Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning talks with soldiers about a robotic device during a demonstration at Bellows Air Force Station, Hawaii, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Fanning kicked off his first tour of the Pacific Tuesday with demonstrations of the service's high-tech and basic jungle know-how.<br>Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes

New Army secretary makes fire, watches robots on first Pacific tour

From robots to rubbing two sticks together for fire, Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning kicked off his first tour of the Pacific on Tuesday with demonstrations of the service’s high-tech and basic jungle know-how.

01:41 July 27, 2016
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental employees on May 11, 2016, in California. On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Carter announced in Boston the next step forward in the Pentagon's innovation agenda.<br>Adrian Cadiz/U.S. Air Force

Brain stimulator used by athletes among tech devices touted for troops

A wearable device designed to better stimulate brain function during athletic training could soon be adopted by American special operations troops.

19:10 July 26, 2016
A medic with Company C, 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, is hoisted up to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during medical evacuation training March 8, 2016, at Fort Riley, Kan.<br>Warren W. Wright Jr./U.S. Army

800 aviation troops deploying to Afghanistan

About 800 soldiers from an aviation unit are deploying to Afghanistan this summer, the Army announced Tuesday.

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In this image released by the U.S. Navy, a Russian SU-24 jet makes a close-range and low altitude pass near the USS Donald Cook on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the Baltic Sea. The Russian attack planes buzzed the U.S. Navy destroyer multiple times on Monday and Tuesday, at one point coming so close, an estimated 30 feet, that they created wakes in the water around the ship, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. <br>AP

Navy chief: Russia, US affirm safety at sea pact amid increased incidents

The United States and Russia agreed to uphold a Cold War-era pact to prevent incidents at sea and in the air after recent aggressive maneuvers by Russian planes on U.S. ships and aircraft, the Navy’s top officer said Tuesday.

15:10 July 26, 2016
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, addresses the 117th annual VFW National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.<br>David T. Foster III, Charlotte Observer/TNS

Trump rallies VFW veterans on email scandal, immigration

Donald Trump on Tuesday pitched his health care reform plan to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in North Carolina, but won his biggest applause lines by hammering opponent Hillary Clinton over mishandling email and the dangers of immigration.

11:58 July 26, 2016
Adm. John Richardson visits the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) Submarine Academy in Qingdao, China on July 20, 2016.<br>Nathan Laird/U.S. Navy

Navy chief says resumed port calls a positive outcome of China trip

In April, USS John C. Stennis and four other warships were denied entry into Hong Kong, following months of increased tensions between the two countries over the South China Sea.

15:37 July 26, 2016
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