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  1. Israel plans to increase its planned procurement of the F-35 joint strike fighter Lockheed Martin

    Israel Planning To Increase F-35 Buy

    Israel is set to place a second order of F-35 joint strike fighters, bringing its planned procurement of the stealthy, fifth-generation jet up to 44.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  2. Comptroller Michael McCord said he does not expect Congress to soon reach a budget deal. Glenn Fawcett/ / Office of the Secretary of Defens

    Pentagon Officials: No Hope for Budget Soon; Tech Development Vital

    The Pentagon's chief financial officer admitted on Wednesday that he is 'not super optimistic' about Congress reaching a budget deal once the current continuing resolution temporarily funding the federal government expires on Dec. 11.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  3. Gunilla Fransson, head of the Saab Kockums Security and Defense Solutions unit, said the company is eager to compete for naval business worldwide. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Saab Confident in Its Kockums Submarine Builders

    The return last summer of the Kockums shipbuilding firm to Swedish ownership and control marked a rare moment when the public, government and industry all joined in approval.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  4. US soldiers perform pre-launch checks on a Patriot missile launcher as part of a field training exercise. A Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments report suggests that the Army use land-based forces to deny access to the air and sea, defend coastlines and constrain enemy movements. Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman/ / US Air Force

    Report: US Army Should Embrace Anti-Access/Area-Denial Mission

    The US Army is embracing a more expeditionary identity, but earlier this month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recommended it return to an old mission on the home front: coastal defense.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  5. Iraqi soldiers drive an armored vehicle in Jurf al-Sakhr on Oct. 27 after military forces retook the area south of the capital from Islamic State militants. Haidar Mohammed Ali / AFP

    White House Official: We Had To Leave Iraq 'To Find a Way Back on the Security Side'

    A top White House official today offered a detailed defense of the Obama administration's often-maligned Iraq policy after the 2011 withdrawal of the last US troops, insisting that the US tried to work out a deal to allow military trainers and fighter air

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  6. The UK Ministry of Defence has struck a deal with a private consortium to provide military air traffic control and management. Above is Operations Wing at RAF Shawbury. I FORSHAW/Royal Air Force

    Thales UK Consortium Wins British Military Air Traffic Control Deal

    A consortium including Thales UK has landed a £1.5 billion (US $2.4 billion) deal with the UK Ministry of Defence to provide military air traffic control and management services to the British military at home and overseas, the defense procurement minister announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  7. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attends a military drill on Oct. 24. AFP

    US Think-Tank: North Korea Researching Sea-Based Missiles

    North Korea has built a test facility that may be intended to develop a marine-based ballistic missile using submarines or surface vessels, a US think-tank said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  8. A U.S. Air Force airman part of the Joint Task Force-Port Openinghelps to augment airport security Oct. 16. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Oct. 29 ordered all US service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo quarantine for 21 days. Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez / US Air Force

    Hagel Orders Quarantine for US Troops Returning From West Africa

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered all US service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo 'controlled monitoring,' meaning they will be isolated on military facilities and monitored for symptoms for 21 days.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  9. Singapore will deploy a huge tethered surveillance balloon, similar to the one pictured here in Texas, to boost its maritime and air security. John Moore / Getty Images

    Singapore To Deploy Massive Surveillance Balloon

    Singapore will deploy a huge tethered surveillance balloon to boost its maritime and air security, the defence ministry announced.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  10. Kurds in Turkey greet peshmerga convoys Oct. 29 Heavily armed Kurdish peshmerga fighters were on their way by land and by air, joining militias defending the Syrian border town of Kobani from the Islamic State group. Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

    US Warplanes Bomb Islamic State Near Kobani

    US warplanes renewed air strikes against Islamic State jihadists near the Syrian town of Kobani, as Iraqi peshmerga soldiers prepared to reinforce their fellow Kurds in the border area, the US military said on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  11. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Adek Berry / Getty Images

    Russia Says France Due To Hand Over First Warship Nov. 14

    Russia said Wednesday that France is still due to complete the controversial handover of a warship next month, despite pressure for the deal to be scrapped over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  12. The Pentagon's internal security agency is warning military personnel and civilians who work in the building that they could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists. AFP

    Pentagon Warns Employees About Islamic State Threats

    Military personnel and civilians who work in the Pentagon could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists, the building's internal security agency is warning employees in a new memo distributed late last week.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  13. US Senate Republican candidate Thom Tillis speaks at the Conservative Rally on Oct. 24. He has expressed support for increased US support on the ground in Iraq. Win McNamee/ / Getty Images

    N.C. Senate Candidate: More US Boots Needed in Iraq To Defeat Islamic State

    If North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis becomes a US senator, add him to the list of Republicans who believe more American troops are needed on the ground in Iraq.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  14. Eyes on Space: A model of the Entry and Descend Module of the planned ExoMars probe for Mars, which will feature a radar flight tested with the support of the Italian Air Force. Thales Alenia Space

    Italian Air Force Experimental Unit Turns to Space

    After building up its in-house design capability, the Italian Air Force's Experimental Flight Unit has set itself a new target — space — with a focus on satellites and sub-orbital flights.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  15. A British F-35B Lightning II takes off from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots have been familiarizing themselves with the aircraft. The Ministry of Defence has ordered four production-standard F-35B STOVL aircraft. (UK Ministry of Defence)

    UK Orders STOVL F-35s in 1st Production-standard Buy

    In what will become an annual event for the next few years, Britain is to order its first batch of production-standard F-35 Lightning II combat jets for operation by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  16. 'I'm not interested in anybody writing a blank check for US Cyber Command or the National Security Agency,' said Adm. Mike Rogers, who heads both groups. Jim Watson / AFP

    NSA chief: 'I don't want privacy information'

    As industry and privacy advocates fret about cybersecurity legislation, cyber leader seeks to reassure.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  17. This still image from NASA video shows an Orbital Sciences Corporation unmanned spacecraft exploding Oct. 28 at Wallops Island, Virginia, six seconds after launch on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. AFP

    Unmanned Antares Rocket Explodes on Launch

    An unmanned rocket headed for the International Space Station to deliver supplies exploded on launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  18. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs reporters on Oct. 21. The Pentagon's cost estimates for the Iraq and Syria operation do not count the seven-week period beginning on June 16, when US troops were sent into Iraq. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

    DoD Changes How it Accounts for Iraq, Syria Costs

    The full cost of US operations in Iraq and Syria remains unclear, as the Pentagon refuses to offer a number for what it spent during a seven-week period from mid-June until the first week of August.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  19. US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks to the media after a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill. Sen. John McCain has questioned her interest in national security issues. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Levin Comes to Shaheen's Defense After McCain Questions Her National Security Chops

    The chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee is defending an embattled fellow Democrat after an outspoken Republican senator questioned her devotion to national security issues.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  20. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, center, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, right, listen during a hearing on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act legislation. Feinstein and Chambliss have urged the Chamber of Commerce to push for a cybersecurity bill. Alex Wong/ / Getty Images

    Charm Offensive: Senate Intel Leaders Push for US Chamber's Help on Cyber Bill

    Two key US senators say there is one thing that would ensure the Senate votes after the Nov. 4 election on a cybersecurity bill: the support of America's corporate titans.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  21. 3D-printing model of the new F-110 frigate for the Spanish Navy. Christopher P. Cavas

    New Spanish Frigate Detailed, Deal for Taiwan Minesweepers Announced

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia Tuesday revealed details of the F-110, a new guided-missile project to replace the Spanish Navy's Santa Maria-class frigates in the 2020s.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  22. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian delivers the opening speech of the Euronaval naval defense equipment fair in le Bourget, near Paris, on Tuesday. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images

    Mistral Decision Coming Next Month

    French President François Hollande will decide in November whether France will go ahead with a delivery of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  23. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivers a speech at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund Wednesday in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

    NATO Chief Urges Allies to Boost Defense Spending, Build Ties with Russia

    NATO countries must boost defense spending and build a constructive relationship with Russia, the alliance's new leader said on Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  24. An aviation boatswain's mate (Handling) directs an EA-18G Growler on Oct. 19 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Arabian Gulf. MC2 Scott Fenaroli / US Navy

    Pentagon: US Air War on Islamic State Costing $8.3 Million a Day

    The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against the Islamic State group comes to about $8.3 million a day.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  25. Stay Tuned: President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address last January before a joint session of Congress. Which party will hold the majority when they gather for the next one? Saul Loeb / AFP

    Issue Tracker: Election 2014

    November's midterm elections will have ramifications for the US defense sector. Here are some things to watch as the returns come in.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  26. An F-35B and F-35C fly in formation. Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed, Pentagon Agree on Eighth F-35 Lot

    Lockheed Martin has reached an agreement with the Pentagon to procure the eighth lot of F-35 joint strike fighters, including the first stealthy jets for Israel and Japan.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  27. The U.S. government recently agreed to sell 4,500 MRAPs to the UAE as part of a year that saw $34 billion in foreign military sales. Army

    US Military Sales to Allies Tops $34B in 2014

    The US government helped facilitate the sale of $34.2 billion worth of defense equipment to allies during fiscal 2014, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Monday, a slight uptick from the roughly $30 billion in sales in 2013.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  28. Adm. Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff of the Royal Navy. Alan Lessig / Staff

    Interview: Adm. Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord, UK Royal Navy

    Despite budget cuts, Britain's Royal Navy is modernizing with new cutting-edge destroyers, nuclear attack submarines, two new giant aircraft carriers, frigates and other systems on the way, like the short-takeoff and vertical-landing version of Lockheed M

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  29. Nick Witney has encouraged the incoming European Union foreign policy chief to review European Union security and defense policy. European Council on Foreign Relations

    Former EDA Chief Urges Review of EU Security and Defense Policy

    Former European Defence Agency Chief Executive Nick Witney has urged incoming European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to set up a review commission of the European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  30. The logo of German defence company Atlas Elektronik is pictured in Bremen, northern Germany. Ingo Wagner/AFP

    DCNS Chairman Interested in 'Bits and Pieces' of Atlas Elektronik

    DCNS is interested in bidding for parts of Atlas Elektronik, and the French warship builder is interested in restarting talks on torpedoes with the German specialist in underwater systems, chairman Hervé Guillou said Monday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  31. French shipbuilder DCNS still awaits a government decision on whether the sale of a Mistral warship to Russia will proceed. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    DCNS: No Backup Plan if Mistral Sale Is Canceled

    French shipbuilder DCNS is awaiting the government's decision on whether to deliver a Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia, but the company has not drawn up contingency plans for the warship, Chairman Hervé Guillou said Monday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  32. Brazil and Saab are discussing a possible lease of Gripens to bridge the gap before deliveries of the advanced Gripen NG. FABRICE COFFRINI/ / AFP

    Brazil Signs Deal With Saab To Buy 36 Gripens

    Brazil has signed a 39.3 billion Swedish krona (US $5.4 billion) deal with Saab to take delivery of 36 of the Swedish defense company's new Gripen NG fighter.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  33. Local Liberians check the temperature of members of the U.S. Public Health Service on Oct. 27 during Operation United Assistance, Oct. 27, 2014. Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez / US Air Force

    US Army Isolating Some Soldiers Returning from Africa

    The US Army has begun isolating soldiers returning from the Ebola outbreak zone in West Africa, but so far the Pentagon has not imposed a new forcewide policy to quarantine all troops who participate in that mission.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  34. Rafael Ltd. is developing ship-based versions of Iron Dome, the system credited with intercepting nearly 90 percent of the thousands of Gaza-launched rockets designated as direct threats to the Israeli home front in last summer's 50-day war. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Israeli Firm Adapts Iron Dome for Intercepts at Sea

    Rafael Ltd. is developing ship-based versions of Iron Dome, the system credited with intercepting nearly 90 percent of the thousands of Gaza-launched rockets designated as direct threats to the Israeli home front in last summer's 50-day war.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  35. Commentary: Nordic-Baltic Progress

    The recent Swedish hunt for a suspected Russian submarine, perhaps in distress, deep into Swedish territorial waters says much about the changing security climate in the Nordic-Baltic region, and the need for more Nordic-Baltic defense spending and a long

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  36. Commentary: Climate Change Increases Instability for All

    Recently, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Sen. Harry Reid's Clean Energy Summit in Nevada, where she announced that climate change is 'the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges' facing us today.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  37. Editorial: Stand Up to Russia

    Six weeks ago, NATO leaders convening for their biennial summit in Wales vowed the alliance would never allow its borders to be violated.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  38. Lockheed Martin and Roketsan will produce the Turkish SOM-J cruise missile for the Joint Strike Fighter program. Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin Signs Deal with Turkish Missile Maker

    Lockheed Martin and Turkey's state-controlled missile maker, Roketsan, have signed a deal to produce the Turkish company's SOM-J cruise missile for the international Joint Strike Fighter program.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  39. US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno talks with a group of executives at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition on October 15 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Sequestration Will Give US Army 'Real Problems' Meeting Increased Demands, Officials Say

    If sequestration budget cuts remain in effect, the US Army will take a $14 billion hit in 2016, jeopardizing modernization and its ability to respond to a major conflict, Army officials told reporters Friday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  40. Special Report: Top Naval Programs

    Despite a fiscal downturn, France is seeking to continue sailing a blue water Navy able to project maritime power on the waves, silently below and by striking from the air.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  41. President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address last January before a joint session of Congress. Which party will hold the majority when they gather for the next one? Saul Loeb / AFP

    Column — Election Spoiler: Gridlock Nation

    A new Gallup poll finds Americans don't care about divided government, though they loathe Washington's dysfunction.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  42. Future French naval plans include possible redesigns on three FREMM ships. French Navy

    French Navy Plans To Dominate Above, On and Below the Seas

    Despite a fiscal downturn, France is seeking to continue sailing a blue water Navy able to project maritime power on the waves, silently below and by striking from the air.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  43. The Turkish Navy frigate Salihreis runs alongside the US destroyer Cole Oct. 16 in the Black Sea. The US and other navies have increased their presence in the inland sea. MC2 John Herman / US Navy

    Russians Have Other Nations Wary, But No Defense Increases — Yet

    Cold War memories were instantly rekindled Oct. 17 when reports emerged of suspected Russian submarine activity in Sweden's coastal waters.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  44. The first of two planned Izumo-class ships was launched in 2013 during a ceremony in Yokohama. It will be able to carry 15 helicopters. Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP

    Japan Builds Response to Chinese Area-Denial Strategy

    Japan's response to Chinese anti-access/area-denial threats rest on three planks: increasingly large helicopter carriers, next-generation 3,300-ton Soryu-class submarines and new Aegis destroyers.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  45. Yu Seong-Ryong, third ship of South Korea's Sejong Daewang KDX-III class, sails at the RIMPAC exercise in July off Hawaii. South Korea will launch three more of the destroyers between 2023 and 2027, expanding the fleet to six. MC1 Shannon E. Renfroe / US Navy

    Pacific Powers Build Capability, Warily Eye Neighbor Countries

    Ninety percent of the world's trade flows by sea and the majority of that through narrow, vulnerable straits such as Malacca, Singapore and Taiwan.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  46. The planned new Pattugliatore Polivalente D'Altura vessels will replace a number of Italian Navy ships, including the Minerva-class corvettes such as the Urania, here. Javier Bueno Iturbe / via Wikimedia Commons

    Italy Closing in on Major Patrol Vessel Deal

    The Italian Navy has nearly finalized its design for a new fleet of offshore multipurpose patrol vessels, one step in a massive 20-year, €5.8 billion (US $7.3 billion) funding package.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  47. A dispute between French and Italian companies over the F21 torpedo project highlights the difficult path of European naval cooperation. DCNS

    Europe Struggles With Naval Sector Cooperation

    DCNS was awarded a relatively light €6 million (US $7.6 million) when the French warship builder this year won a little-noticed claim against Italian underwater specialist WASS over the F21 heavy torpedo.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  48. Sagem Promotes 'Complete System' of Protection

    Pirates on the high seas and fast small boats are seen as today's threats to commercial shipping and naval vessels, opening potential markets for naval technology to detect and track such targets, a Sagem senior executive said.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  49. The Vladivostok, a Mistral class amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, is docked at the STX France shipyard. Jean-sebastien Evrard / AFP

    French Mistral Ships Operate While Russian Sale Decision Awaits

    The French Navy deployed two of its three Mistral class helicopter carriers in this month's two-week Catamaran exercise, reflecting the warships' key role in a joint amphibious assault and landing operation.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  50. A US Marine walks ahead of 'Big Dog,' a technology effort by Boston Dynamics. The company was purchased by Google last year. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    DoD Speeding Tech Acquisition Efforts

    The civilian team at the top of the Pentagon's acquisition structure is charging in several directions at once, pushing initiatives aimed at revamping how the building thinks through technology development, shares those burdens with allies and finds the n

    • Oct. 26, 2014
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