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  1. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says a continued US presence could help Afghanistan establish a self-sustaining aeronautical industry. Scott M. Ash / US Air Force

    Welsh: Afghanistan Could Create 'Meaningful' Aerospace Industry

    Afghanistan is not a country known for its aeronautical industry, but at least one top-ranking US official believes that could change.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  2. After five years, Egypt will be receiving 10 Apaches that have been on order. Boeing

    Egypt Expects Apache Delivery in Two Weeks

    The Egyptian military is expected to receive delivery of 10 AH-64D Block II Apache Longbow helicopters within the coming two weeks, according to Egyptian military sources.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  3. Australia's first F-35 on the assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas. Beth Groom / Lockheed Martin

    Australia Purchases 58 More F-35s

    Australia will purchase 58 additional Lockheed Martin F-35A joint strike fighters for the Royal Australian Air Force, the country's prime minister announced Wednesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  4. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends an April 22 press conference after a meeting of foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states in Moscow. Vasily Maximov / AFP

    Moscow Insists Kiev Pull Back Troops from the East

    Russia insisted Wednesday that Kiev pull back its troops from eastern Ukraine and accused Washington of distorting an agreement to ease the most serious confrontation between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  5. The outside decal of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is seen. The US aerospace and defense giant raised its 2014 profit outlook Wednesday despite a first-quarter profit slide. Chris McGrath / Getty Images

    Boeing Lifts Profit Outlook As Jetliner Demand Booms

    US aerospace and defense giant Boeing raised its 2014 profit outlook Wednesday despite a first-quarter profit slide, citing strong demand for its new jetliners.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  6. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is shown Virginia Tech's hulking 6-foot-2-inch, 330-lb, Atlas robot developed by Boston Dynamics, by Brad Tousley, right, head of DARPA's Tactical Technology Office on April 22during a briefing on DARPA sponsored inventions at the Pentagon. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    Pentagon Scientists Show Off Life-Size Robot

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot Tuesday that resembles Hollywood's 'Terminator,' the latest experiment by the Pentagon's hi-tech researchers.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  7. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak Mike Morones/staff

    Interview: Tomasz Siemoniak, Poland's Minister of Defense

    Tomasz Siemoniak came to Washington last week at a tense time as Poland watched Russia's military movements near the Ukrainian border and on the Crimean peninsula.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. A man waves a Ukrainian flag during a pro-Ukrainian rally Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. The Obama administration is sending nearly $10 million in new 'security assistance' to Ukraine as that country stares down Russian forces, but one senior Republican lawmaker says more must be done. Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

    White House to Send $8M in Non-Lethal Items to Ukraine

    The Obama administration is sending nearly $10 million in new 'security assistance' to Ukraine as that country stares down Russian forces, but one senior Republican lawmaker says more must be done.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  9. Good News, Bad News: Joint strike fighters perform an aerial refueling mission. The estimated cost of the fighter has gone up and sustainment price estimates have declined. Master Sgt. Donald Allen/US Air Force

    For US, F-35 Engine Cost Up, Sustainment Down

    Buying in bulk is key to lowering the cost of the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, the general in charge of the effort said.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  10. David Lo, spokesman of Taiwan's Defense Ministry, gestures during a March 26 press conference in Taipei. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Pay Raise Helps Taiwan Make Progress Toward Volunteer Military

    Efforts to make Taiwan's military an all-volunteer and more professional service — which suffered a setback after the death of a young corporal — have regained momentum following a pay rise, officials said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  11. A Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen fighter prepares for take off during an April 1 Lithuanian-NATO exercise near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia . Petras Malukas / Getty Images

    Sweden To Boost Military Spending Over Ukraine Crisis

    Sweden announced Tuesday that it will increase its annual defense spending over the next 10 years, citing the crisis in Ukraine and an 'unsettling' development in Russia.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  12. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, left, inspects a flight training of Korean People's Army (KPA) Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 188 on April 21 at an undisclosed place in North Korea. AFP

    US 'Closely Monitoring' North Korea for Nuclear Test

    The United States said Tuesday it was watching North Korea 'very closely' following South Korean warnings that Pyongyang may be preparing a fourth nuclear test ahead of a visit to Seoul by President Barack Obama.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  13. Pakistan continued to boost its deterrence capabilities Tuesday with a test of the Ghaznavi short-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile. Here, an earlier test of the missile is conducted in 2010. Agence France-Presse

    Pakistan Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile

    Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful test launch of its Hatf III/Vengeance III Ghaznavi short-range ballistic missile as it continues to strengthen its deterrent capabilities against archrival India.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  14. Leo Quinn, QinetiQ Group CEO QinetiQ

    QinetiQ To Sell US Services Division

    QinetiQ has agreed to sell its US services division to the SI Organisation in a deal that could net the British defense technology company up to US $215 million.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  15. Reduced Fleet: Under proposed budget caps, the US Air Force would purchase five fewer KC-46 tankers. Boeing Illustration

    DoD Details Planned Cuts If Budget Caps Remain

    The Pentagon has laid out plans for how it would cut $66 billion in procurement and research-and-development projects between 2016 and 2019 should US defense spending caps remain in place.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  16. Mexico plans to purchase 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, according to a Pentagon announcement. US Army

    US Clears Black Hawk Sale to Mexico

    The US government has cleared the sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico, according to an announcement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  17. Poland, which has acquired F-16 fighter jets, wants a stronger NATO presence in Europe Polish Ministry of Defense

    Polish DM: NATO Must Focus on Historic Mission

    The NATO alliance should focus on its historic mission of deterring Russian aggression in Europe as members wrap up their mission in Afghanistan, Poland's defense minister said.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  18. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush signs the book 'Immigation Wars' at a book signing during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

    Would Jeb Bush's Defense Policy Look More Like His Father's or Brother's?

    Jeb Bush, the flavor-du-jour in Republican circles, likely would put forth a defense and foreign policy vision that closely resembles that of his father and the one pitched by Mitt Romney in 2012, analysts and GOP insiders say.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  19. India wants additional PC-7 trainer aircraft, but state-owned HAL is pushing its own under-development basic trainer. Aldo Wicki / Pilatus

    India Wants Domestic Production of Pilatus Trainers

    After contracting 75 basic trainer aircraft from Pilatus in 2012, the Indian Ministry of Defence wants to buy an additional 106 that would be license-built by a domestic company.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  20. Mauro Moretti, the new CEO of Finmeccanica, previously ran Italy's state railway company. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

    Will CEO Change Slow Other Changes at Finmeccanica?

    The arrival of a new CEO at Italian defense group Finmeccanica has left analysts fretting over whether plans to dump the group's loss-making transport activity will be delayed.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  21. The Indian Air Force wants to buy foreign AWACS aircraft while the country's Defence Research and Development Organisation is promoting indigenous development. Agence France-Presse

    Indian AF Pushes for AWACS Competition

    The Indian Air Force and the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are at odds over development of an airborne warning and control system capability, with DRDO promoting indigenous development of the radar system and the service

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  22. The Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) will help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday. MC3 Sean Furey / US Navy

    US Sends Salvage Ship To Help With South Korea Ferry Disaster

    The United States is sending a Navy salvage ship to help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  23. Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Chief of Staff Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano. AFP

    Japan Warns China Over Ship Seizure

    Tokyo warned Monday that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-war debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the very basis of their diplomatic relationship.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  24. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, attends an April 17 photo session with the participants in the first meeting of 'airpersons' of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang. KNS / AFP

    North Korea Slams Obama's 'Dangerous' Asia Tour

    North Korea warned Monday that an upcoming Asian tour by US President Barack Obama could escalate military tensions, as South Korean media cited intelligence reports of increased activity at the North's main nuclear test site.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  25. Commentary: A Defense Industry for the Age of Austerity

    Three years into an 'age of austerity' in Western military spending, expectations are building for a new wave of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the defense industry like the one that followed the Cold War.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  26. Commentary: 21st Century Strategic Planning

    In a city rife with political discord, it is encouraging to find an issue on which everyone seems to agree: The United States needs vibrant defense strategic processes now more than ever.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  27. Russia has ordered its first MiG-29 SMT aircraft in a light tactical version. Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG

    Russia Orders New MiG-29 Jet Fighters To Increase Strike Capability

    The Russian Ministry of Defense has placed an order for its first 16 Mikoyan MiG-29 SMT jet fighters in the 'new light tactical version,' Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG said in a statement

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  28. A sacred branch with red ribbons, offered by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is seen in the main shrine of the controversial Yasukuni war shrine on April 21 in Tokyo. Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP

    Reports: Japan PM Makes Gift To Controversial War Shrine, Skips Visit

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated a tree to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, but did not visit the memorial which is seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan's militarist past.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  29. Editorial: End Sequestration

    Since 2012, the US Defense Department has touted its strategic shift to the Pacific — first called a 'pivot,' and now described as a 'rebalance' — as the way ahead as the military dials down in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  30. Looking for Work: DEFTECH hopes to be able to produce composite products for several platforms, including the Bell UH-1Y. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Malaysian Tank Builder Wants To Build Aircraft

    Malaysia's top armored vehicle and tank builder, DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (DEFTECH), is expanding into military aviation.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  31. The 2015 budget request includes an extra $113 million for the Army's WIN-T battlefield network systems, part of DoD leaders' effort to finish work on large systems near the end of the Pentagon's developmental pipeline. US Army

    Special Report: Top US R&D Programs

    Defense budgets had been in decline for a decade when soon-to-be-president George W. Bush laid out his vision for the US military. In a 1999 speech, Bush argued that it was time for military research and development efforts to pursue big leaps, not incremental improvements.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  32. The 2015 budget request includes an extra $113 million for the Army's WIN-T battlefield network systems, part of DoD leaders' effort to finish work on large systems near the end of the Pentagon's developmental pipeline. US Army

    DoD Reshapes R&D, Betting on Future Technology

    Defense budgets had been in decline for a decade when soon-to-be-president George W. Bush laid out his vision for the US military. In a 1999 speech, Bush argued that it was time for military research and development efforts to pursue big leaps, not incremental improvements.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  33. Ismail Demir

    New Procurement Management To Broaden Turk PM's Power

    The signature policy of Turkey's outgoing procurement chief of 'aggressively going national as much as possible' may gain pace under his successor, but Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authority on major decisions likely will also rise, officials, an

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  34. Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera delivers a speech during an April 20 ceremony to launch the squadron of four E-2C early warning planes at an air base of the Self-Defence Forces in Naha, on the southern island of Okinawa Prefecture. Jiji Press / AFP

    Reports: Japan Steps Up Surveillance Posture Against China

    Japan bolstered its military surveillance capabilities in the southern island region of Okinawa over the weekend, reports said, as territorial tensions with China simmer.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  35. New Challenges: A US soldier participates in the Shared Accord military exercise with South African troops. US Army Africa

    In Shift to Africa, US Troops Find Complicated Relationships

    Lt. Col. Lee Magee had been on the ground in Africa for less than four days when the call came in to gather his troops and get on a plane to South Sudan.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  36. The Next SSC? From top: Austal USA's Multi-Mission Combatant offering is based on the Independence-class littoral combat ship design. Huntington Ingalls hopes to offer a more heavily armed version of its National Security Cutter design; and Lockheed Martin has long been working on variants of its basic littoral combat ship design. This proposed variant is armed with Standard surface-to-air missiles, enhanced fire control and an Aegis combat system. Lockheed Martin

    Ship Study Should Favor Existing Designs

    Ships that look like littoral combat ships (LCS), but armed with SM-2 surface-to-air missiles, bigger guns and Aegis combat systems. A grey-hull patrol frigate that takes the hull of a white coast guard cutter and increases its combat power.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  37. Needing Help: A navigational radar on Indonesia's national search-and-rescue boat shows details during a search in the Andaman Sea for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Malaysia has had to rely on other countries for satellite data and analysis. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP

    Hunt for Airliner Shows Limits of Satellite Imagery

    The big question on the minds of industry executives and others attending the Defense Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in the Malaysian capital last week was what effect would the crash of flight MH370 have on defense spending priorities here.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  38. Eyes on Sub Market: The Swedish diesel-powered attack submarine Götland and others of its class were built in Sweden by Kockums, now part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Stockholm supports Swedish company Saab's move to buy the former Kockums from its German owners. PH2 Patricia R. Totemeier/US Navy

    Sweden's Goals Fuel Saab's Acquisitions

    The Swedish government's drive to rebuild core national defense capacities is pivotal to Saab's ambitions to develop a competitive submarine branch and become a major global player in this segment, government and company insiders say.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  39. Israel's Elbit Systems will transfer thermal imaging system technology to an Indian factory that will supply artillery, armored and paramilitary forces. Agence France-Presse

    Overseas Companies Seek Tie-Ups Through India's OFB

    A new Indian procurement policy that gives priority to state-owned defense companies has prompted Elbit Systems and Thales to forge ties with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which administers 41 weapon factories, and promise to transfer high technology

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  40. Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that among the acquisitions sought by the military are infantry fighting vehicles from the Netherlands. RAIGO PAJULA/AFP

    Estonian Army Eyes $155M in Procurements, New Infantry Fighting Vehicles

    Estonia's Army is planning to spend €111.5 million (US $155 million) on procurement this year to accelerate the modernization of the country's armed forces under the National Defense Development Plan for 2013-2022.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  41. France is planning celebrations of a French Foreign Legion battle from 1863. Remy Gabalda/AFP

    France Plans Foreign Legion Celebration

    French Mirage fighters flying over a key Foreign Legion public parade marks American pilots' aid to France before the US entered the first world war, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  42. Joint strike fighters perform an aerial refueling mission. Estimated cost of the fighter has gone up although sustainment price estimates have declined. Master Sgt. Donald Allen / US Air Force

    F-35 Engine Cost Up, Sustainment Down

    Buying in bulk is key to lowering the cost of the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, the general in charge of the effort said.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  43. Sen. Mitch McConnell has urged the Obama administration to send weapons to Ukraine. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    McConnell Calls for US to Arm Ukraine, Blames Obama for Russian Invasion

    The US Senate's top Republican on Thursday said America should send weapons to the Ukrainian military as that country teeters on the brink of war with Russia.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  44. Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade April 7 at the Donetsk regional council office building in eastern Ukraine. US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of US European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Alexander Khudoteply / AFP

    USAF 4-star: Armed Attackers in Ukraine Are Russian Troops in Disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  45. Indian Navy divers are seen on board an inflatable craft next to the conning tower of diesel-powered of the INS Sindhurakshak (covered with red and white sheet) as it lies submerged inside the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

    Indian Navy Gets New Chief After Days of Indecision

    Nearly 50 days after former Indian Navy Chief Adm.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  46. Pakistan acquired the Perry-class frigate Alamgir in 2011, but hopes to obtain additional ships have been unrealized. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    US Congress Stymies Pakistani Naval Modernization Efforts

    Despite close defense ties with China, Pakistan still relies on the US to help it upgrade key defense areas. However, hostility from US lawmakers has effectively halted progress in some areas with Pakistan's Navy particularly hard hit.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  47. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    Diplomats Demand End To Violence in Ukraine

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  48. CF-18 Hornet fighter jets belonging to the Canadian 410 'Couger' Squadron are seen in 2009 under shelters on the tarmac at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. David McNew / Getty Images

    Canada Sends Fighter Jets To Eastern Europe

    Canada is deploying six CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe as part of NATO's response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  49. Foreign delegations will attend a conference at the Eurosatory trade show that will focus on combat helicopters. Anthony Pecchi / Airbus Helicopters

    Foreign Delegations Invited to Eurosatory Conference on Helos

    The French Army Air Corps has invited some 20 foreign delegations to attend a three-day visit, with a focus on combat helicopters, at the Eurosatory trade show, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  50. The HTMS Krabi is launched in 2011. Thailand may build a second boat of the class and is exploring exports. BAE Systems

    Thai Navy May Build Second Patrol Boat Under BAE License

    Thailand may build a second offshore patrol vessel under a license granted by BAE Systems and is also starting to think about exporting the ship to other navies in the region, according to a senior executive at the British-based defense contractor.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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