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  1. A court decision in mid-July could lead to greater transparency from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    Court: US Must Explain Why It Rejects Foreign Deals

    Since its inception in 1975, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has decided whether foreign acquisitions or investments in US companies could raise national security concerns.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  2. An MQ-9 Reaper UAV taxies after landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. US, Iranian and Iraqi unmanned vehicles share airspace over Iraqi skies. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson / US Air Force

    US, Iranian Drones Crowd Iraqi Air Space

    Despite a years-long history of intermittently sniping at one another's drones in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf, the United States and Iran have for the most part avoided each other in the air.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  3. A Delta IV rocket carrying the first two satellites for the GSSAP program awaits launch on July 25. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Ready for New Geosynchronous Overwatch

    The US Air Force will soon have new spy satellite capability that will provide oversight over other objects in space.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  4. Avro transport aircraft Indian Air Force

    India's Tender for Private-Sector-Built Airlifter May Not Take Off

    India's first attempt to operate a military aircraft-building program involving the domestic private sector appears to be a non-starter as only one potential foreign partner is likely to submit a bid, a Ministry of Defence source said.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  5. The indigenous Hsiung Feng 3 has been called a carrier killer. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    Chinese Threat, US Hesitance Drive Taiwan's Munitions Push

    Taiwan's efforts to develop and produce a variety of munitions spring from two fears: fear of China and fear that Washington will fail to live up to its promises to provide arms in the event of a Chinese invasion.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  6. The Norwegian government in May presented a bill in parliament that aims to secure completion of Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile and prepare it for integration on the F-35. Kongsberg

    Norway Eyes Greater Precision, Global Exports

    The ambitious private-state partnership behind Kongsberg Defence System's Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and Joint Strike Missile (JSM) programs is driven by government support for advanced precision strike weapons that can bolster Norway's defense sector and

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  7. Poland wants to acquire joint air-to-surface standoff missiles for its fleet of F-16s. Lockheed Martin via US Air Force

    Russian Actions Drive Poland's Acquisition Mood

    Poland, now more focused on strengthening its precision strike and deterrence capacity, is in talks with the US to acquire AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSMs) for its fleet of F-16 Block 52+ fighter jets.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  8. The Brimstone, seen here on a Tornado, is one of several missiles expected to experience large orders from Mideast air forces. MBDA

    Mideast, US Lead Sharp Rise in Munitions Market

    The global smart weapons market, valued at $3.6 billion in 2013, is expected to reach $5.3 billion by 2018, according to an industry report.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  9. A helicopter launches a Roketsan-developed Cirit laser-guided missile. Roketsan

    Turkey Shops Locally for Smart Munitions

    A host of regional symmetrical and asymmetrical threats, and their unusually swift rise in prominence, are leading the Turkish government to focus on smart munitions.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  10. Saab sees its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system as part of a possible solution to the Australian requirement. Saab

    Australia To Renew Ground-based Air Defense Capability

    Australia plans to include a replacement for its Saab RBS-70 very-short-range air defense missile system in its next Defence Capability Plan.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  11. Lessons From Libya: A Canadian CF-18 fighter lands at an airbase in Sicily after a mission in Libya in March 2011. Concern over civilian deaths during the Libyan campaign has made low collateral damage weapons a priority for the Royal Canadian Air Force. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/ / AFP

    Aiming To Cut Collateral Damage, Canada Eyes Smarter Weapons

    The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking at acquiring new weapons to reduce collateral damage, a key recommendation that emerged from the service's war in Libya.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  12. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, pays tribute to former presidents Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, his grandfather and father, on July 27 to mark the 61st anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. AFP

    North Korea Defies UN Censure To Fire Missile Into Sea

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  13. A Russian MIG-29 performs during the MAKS 2009 international aerospace show outside Moscow. A MiG-29 crashed July 27 in Russia, killing the pilot, according to reports. Dmitry Kostyukov / AFP

    Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Killing Pilot

    A fighter jet crashed in southern Russia on Sunday, killing the pilot, the head of the air force told Russian news agencies, blaming a technical fault.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  14. Gul

    Auditors: Turkish Industry 'Has Failed To Develop' Despite Reforms, Billions Spent

    Despite the government's optimism and ambitions for a robust Turkish defense industry, a first-of-its-kind state audit report has revealed that the sector has underperformed in the past years.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  15. Under Development: Boeing officials have long said they do not expect to profit on the KC-46A tanker before it enters production. boeing

    Boeing Discloses KC-46 Design Flaw as Companies Report Mixed Earnings

    Boeing said it would eat $272 million in the development of the new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker after discovering wiring issues in test aircraft.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  16.  Mike Morones/Staff

    Interview with Bennett Croswell, President of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

    On June 23, an F-35A gearing up for a flight caught fire.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  17. Advisers to DoD: Help Private-Sector Innovators Help You

    It's well past time for the Pentagon to revamp its acquisition processes so the private sector can boost its role in technology development, a key Pentagon advisory panel said on Thursday.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  18. A Tougher Stance: A bill awaits the signature of Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan that will toughen terrorism laws. Dan Kitwood/ / AFP

    UAE Stiffens Counterterror Laws

    The United Arab Emirates Federal National Council has approved a revised draft of its 10-year-old counterterrorism law to respond to evolving threats last week.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  19. Seeking Consensus: Foreign ministers Frans Timmermans of the Netherlands, left, Poland's Radoslaw Sikorski and Italy's Federica Mogherini confer prior to a meeting of foreign affairs ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels last week. THIERRY CHARLIER/ / AFP

    Europe Struggles To Unify Its Response to Russia

    Europe will harden its line against Moscow after the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, but sniping between Britain and France shows that the road to political consensus will be long and hard, analysts said.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  20. In a statement supporting additional US funding for Israel's Iron Dome system, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for Democrats to support 'a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly'  signaling apparent opposition to Democrats' emergency spending bill plan. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    McConnell Endorses Extra Iron Dome Funds, but Not Democratic-Written Supplemental

    The Senate's top Republican supports doubling US funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense program, but just how the extra $225 million passes the chamber remains unclear.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  21. The first KC-46A test aircraft in development at a Boeing facility near Seattle. Aaron Mehta/Staff

    Boeing Takes $272 Million KC-46 Hit

    Boeing is taking a $272 million hit to its KC-46A tanker contract after discovering a wiring issue that will require fixing on a test aircraft.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  22. Sen. Richard Shelby is uncertain if the Senate will pass a Pentagon spending bill. Andrew Burton/ / Getty Images

    Senate's Top Republican Appropriator Doubts 2015 Defense Bill Reaches Floor

    Can the US Senate put aside a years-long procedural impasse and pass a Pentagon spending bill? The top Republican on the Appropriations Committee has his doubts.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  23. Elana Broitman served as the principal contact between the Pentagon and defense industry leaders. US Defense Department

    Broitman Resigns DoD Industrial Policy Post

    The US Defense Department's industrial policy chief Elana Broitman announced that she will step down next month after only five months on the job, Defense News has learned.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  24. Although the Navy has not asked for the ship, Congress is working to fund a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious ship. Here, the John P. Murtha, 10th ship in the class, is under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Money For New US Navy Amphib Falls Far Short

    Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the US Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  25. Australia's first F-35 is presented during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. Nigel Pittaway

    First Australian F-35A Rolled Out

    The first F-35A for the Royal Australian Air Force was rolled out during a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin facility.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  26. US Rep. Mike Turner has been active in urging US action to support the Ukrainian government. Courtesy

    Turner to Obama: Arm Ukraine To Take Out Anti-Air Systems

    US Rep. Mike Turner continues to focus on America's response to global crises while his rivals for the House Armed Services Committee gavel continue to work on acquisition reform and shipbuilding.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  27. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to Conduct Test of Norwegian Missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  28. Russia began supplying military helicopters, including Mi-35 attack helicopters, pictured here in Afghanistan in 2009, and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said July 24. AFP

    Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

    Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  29. US Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell was confirmed July 24 as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Army Vice Chief Campbell Confirmed for ISAF Post; Votel Goes to SOCOM

    The US Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  30. A part of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel currently under construction for the Russian navy, arrives July 15 from the Baltic in Saint-Nazaire, France. Jean-sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Ukraine 'Disappointed' By French Refusal To Halt Russia Warship Sale

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he was 'very disappointed' by France's decision to go ahead with a deal to sell two warships to Russia, despite international condemnation of Moscow's role in the east Ukraine conflict.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  31. The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), left, Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9), and ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, moored June 19 at Fleet Activities in Sasebo, Japan. MC2 Michael Achterling / US Navy

    Naval Ships From US, India and Japan To Start War Games

    The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  32. The MNCS Toronto will join the NATO fleet in the Mediterranean. Wikipedia

    Canada Sends Warship to Mediterranean To Join NATO Fleet

    A Canadian warship with a crew of 250 headed Thursday to the Mediterranean where it will join a NATO fleet providing increased security in Eastern Europe amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  33. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding to speed production of components for the anti-missile system. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Pentagon Supports Emergency $225M for Israel's Iron Dome

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to congressional leadership on Tuesday requesting $225 million in additional US funding to accelerate production of Iron Dome missile-defense components to ensure Israel will have adequate stockpiles to prote

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  34. Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraqi Army to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Administration Official: ISIL 'No Longer a Terrorist Group,' Now a 'Full-Blown Army'

    Obama administration officials made clear Wednesday the White House remains reluctant about launching a new military intervention in Iraq.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  35. An armed pro-Russia militant stands at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget/ / AFP

    On Capitol Hill, a Cold War Aura Returns

    It's suddenly 1980-something again on Capitol Hill as a Cold War aura fills the halls of Congress.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  36.  David McNew / Getty Images

    Boeing Boosts 2014 Profit Forecast After Strong Q2

    US aerospace and defense giant Boeing on Wednesday raised its full-year profit forecast after earnings soared 52 percent in the second quarter, lifted by increased jetliner deliveries.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  37. Peru has acquired the Dutch replenishment ship Amsterdam. AFP

    Peru Acquires Dutch Replenishment Ship

    The Peruvian government has acquired the Netherlands' fleet replenishment ship HNLMS 'Amsterdam,' which will be delivered to the South American country in December, a move signaling an effort to boost naval capabilities.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  38. Lithuania plans to replace its M113 armored personnel carriers. An M113A3 version is shown here. Canadian Master Corporal Karl McKay

    Lithuania To Acquire New Infantry Fighting Vehicles

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced plans to acquire new infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to replace the country's M113 armored personnel carriers.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  39. The Typhoon is one of the competitors to replace the Danish Air Force's F-16 fleet. GEOFFREY LEE/ / Eurofighter

    Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Announce Bids on Danish Fighter Competition; Saab Withdraws

    Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin have confirmed they have submitted bids to replace the Royal Danish Air Force's aging F-16 combat jet fleet but Saab has withdrawn from the competition.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  40. House Appropriations Defense subcommittee veteran Jack Kingston conceded defeat in the runoff to businessman David Perdue on Tuesday evening. Because Kingston opted against running again for his 1st District House seat, the defense sector will lose another ally when the new Congress is seated next January.

    After GOP Runoff Loss, Rep. Kingston is Latest Defense-Sector Ally Leaving Congress

    A longtime defense-sector ally will not be a United States senator after losing a Georgia Republican primary runoff and will leave Congress early next year.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  41. Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Britain Still Exporting Arms to Russia

    Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  42. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, leaves March 5 for her first trial. Frank Perry / AFP

    US: Transfer of French Warships to Russia 'Inappropriate'

    The delivery of French Mistral-class warships to Russia would be 'completely inappropriate' given the West's misgivings about Moscow's role in Ukraine, the United States said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  43. Volounteers who joined the Iraqi army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State brandish their weapons July 23 as they come as backup at a checkpoint in the city of Diyala. Amer Al-Saadi / AFP

    Iraq MPs Stall Presidential Vote as Violence Rages

    Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while airstrikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  44. After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines  surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare. US Air Force

    Air Force Refocuses on Training as Wars Wind Down

    After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  45. A bill awaits the signature of Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan that will toughen terrorism laws. Dan Kitwood / AFP

    UAE Toughens Counterterrorism Laws

    The United Arab Emirates has revised its 10-year-old counterterrorism law to respond to evolving threats.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  46. Gen. William Shelton, commander of the US Air Force Space Command in 2013. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

    Shelton: Russia's Doubt Over US Satellite Capabilities Shows 'Desperation'

    Russian statements expressing skepticism that the US can produce satellite images showing a surface-to-air missile shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17 shows 'desperation' on Russia's part, the top Air Force space official said today.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  47. The US should develop a new engine for the Atlas V launch vehicle, said the outgoing head of the US Air Force Space Command. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Space Head: Time Right for New Engine

    The outgoing head of the US Air Force Space Command said the time is right for a new rocket engine to be developed in the United States, regardless of whether current engine sales are cut off by Russia.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  48. The doors to the Senate Chamber inside the US Capitol. SASC Chairman Carl Levin has given his approval for preliminary talks about a compromise version of the national defense authorization act. The 'pre-conferencing' tactic has been used before to pass defense legislation when the Senate has been unable to get its own bill done. JIM WATSON/AFP

    Sen. Levin Green-Lights Work on 'Fallback' Bill Should Senate Fail on NDAA

    US Senate staffers have the 'green light' to start preliminary talks about a compromise version of a Pentagon policy bill that could quickly pass both chambers later this year.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  49. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Samuel Kubani / AFP

    Austria FM: EU to Prepare Defense-Sector Sanctions Against Russia

    The European Commission will shortly begin work on defense sector sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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