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The latest coverage of the Defense Department, State Department and aerospace industry.

President Joe Biden waves as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S., Japan, South Korea to announce deeper defense cooperation at Camp David summit

- Associated Press

The United States, Japan and South Korea are expected to announce plans for expanded military cooperation on ballistic missile defenses and technology development in the face of growing concern about North Korea’s nuclear program when the countries’ leaders gather at Camp David for a summit Friday, according to two senior Biden administration officials.

Taiwanese Vice President William Lai waves to the media as he departs for Paraguay at Taoyuan International Airport in Taoyuan, Taiwan, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan VP vows to stand firm amid pressure from China

- The Washington Times

Taiwanese Vice President William Lai struck a defiant tone toward China during a visit to the United States on Monday, vowing that the U.S.-backed island democracy won’t back down in the face of threats from Beijing.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks during a news conference with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) **FILE**

Caught in the crossfire: Milley’s tenure bedeviled by clash over values, ‘woke’ debate

- The Washington Times

His critics see a “woke” military that’s losing its edge as left-wing social activism and an obsession with diversity and political correctness take root inside the Pentagon. But Gen. Mark A. Milley sees a fighting force that is by far the most well-prepared, efficient and deadly on the planet — a reality that he says even America’s most determined enemies must acknowledge.

This photo provided Virgin Galactic shows passengers during Virgin Galactic's first space tourism flight on Thursday August 10, 2023.  Virgin Galactic rocketed to the edge of space with its first tourists Thursday. The space plane glided back to a runway landing at Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert, after a brief flight that gave passengers a few minutes of weightlessness.(Virgin Galactic via AP)

Virgin Galactic flies its first tourists to the edge of space

- Associated Press

Virgin Galactic rocketed to the edge of space with its first tourists Thursday, including a former British Olympian who bought his ticket 18 years ago and a mother-daughter duo from the Caribbean.

A plastic tent, right, covers a cleaning apparatus in Reactor Block 2 of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant to catch a small amount of still leaking radioactive gas in Paks, Hungary, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Budapest on Tuesday, April 22, 2003. Hungary, which maintains close ties to Russia, is fully dependent on Moscow to provide fuel for its four-reactor nuclear power plant. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP, File)

Putin profits off U.S. and European reliance on Russian nuclear fuel

- Associated Press

The U.S. and its European allies are importing vast amounts of nuclear fuel and compounds from Russia, providing Moscow with hundreds of millions of dollars in badly needed revenue as it wages war on Ukraine.