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  1. Boeing's Phantom Badger could be one candidate to meet military requirements that call for a light, fast, easily deployable vehicle. Bob Ferguson/Boeing

    Manufacturers Offer Vehicles That Travel Light

    Got a light? Two vehicle manufacturers are banking on their stripped-down, jeep-like, ultra-light vehicle offerings, on display at Modern Day Marine this week.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  2. An F-22 Raptor displays its weapons bays in July. The Raptor took part in its first combat operation Monday over Syria. Staff Sgt. Jared Becker / US Air Force

    Analysis: Long Road for F-22's First Combat Mission

    The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  3. A long-planned sale of Apaches to Iraq has been thrown into limbo. Michael Goettings/Boeing

    Apache Sale to Iraq Thrown Into Doubt Because of Iraqi Inaction

    A proposed $4.8 billion sale to Iraq of the latest Apache AH-64E helicopter may have fallen through because Baghdad failed to sign an offer made by the US government for 24 of the aircraft.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  4. Sen. Tim Kaine wants congressional authorization for military action against the Islamic State group. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Kaine Raps Justification for War on Islamic State

    One US senator believes his colleagues will provide funds to fight the Islamic State (IS) group, but he wants the strikes to cease unless Congress formally authorizes them.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  5. F-16 Fighting Falcons from Jordan and the Air Force 13th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, wait on the flightline in May 11 at an air base in northern Jordan. Staff Sgt. Tyler McLain / Air Forces Central

    Mideast Countries Play Major Role in Islamic State Strikes

    Jordan was compelled to join US airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria after the government uncovered a number of militants crossing its border with Iraq, a Jordanian government source told Defense News.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  6. A Marine rappels down from an MV-22B Osprey. Rolls-Royce says it hopes the Marine Corps will be interested in using its upgraded V-22 engine. Lance Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/US Marine Corps

    Will USMC Pursue Engine Upgrade for V-22?

    While Rolls-Royce has completed a successful flight test of its new engine upgrade for the V-22, it is unclear whether the US Marine Corps will pursue a re-engine plan.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  7. Rep. Loretta Sanchez was one of the Democratic House members who voted against a measure to train and arm Syrian rebels. Courtesy

    Analysis: As Syria Strikes Begin, House Democrats' Support Could Prove Key

    If Congress votes on formal authorization of US airstrikes in Syria, which began Tuesday, the White House would have some work to do with skeptical House Democrats.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  8. A proposed US sale to Pakistan of 160 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles is likely to win US congressional approval even though the war against the Pakistani Taliban appears to be ending, Pakistan experts say. US Army

    Experts Say Pakistan-US MRAP Deal Likely To Win Approval

    Analysts say that a proposition to supply hundreds of mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles to Pakistan is likely although the war against the Pakistani Taliban and its allies and affiliates is winding down.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  9. GD Hawks MUTT's Merits to USMC Audience

    Like its namesake, the Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) has a leash.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  10. US President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement on Tuesday before departing to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Pr JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images

    US Bans Anti-Personnel Mines Except On Korean Border

    The United States said Tuesday it halting the use of anti-personnel mines apart from in the tense No Man's Land between the Koreas, a step closer to compliance with a global convention.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  11. The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile. The Philippine Sea and the destroyer Arleigh Burke fired a total of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles at militant groups in Syria. MC1 Eric Garst / Navy

    U.S. Airstrikes Pound Militant Groups in Syria

    The U.S. military has launched airstrikes against two terrorist groups in Syria, using manned aircraft, drones and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by Navy warships, according to U.S. Central Command.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  12. The challenges facing Gen. Joe Dunford as commandant of the Marine Corps include an increasing array of missions and responsibilities amid budget pressures. Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

    Dunford's Battles: New Missions, Budget Cuts, and a Tough Decision in 2015

    When Gen. Joe Dunford becomes commandant of the Marine Corps next month, he'll inherit the last stages of a war and a host of uncertainties — about the Marine Corps' future missions and role in national defense, its capabilities amid downsizing and budget cuts, and its physical requirements for service as new combat jobs open to women.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  13. A German Navy Sea Lynx lifts off from a US Navy ship in the Gulf of Aden after a refueling stop. Many deployed German frigates carry two of the helicopters. MC1(SW) Rachael L. Leslie/ / US Navy

    German Navy Grounds Sea Lynx Helicopter Fleet

    A 22-centimeter-long crack discovered in a German Sea Lynx Mk88 helicopter has grounded 21 of the Navy's 22-strong Sea Lynx fleet, according to the Defense Ministry.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  14. Frank Kendall is US defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. CARL COURT/ / AFP

    Interview: Frank Kendall, US DoD Acquisition Chief

    Frank Kendall, US defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, oversees hundreds of billions of dollars in procurement programs.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  15. Adm. Harry Harris, the head of the Pacific Fleet, has been tapped to take charge of U.S. Pacific Command from Adm. Samuel Locklear, who has led PACOM since 2012. Here, Harris speaks at the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Veteran's Day in 2013. MC3 Diana Quinlan / U.S. Navy

    Harris Tapped to Lead PACOM

    Adm. Harry Harris is the president's pick for the next head of U.S. Pacific Command, according to a Monday release from the Defense Department.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  16. Four F/A-22 Raptors fly on a test mission. Airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Sept. 22 were carried out by F/A-22 Raptors, according to reports. Air Force

    US Begins Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Syria

    The US military has begun its first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria late Monday, as the war ordered by President Obama against the militant organization took on an urgent new phase.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  17. Staff Sgt. Juan Fisher, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarkation chief, re-enlists during a hike Oct. 25. Next year, Manpower officials will be surrounded on all sides by budget uncertainty. Gunnery Sgt. Rome Lazarus / Marine Corps

    Future In Doubt: Uncertainty And Smaller Budgets Plague The Corps

    The next few years will be rife with uncertainty for manpower planners and Marines in uniform. Current drawdown plans, which take across-the-board budget cuts into account, call for the service to shrink to 174,000 by the end of 2017.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  18. Glueck Marine Corps

    Marine General: Two Keys Ships May Keep Marines' Amphibious Hopes Above Water

    The top general in charge of Marine Corps Combat Development Command sees uncertainty in the road ahead.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  19. The Marine Corps is in the process of transitioning several aviation squadrons to new aircraft. Pilots with CH-46E Sea Knight squadrons are learning to fly the Osprey, the Corps is standing up new F-35B squadrons and upgrades are being planned for several kinds of helicopters. Lance Cpl. Laura Raga/Marine Corps

    'Complete Transformation' Awaits Marine Aviation in 2015

    Several generations of Marine aviation idled just yards apart aboard the Navy's newest warship during its recent cruise around South America toward its home port in California.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  20. Editorial: Preparing for the Future

    The hallmark of any great organization is its ability to prepare for the future in the face of current challenges.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  21. Commentary: Nuclear Detection Architecture Also Deters

    To deal with the danger of a terrorist nuclear attack, one of the greatest threats to US and global security, the United States has adopted a variety of measures.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  22. Letter: War is War

    War represents the breakdown of what we proudly call civilization. Fighting begins when diplomacy fails to resolve issues and one of the disputants starts hostilities.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  23. Commentary: Right Choice for FA-XX

    The US Navy recently solicited an analysis of alternatives from the defense industry for an aircraft designated as FA-XX — the next carrier-borne aircraft.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  24. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 16. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Column: An Answer All People Deserve

    The 800-pound gorilla managed to remain quiet for a week, hidden, one might presume, by Washington's most powerful of power players. The few who dared discuss the beast did so in veiled ways, and with hesitation.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  25. While the US Navy is anxious to develop an operational unmanned carrier jet to follow the X-47B demonstrator, it has yet to decide what the primary mission should be. US Navy

    3 Major Decisions Loom for US Navy

    Congress again is hung up on a budget, but lawmakers have left town to fight the midterm elections, leaving the Pentagon to wait and see what happens in one budget year before it can nail down the next.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  26. Replacing the U-2 Dragon Lady with the unmanned Global Hawk is not optimal, but 'we'll make it work,' Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Hostage said. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / Air Force

    US Air Combat Command Chief Reluctantly Accepts Global Hawk Over U-2

    While the plan to keep new, unmanned Global Hawks over the aging manned U-2 has support among top Defense Department officials, the top combat general in the US Air Force says it is not the best military solution.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  27. The Saltire flag flies next to the Royal Standard of Scotland and the Union Flag above a gift shop in central Edinburgh on Sept. 19. The majority of Scots voted against leaving the UK. Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    Following 'No' Vote, UK Sorts Out Scotland's Defense Future

    The sigh of relief from the Defence Ministry was almost audible as it became clear in the early hours of Sept. 19 that Scottish voters had decisively rejected breaking up the 307-year-old political union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  28. Guido Crosetto is the new head of the Italian Federation of Aerospace, Defense and Security Companies. Italian Ministry of Defense

    New Italian Industry Group Leader Wants To Boost Role of Smaller Companies

    Italy's defense industry association is destined to take on a far more active profile after naming as its new chairman Guido Crosetto, a former politician who earned glowing reviews as a globe-trotting defense undersecretary with the Italian government be

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  29. Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, holds a Sept. 3 press conference in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    Ambassador: US Expects Not To Go Alone in Syria Airstrikes

    US Ambassador Samatha Power predicted Sunday that the United States would not be alone if it launches airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, although she said no decisions have been reached yet.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  30. A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force E-2C Hawkeye aircraft crew chief directs an aircraft in 2010 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Japan's Defence Ministry wants to replace their Hawkeyes with planes featuring advanced surveillance radar by the mid-2020s. Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey / US Air Force

    Report: Japan Wants Its Own Early-Warning Planes

    Japan's Defence Ministry wants to develop its own early-warning aircraft, replacing US-made planes as the Chinese and Russian air forces grow more assertive, a report said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  31. A Ukrainian attack helicopter patrols in Donetsk's surrounding areas on Saturday. Anatolii Stepanov / 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
  32. 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
  33. 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 Sept. 20, 2011. Wakil Kohsar / 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
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