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  1. These images of the Chinese J-11B fighter were taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Tuesday. The fighter is seen beginning a pass under the Poseidon, then crossing the P-8A's nose and showing weapons — a display of potentially hostile intent. US Defense Department

    Chinese Fighter Buzzes US Patrol Aircraft

    A Chinese high-performance fighter intercepted and buzzed a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft on Tuesday in international air space over the South China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström Esquilo via Wikimedia Commons

    Enström: Sweden Must Keep Sub-building Know-how

    Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, has endorsed a government plan to increase defense spending by more than 10 percent in 2015-2024.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  3. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed With Passports, IS Fighters Could Threaten US

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  4. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 21. Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Hagel: Iraq Crisis May Require DoD To Rethink 2015 Budget

    The Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  5. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., says he believes US lawmakers could pass a sequestration-replacement bill late this year. Jim Watson / AFP

    Levin Sees 'Coming Together' of Forces on Bill to End Sequestration

    One key Democratic US senator believes lawmakers soon will find a way to get rid of across-the-board defense cuts so loathed by many on the political right and left.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  6. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on Wednesday they plan to send arms to help Iraqi Kurds. ODD ANDERSEN / AFP/Getty Images

    Germany Willing to Deliver Weapons to Support Iraqi Kurds

    Germany has signaled its willingness to supply weapons to Kurds in northern Iraq, two top German officials told journalists on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  7. The Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) provides a foundation to run various tactical systems, including combat systems, aboard US Navy ships, such as the destroyer Ross. MC2 John Herman / US Navy

    US Navy's CANES Network Picks Suppliers

    The US Navy's effort to develop and install a new shipboard tactical electronic network took a major leap forward Aug. 20 with the selection of five commercial teams to fill the fleet's needs for the next eight years.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  8. French soldiers use a Mistral missile in 2009. Francois Mori / AFP

    Hungary Signs Air Defense System Upgrade Deal With MBDA

    The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has signed a deal with European missile producer MBDA to upgrade the Mistral 2 short-range surface-to-air missile systems operated by the country's armed forces.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  9. The US Air Force has issued a request for information, the first step to replacing the Russian-made RD-180 engine used for military launches. Patrick H. Corkery/ULA

    USAF Issues RFI for New Rocket Engine

    The US Air Force is officially looking into a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  10. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies June 11 before the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee in Washington regarding the transfer of five senior Taliban detainees in exchange for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Hagel staunchly defended the swap, insisting it was the 'right decision' despite the risks involved. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    GAO: Pentagon Broke Law In Bergdahl Swap

    The Defense Department broke the law when it transferred five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  11. An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 14. MC3 Preston Paglinawan / US Navy

    CENTCOM: US Aircraft Bomb Targets in Northern Iraq

    American warplanes have bombed Islamist militants in northern Iraq near the Mosul dam, the US military's Central Command said on Thursday, in the latest air attack on the extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  12. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    DoD Leaders: Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen'

    The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional 'terrorist group' and is pursuing a vision that could radically alter the face of the Middle East, US defense leaders said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  13. Turkey's president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Aug. 21 after announcing Davutoglu as new chairman of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and new Turkish prime minister in Ankara. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turk Ruling Party Designates New PM

    Turkey's next prime minister will be Ahmet Davutoglu, the current Foreign Minister, according to an Aug. 21 announcement by the country's ruling Justice and Development Party. Davutoglu will also become the party's chairman.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  14. The United Launch Alliance has received two more RD-180 engines. The Russian-made engines, used to launch satellites aboard the Atlas V vehicle, have become controversial since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ULA

    ULA Receives RD-180 Engines Despite Russia-Ukraine Crisis

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) received a pair of RD-180 rocket engines this week, the first delivery since Russia's invasion of Ukraine kicked off a national debate about the use of the Russian-made engines for national security launches.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  15. HASC member Mike Coffman, R-Colo., and Democrat Andrew Romanoff are competing to represent Colorado's 6th Congressional District.

    HASC's Coffman, Democratic Foe Tussle Over Balanced-Budget Bona Fides

    A GOP House Armed Services Committee member locked in a tight re-election fight is demanding his Democratic opponent take down a television ad, saying it inaccurately portrays the foe as fiscal hawk.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  16. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Report: Japan Mulls Building Its Own Fighter Jets

    Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  17. Ukrainian troops ride on a tank and a self-propelled gun near the eastern city of Lugansk on Wednesday. ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Kiev Says Two Russian Armoured Vehicles Captured in East Ukraine

    Ukraine's military on Thursday said its forces in the east of the country had captured two Russian armored vehicles with documents linking them to an elite army paratrooper unit.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  18. Lockheed Martin's F-16V passed a major milestone this week. Neal Chapman/Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed: F-16V Passes Radar Integration Milestone

    Lockheed Martin has moved forward with a major milestone on its F-16V upgrade, the company announced this week.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  19. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders Want To Expand Iraq Airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  20. Special Report: US National Guard & Reserve Equipment

    The US Air National Guard has always been defined by its ability to fulfill both military and civil missions.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  21. Los Angeles County Sheriff's SWAT team members ride an armored car in 2013. Kevork Djansezian/ / Getty Images

    Hunter: 'Difficult to Comprehend' Why Local Cops Need Combat Gear

    Some items built for combat but often transferred to local law enforcement has no business on American streets, a House Armed Services Committee member who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is telling Pentagon leaders.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  22. US freelance reporter James Foley, left, is seen in a 2011 file photo in Libya. Jihadist group the Islamic State claimed Aug. 19 to have executed Foley in revenge for US airstrikes against its fighters in Iraq. Aris Messinis / AFP

    US Attempted Rescue of American Hostages in Syria

    US personnel recently tried to rescue American hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State (IS) but failed, the Pentagon and White House said Wednesday, a day after the militants released a video of a US reporter being beheaded.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  23. Pakistan Air Force F-16B models take part in a 2010 Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Pentagon has told international operators of the F-16B model to inspect their jets for cracks. Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps / US Air Force

    Pentagon Tells International Partners to Inspect F-16B Fleet for Cracks

    As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  24. Guatemalan army chief of Staff Rudy Ortiz, who with four other military officers, died Aug. 20 when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous region. Johan Ordonez / AFP

    Guatemala Army Chief of Staff Dies in Helicopter Crash

    Guatemalan army chief of staff Rudy Ortiz and four other military officers died Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous region where drug traffickers operate, the government said.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  25. A loadmaster counts halal meals inside a C-130 Hercules on Aug. 13 prior to a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. / US Air Force

    US Weighs Sending Up To 300 Troops To Iraq for Security

    The United States is weighing sending up to 300 troops to Iraq to reinforce security at American diplomatic installations, a senior US official said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  26. Among the successful exports by South Korean industry is the T-50 Golden Eagle. Lockheed Martin

    Analysts: Avenues To Expand Pakistan-South Korean Industry Cooperation Grow

    Pakistan and South Korea will explore further avenues in defense industry cooperation, according to Pakistan's Ministry of Defence Production.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  27. Upgrading the Air National Guard's fleet of C-130H Hercules cargo transports, seen here dropping heavy equipment payloads during a training exercise in April, is a priority for the head of the Guard. Capt. Raymond Geoffroy / US Air Force

    Equipment Balance: Air National Guard Juggles National, Local Demands

    The US Air National Guard has always been defined by its ability to fulfill both military and civil missions.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  28. New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lift 105mm howitzers to a location at Fort Drum, New York. Black Hawk modernization is a major challenge facing the National Guard. Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone / US Army National

    Black Hawk Modernization Tops Army Guard Priorities

    The US Army has been saying for a decade that once the last American soldier leaves Afghanistan, the service will need at least two to three years of additional supplemental funding to reset and modernize.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  29. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke is director of the US Air National Guard. North Carolina Air National Guard

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, Director of US Air National Guard

    Over the past decade-plus, the US National Guard has established itself as a core part of America's military action overseas. At the same time, the Guard has to balance its military actions with its responsibilities at home.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  30. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley (shown) — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. Nicole Tung

    Potential GOP Candidates Use Journalist's Beheading To Hammer Obama Over Islamic State

    Republicans are using the beheading of an American journalist in Syria to mount new attacks on President Barack Obama, urging him to get tougher on a radical Sunni group.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  31. A pro-Russia militant stands guard on a road near Donetsk on Aug. 18. Dimitar Dilkoff / Getty Images

    Russia Stages New Military Exercises

    The Russian defense ministry said Wednesday it was conducting fresh military exercises in the south of the country as fighting intensified between rebels and government forces in Ukraine.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  32. An armed pro-Russian militant checks passing cars May 20 near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Viktor Drachev / AFP

    NATO Eyes 'Alliance Assurance' Force

    In response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, NATO leaders are examining the need to enhance the readiness of deployable military forces to reassure allies and deter threats to the alliance.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  33. Supporters of Tahir-ul-Qadri gather at an anti-government march in Islamabad on Tuesday. FAROOQ NAEEM/ / AFP

    Military Secures Sensitive Sites in Pakistan Capital; Political Instability Grows

    The Army has assumed security responsibility of the sensitive 'Red Zone' in Pakistan's capital as opposition forces camped out in the capital enter it demanding the government's resignation.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  34. More than half of the US Air Force's F-16D fleet has been grounded after cracks were discovered in a routine inspection. Chad Bellay / Lockheed Martin

    US Air Force Grounds 82 F-16Ds After Cracks Discovered

    The US Air Force has grounded over half of its F-16D Fighting Falcons, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) announced Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  35. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  36. Analysts question how much work Congress will be able to achieve in terms of spending bills for the rest of this year. Karen Bleier/ / AFP

    Analyst: Best Congress Will Do Is Two Government-Wide Spending Bills

    A prominent federal budget analyst is predicting the best Congress will do this year on spending bills is pass two massive government-wide measures.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  37. Italian officials are investigating the collision of two Air Force Tornado aircraft. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Italian Air Force Jets Collide

    Two Italian Air Force Tornado aircraft reportedly collided during a training mission in central Italy on Tuesday, crashing and sparking a large forest fire.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  38. Afghanistan National Army (ANA) commandos demonstrate their skills on Aug. 5 at a Commando Unit Base in Rish Khor district on the outskirts of Kabul. Shah Marai / Getty Images

    Afghan Special Forces Brace for Exit of Elite US Troops

    If Afghanistan is to avoid the chaotic breakdown seen in Iraq, US-trained special forces undergoing instruction at a drill camp outside Kabul must play a key part in imposing security — and building public confidence.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  39. Security guards walk past the Chinese national in 2008 in Beijing. Getty Images

    Sources: China Troops Enter Disputed India Territory

    Chinese troops have advanced in recent days into disputed territory claimed by India, echoing a similar incursion last year that raised tensions between the two rival giants, official sources said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  40. Editorial: Closed Doors, Closed Minds

    Leaders and reporters were barred from talking to one another. Security guards and armed police officers body-blocked a member of the press. A policeman threatened to call the FBI if a man didn't delete the photos on his phone.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  41. A man fishes in front of the Russian Navy aircraft carrier Kuznetsov moored off the coast of Cyprus in February. Kuznetsov is Russia's only active aircraft carrier. Yiannis Kourtoglou / AFP

    Russian Defense Minister Vows To Strengthen Navy

    Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  42. A BAE display model shows the new Type 26 frigate proposed for the Royal Navy. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    New UK Frigate Proposals Coming Together

    BAE Systems is finishing proposals to build a new generation of frigates for the Royal Navy and has begun delivering details of the bid to the British Defence Ministry ahead of a decision expected by the end of the year, company officials said.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  43. An X-47B lands the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    US Navy Flies Manned, Unmanned Carrier Jets Together For First Time

    It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the US Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  44. Smoke billows after a US air strike Sunday near the Mosul Dam. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    US, UK Leadership Warn Iraq Mission Won't be Quick; US Escalates Air Offensive

    In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Aug.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  45. Trade visitors stand in front of a Raytheon booth during the Singapore Air Show on Feb. 11. Raytheon will receive a substantial payout from the British government over a canceled border protection program. Roslan Rahman / Getty Images

    UK Required To Pay Raytheon Over Border Security Program Termination

    Britain will make a hefty payout to a US defense company after a tribunal found London had unlawfully terminated a contract to provide the country's electronic borders program.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  46. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is pictured in Rosyth dockyard. Managed service providers aim to help keep British procurement programs on track. Getty Images

    Bechtel, CH2M Hill Win UK Service Provider Contracts

    Two US contractors have landed key contracts to help overhaul the way Britain's Ministry of Defence runs its £14 billion (US $23.4 billion) procurement and support organization.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  47. Replacement of Russian military equipment, such as MiG-29s, is one part of Bulgaria's modernization plan. Wikimedia

    Bulgarian DM Unveils Army Modernization Program, Fighter Jet Procurement

    Bulgarian Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov has announced a 1 billion leva (US $680 million) program to modernize the military's armament and decrease its dependency on weapons and components from Russia by 2020.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  48. Now that Turkey has updated eight former Perry-class frigates, such as the Gediz, with Havelsan's GENESIS advanced combat management system, it hopes to sell the software to the US Navy. US Navy

    Turkey Hopes To Export GENESIS System for G-class Frigates

    Turkey's procurement office, in connection with state-controlled military software company Havelsan, has launched efforts to export an indigenous naval combat management system.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  49. Commentary: Budgets, Not Tech, May Delay US Army's Next Rotorcraft

    Though the US Army has yet to make a formal announcement, according to reports the Sikorsky-Boeing team and Bell Helicopter Textron have been selected for government-funded Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program technology demonstrations.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  50. A South Korean soldier takes position during an anti-terror drill on Aug. 18 as part of an annual joint military drill called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), outside a tunnel in Seoul. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

    South Korea, US Start Military Drill Despite North Threats

    South Korea and the United States on Monday launched an annual military drill, Seoul's defense ministry said, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a 'merciless' retaliatory strike.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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