Members of the 435th Contingency Response Squadron conduct a landing zone survey at Jan Mayen Airfield, Norway, Nov. 19, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Kyle Yeager)

MOSCOW/OSLO (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it was alarmed by a trip to a Norwegian outpost in the Arctic by a U.S. Air Force unit and urged Oslo to refrain from what it said were de-stabilizing moves in the strategic region.

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U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the Bravo Troop, Regimental Engineer Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, apply snow chains to a Medium Mine Protected Vehicle at the 7th Army Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Jan. 29, 2020. (U.S. Army/Spc. Javan Johnson)

The Army announced on Tuesday the activation of V Corps (or Fifth Corps), the latest development in the U.S. military's push to build up capabilities in Europe in the face of great power competition with Russia.

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Nobody can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. (DoD photo)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's $740.5 billion defense budget request sent to Congress on Monday includes more money for nuclear weapons and a big boost to research and development spending to prepare for future warfare.

The defense spending request contains the Pentagon's largest research and development budget in 70 years, a senior defense official said, as the military aims to build next generation capabilities to counter the growing strength of China and Russia.

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National Security Council aide US Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 19, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie US aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (Associated Press/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump's early dismissal of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council staff on Friday was half-expected based on the reporting from the night prior, but it still came as a shock to former senior officials and those who served with the soldier.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 10 Iridium communications satellites from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Oct. 9. 2017 at 5:37 a.m. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Ian Dudley)

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

Russian spacecraft are trailing a U.S. satellite used to spy on other countries, the commander of the US Space Force told TIME Magazine.

The two Russian satellites have come within 100 miles of the U.S. satellite and the United States has raised concerns about the matter to Moscow through diplomatic channels, Space Force Commander Gen. John Raymond told TIME Magazine's W. J. Hennigan.

"We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing," Raymond told the publication. "It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space," he said.

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Iraqi police officers execute room-clearing procedures at the Urban Training Center in Al Taqaddum, Iraq, Dec. 10, 2019. (U.S. Army/Spc. Andrew Garcia)

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty.

Iraq's Defense Ministry says it has discussed the possibilities for deepening military cooperation with Russia, as ties between Baghdad and Washington fray following a U.S. air strike that killed a top Iranian general in the country.

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