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  1. 'No Drama': The littoral combat ship Independence is seen here on plane guard duty with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan during the Rim of the Pacific exercise in July, marking the first time a ship of this class operated extensively with a flattop. MC1 Dustin Kelling/ / US Navy

    RIMPAC Exercise Puts LCS Through Paces

    It was the middle of May, and the littoral combat ship Independence was operating out of San Diego, testing components of the mine warfare mission package.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  2. Changes Coming: Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States Conference Aug. 24 in Chicago. Sources are concerned that an accelerated internal review could result in hasty decisions. Illinois National Guard

    USAF Moves Forward on Force Structure Changes

    The US Air Force's top general said he wants to figure out the balance between the active, Guard and reserve components for the vast majority of his service's programs in time to drive fiscal 2016 decisions.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  3. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new government in Ankara on Friday. ADEM ALTAN/ / AFP

    New Turk PM Announces Cabinet; Defense Minister Remains

    New Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Friday announced a ministerial line-up with only four changes from President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's former Cabinet.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  4. Directed Energy: US Navy officials observe a solid state laser beam director and tracking mount in Virginia in March. The UK is preparing to launch a competition that could lead toward a laser technology demonstrator for its warships. John F. Williams/ / US Navy

    UK To Launch Laser Competition

    Britain's Defence Ministry will boost its investment in laser research and is preparing to launch a competition that could lead to a technology demonstrator, according to officials.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  5. A US Air Force KC-135 refuels a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 over Iraq Aug. 21. US Defense Department

    US Ops in Iraq Have Cost $550 Million Since June

    Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  6. Workers at the Saab Gripen factory build a Saab Gripen fighter jet on May 5 in Linkoeping, Sweden. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden to Buy Next-Generation Jets Despite Swiss Pullout

    Sweden said Friday it would go ahead with the purchase of a new generation of Saab Gripen fighter jets, despite Switzerland pulling out of a major co-financing deal.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  7. An Indian Army Chetak helicopter makes a fly-past during a National Cadet Corps parade in New Delhi. A competition to replace Indian Chetak and Cheetah helicopters has been canceled. Prakash Singh/ / AFP

    India Cancels $1 Billion Light Helicopter Tender

    India has canceled the purchase of 197 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) worth $1 billion in which Airbus Helicopter's AS550 was competing with Russia's Ka-226T built by Kamov. The cancellation followed lengthy corruption investigations.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  8. More Muscle: A Japanese Atago-class guided missile destroyer sails in formation with US Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ships. Japan initially wants to add two of the destroyers. MC2 Adam Thomas/ / US Navy

    Japanese Defense Ministry Requests 2.4% Budget Hike

    Japan is making good on its pledge to beef up its defense force and come to the aid of neighbors if they're attacked, proposing a budget that returns spending to its peak in the 1990s.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  9. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF Chief: Pratt Close To Developing F-35 Engine Fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  10. With midterm elections approaching, US legislators have limited time to deal with a Syria strikes resolution plus a Pentagon spending bill. US Government

    Work on Syria Strikes Resolution Would Delay — or Kill — Pentagon Policy, Spending Bills

    With only about a dozen legislative days left before November's midterm elections, a US congressional debate and vote on a Syria strikes authorization measure could further delay work on two defense bills.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  11. India and Japan will discuss the possible joint production of the Japanese company ShinMaywa's US-2 amphibious aircraft during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tokyo visit Aug. 30-Sept. 3. AFP

    India-Japan Talks To Focus on Strategic Ties, Possible Aircraft Deal

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Japan will include talks on possible joint production of amphibious aircraft and other matters related to strategic and defense ties between the two countries.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  12. US soldiers get equipment from the European Activity Set (EAS) during an exercise in May in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Markus Rauchenberger / US Army

    US Military To Send Tanks To E. Europe for Drills

    US Army troops equipped with tanks will head to Eastern Europe soon to reassure NATO allies anxious over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  13. Bystanders watch a fire consuming a school in downtown Donetsk on Wednesday after being hit by a shelling. Several civilians died when their car was completely burned after being hit by shell fragments in central Donetsk, the rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine. FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP/Getty Images

    Ukraine President: Russian Forces Have Invaded

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared Thursday that 'Russian forces have entered Ukraine' and called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council to respond to what he said was a 'sharp aggravation' in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian arm

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  14. The solar-powered Zephyr UAV demonstrated the ability to conduct an extended flight during times of limited sunlight. Airbus

    Zephyr Solar UAV Operates 11 Days in Winter Conditions

    Airbus' Zephyr 7 solar-powered UAV has recorded an 11-day, non-stop flight in winter weather conditions, the company said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  15. Allies may join the US in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, according to a US congressman. Above is a UK Tornado GR4, which performs strike and attack roles. RAF image/ / Crown Copyright

    US Lawmaker Sees UK, Australia, Turkey Joining Strikes on Islamic State

    The American military may be joined by some familiar allies in its fight against a violent Sunni group in Iraq, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  16. The Coast Guard has deployed electronic aids to navigation, or eATONS, around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a critical piece of Bay Area infrastructure. Coast Guard/Levi Read

    Coast Guard tests virtual assets

    Electronic markers, virtual fences and other high-tech tools can aid navigation, security.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  17. Provocative Act: This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Defense Ministry Tells US To Stop 'Close-in' Surveillance

    China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to 'undesirable accidents.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Rep. Duncan Hunter: '[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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
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