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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24.  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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38.  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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
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