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  1. US President Barack Obama meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other members of Congress on July 31. Legislators from both parties have said in recent days that the president needs Congressional authorization for any strikes inside Syria. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama Feels Pressure to Get Congressional OK Before Ordering Strikes Inside Syria

    Pressure from the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue is mounting on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before launching military strikes inside Syria.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  2. Rep. Duncan Hunter says, '[Islamic State] in Iraq is not an existential threat to us. They're not going to harm the United States. They're bad guys, yes. If you're there.' Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Rep. Hunter: Islamic State Just 'Guys in Pajamas,' Not an 'Existential Threat'

    A GOP House member who served in Iraq says the Islamic State is not an 'existential threat' to the United States, striking a different tone than other Republicans.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  3. New Threat: An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11 by the Islamic State allegedly shows militants driving in Iraq. AFP/Getty Images

    Islamic State Relying More on Suicide Squads

    Militants with the Islamic State (IS) are increasingly relying on terror tactics and suicide squads, and the method was key in their recent capture of one of Syria's largest air bases, experts say.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  4. Ahmet Davutoglu waves during a congress of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara. He was selected as the country's new prime minister. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turkey's Ruling Party Elects Davutoglu Prime Minister

    Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday officially elected Ahmet Davutoglu, foreign minister, as the party's new leader and the country's new prime minister.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  5. Tobias Naegele, vice president and general manager of Defense News, announced Wednesday that he is leaving Gannett Government Media after more than 22 years. Mike Morones / Staff

    Longtime Newsroom Leader Tobias Naegele Leaving Gannett Government Media

    Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  6. Airmen prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The 3DELRR program will replace the AN/TPS-75 system. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/US Air Force

    US Air Force 3DELRR Contract Expected Soon

    The US Air Force could award the contract for its Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program as early as next week, sources tell Defense News.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  7. Engaging the Enemy: A US Special Forces soldier fires a Carl Gustav after receiving small-arms fire in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on March 8. Spc. Sara Wakai/US Army

    US Spec Ops Command Orders More Saab Recoilless Rifles

    US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has signed a contract worth up to $187 million for the purchase of more Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  8. An F-15C assigned to Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., is seen in 2013. US Air Force

    USAF F-15C Crashes, Pilot's Status Unknown

    A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C crashed at about 9 a.m. in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The pilot's status is unknown.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  9. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an Aug. 15 meeting. Niels Ahlmann Olesen / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO Prepares East Europe Rapid Response To Dissuade Russia

    NATO is preparing a rapid response to the Ukraine crisis that would allow it to deploy troops swiftly to reinforce eastern Europe and dissuade Russia from further destabilising the region, the alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  10. A Patriot missile system is seen in 2013 at a Turkish military base in Kahramanmaras.. AFP

    Holland To Terminate Patriot Mission in Turkey

    The Dutch defense ministry announced Aug. 26 that the Netherlands no longer had the resources to maintain the Patriot batteries deployed in southern Turkey, prompting Turkey to seek a replacement.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  11. An E2-C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 16 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US: No Plans To Coordinate With Syria On Fighting Islamic State

    The United States said Tuesday it would not coordinate with the government of President Bashar al-Assad on targeting Islamic State militants on Syrian territory, as preparations for possible air strikes gathered pace.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  12. Seeking New Markets: Textron AirLand is planning to develop a trainer variant of its Scorpion aircraft to compete for the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement competition, as well as international markets. Textron AirLand

    Textron AirLand Developing Scorpion Trainer Variant

    Textron AirLand plans to enter a modified version of its Scorpion aircraft into the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement competition, a top company official said.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  13. Sen. Bob Corker is urging the Obama administration to come to Congress and request authority before launching strikes inside Syria. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Sen. Corker: Use Syria Strikes Authorization To Reform Post-9/11 AUMF

    US President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval before launching strikes inside Syria, and Congress should answer by amending a key post-9/11 measure, says the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Republican.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  14. An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory on Aug. 24 at the entrance of Tripoli international airport. Mahmud Turkia / Getty Images

    US Says UAE Bombed Libya Islamists as Turmoil Deepens

    UAE warplanes secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya, apparently catching Washington off guard, as turmoil in the North African country deepened with the Islamists naming a rival premier.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  15. German Patriot missile launchers are deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey on March 25. Turkey is seeking to purchase its own air defense system. JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Extends Deadline in Disputed Air Defense Contract

    For a fifth time since September, Turkey's procurement authorities extended a deadline for all three bidders in a disputed air defense contract to submit their renewed proposals.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  16. A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies a Humvee during sling load training. US Army

    Croatia Eyes Acquiring US Helos, Supplying Copters to Ukraine

    The Croatian Ministry of Defense has announced plans to acquire 20 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the US military, and provide 14 of its Mil Mi-8MTV-1 transport helos to Ukraine's armed forces to support Kiev's ongoing military operation against Russia

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  17. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes a position to monitor security and movements around Kirkuk on Aug. 24. Marwan Ibrahim / AFP via Getty Images

    Iraqi Kurdish Leader Says Iran Provided Forces With Weapons, Equipment

    Iran was the first country to provide Iraq's embattled autonomous Kurdish region with weapons to fight off jihadist-led militants, president Massud Barzani said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  18. A test flight of the US Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed Monday morning. The weapon had a successful test flight in November of 2011, seen here. US Army

    US Army's Hypersonic Missile Fails During Test

    The US Army's new Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed during an early morning test Monday, the Pentagon announced.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  19. US President Barack Obama makes a statement Aug. 20 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    White House: Obama Has Taken No Decision on Syria Airstrikes

    The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama had so far made no decision on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  20. A Finnish soldier patrols a military checkpoint near Ulm, Germany. Under a new deal, Millog Oy will provide more extensive maintenance support to Finland's Army and Navy. Andreas Rentz/ / Getty Images

    Finnish Armed Forces Broadens Outsourcing Deal With Millog

    Finland's Armed Forces Command (AFC) has broadened its outsourcing arrangement with Millog Oy, the Finnish private sector company jointly owned by defense groups Patria and Insta.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  21. An F-22 Raptor moves into position for midair refueling during Red Flag 14-3 in July. The newest generation of aircraft, such as F-22s and F-35s, cannot practice all of their capabilities at Red Flag, says Gen. Mike Hostage, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command. Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler / US Air Force

    Hostage: Virtual Training Needed To Address Limits of Red Flag

    As fifth-generation fighters outgrow the US Air Force's premiere combat training exercise, the service should look to virtual training for pilots to test the limits of the F-22 and F-35, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command said.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  22. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh stressed in his Aug. 23 speech at the General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) that each component of the service has a important role to play and that all three arms of the Air Force should work together seamlessly. Facebook

    USAF Chief: Expect Further Integration of Guard, Active

    The US Air Force's top uniformed official expects to see the lines between the active, guard and reserve components continue to come down as the service looks for ways to operate effectively under limited budgets.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  23. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks to reporters July 8 after a closed meeting on Iraq and Afghanistan on Capitol Hill. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Sen. Graham Hints at Future Strikes Against Islamic State

    As the Obama administration weighs further action against the Islamic State, one of the top defense voices on the Hill is sending clear signals he expects action soon.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  24. A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President, shows president Hassan Rouhani, center, and Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan, second right, visiting Iran's defense capabilities exhibition on Aug. 24 in Tehran. AFP

    Iran Unveils New Missiles, Drones

    Iran on Sunday unveiled two new missiles and two new drones it said have been added to its arsenal, in a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  25. The Iranian nuclear power plant of Natanz. Henghameh Fahimi / AFP

    Iran Says It Downed Israeli Drone Over Nuclear Site

    Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the center of the country.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  26. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel addresses an Aug. 19 press conference in Berlin. Stephanie Pilick / AFP

    Germany Approves Algeria Tank Factory Contract

    German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has given the go-ahead for defense technology company Rheinmetall to build an armored vehicle factory in Algeria, the weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  27. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on April 18. BRUCE WEAVER / AFP/Getty Images

    SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

    A SpaceX rocket exploded Friday during a test launch outside of McGregor, Texas.

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  28. Photo of a Chinese J-11B that the Pentagon said intercepted a Navy P-8 on August 19. Department of Defense

    China: Criticism of US Navy Jet Encounter 'Groundless'

    The Chinese Defense Ministry on Saturday called US criticism of an encounter between one of its jets and a US Navy surveillance plane 'totally groundless.'

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  29. Spent bullet shells litter the ground as a member of the Islamist-linked militia of Misrata walks past following three days of battles in the area of Tripoli's International airport, on Thursday. MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP/Getty Images

    New Mystery Air Raid Over Tripoli Kills 10 Libyan Islamists

    Using the cover of darkness to mask its identity, a mystery warplane launched a raid near Tripoli airport overnight, killing at least 10 Islamist, a Libyan militia spokesman said Saturday.

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  30. A Shiite Muslim fighter, loyal to Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, takes part in a last combat training near the city of Najaf, Iraq, on Saturday before joining the government forces to fight Islamic State jihadists in the Jurf al-Sakhr area, south of Baghdad. HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP/Getty Images

    How Can the US Defeat IS Jihadists?

    President Barack Obama calls the Islamic State a jihadist 'cancer' threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world but has so far backed only limited air strikes against the extremists.

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  31. These images of the Chinese J-11B fighter were taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Tuesday. The fighter is seen beginning a pass under the Poseidon, then crossing the P-8A's nose and showing weapons — a display of potentially hostile intent. US Defense Department

    Chinese Fighter Buzzes US Patrol Aircraft

    A Chinese high-performance fighter intercepted and buzzed a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft on Tuesday in international air space over the South China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  32. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström Esquilo via Wikimedia Commons

    Enström: Sweden Must Keep Sub-building Know-how

    Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, has endorsed a government plan to increase defense spending by more than 10 percent in 2015-2024.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  33. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed With Passports, IS Fighters Could Threaten US

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  34. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 21. Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Hagel: Iraq Crisis May Require DoD To Rethink 2015 Budget

    The Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  35. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., says he believes US lawmakers could pass a sequestration-replacement bill late this year. Jim Watson / AFP

    Levin Sees 'Coming Together' of Forces on Bill to End Sequestration

    One key Democratic US senator believes lawmakers soon will find a way to get rid of across-the-board defense cuts so loathed by many on the political right and left.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  36. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on Wednesday they plan to send arms to help Iraqi Kurds. ODD ANDERSEN / AFP/Getty Images

    Germany Willing to Deliver Weapons to Support Iraqi Kurds

    Germany has signaled its willingness to supply weapons to Kurds in northern Iraq, two top German officials told journalists on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  37. The Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) provides a foundation to run various tactical systems, including combat systems, aboard US Navy ships, such as the destroyer Ross. MC2 John Herman / US Navy

    US Navy's CANES Network Picks Suppliers

    The US Navy's effort to develop and install a new shipboard tactical electronic network took a major leap forward Aug. 20 with the selection of five commercial teams to fill the fleet's needs for the next eight years.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  38. French soldiers use a Mistral missile in 2009. Francois Mori / AFP

    Hungary Signs Air Defense System Upgrade Deal With MBDA

    The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has signed a deal with European missile producer MBDA to upgrade the Mistral 2 short-range surface-to-air missile systems operated by the country's armed forces.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  39. The US Air Force has issued a request for information, the first step to replacing the Russian-made RD-180 engine used for military launches. Patrick H. Corkery/ULA

    USAF Issues RFI for New Rocket Engine

    The US Air Force is officially looking into a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  40. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies June 11 before the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee in Washington regarding the transfer of five senior Taliban detainees in exchange for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Hagel staunchly defended the swap, insisting it was the 'right decision' despite the risks involved. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    GAO: Pentagon Broke Law In Bergdahl Swap

    The Defense Department broke the law when it transferred five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  41. An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 14. MC3 Preston Paglinawan / US Navy

    CENTCOM: US Aircraft Bomb Targets in Northern Iraq

    American warplanes have bombed Islamist militants in northern Iraq near the Mosul dam, the US military's Central Command said on Thursday, in the latest air attack on the extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  42. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    DoD Leaders: Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen'

    The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional 'terrorist group' and is pursuing a vision that could radically alter the face of the Middle East, US defense leaders said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  43. Turkey's president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Aug. 21 after announcing Davutoglu as new chairman of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and new Turkish prime minister in Ankara. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turk Ruling Party Designates New PM

    Turkey's next prime minister will be Ahmet Davutoglu, the current Foreign Minister, according to an Aug. 21 announcement by the country's ruling Justice and Development Party. Davutoglu will also become the party's chairman.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  44. The United Launch Alliance has received two more RD-180 engines. The Russian-made engines, used to launch satellites aboard the Atlas V vehicle, have become controversial since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ULA

    ULA Receives RD-180 Engines Despite Russia-Ukraine Crisis

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) received a pair of RD-180 rocket engines this week, the first delivery since Russia's invasion of Ukraine kicked off a national debate about the use of the Russian-made engines for national security launches.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  45. HASC member Mike Coffman, R-Colo., and Democrat Andrew Romanoff are competing to represent Colorado's 6th Congressional District.

    HASC's Coffman, Democratic Foe Tussle Over Balanced-Budget Bona Fides

    A GOP House Armed Services Committee member locked in a tight re-election fight is demanding his Democratic opponent take down a television ad, saying it inaccurately portrays the foe as fiscal hawk.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  46. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Report: Japan Mulls Building Its Own Fighter Jets

    Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  47. Ukrainian troops ride on a tank and a self-propelled gun near the eastern city of Lugansk on Wednesday. ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Kiev Says Two Russian Armoured Vehicles Captured in East Ukraine

    Ukraine's military on Thursday said its forces in the east of the country had captured two Russian armored vehicles with documents linking them to an elite army paratrooper unit.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  48. Lockheed Martin's F-16V passed a major milestone this week. Neal Chapman/Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed: F-16V Passes Radar Integration Milestone

    Lockheed Martin has moved forward with a major milestone on its F-16V upgrade, the company announced this week.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  49. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders Want To Expand Iraq Airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  50. Special Report: US National Guard & Reserve Equipment

    The US Air National Guard has always been defined by its ability to fulfill both military and civil missions.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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