Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday rejected claims that there is no military solution to North Korea's nuclear missile threats, while also noting that diplomacy remains the preferred option. "We are prepared, we're prepared militarily, we're prepared with our allies to respond militarily," he said.
North Korean deputy UN ambassador Kim In Ryong told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that North Korea's nuclear weapons program is not negotiable while the US' "hostile policy and nuclear threat continue." Guterres later said diplomatic measures need to be stepped up to ease the tensions between North Korea and the US.
The White House is close to reaching a decision on its Afghanistan strategy, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in advance of today's national security meeting with President Donald Trump at Camp David. He did not indicate what that strategy might entail.
The Office of Management and Budget is advising the Pentagon to prioritize research and development spending on technology that has both military and civil applications. Homeland security R&D should also emphasize dual-use technologies "that have the potential to contribute significantly to American economic and technological leadership," the guidance says.
Several officers of the USS Fitzgerald, including the commanding officer, have been removed from duty as a result of the destroyer's June collision with a cargo ship near Japan that killed seven sailors. The Navy, which is still investigating the incident, has released a report with some information redacted.
A Marine Corps C-130J transport plane carrying 46 people on a training mission this week lost pressure at 21,000 feet. The plane made a safe return to Air Station Miramar in San Diego, and five people were treated for decompression sickness the next day.
The violence sparked by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend drew harsh condemnation from VA Secretary David Shulkin, who said, "It is a dishonor to our country's veterans to allow the Nazis and the white supremacists to go unchallenged." The comments come amid criticism of President Donald Trump, who said both sides were to blame for the violence.
Christopher Baity, a retired Marine dog handler and trainer, has created the nonprofit Semper K9 to train service dogs to help veterans. "I asked if I could take my experience, if I could build a pilot program checking rescue dogs and training them for veterans with mobility and psychiatric alert needs," he said.