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  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin will face an EU embargo. Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP

    EU Arms Embargo Against Russia Begins Aug. 1

    The European Union's embargo on the import and export of arms and related material with Russia, which covers all items on the EU's common military list, will come into force Friday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  2. Gen. Markus Laubenthal is the first German officer to be assigned to US Army Europe. He is the command's new chief of staff. US Army Europe

    German General Takes Key Post in US Army Europe

    A German army general has for the first time been appointed chief of staff to work with the commander of US ground forces in Europe, both countries' militaries said Thursday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  3. Ukrainian soldiers move with their tank on Thursday near the village of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. BULENT KILIC / AFP/Getty Images

    After White House Meeting, Lawmakers Say Obama Won't Send Lethal Arms to Ukraine

    US lawmakers who met Thursday with President Barack Obama said the commander in chief gave them no indication he intends to send arms to Ukraine.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  4. Congress was unable to agree on funding additional Iron Dome interceptors for Israel before leaving on recess. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Congress To Take Five-Week Break Without Approving Iron Dome Funds

    The US Congress will leave town for five weeks without providing hundreds of millions of dollars requested by Israel to replenish its Iron Dome interceptor missiles.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  5. Ukrainian servicemen sit on an armored vehicle drive July 30 toward the eastern city of Debaltceve, in the region of Donetsk. Genya Savilov / AFP

    Russia in Fresh War Games as Ukraine Lodges Complaint

    Russia has launched fresh war games involving S-300 surface-to-air missiles on its southern flank as Ukraine demanded that Moscow explain separate three-day drills close to the border.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  6. US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has urged colleagues to prepare for a busy September. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Sen. Reid Wants To Complete NDAA in September; Says Weekend Work Likely

    US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid signaled Thursday that the chamber will take up its version of a 2015 Pentagon policy bill in September.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  7. The fast combat support ship Bridge transfers supplies to the German destroyer Hamburg and US aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, while the cruiser Hue City waits its turn. The Bridge is scheduled to be taken out of service in September as an economy measure. US Navy photo by MC2 Ryan McLearnon

    Future of US Fast Supply Ships Questioned

    While lawmakers routinely question the US Navy about aircraft carriers, submarines, cruisers and other warships, it's rare that the lowly combat logistics force comes into the congressional viewfinder.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  8. A Lockheed Martin proposal for an upgunned Littoral Combat Ship features an installed vertical launch system. Lockheed Martin

    No Report Expected Just Yet on LCS Alternative

    For those of you with July 31 marked on your calendars as a red-letter day in the US Navy's Small Surface Combatant (SSC) program — hold that thought.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  9. An F-35A from Edwards AFB, California, flies on Feb. 7. Lockheed Martin

    Top USAF Officials Defend F-35

    Despite ongoing restrictions on the fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the US Air Force's top general warned against being 'alarmist' when discussing the fifth-generation jet's engine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  10. US Gen. Philip Breedlove speaks during a July 30 press conference in Kosovo. Armend Nimani / AFP

    NATO: Number of Russian Troops on Ukraine Border Rising

    NATO's top commander said Wednesday that Russia was 'increasing' the number of troops and weaponry along the border with Ukraine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  11. A picture taken July 25 shows the trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome as it intercepts a rocket launched from Gaza. Jack Guez / AFP

    White House Cites Lack of Iron Dome Funding in Supplemental Veto Threat

    The White House said Wednesday that it 'strongly opposes' a Republican-crafted emergency spending bill, in part because it contains no funds for an Israeli missile defense system.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  12. A pro-Russia separatist displaying a Russian national flag on his uniform stands next a comrade at a checkpoint near the front line in the northern outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, on July 22. Citing Russian support of separatists in Ukraine and other actions, a UK parliamentary defense committee is calling for Britain to take the lead in pushing for changes to help strengthen NATO against future Russian threats. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    UK Lawmakers Urge Gov't To Lead Charge for NATO Changes

    NATO is ill-prepared to face the threat posed by Russia, and the British government should take the lead in fixing the problems at the Sept.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  13. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testify before the House Armed Services Committee in March. A new strategy document emphasizes better relations with Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    New US Air Force Strategy Emphasizes Closer Ties With Industry, Congress

    The US Air Force is calling for closer ties to industry, better relations with Congress, and increased flexibility for both airmen and acquisitions — all part of a 30-year strategy document unveiled Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  14. Philippine police peer from behind their shields as officers hose down anti-government protesters during a July 28 protest in Manila to coincide with Aquino's state of the nation address. TED ALJIBE / AFP

    Philippines' Aquino Seeks To Quash Rumors of Military Coup

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought Wednesday to quash rumors that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military's full support.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  15. A man works in a container July 21, 2013, with the MIG-21 jets found inside the North Korean Chong Chon Gang vessel at the Manzanillo Port in Colon, Panama. Rodrigo Arangua / AFP

    US Slaps Sanctions on 2 North Korean Shipping Companies

    The United States imposed sanctions Wednesday on two North Korean shipping companies over their attempt to ship arms from Cuba to North Korea in violation of US and UN sanctions.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  16. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice David Buimovitch / AFP

    US Official: No Intent To Engage In Africa Militarily

    Washington does not intend to engage in Africa militarily to resolve the continent's conflicts but is boosting efforts to train peacekeepers, a senior US official said Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  17. Commentary: Cyber Deterrence Is Working

    Despite the mainstream view of cyberwar professionals and theorists, cyber deterrence is not only possible but has been working for decades.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  18. Commentary: iPad-Generation Pilots Will Unlock F-35 Capabilities

    Far from the PR fighting fields of Farnborough, the US Marine Corps is preparing for asurge in the combat capability of the Navy-Marine air/ground expeditionary force.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  19. Commentary: Protect the Front Door

    Washington's normally stoic international mergers and acquisitions community is unusually animated following the culmination of an unprecedented sequence of events.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  20. Editorial: Gear + Training = Capability

    While the 2014 edition of the Farnborough International Airshow last week will be known as the air show that the F-35 joint strike fighter missed, it was, in fact, a busy and successful show for Britain and the United States.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  21. The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 Flight Restrictions Lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  22. The littoral combat ship USS Independence is underway in a formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific 2014. Ensign Joseph Pfaff / US Navy

    PACOM Chief: US Not Worried About Chinese Intel Ship off Hawaiian Coast

    The head of the Pentagon's Pacific Command said Tuesday that it's 'a little odd' the Chinese government has sent a spy ship to trail the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise currently taking place off the coast of Hawaii — an exercise in which China has f

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  23. An Israeli soldier keeps his position July 29 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Jack Guez / AFP

    Protective Edge Vs. Cast Lead at Day 22

    As Israel closes out the 22nd day of Operation Protective Edge, here's some preliminary data measured against its 23-day, 2008-2009 Cast Lead campaign.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  24. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., prefers a separate vote on extra funding for the Iron Dome system for Israel. Larry French/ / Getty Images

    Republicans Trying To Force Democrats Into Stand-Alone Iron Dome Funding Bill

    Congressional Republicans want to force Democrats into voting on a stand-alone measure to send $225 million in emergency funds to Israel for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  25. France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera, left, review an honor guard at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on July 29. Toru Yamanaka / AFP

    Japan, France Agree on Defense Equipment Cooperation

    Japan and France on Tuesday agreed to enhance defense cooperation, including the joint development of military equipment, Japanese officials said.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  26. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    US Calls On Moscow To Get Rid of Banned Arms

    Ratcheting up tensions with Moscow, Washington on Tuesday urged Russia to destroy prohibited weapons after it accused Russian leaders of flouting a 1987 treaty banning medium-range cruise missiles.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  27. An AgustaWestland helicopter flies at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England. India on February 15, 2013. AFP

    Finmeccanica Kickback Probe Dropped Amid Executives' Corruption Trial

    As two former Finmeccanica executives prepare to hear if they will be sentenced this autumn for their role in an allegedly corrupt helicopter deal, an Italian magistrate has halted a separate probe into corporate responsibility at the group.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  28. The Royal Air Force's 10 MQ-9 Reapers will be incorporated into the core equipment program after combat operations end in Afghanistan. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    Reapers To Join UK's Core Equipment Program

    The British Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is to take the Royal Air Force's fleet of 10 MQ-9 Reapers into its core equipment program following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  29. An RT SkyStar 300 system operates along the Gaza border, but is not involved in the current Protective Edge operation. RT LTA Systems

    Israeli Firm Provides Power-by-The-Hour Intel in Gaza

    An Israeli aerostat provider whose power-by-the-hour surveillance services have been used to protect targets as varied as Vladimir Putin to Madonna is working under fire along the Gaza border in support of Israeli forces.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  30. An Iraqi Air Force AC-208 Cessna Caravan aircrew launches a Hellfire missile Nov. 8, 2010, at a target on the Aziziyah Training Range, south of Baghdad. The State Department has cleared the sale of 5,000 more Hellfire weapons to Iraq. Sgt. Brandon Bolick / US Army

    US State Department Approves New Hellfire Sale to Iraq

    The US State Department has approved two new lots of weapon sales to Iraq at a time when that government is desperately trying to fight off the encroachment of the militant Sunni Islamic State.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  31. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod last week. House Republican leaders have opted against including additional funds for the Israeli missile defense system in the version of the border spending bill the lower chamber might vote on later this week, a senior House aide said. DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP

    US House Supplemental Won't Include Funds for Israel's Iron Dome

    The House this week could take up an emergency spending bill to address the US-Mexico border crisis, but it will not include funds for an Israeli missile defense program.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  32. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., questions a witness during a committee hearing June 9 on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Issue Tracker: Funding the Pentagon

    Few Senate leaders, Republican or Democrat, believe the chamber can pass its own version of a 2015 defense appropriations bill. To do so, the parties would have to set aside a years-old fight over process and amendments.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  33. Sen. Carl Levin gestures during May hearings. Levin said Senate and House staff members will negotiate a compromise Pentagon policy bill in case the Senate fails to pass its own version. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Levin: Senate-House NDAA 'Fallback' Talks Will Continue During August Recess

    US House and Senate staffers will meet throughout August to hammer out a compromise Pentagon policy bill as a fallback plan should the latter chamber fail to pass its version.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  34. Follow-through on keeping armored personnel carriers for the Afghan Army rapid strike battalions equipped and ready has been lacking, the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction said in a report issued Tuesday. Textron

    Afghan Quick Reaction Force Slowed by Logistics Failures

    A specially trained and equipped Afghan Army quick reaction force is in danger of having its vehicles fall into disrepair, and its soldiers miss out on training due to an inability to supply much-need spare parts and training, a Congressionally-mandated w

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  35. Gen. Gilmary Michael Hostage US Air Force

    Gen. Hostage: Manned, Unmanned Mix Needed In Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  36. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a pair of US Air Force GSSAP satellites launches the evening of July 28 from Cape Canaveral. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Successfully Launches GSSAP

    The US Air Force's new geosynchronous spy satellite is on its way into orbit.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  37. A British Challenger 2 tank rolls into Basra in Iraq. Challenger tanks will be among the armor the UK will send to a Polish military exercise in October. Essam al-Sudani/AFP

    UK Sending Troops, Vehicles to Polish Exercise

    Britain is committing nearly 1,500 troops to a major exercise in Poland later this year as part of wider measures to reassure nations in Eastern Europe and the Baltic of NATO's commitment to the region in the face of Russian aggression in the Ukraine.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  38. During a news conference at the Israeli Defense Ministry July 28, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Operation Protective Edge will not end 'without neutralizing the tunnels, the sole purpose of which is the destruction of our civilians and the killing of our children.' GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP

    Israel Intensifies Anti-Tunnel Campaign, Rejects Truce Calls

    Israel is expanding its anti-tunnel ground campaign in Gaza along with standoff air, sea and land attacks in a high-intensity bid to bolster the operational conditions to drive an eventual diplomatic truce with Hamas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  39. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery, a missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images

    Senior Dem: With Supplemental in Doubt, 'Another Approach' for Iron Dome May be Needed

    One senior House Democrat says including millions for an Israeli missile defense program in a broader spending bill could delay — or even kill — the funds.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  40. The Micro Tactical Ground Robot, built by Roboteam, is the latest tool to be fielded by Israel Defense Force units targeting Gaza's elaborate and often explosives-rigged network of tunnels. Roboteam

    Israel Debuts Micro Robot in Anti-Tunnel Campaign

    Israel debuted a locally developed micro robot in its ongoing onslaught against the labyrinth of tunnels and concealed shafts supporting subterranean arms depots, command posts and cross-border attacks from Gaza.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  41. Two French Rafale fighter planes fly outside Paris for annual Bastille Day celebrations. HAL will need to fund additional manufacturing facilities when it finalizes its Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft program. India is currently negotiating with Dassault on purchase of the Rafale. FRANCK PENNANT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    India To Sell Partial Stake in HAL

    India will sell 10 percent of its 100 percent stake in monopoly military aircraft producer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), a senior Defence Ministry official said.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  42. From left to right: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and their Polish counterparts Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and Foreign Ministers Radoslaw Sikorski address a joint press-conferance July 28 in Warsaw. Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

    Britain Plans Major Exercises in Poland Amid Ukraine Crisis

    Britain on Monday announced major joint maneuvers in Poland in October, part of a string of NATO exercises in the region aimed at reassuring eastern Europe members jittery over a resurgent Russia.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  43. Ex-Contractor Extradited from Iraq to US In Bribery Case

    A former defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face charges he tried to bribe US officials to secure lucrative government deals, authorities said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  44. Attendees visit the Smith & Wesson booth during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Houston, Texas. The US gunmaker was fined $2 million on July 28 for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Smith & Wesson Fined for Indonesia, Pakistan Bribes

    US gunmaker Smith & Wesson was hit with $2 million in fines Monday for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  45. Afghan local policemen fire their AK-47 rifles during a 2012 training session conducted by US Marines in Sangin in Helmand Province. Adek Berry / AFP

    Audit: US Weapons for Afghans May End Up With Taliban

    Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  46. Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends Navy Day celebrations on July 27 in Severomorsk. Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP

    Putin Defiant In Face of New EU Arms Sanctions

    President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged Russia's defense industry to swiftly cut imports as the EU looks set to impose a ban on the sale of weapons and technology over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  47. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seated July 28 during a performance given by the State Merited Chorus at the People's Theatre in Pyongyang. AFP

    North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on White House

    A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  48. New LCS Armament: A Naval Strike Missile emerges from its launcher aboard the Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen during a test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September. Forsvaret

    Norway's Naval Strike Missile to get LCS test

    This September, a US Navy littoral combat ship (LCS) will get underway on a missile range off Southern California and conduct test launches of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), a Kongsberg-developed weapon already fielded aboard Norwegian warships and by Po

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  49. Saab officials said the company chose to not bid on a Denmark fighter program and concentrate on other markets. Above is a Gripen E/F Test aircraft. Stefan Kalm/ / Saab

    Saab Eyes Other Markets After Dropping Denmark Bid

    Sweden's decision not to submit a formal bid for Denmark's $5.5 billion to $6 billion Fighter Replacement Program (FRP) was a 'strategic choice' supported by state partners and Saab, said Ulf Hammarström, the CEO of Sweden's Defense Export Agency (DEA).

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  50.  Karen Bleier / AFP

    Column: Oversight, Is That You?

    Over drinks with several government watchdogs, a recent House Armed Services Committee hearing almost immediately came up. (Of course it did, right?)

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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