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I love the logic to this one. “Call in sick.” Yeah, because tyrannical despots who are willing to order people killed by anti-aircraft guns, mortar rounds and flamethrowers - to say nothing of locking thousands up to die in labour camps - will totally respect HR policies and procedures for someone calling in sick.

“Excuse me, supreme leader? It’s Deirdre from HR. Hyon Yong-chol has called in sick.”

“Oh, okay Deirdre, thanks for letting me know.”

South Korea and the United States conduct an anti-submarine naval drill

Two South Korean warships, the 3,200-ton destroyer Yang Man Chun, left, and the 7,600-ton Aegis destroyer Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong, drop anti-submarine bombs into waters off Jeju, South Korea. South Korea and the United States conduct an anti-submarine naval drill to tackle North Korea’s threats.  

Peter Mackay marries former Miss World Canada Nazanin Afshin-Jam
Canada’s defence minister tied the knot Wednesday way south of the border, according to his website.

Peter MacKay married Nazanin Afshin-Jam in a private ceremony reported to have taken place in Mexico.

Afshin-Jam is Iranian-born and a former Miss World Canada who has since become a high-profile human rights activist. The trilingual pilot was once named one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

“She is the most important person in my life and over the coming months, Nazanin and I look forward to spending more time at home in Central Nova and sharing our happiness with all of you,” MacKay said in a statement on his website. (Photo: Caroline Phillips/Ottawa Citizen)

Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth's Meeting with Greek Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos

Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth’s Meeting with Greek Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos

Yesterday, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth met with Greece‘s Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos at the Pentagon to discuss security and defense issues of mutual concern, including trans-Mediterranean migration; terrorism; instability in the Balkans, Libya, and the Middle East; and Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.

Under Secretary Wormuth thanked Greece for hosting…

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Minister says SANDF has few whites

Minister says SANDF has few whites

Parliament – Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has ordered the SA National Defence Force to recruit more whites to the army.

Mapisa-Nqakula made the announcement during a media briefing ahead of tabling her budget vote in Parliament on Tuesday.

“When I look at the entry levels, of the army, the younger ones you see that if you go into a hall…you can literally count…how many white young…

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Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Work's Meeting with Swedish Minister of Defense Hultqvist

Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Work’s Meeting with Swedish Minister of Defense Hultqvist

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work met with Sweden’s Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist at the Pentagon today. During the 30 minute meeting, they discussed ways to deepen military to military cooperation, as well as NATO partnership initiatives, regional security and defense priorities.

Work assured Hultqvist of the U.S. commitment to bilateral cooperation, NATO’s Enhanced OpportunityPartner…

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Japan's Defense Ministry Asks for Record Budget Increase in Response to China's Heightened Military Aggression

Japan’s Defense Ministry Asks for Record Budget Increase in Response to China’s Heightened Military Aggression

A Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Type 90 armored tank fires during an annual training session near Mount Fuji in Gotemba, west of Tokyo, Aug. 19, 2014. – Reuters

TOKYO—Took Sekiguchi reports: Japan’s Defense Ministry has requested a budget of ¥4.899 trillion ($47.1 billion) for the coming fiscal year starting April 1, a 2.4% increase over the amount for the current year. If granted, it…

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No piracy in eastern Arabian sea since 2012: Parrikar

No piracy in eastern Arabian sea since 2012: Parrikar

New Delhi, May 12 : There have been no incidents of piracy in the eastern Arabian Sea since March 2012, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday told parliament.

In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Parrikar said: “Somali-based piracy which reached its peak in 2010-11 has been contained as a result of efforts of Indian Navy, other international naval efforts and measures adopted by the shipping…

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Kim Jong Un's Defense Chief Hyon Yong-chol Publicly Executed with Anti-Aircraft Fire

Kim Jong Un’s Defense Chief Hyon Yong-chol Publicly Executed with Anti-Aircraft Fire

North Korea’s Defense Minister Hyon Yong-chol executed for showing disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-un

MPs were told Mr Hyon was killed on 30 April by anti-aircraft fire in front of an audience of hundreds, the Yonhap news agency reports.

“It said the ‘most plausible explanation’ for the image was a ‘gruesome public execution’ by anti-aircraft fire.”

It said Mr Hyon had fallen asleep during an…

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Conversation with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s Conversation with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

Today, Secretary Carter spoke with the German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.  Secretary Carter outlined the restructuring of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) and subordinate units in Germany as part of the Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) in Europe.  He also outlined the Army’s plan for rotational forces to complement the brigade.  Secretary Carter and Minister von der

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