A fan who is bundled up in the cold waits for the start of the 2010 World Cup group A soccer match between France and Mexico at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane on Thursday.
Russia returned to the global stage Friday as a first-rank military and technological power by launching a 'fifth generation' fighter plane, with futuristic characteristics of stealth, sustained supersonic cruise, and integrated weapons.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced recently that he will stay on at least another year. That will help him shepherd some of his Pentagon reforms – and perhaps start new ones.
Pentagon chief Robert Gates is the swing vote in Obama's decision on the Afghanistan war.
To cut the costly F-22 Raptor, he had to fire two top Air Force officials in his way.
Proponents of the plane had argued for preserving jobs in the name of national security.
In a speech Thursday, the Defense secretary reiterated his determination to limit production of the F-22 stealth fighter. But lawmakers of both parties are fighting him.
The service is putting more pilots behind a joystick to fly the unmanned planes crucial to today's wars.
He's at odds with the defense secretary's cap of 187 stealth jets.