Sergey Shoigu said Russia will focus on weapons to level the playing field against overwhelming U.S. force.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also suggested the U.S. strategy in the Middle East is collapsing.
Former federal prosecutors have accused Attorney General William Barr of acting in the best interest of the president rather than the American people.
The New York man accused of killing Gambino Mafia boss Frank Cali was a victim of internet hate speech "spewed" online, and by the White House, his lawyer said after a court hearing on Monday.
France conducted a rare test of its medium-range air-to-surface missile, the U.S. fired a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile and Russia launched a RS-24 Yars ICBM.
The additional troops will hike the total number of forces at the border to about 4,350, according to the Department of Defense.
"In the face of any aggression, of any nature and intensity, we will defend Venezuela, as it belongs to us," said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, who is standing by embattled President Nicolás Maduro.
"China is expressing its extreme discontent and strong objection" to President Donald Trump's 2019 Missile Defense Review.
Newly elected House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith said Trump is "willing to shut down the government and stop paying Border Patrol agents" because of his gimmicky "campaign promise."
President Donald Trump denied that Jim Webb is under consideration for defense secretary on Thursday, following multiple reports that the former Virginia senator was a leading candidate to replace Jim Mattis as Pentagon chief.
The news came as Iran's top diplomat accused his U.S. counterpart of mixing up two United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding missile activity.
Jim Webb, the former Virginia senator and Reagan-era Navy secretary, is reportedly on the short list of names to replace Jim Mattis as defense secretary.
Dana White, the senior spokeswoman for the Department of Defense, stepped down Monday night amid an internal investigation into whether she mistreated employees.
Despite President Donald Trump's initial vows to rebuild broken ties between Russia and the U.S., the world's two leading military powers have been at major odds.
A defense source told Russian state media that "the underwater trials of the nuclear propulsion unit of the Poseidon drone are underway."
Russia has again reportedly tested the 3M22 Tsirkon anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile, which flew at eight times the speed of sound.
Interest on debt is rapidly becoming a larger share of the U.S. GDP, setting up a bipartisan battle over competing spending on health care, education and defense.
General Joseph Dunford said Russia and China "can challenge our ability to project power and challenge us in all domains."
Trump's comments come on the heels of Saudi Arabia's confirmation that Jamal Khashoggi, 59, was dead.
In addition to the S-300 missile systems, Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow has improved its electronic warfare abilities.
Iran's top security official said Israel "will face regrettable reactions" if it tries to attack Syria again, as Russia's strategic balance sways.
Russia's decision to equip its Syrian ally comes after an Israeli air raid and amid U.S. threats of military action.
The man held off three assailants using only his trusty pipe.
"Your work defending your client needs to happen in this courtroom, not on the public airwaves," a judge told Maria Butina's lawyer.