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  1. US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah wait for a photo with of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airports Royal Terminal on September 11 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Arab Countries Carve Out Role in Anti-Terror Fight

    Arabian Gulf countries, apart from using their bases for coalition forces to conduct military action against Islamic State militants, will play a major role in the fight against the group by cutting its terrorist financing and presenting a counter narrati

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  2. The Next Fleet: Taiwan ships on parade during annual Han Kuang exercises off the east coast of Taiwan. Wendell Minnick

    Taiwan Previews Major Naval Acquisition Plan

    Taiwan's Navy plans to build new destroyers, frigates, corvettes and submarines in a 20-year force modernization program that will replace all the US and French-built warships in the fleet.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  3. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, right, listen to the national anthem during a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of Islamic scholar and political leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, at the loya jirga hall in Kabul on Saturday. The former head of the High Peace Council, Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide bomber entering his home in Kabul on September 20, 2011. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Eyeing 'Very Fast' Security Deal With Afghanistan

    NATO's top military commander said Saturday the alliance was eyeing the rapid conclusion of security agreements with Afghanistan for its post-2014 mission in the country once a unity government is formed there.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  4. Aftermath: A Palestinian family walks past the remains of a building destroyed in fighting between Hamas militants and Israel in Shejaiya, in Gaza. The Israeli military says the next conflict will be more complex. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Israel's Strategy: Shooting Pool With a Bowling Ball

    Israeli military leaders are assessing how lessons from Gaza could apply to war planning in Lebanon, Syria and other potential theaters.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  5. Up for Sale: Airbus Defence & Space CEO Bernhard Gerwert walks with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in Berlin in May. Gerwert announced last week that some of the company's businesses are up for sale. Sean Gallup/ / Getty Images

    With Sales, Airbus D&S Sharpens Focus

    When Airbus Defence & Space placed a for-sale sign on its professional mobile radio activities on Sept.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  6. A Ukrainian attack helicopter patrols in Donetsk's surrounding areas on Saturday. ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    NATO reviews ties with Russia as new truce reached in Ukraine

    NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania on Saturday to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  7. Lebanese army soldiers inspect the wreckage of an Israeli drone that crashed along the southern Lebanese border with Israel, on Saturday. ALI DIA / AFP/Getty Images

    Source: Israel drone crashes inside Lebanon

    An Israeli drone crashed inside Lebanon on Saturday, coming down close to the demarcation line with the Jewish state, a military source.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  8. US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, right, speaks with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn on Sept. 18. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

    Most Senate Incumbents in Tight Races Vote 'Yay' on CR, Syrian Rebel Package

    Only two US senators involved in re-election races that could hand Republicans control of the chamber voted against a massive spending bill that also approves a plan to arm Syrian rebels.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  9. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks to reporters outside the White House on Sept. 18. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Senate Panel Approves Bill to Authorize Military Aid to Ukraine, New Sanctions

    A Senate panel wants to slap sanctions on Russian defense firms while also authorizing the Obama administration to send lethal military aid to Ukraine.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  10. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    Hollande: France Carries Out First Air Strike in Iraq

    French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  11. The US Defense Department's new Better Buying Power 3.0 strategy is based on the 'growing concern that the United States' technological superiority over potential adversaries is being threatened today in a way that we have not seen for decades,' acquisition chief Frank Kendall said. (File photo) Tom Brown/Defense News

    Pentagon Unveils Draft of New R&D Strategy; Waits for Industry, Hill To Weigh In

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the US holds in military tec

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  12. A Patriot missile launcher system is pictured at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep. Spain has announced it will station a squadron of the systems in Turkey as the Netherlands ended its Patriot deployment there. BULENT KILIC/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Turks Praise Spanish Patriot Deployment

    Turkey's government and military have welcomed a decision by NATO ally Spain to station a squadron of Patriot surface-to-air missile systems and send 130 servicemen to Turkey.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  13. US House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, left, and President Barack Obama supported legislation to avert a government shutdown and provide military support to Syrian rebels. Getty

    Big Wins: Obama, McKeon Score as Senate OKs Syrian Rebel Train-And-Equip Plan

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Sept. 18. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Ukrainian President Requests Lethal Military Aid from US

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the US to help Kiev modernize its ill-equipped army with lethal and non-lethal weapons during a visit to the US capital on Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  15. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech Sept. 18 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Patrick Kovarik / AFP

    Hollande Goes On Offensive With Iraq Airstrike Decision

    President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct airstrikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  16. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support New Rocket Engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  17. Protecting Infrastructure: In this 2009 photo, security guards stand watch at the Tawke oil refinery in Kurdistan in northern Iraq. A new pipeline pumps oil from the semi-autonomous enclave to Turkey, which is putting out bids to protect pipelines and other critical areas. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP via Getty Images

    Turkey Seeks Advanced Security for Pipelines, Strategic Locations

    The Turkish government, feeling threatened by unstable regimes and hostile governments in its vicinity, is setting off to provide advanced security for its pipelines and other strategically important buildings, bridges and military bases.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  18. Better, Cheaper Services: Turkey's first indigenous basic trainer aircraft, the Hürkus, takes to the skies. Under a new logistics management plan, local prime contractors such as Turkish Aerospace Industries, which builds the Hürkus, would be asked to sign logistical management contracts with SSM on behalf of all system suppliers. Turkish Aerospace Industries

    Turkey Hopes To Cut Costs With New Logistics Plan

    Long in use in other parts of the world, performance-based logistics has caught the eye of Turkey in its quest for better and cheaper services.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  19. Final approval on India's purchase of 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers has been delayed because of a missing file. BAE Systems

    Indian MoD Source: Purchase of 20 Hawk Trainers On Track Despite Lost File

    An order for 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers for the Indian Air Force worth $333 million has been delayed as the file detailing the purchase has been misplaced, an Indian Defence Ministry source said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  20. The US House has approved a stopgap measure to fund the government through Dec. 11.

    US House Votes to Avert Government Shutdown; All Eyes Now on Senate

    Congress is one step closer to avoiding another Pentagon and federal government shutdown, something leaders of both political parties fear heading into a crucial election homestretch.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  21. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and the Chief of US Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attend the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force to Congress: Protect Readiness, Enact CR

    The leadership of the US Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  22. Jeff Bezos, right, the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, gestures toward a model of the BE-4 rocket engine during a press conference with Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, on Wednesday. Win McNamee/ / Getty Images

    ULA Teams With Blue Origin for New Rocket Engine

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is teaming with Seattle-based Blue Origin to design and produce a next-generation, American-made rocket engine for space launch, the companies announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  23. Syrian government forces stand on the street after taking control of the village of Tayyibat from rebel forces. A measure is moving through the US Congress that would authorize the president to train and equip the Syrian rebel troops. AFP/Getty Images

    In Rare Bipartisan Vote, House OKs Syrian Rebel Train-and-Equip Amendment

    The US House has signed off on granting the president authorities to train and arm Syrian opposition forces — while restricting the involvement of American ground forces.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  24. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: US Troops in Iraq Could Call in Airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  25. Navy, Air Force and Army analysts review information during the Cyber Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster/ / US Air Force

    SASC: China-Backed Hackers Penetrated TransCom Contractor Networks 20 Times

    Chinese government-backed hackers accessed networks of private-sector firms with sensitive data about US military logistics nearly two dozen times in one year, says a US Senate committee.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  26. Thales Groups' interest in the Middle East is part of a strategy laid out by Thales Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Lévy. Miguel Medina/ / AFP via Getty Images

    Thales Makes Big Mideast Push

    French multinational defense giant Thales is investing in developing industrial capabilities in the Middle East, according to a senior company executive.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  27. The fast combat support ship USNS Bridge has been inactivated as a budget-cutting measure. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Big Navy Supply Ship Inactivated

    Weeks of disagreement over the future of the Navy's biggest supply ships has ended with a decision to inactivate one of the four vessels.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  28. An Arrow missile launches in central Israel, south of Tel Aviv. A recent intercept test of the Arrow 2 missed its mark. Israel Aerospace Industries/AFP

    Arrow-2 Intercept Test Misses Target

    Israel has determined that a Sept. 9 intercept test of the joint US-Israel Arrow-2 missile missed its target.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  29. MV Cape Ray returned to Portsmouth, Va., after destroying Syrian chemical weapons on a 7-month deployment to 6th Fleet. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    US Ship That Destroyed Syrian Chemical Weapons Returns Home

    The MV Cape Ray, which successfully disposed of hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons this summer in the Mediterranean Sea, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  30. Roberto I. Guerrero, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, speaks during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference, on Tuesday. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Efficiency Is Watchword For US Air Force Energy Chief

    The US Air Force's new energy chief repeatedly uses one word to describe his mission: efficiency.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  31. Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a July 18 demonstration. Tauseef Mustafa / Getty Images

    FBI: Islamic State Support on Rise Since US Airstrikes

    Support for the Islamic State organization has grown since the US launched airstrikes in Iraq and the group is attracting many new jihadist fighters, top US officials said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  32. A Boeing KC-46A prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight in this artist's conception. The first flight of the KC-46 test aircraft has been pushed back to November. Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Air Force

    First Flight Delayed for KC-46A Test Aircraft

    The first flight of the KC-46A program's test aircraft has been pushed back until mid-to-late November, with the first next-generation tanker not expected to fly until April, the program's top officer said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  33. An F-15C Eagle takes off to do some training with the Bulgarian aircraft at Graf Ignatievo Air Base near Plovdiv, Bulgaria on Aug. 21. Senior Airman Hailey Haux/Air Force

    US Air Force Trying To Protect F-15s In Europe

    Air Force leaders are crossing their fingers that F-15 fighters will stay at least another year in Europe through the '

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  34. A U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an Aug. 21 mission in northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / Air Force

    Air Mobility Crews Have Logged More Than 1,000 Sorties To Support Airstrikes in Iraq

    Air Mobility Command tankers have flown more than 1,000 missions in support of airstrikes against the Islamic State, AMC commander Gen. Darren McDew said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  35. Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, speaks Sept. 16 during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference,. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Space Command Chief: SpaceX Certification Looming

    SpaceX is getting close to certification for military launches, perhaps as soon as the start of December, the new head of US Air Force Space Command said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  36. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Congress is moving in a positive direction toward adopting a continuing resolution. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Senior Senator: Both Chambers Should Pass CR, Syrian Rebels Authorities 'Before' Weekend

    A senior US Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  37. An Iraqi security forces member looks out on the Euphrates River from a helicopter flying near Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sept. 6. The Pentagon confirmed that US military aircraft on Sept. 7 conducted coordinated airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the vicinity of the strategic dam. Azhar Shallal/ / AFP

    Issue Tracker: Striking Against the Islamic State

    Neither the House nor Senate last week took up a measure authorizing US military strikes against the violent Sunni group in Iraq — and maybe Syria.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  38. US Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Bailey, right, talks with Kurdish Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih Shwani, center, during a visit to Kirkuk province. Spc. Crystal Hudson/US Army

    Top US General: Policy Against Ground Troops in Iraq Could Change

    President Barack Obama is not ready to insert US combat troops into Iraq, but his top military adviser says that could change.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  39. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said the moves followed a strategic review at the group last year. Eric Piermont / AFP via Getty Images

    Airbus Announces Divestment of Some Defense Subsidiaries

    European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday that it would sell off several subsidiaries at its defense division to focus on its core businesses of space activities, military planes and missiles.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  40. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey will testify Tuesday about the Obama administration's plans to combat the Islamic State militant group. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Live Tweeting Hagel, Dempsey Testimony on Islamic State Battle Plans

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey will testify Tuesday about the Obama administration's plans to combat the Islamic State militant group.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  41. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Cole Burston / AFP

    Canada Sent 69 Soldiers To Iraq, Says PM Harper

    Canada has sent 69 soldiers to northern Iraq to advise security forces fighting Islamist militants in the northern part of the country, the prime minister said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  42. Sailors of the Russian Black Sea Fleet march on July 25 as they prepare for Navy Day celebrations in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Max Vetrov / Getty Images

    Defense Minister: Russia To Deploy Reinforcements To Crimea Area

    Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defense minister said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  43. Dutch King Willem-Alexander addresses the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives on Sept. 16 from the throne in the Hall of Knights in The Hague, the Netherlands. Freek van den Bergh / AFP

    Netherlands To Increase Defense Spending In Wake of Downed MH17

    The Netherlands is to increase defense spending after being hard-hit by global conflicts including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, King Willem-Alexander said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  44. A US-made F-16 jet fighter takes off from a highway in southern Chiayi county on Sept. 16 during the Han Kuang drill. Taiwan displayed how its air force jets could land, refuel and take off on a closed-off motorway in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Fighter Jets Land On Taiwan Highway In 'China Attack' War Games

    Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets and early warning aircraft could land, refuel and take off on a closed motorway on Tuesday, in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  45. Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer. Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin

    Pratt: F-35 Fix Could Begin Installation Before End of Year

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  46. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, director of the Air National Guard, said the Guard needs to know how many C-130 aircraft are required on the homefront. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    Air National Guard Head Wants Study for Future C-130 Path

    The head of the US Air National Guard wants to launch a study on the path forward for the component's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  47. A conceptual image of the launch of the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP). NET Solutions Image/Air Force Research Lab

    USAF Lab Chief Expects To Test EW Missile in 2016

    On the convention center screen, an animated cruise missile flew over a shadowy cartoon city. A beam of high-power microwaves emitted from its nose — and the target building went dark.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  48. Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, US Air Force Research Laboratory commander, speaks Tuesday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AFRL Commander: 'Digital Teammates' Will Support a Shrinking Force

    As the force gets smaller, the US Air Force may look increasingly to machines to make decisions in team with airmen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  49. A CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron flies during an annual, joint exercise in Florida. Airman 1st Class Jasmonet Jackson/US Air Force

    US Air Force Special Ops Looks To Add Armor, Firepower to Ospreys

    In response to two of its CV-22 Ospreys being shot up over Juba, South Sudan, in December, critically injuring two service members, the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has added optional armor to the flooring of the aircraft and may also incorporate forward-firing weapons.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  50. A Ukrainian serviceman sits atop an armored vehicle near grenade launchers during a patrol on the border of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. ANATOLII STEPANOV/ / AFP

    Germany May Support OSCE Mission in Ukraine

    Germany sent a military fact-finding mission to eastern Ukraine on Tuesday to determine whether the Bundeswehr can support an observer mission there by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with a reconnaissance UAV, the Defense M

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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