Articles by Robert Burns



After Debate, NATO Restores Russia Ties

  • 06 March 09
  • The Associated Press
NATO found agreement after intense internal debate Thursday to restore normal relations with Russia seven months after it froze ties in response to Moscow's invasion of Georgia.

U.S. Missile Blasts Toxic Satellite

  • 22 February 08
  • The Associated Press
A U.S. Navy cruiser blasted a disabled spy satellite with a pinpoint missile strike that achieved the main mission of exploding a tank of toxic fuel 210 kilometers above the Pacific Ocean, defense officials said.

U.S. Weighed Radioactive Poisons

  • 10 October 07
  • The Associated Press
Early in the Cold War, the U.S. Army explored the potential for using radioactive poisons to assassinate ""important individuals"" such as military or civilian leaders, according to newly declassified documents.

Kyrgyzstan Assures U.S. Over Air Base

  • 27 July 05
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld won assurances from top Kyrgyz officials Tuesday that American forces faced no near-term deadline for withdrawing from an air base near the Kyrgyz capital that they use to support combat and humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.

U.S. Says Russia Aiding China's Army

  • 21 July 05
  • The Associated Press
China is gaining important new military capabilities from Russia and other countries, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, arguing that a European arms embargo against the Chinese should be kept in place.

Ivanov Sees Limits on Portable Missiles

  • 13 January 05
  • The Associated Press
The United States and Russia are close to completing an agreement designed to limit trafficking in portable air-defense missiles, which some security experts fear terrorists could use against commercial airliners.

U.S. Troops Confront Rumsfeld

  • 10 December 04
  • The Associated Press
A day after being challenged by a soldier on the U.S. Army's failure to provide adequate armor for vehicles used in Iraq, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday he was pleased to hear the gripe and expected that efforts would be made to resolve the problem.

Afghan President Asks NATO to Bolster Force

  • 16 June 04
  • The Associated Press
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he hopes NATO will send more peacekeeping troops before September, when his country is scheduled to hold its first free election.

Rumsfeld Trip Eases Kashmir Tension

  • 14 June 02
  • The Associated Press
Completing a peace mission to India and Pakistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday praised both for trying to ease tensions but cautioned that their forces facing each other across the border are ""beginning to feel the stress of high alert.""

Rumsfeld Spins Through Central Asia

  • 29 April 02
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met with leaders of two former Soviet republics in Central Asia.

Pentagon Writes New Master Plan for Defense

  • 18 April 02
  • The Associated Press
The Pentagon is rewriting its master plan for assigning war-fighting responsibilities at home and around the world in the hope of better managing defense of the U.S. homeland.

Putin Stands Firm on ABM Treaty

  • 14 August 01
  • The Associated Press
President Putin rejected the U.S. administration's push to withdraw jointly from a treaty banning national missile defenses but spoke hopefully of nuclear weapons cuts.

U.S. Steps Up Probe of Reported POW Sightings

  • 07 February 01
  • The Associated Press
Despite misgivings in Moscow, Defense Department investigators are intensifying their search for Soviet-era records to confirm reports that U.S. soldiers died in the gulag.

Outgoing Cohen Speaks Frankly on Russia

  • 12 January 01
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen speaking 10 days before he leaves office questioned whether Russia under Vladimir Putin will complete its transition to democracy.

Cohen Says Putin Pursues Democracy ""Almost By Decree""

  • 11 January 01
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen, using unusually blunt language in an end-of-tenure speech Wednesday, questioned whether Russia under President Vladimir Putin will complete its transition to democracy or ""revert to the past.""

Russian Fighters Flew Close to Kitty Hawk

  • 08 December 00
  • The Associated Press
At least two Russian fighters buzzed the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk while it was refueling in the Sea of Japan on Oct. 17, Pentagon officials said Thursday, but they insisted the incident was not a security threat.

Pentagon Expects Russian Bomber

  • 01 December 00
  • The Associated Press
The Russian air force has moved several Tu-95 Bear bombers to air bases in northern Siberia and may be planning soon to fly them close to U.S. airspace off Alaska, officials said Thursday.

Searchers Close In on Body Of U-2 Pilot Downed in '60

  • 24 November 00
  • The Associated Press
Pentagon investigators are close to pinpointing the Russian burial site of a U.S. Air Force officer whose spy plane was shot down over the Barents Sea in July 1960.

Clinton Delays Missile Defense, Leaves Decision to Successor

  • 02 September 00
  • The Associated Press
U.S. President Bill Clinton rejected the start of construction for a national missile defense system.

Distrust of U.S. Harks Back to ’68 Loss of Sub

  • 24 August 00
  • The Associated Press
Russian officials long have suspected that the Soviet sub K-129 was struck by a U.S. submarine.

Submarines' Modern Role Questioned

  • 19 August 00
  • The Associated Press
Is it really necessary to have submarines lurking beneath the surface of the world's oceans?

Memoir: U.S. POWs Kept in Siberia's Gulag

Pentagon Admits Flaw in Y2K Testing

Missile Threat Slowly Fades in Europe

Documents Show Captured Airmen Gave Data to Soviets in Korean War

Accused Spy Sought Data On CIA's 'Talent Spotters'

Army Scandal Tops Tailhook Abuses

Admiral's Death an Apparent Suicide

Soviets Held U.S. POWs, Files Say

U.S., Japan Sign Joint Security Plan