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Commentary: Focus on Conventional Forces, Not Spec Ops

Commentary: Focus on Conventional Forces, Not Spec OpsDoug Ollivant's recent article for CNN, "What war has in store," addresses key themes in planning for future conflict. However, the problem with Ollivant's approach, along with that of many other policymakers, is the heavy focus on special operations...
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  • 20 hours, 45 minutes ago
Ships

NZ Issues Tender for Fleet Tanker

NZ Issues Tender for Fleet TankerNew Zealand's Ministry of Defence has issued a request for tender for a ship to replace the existing fleet tanker HMNZS Endeavour, commissioned in April 1988.
  • Ships
  • 19 hours, 26 minutes ago
AUSA

Rapid-Equipping, Asymmetric Groups To Remain

Rapid-Equipping, Asymmetric Groups To RemainTwo organizations built for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — the Rapid Equipping Force (REF) and the Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) — will not fold, but instead endure as part of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
  • AUSA
  • 13 hours, 41 minutes ago
Interviews

Interview: Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges

Interview: Lt. Gen. Ben HodgesWhat drawdown? The US Army is busier in Europe than ever, answering Russian aggression with a series of multinational exercises across Eastern Europe and the promise to permanently station an armored brigade's worth of equipment.
  • Interviews
  • 13 hours, 50 minutes ago
Commentary

Commentary: Congress: Don't Ignore the Polls

Commentary: Congress: Don't Ignore the PollsFor a group of people who intuitively know their polling data the way Olympic marathoners are attuned to their heart rate, Congress is curiously out of step with the country on one of the most underappreciated issues of the 2016 election: defense spending.
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  • 20 hours, 48 minutes ago
Commentary

Commentary: Where Is Unmanned Carrier Aviation Heading?

Commentary: Where Is Unmanned Carrier Aviation Heading?"What's going on with the Pentagon's longest-running drama, the Navy's Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program?" Bill Sweetman recently asked in Aviation Week.
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  • 20 hours, 58 minutes ago
Congress

Issue Tracker: Beyond Recess

Issue Tracker: Beyond RecessBoth the House and Senate have left Washington for a two-week recess, off to schmooze constituents and potential campaign funders. When lawmakers get back to work the week of April 13, they will find a busy agenda. Just how much the Republican-led Congress can get done...
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  • 22 hours, 31 minutes ago
News

Taiwan's Largest Missile Ship Goes Into Service

Taiwan's Largest Missile Ship Goes Into ServiceTaiwan's largest-ever missile ship went into service Tuesday after a ceremony presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou as the island strives to modernize its military in response to a perceived threat from China.
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  • 23 hours, 20 minutes ago
Congress

Budgets Signal Budget Caps Here to Stay

Budgets Signal Budget Caps Here to StayWhat to do about sequestration is one issue House and Senate negotiators can skip as they craft a compromise 2016 federal budget blueprint.
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
Warfare

Pakistan To Aid Saudi Coalition in Yemen

Pakistan To Aid Saudi Coalition in YemenAnalysts are unsure how Pakistan will contribute to the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen now that it appears to have committed itself.
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Industry

Northrop Splits ISR Into Two Divisions

Northrop Splits ISR Into Two DivisionsNorthrop Grumman is splitting its Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting Systems division in two, a move the company says will allow it to focus on its space and airborne ISR business.
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  • 1 day, 13 hours ago
Army Aviation

US Helo Leaders Take on Dust, New Engines

US Helo Leaders Take on Dust, New EnginesEven as sequestration budget cuts loom over US Army aviation, helicopter modernization plans are driving numerous requirements, officials said at an industry conference here.
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  • 1 day, 14 hours ago
AUSA

US Army Boosting In-Flight Comms for Soldiers

US Army Boosting In-Flight Comms for SoldiersThough many commercial airlines offer passengers the ability to connect to the Internet in flight, US Army soldiers cannot, save for a trickle of voice and data communications. They plan for operations before takeoff and after landing, flying essentially in the dark.
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  • 1 day, 14 hours ago
Vehicles

Poland Seeks Long-Range Recon Vehicles

Poland Seeks Long-Range Recon VehiclesThe Polish Ministry of Defense has launched a tender to acquire 118 long-range reconnaissance vehicles. The vehicles, which will be purchased under the ministry's Viper program, are designed to increase the military's mobility in difficult terrain.
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  • 1 day, 14 hours ago
Asia & Pacific

US, S. Korea Marines Stage Major Landing Drill

US, S. Korea Marines Stage Major Landing DrillThousands of US and South Korean troops, backed by helicopters and jet fighters, staged a massive, amphibious landing drill Monday — the centrepiece of an annual military exercise condemned by North Korea.
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Mideast & Africa

Arab Coalition Turns Up Heat On Yemen Rebels

Arab Coalition Turns Up Heat On Yemen RebelsArab coalition warplanes ramped up pressure on Shiite rebels in Yemen Monday with a fifth night of airstrikes, as a Chinese naval flotilla evacuated citizens from the conflict-riven country.
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  • 1 day, 16 hours ago
Editorial

Editorial: Invest in Nuclear Capability

Editorial: Invest in Nuclear CapabilityOver the past few years, Russia has increasingly been spouting nuclear rhetoric to scare America and Europe into getting its way. Vladimir Putin recently said he considered mobilizing his nuclear forces as he seized Ukrainian territory.
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Budget & Policy

McConnell Warns of Bad Deal With Iran

McConnell Warns of Bad Deal With IranWith the deadline on an interim nuclear agreement with Iran less than 48 hours away, a senate delegation led by Majority Leader Mitch McDonnell (R-KY) visiting here Sunday joined Israeli officials to sound the alarm about an imminent "bad deal."
  • Budget & Policy
  • 1 day, 18 hours ago
Industry

Aselsan Signs 5 Contracts Worth $213 Million

Aselsan Signs 5 Contracts Worth $213 MillionTurkish military electronics specialist Aselsan signed five contracts with the Turkish government worth $213 million, the country's biggest defense firm announced.
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  • 2 days, 13 hours ago
Industry

Four Bidders to Race for Turk SOJ Contract

Four Bidders to Race for Turk SOJ ContractA total of four contenders will race for a Turkish contracted designed to outfit the country's aircraft with stand-off jammer (SOJ) systems.
  • Industry
  • 2 days, 14 hours ago
Naval Aviation

Japan Weighs Options To Boost ASW Skills

Japan Weighs Options To Boost ASW SkillsJapan's growing need to improve its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities to counter quieter Chinese submarines in littoral waters could set off a three-way race between an upgraded indigenous platform against longer-term solutions, analysts said.
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BizWatch

Raytheon UK Spies Opportunity in Exports

Raytheon UK Spies Opportunity in ExportsUndaunted by a potential slowdown in the British defense sector post the May 7 election, Raytheon UK CEO Richard Daniel says he is looking to export markets to help offset what could be a difficult time domestically.
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Air & Space

Russia Sets Sights on High-Speed Development

Russia Sets Sights on High-Speed DevelopmentRussia's helicopter industry, shepherded by Russian Helicopters — last year the world's largest copter exporter — has its eyes set on competing in the emerging market of high-speed helicopters.
  • Air & Space
  • 2 days, 15 hours ago
Army Aviation

Boosting Copter Capabilities

Boosting Copter CapabilitiesThe US Army's effort to improve the operational capabilities of its rotorcraft fleet through the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is heading for preliminary design requests in May as it aims for a 2023 production goal.
  • Army Aviation
  • 2 days, 15 hours ago
Air Force

Italian Military, Industry Eye Tilt-rotors

Italian Military, Industry Eye Tilt-rotorsIn the time it took Boeing and the US Marines to develop and put into service the Osprey tilt-rotor helicopter, Italy's AgustaWestland has lingered over development of its own, smaller tilt-rotor, prompting questions about the fate of the program
  • Air Force
  • 2 days, 15 hours ago
Budget & Policy

USMC Reversal a Hitch in DoD Audit Plans

USMC Reversal a Hitch in DoD Audit PlansA Pentagon watchdog agency is withdrawing a clean audit report it gave the US Marine Corps in 2013, an embarrassing snag for the Defense Department's endeavor to become auditable, and one which drew head-shaking in Congress.
  • Budget & Policy
  • 2 days, 17 hours ago
John T. Bennett

Column: Secretary of State Graham?

Column: Secretary of State Graham?Sen. Lindsey Graham is considering a run for the White House. But could his eyes be on Foggy Bottom instead?
  • John T. Bennett
  • 2 days, 17 hours ago