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  1. Kentucky senator Rand Paul has been critical of the armed drone program that has been the cornerstone of Pres. Obama's fight against al-Qaeda. And he opposes arming Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Analysis: 2016 Candidate Paul Channels 2007 Candidate Obama in Security Speech

    A politician eyeing the White House is leery of 'perpetual war,' worries that US military actions breed extremists and wants to avoid war with Iran over its nuclear-arms ambitions.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  2. UK pilots would learn basic skills on a Beechcraft T-6C under a deal in final negotiations. Paul Bowen/Beechcraft

    Beechcraft T-6C at Center of UK Pilot Training Talks

    The next generation of British military pilots will be taught their basic flying skills on a Beechcraft T-6C trainer if a deal between Ascent Flight Training and an Israeli-US industry consortium known as Affinity conclude final negotiations.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Raytheon and Selex are competing to supply a new identification friend-or-foe system for British military aircraft, warships and battlefield vehicles. Above is the Royal Navy's HMS Ocean. BAE Systems

    Selex, Raytheon Compete To Supply IFF System to UK

    Raytheon UK and Selex ES are going head-to-head to supply a new identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system for the British military, the Ministry of Defence announced.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  4. House Armed Services Committee member Ron Barber, D-Ariz., and Senate Armed Services Committee member Kay Hagan, D-N.C., are in very tight reelection races. Chip Somodevilla and Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    Shifting Voter Preferences Could Spell Trouble for Armed Services Incumbents

    An analysis of polling data and past voting trends suggests tight races could spell trouble for several incumbents on two defense committees.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  5. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo speak during an Oct. 23 press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    US, South Korea Delay Transfer of Wartime Control

    The US and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  6. The Canadian Parliament is seen Oct. 23 in Ottawa, the day after multiple shootings in the capital city and Parliament buildings left a soldier dead and others wounded. Peter McCabe / AFP

    Canada Attacks Follow al-Qaida, IS Instructions To A Tee

    While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to the letter.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  7. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    US Official: Iraq Army Not Ready To Repel Islamic State

    US airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior US military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  8. US Rep. Buck McKeon. R-Calif., on January 16in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Lawmaker Uses Canadian Case To Criticize Obama

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used Canadian leaders' response to the Ottawa shootings to take his own swipe at President Obama on Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  9. An aviation ordnanceman airman checks a missile on an F/A-18C Hornet Oct. 16 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US-Led Strikes Kill More Than 500 Militants in Syria

    US-led airstrikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month, as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  10. In a memo sent to GOP House members on Oct. 21, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy calls for a 2015 agenda that addresses 'inefficient, ineffective and incompetent federal agencies' and a need to 'make government work.' SAUL LOEB/ / AFP

    House GOP Leader: 'Every Committee' Will Participate in 2015 Gov't-reform Agenda

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy plans a sweeping legislative agenda for 2015 that includes eliminating scores of reports to Congress that existing laws require from federal agencies.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  11. Soldiers from the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.-based 1st Area Medical Laboratory will set up laboratories to support Operation United Assistance, the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 20th CBRNE Command/Army

    US Army Medical Lab Joining Ebola Fight in West Africa

    A US Army medical laboratory designed to detect battlefield contaminants is joining the fight against Ebola in West Africa and will be deploying next week, according to an Army announcement.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  12. Cypriot President Anastasiades. Yiannis Kourtoglou / AFP

    Draft: EU Leaders Seriously Concerned at Cyprus, Turkey Tensions

    European Union leaders will call on Turkey to respect Cyprus's sovereign rights, expressing 'serious concern' at fresh tensions between the two countries over oil and gas exploration, a draft summit document showed Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  13. Airman 1st Class Reece Zoller, left, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew one load crew member, operates an MJ-1 lift truck carrying an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile as Staff Sgt Zachary Watts, center, 58th AMU crew one crew chief, and Airman 1st Class Robert Hughes, right, 58th AMU crew one crew member, guide him during a qualification load Oct. 10 on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.. The F-35 training program at Eglin currently serves as the primary source of F-35 expertise to new F-35A units across the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson/Air Force

    First Weapons Crew Certified on F-35A

    The latest milestone in the F-35A program belongs to airmen on the ground.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  14. Police officers move through the halls of the Parliament building Oct. 22 in Ottawa, Canada, after reports of shots being fired. AFP

    Chaos in Canada: Gunfire Erupts at Canadian Parliament Building

    A Canadian soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while standing guard at a war memorial in the nation's capital in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed after racing inside Parliament.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  15. Lockheed Martin has joined Northrop Grumman in protesting a US Air Force award to Raytheon for the 3DELRR program, which will replace the existing TPS-75 radar system, above. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/ / US Air Force

    Lockheed Joins Protest of USAF Radar Award

    Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday it would protest the US Air Force's contract award for its next-generation ground-based radar, joining Northrop Grumman in challenging the service's choice of Raytheon.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  16.  Sgt. Cody Quinn / US Army

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, Commander, US Army's I Corps

    Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza assumed command of the US Army's I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in February. I Corps, the only regionally aligned unit of the Army's three corps, supports the Pacific region.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  17. The Orient Shield exercise will include E-model Apaches certified to make deck landings during the RIMPAC exercise, such as this Apache launching from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu. MC3 Dustin Knight/ / Navy

    US Army Helos Set for Joint Exercise in Japan

    The US Army Stryker brigade set to begin exercises in Japan next week as part of its third stop in the Army's Pacific Pathways rotation brought its own aviation assets to the venerable exercise for the first time.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  18. Among the federal programs Sen. Tom Coburn has criticized as wasteful is the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, sometimes referred to as the Iron Man suit. Gareth Cattermole/ / Getty Images

    In Final 'Wastebook,' Sen. Coburn Hits DoD 'Iron Man,' Missile Defense Programs

    US Sen. Tom Coburn's final 'wastebook' identifies a laundry list of federal programs the retiring Oklahoma Republican says the nation could do without, including a Pentagon program to build a 'real-life 'Iron Man' suit.'

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  19. The Samsung Galaxy 5.5 features a fingerprint sensor for security. Getty Images

    US Approves Samsung Devices For Classified Data

    For the first time, the government will allow devices made for the consumer market to handle classified information.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  20. Syria says it destroyed two of three warplanes reportedly seized by fighters of the Islamic State group, which are believed to include Soviet-era MiG-23 fighter jets such as this one pictured in Libya in 2011. Russian Aircraft Corp.

    Syria Says It Shot Down 2 of 3 'Islamic State Warplanes'

    Syria's air force has destroyed two of three warplanes reportedly seized by fighters of the Islamic State group in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  21. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Adem Altan / AFP

    Erdogan Says US Airdrops to Kobane 'Wrong'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized as 'wrong' the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  22. The Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-20. Wikimedia Commons

    Alliance: Russian Spy Plane Intercepted in NATO Airspace

    NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace, the alliance said Wednesday in the latest of such incidents amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  23. HMS Visby and two minesweepers lie moored at the jetty at Berga marine base outside Stockholm on Wednesday. Fredrik Sandberg / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden Pulls Back Ships As 'Foreign Sub' Hunt Draws Blank

    Sweden said Wednesday it was pulling back part of its navy that has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week with no vessel found.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  24. Swedish Commander-in-Chief Sverker Goransson talks to media after a nearly two-hour long meeting with the Swedish Parliament defense committee in Stockholm on Oct. 21. Swedish authorities continued searching for an alleged foreign submarine off the coast of Stockholm, as Russia denied reports that one of its vessels had sent radio calls from Swedish waters. Pontus Lundahl / AFP via Getty Images

    Sweden Ready To Use Force Against Suspected Submarine

    Sweden's armed forces chief warned Tuesday it could use force to bring to the surface a suspected Russian mini-submarine its navy has been hunting for days.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  25. A TPS-75 radar set antenna is deployed in support of a deployment readiness exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida Samuel King/ / US Air Force

    Northrop Challenges 3DELRR Contract Award

    Northrop Grumman has formally issued a protest against the US Air Force's decision to award its next-generation ground based radar to competitor Raytheon.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  26. Maritime Tension: Two Taiwan missile boats patrol the Taiwan Strait during a military drill on May 15, 2013, aimed at defending its fishermen in disputed waters. SAM YEH/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Taiwan Calls for Calm Over Territorial Disputes

    Taiwan serves as a 'pivot point' from a geostrategic perspective and a cornerstone for Asia-Pacific regional stability, Taiwan's Navy chief warned last week.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  27. Needing Rounds: An Indian Army T-90 tank takes part in a parade in New Delhi on Jan. 15. The Indian Army is low on ammunition for the tank and now must buy new stocks from Russia. PRAKASH SINGH / AFP/Getty Images

    India Gives In to Russia's Terms For High-Priced Tank Ammunition

    The Indian Defence Ministry faced with a shortage of ammunition for its Russian-made T-90 tanks, coupled with an inability to produce ammunition at home has no choice but to give in to Russian terms and purchase marked-up ammo from Moscow, an MoD sour

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  28. Lord

    Textron CEO Outlines Path Forward For US Defense Industrial Base

    With few new start programs coming through the Pentagon's pipeline over the next several years, defense contractors are anxiously checking their portfolios for opportunities to upgrade and modernize existing platforms to extend their operational lives whi

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  29. An Iraqi M1 Abrams tank participates in a joint US-Iraqi exercise. The US State Department has OK'd the sale of tank ammunition to Iraq. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/ / AFP

    US State Department Approves New Tank Ammo Sale to Iraq

    The US State Department has cleared the sale of M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition to Iraq, according to an announcement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  30. Even though defense firms prefer the GOP, for every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind. Johnny Bivera

    Defense Firms Prefer GOP, but Spread Campaign Cash Between Political Parties

    For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  31. Lockheed Martin will set up production facilities in the UK to provide turrets for the British Army Scout vehicles. General Dynamics

    Lockheed Establishing UK Production To Supply Scout Turrets

    Lockheed Martin is setting up a production line in the UK to supply turrets for the British Army's Scout armored vehicles program in a 618 (US $1 billion) deal announced Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  32. Shiite Iraqi fighters, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, fire missiles from a launcher during clashes with Islamic State group fighters in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on Oct. 19. Mohammed Sawaf / AFP via Getty Images

    New Iraqi Defense Minister Vows To Probe Army Debacle in IS Assault

    Iraq's new defense minister vowed Tuesday to investigate military failings that allowed the Islamic State group to overrun large areas of the country and to hold those responsible to account.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  33. BAE expects the purchase of SilverSky to enhance its commercial cyber business. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

    BAE To Buy US Cyber Service Provider

    BAE Systems is buying the US-based commercial cyber service provider SilverSky for US $232.5 million.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  34. Smoke and flames rise Oct. 20 following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria as Turkey, US Continue Talks on Islamic State

    After weeks of negotiations on how best to fight radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq, NATO allies Turkey and the United States have given signs of a convergence of their differences.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  35. New Capability: A British soldier stands on top of an armored vehicle in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. The UK has revived a plan to provide signals intelligence capabilities to troops. LEON NEAL/ / AFP via Getty Images

    UK Revives Push for SIGINT Capability

    Britain is reviving plans to update battlefield signals intelligence capabilities, the first of its kind since a Lockheed Martin contract to re-equip land forces was axed in 2009.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  36. Container delivery system bundles sit on a US Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the US Central Command area of responsibility in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/US Air Force

    US Airdrops in Syria May Strain US-Turkish Relations

    On Sunday night two US Air Force C-130s flew into Syria without fighter escort to deliver 27 bundles of weapons, ammunition and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani, Syria, which has been holding out against fighters from the radica

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  37. From left to right: Jean-Yves Le Drian, French minister of defense; Pascale Sourisse, senior vice president for international development for Thales; Maj. Gen. Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah, Qatar minister of state for defense affairs; Abdulaziz Falah Al-Dosari, assistant for technology to the minister of state for defense affairs. Thales

    Thales To Provide Qatar Military Satcom System

    Multinational defense giant Thales was awarded a contract Sunday to supply the Qatar armed forces with a military satellite communications system for their ground and naval forces.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  38. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gives an Oct. 20 press conference in Najaf. Haidar Hamdani / AFP

    Iraq PM Rules Out Foreign Intervention by Ground Forces

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Monday ruled out any foreign ground intervention to assist government forces in retaking territory lost to jihadists and urged Sunnis to give up such hopes.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  39. Cyprus Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides. Ministry of Defence

    Cyprus Cries Foul as Turkish Vessel Enters Waters

    Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of taking 'provocative and illegal' action by sending a survey boat to an area where the Cypriot government has licensed exploratory drilling for oil and gas.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  40. Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Oct. 20 at Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago. Anders Wiklund / AFP

    Swedish Navy Widens Search for Mystery Submarine

    The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt Monday for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  41. Editorial: Use More Airpower Against IS

    Since air strikes against so-called Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq started, critics have suggested that air power is ineffectual.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  42. Editorial: The Future of Net Assessment

    Andy Marshall plans to retire as the director of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment on Jan. 2, after four decades as one of the most influential men in US national security.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  43. Commentary: Reserve Aviation Is Taxpayer's Best Deal

    The current wrangling over the future of AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in the US National Guard provides a case study in the deliberately flawed methodology used to regularly justify active component force structure and their budgets.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  44. Commentary: Growing Into World Markets

    The US defense budget is at a precipice. Will the projected budget decline and sequestration continue? Will the new threat of the Islamic State and a resurgent Russia revitalize the defense budget?

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  45. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    Pressure Mounts To Change Tactics Against Islamic State Group

    On Sept. 23, the US began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Barack Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  46. South Korea may walk away from a deal with BAE Systems to upgrade its KF-16s, possibly opening the door for Lockheed Martin to get the contract. Senior Airman Taylor Curry / US Air Force

    F-16 Upgrade: Problems With S. Korea-BAE Deal Could Open Door to Lockheed

    South Korea is threatening to break an agreement with BAE Systems to upgrade its fleet of KF-16s, opening a window of opportunity for competitor Lockheed Martin to reclaim its dominance in the lucrative F-16 upgrade market.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  47. Swedish Navy fast-attack crafts search Oct. 19 for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters in the Stockholm Archipelago. Marko Saavala / AFP

    Mystery Deepens Over Reported Russian Sub in Sweden

    Mystery deepened Sunday over a Swedish military operation triggered by 'foreign underwater activity' off the coast of Stockholm, amid an unconfirmed report of a hunt for a damaged Russian submarine.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  48. Sources say Canadian special forces officials are interested in acquiring aircraft such as the US Air Force's MC-12W Liberty surveillance planes for their ISR capability. Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmill / US Air Force

    Canada Seeks ISR Planes for Spec Ops

    Canada's special operations forces are planning to acquire a small fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to improve their capability to track and target insurgents on the ground.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  49. The Air Force is looking at putting new engines on its B-52 fleet, but budget challenges will likely keep it from happening. Airman 1st Class Mozer Da Cunha / US Air Force

    USAF Strike Chief Urges B-52 Engine Replacement

    The head of US Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  50. South Korean soldiers get off a truck during an Aug. 18 anti-terror drill. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

    North, South Korean Troops Exchange Border Fire

    North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire Sunday in the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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