Marine Corps may be shrinking, but American allies in the Pacific are building their own amphibious forces and...

A Landing Craft Air Cushion 90 carries heavy vehicles and troops to a designated landing beach as part of Exercise Iron Fist on Feb. 19, 2014 in California. The Japanese military, which worked alongside the U.S. Marine Corps during the exercise, is trying to establish full-scale amphibious operational capability. (Eric Coffer/U.S. Navy)

Commander: U.S. military can’t conduct amphibious operations in the Pacific

WASHINGTON — The Navy and Marines do not have enough assets to carry out a contested amphibious operation in the Pacific if a crisis arises, the...

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