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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is one of the senior US lawmakers calling for European powers to hold Russia accountable after the downing of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine last week. Brendan Smialowski/ / AFP

    In Washington, Spotlight Shifts to European Response to Malaysian Airliner Shootdown

    Senior US lawmakers are increasingly saying European powers must act to punish Russia for its role in the shootdown of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  7. South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration has selected Korea Aerospace Industries to develop a helicopter for civil and military purposes. Korea Aerospace Industries Concept

    KAI Picked To Build S. Korean Light Armed Helo

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has been tapped to develop a 10,000-pound helicopter to be used for civil and military purposes, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  8. Yemeni soldiers fire a rocket during an offensive against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in May. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul says al-Qaida still has plans to target airliners. STR/ / AFP

    US Official: Al-Qaida Still Wants to 'Blow Up Airplanes,' Eyes Non-Metallic Bombs

    Al-Qaida remains intent on attacking airliners and is developing explosive devices capable of eluding airport metal detectors, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  9. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.

    Issue Tracker: Senate Appropriations Stalemate

    Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., vowed late last year to begin passing annual spending bills, but it has not happened. Most recently, Mikulski and Majority Leader Sen.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  10. The Royal Navy helicopter carrier Illustrious steams alongside HMS Ocean in a ceremonial passing of the responsibility for protecting the United Kingdom's interests. Illustrious then made her final entry into Portsmouth naval base, ending a 32-year career with the fleet. UK Royal Navy

    Royal Navy's Illustrious Passes the Torch, Ends Career

    Illustrious, the second most famous commissioned warship in the Royal Navy, returned to Portsmouth naval base for the last time July 21, marking the end of a 32-year career for the helicopter carrier.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  11. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Lithuania Slams French Warship Deal With Russia During Ukraine Crisis

    Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said Tuesday the European Union was compromising its values to protect trade ties with Russia, pointing to a French warship agreement with Moscow.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  12. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Janek Skarzynski / AFP

    Poland: NATO Must Beef Up Eastern Flank

    Presidents from nine ex-communist NATO members met in Warsaw on Tuesday for talks on how to re-enforce the alliance's eastern frontier as it faces a resurgent Russia.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  13. The headquarters of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp AG in Essen, Germany. Patrik Stollarz / AFP

    Saab Buys ThyssenKrupp's Swedish Submarine Shipyard

    Swedish defense and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of a submarine shipyard in Sweden owned by German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  14. British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street for Parliament on July 21 in London. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    Britain's Cameron Urges Military Sanctions Against Russia

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday urged the EU to hit Russia with tougher sanctions over the downing of flight MH17, calling for a ban on military sales and criticizing France's deal to build two warships for Moscow.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  15. Shiite Muslim volunteers join the Iraqi Army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Iraq's ambassador to the US has urged the US to begin airstrikes against ISIL. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraqi Ambassador: US Should Begin Airstrikes in Iraq Now

    The Iraqi ambassador to the United States explicitly called for ramped up American military involvement in his country on Monday, asking the United States to launch air strikes against positions being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  16. Chinese military hospital ship Peace Ark. Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, near where Chinese vessels are taking part in a US-led naval exercise for the first time, reports said Monday. STR / AFP

    China Says Spy Ship Operations at RIMPAC 'In Line With International Law'

    Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, near where Chinese vessels are taking part in a US-led naval exercise for the first time, reports said Monday.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  17. A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter, similar to this Venezuelan Mi-35 seen in 2008, crashed July 21 in a restive part of the country. Pedro Rey / AFP

    Nigeria Air Force Helicopter Crashes In Restive Region

    A Nigerian helicopter crashed on Monday in an area where the military is battling Boko Haram Islamists, killing two of the three people on board, a statement said, but there was no indication the chopper was shot down by insurgents.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  18. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and members of a forensic team inspect a refrigerator railroad car containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on July 21. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country, where the plane was downed by a missile on July 17. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Ukrainian PM Calls On West for Weapons After Airliner Downed

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country following the shootdown July 17 of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  19. Tens of billions of dollars of budgetary wiggle room is baked into the Pentagon's budget each and every year. AFP

    Column: Budgetary 'Secret Sauce'

    Uh oh. No one wants their prized recipe — the very cornerstone of their success or strategy — revealed. But that's just what some of the Pentagon's closet congressional allies have done.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  20. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, middle, testifies before the House Budget Committee July 17 about the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget request. MCS2 Sean Hurt / US DoD

    Despite Opposition, US War Funding Likely To Pass

    Republicans and Democrats showed a rare display of bipartisanship last week when members of both parties criticized the Pentagon's $58.6 billion war budget request, but experts say Congress will likely approve the measure.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  21. Turkey will buy new missile boats to add to a fleet that includes Kiliç-class fast attack craft such as the Meltem. Turkish Navy via Wikimedia Commons

    Turkey To Formalize Fast Missile Boat Race

    Turkey's procurement authorities are preparing to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 10 fast missile boats, formalizing the planned competition.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  22. A pro-Russia militant holds up a stuffed animal as others look on at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 18. Dominique Faget / Getty Images

    Airliner Strike Intensifies Urgency for E. European Procurement, Cooperation

    The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger aircraft over eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are fighting against Ukraine's pro-government troops, is likely to further contribute to security concerns in Eastern Europe, where NATO all

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  23. Finmeccanica's familiar bubble chalet returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year, but inside, new CEO Mauro Moretti was figuring out ways to cut costs. Leon Neal / Getty Images

    New Finmeccanica CEO Eyes Shake-ups

    Finmeccanica returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year with its hard-to-miss white bubble pavilion, but in his first air show appearance, new CEO Mauro Moretti promised that just about everything else at the Italian group is due for a ra

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  24. A US Senate panel is calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reassess the value of an alternate power plant, such as the General Electric-Rolls-Royce F136 pictured here, for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. US Air Force

    Experts: Don't Bet on Revival of 2nd F-35 Engine

    The revival of the Pentagon's storied F-35 alternative engine program is unlikely despite a US Senate panel raising that possibility, experts say.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  25. India's Light Combat Aircraft is expected to miss its 2014 deadline for final operational clearance. AFP

    India's 20-Year Late LCA Faces Fresh Delays

    India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark-1, already 20 years late, likely will miss its final operational clearance (FOC) deadline set for the end of 2014, an Indian Air Force source said.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  26. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Evaristo Sa / Getty Images

    Report: India Clears Defense Procurement Worth $3.5B

    India's new Hindu nationalist government cleared Saturday proposals worth nearly $3.5 billion to modernize the nation's aging Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defense industry, a report said.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  27. A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field July 20 near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

    Report: US Believes Russia Gave Rebels Missiles That Downed Airliner

    The United States believes Moscow provided Ukrainian rebels with the missile launchers that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and moved them back into Russia after it was hit, US newspapers reported late Saturday.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  28. Working the Show: Frank Kendall, US undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks July 14 during a press briefing on the F-35 at Farnborough. CARL COURT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    US Doubles Down on Foreign Military Sales

    The United States military-industrial complex, battered by budget cuts and drops in domestic procurement, made it clear at this year's Farnborough International Airshow that it is targeting the world market as never before.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  29. Looking Skyward: Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Boeing have teamed up to compete for the XS-1 space plane program. David Ryde/ / Getty Images

    Civil Firms Looking to Military Space

    Some of the biggest names and deepest pockets in Silicon Valley are looking to space as their next big investment opportunity, and while the targets of their investment are primarily commercial, the Pentagon's in-house tech think tank is also drawing thes

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  30. Next Jets: South Korea seeks to replace its aging F-5 fighter jets with the KF-X. PARK JI-HWAN/ / AFP/Getty Images

    S. Korea Opts for Twin-Engine Fighter Development

    The South Korean military has chosen to equip its future fighter jet with two engines instead of one amid lingering worries over the economic and technical merits of the twin-engine aircraft development.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  31. Gen. Charles Jacoby is commander of US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Tech. Sgt. Thomas Doscher/US Defense Department

    Interview: Gen. Charles Jacoby

    The Pentagon has placed an emphasis on defense of the US, and Army Gen. Charles Jacoby has been in charge of aligning US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) with those priorities.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  32. Arrested: This photo of Su Bin, a citizen of China and permanent resident of Canada, was taken at a US border crossing during a trip he made in 2011. US criminal court complaint June 27, 2014

    Chinese Businessman Charged With Hacking Boeing, Other Arms Companies

    Boeing was hit hard by a Chinese cyber intrusion into one of the US company's most protected files on the C-17 Globemaster program, according to a 50-page criminal complaint filed by the FBI in a June 27 affidavit that revealed the extent of a three-man g

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  33. Grim Task: Rescuers stand on the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. DOMINIQUE FAGET/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Analysts: Airliner Shootdown Points to Russian-Made System

    US officials said on July 18 that they were unsure if the BUK surface-to-air missile system suspected of shooting down a Malaysian Air flight on July 17 was transported over the border from Russia, or a Ukrainian system captured by pro-Russian separatists

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  34. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, exchanges documents with his Malian counterpart, Bah N'Daw, July 16, in Bamako after signing a military cooperation plan in the fight against Islamist militants. HABIBOU KOUYATE/ / AFP/Getty Images

    France Reorganizes Military Presence in Sub-Saharan Africa

    France is rebasing its military and intelligence presence in sub-Saharan Africa with the cooperation of five nations to fight insurgents in the region, the spokesman for the chief of the Defense Staff said.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  35. Numerous questions have emerged over President Barack Obama's proposed counterterrorism proposal. JEWEL SAMAD/ / AFP

    Senate Panel: Obama Seeks 'Broad Exemptions From Current Laws' on Counterterrorism

    The first congressional panel to take action on a White House-proposed counterterrorism program breathed life into the effort — but also raised a slew of questions the Obama administration is struggling to answer.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  36. People search for bodies on Fridayat the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board Flight MH17 died when the plane crashed. Dominique Faget / AFP

    Ukraine Rebels Promise MH17 Investigators Safe Passage

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine agreed Friday to allow investigators access to the scattered crash site of a Malaysian airliner that was shot down, killing all 298 aboard.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  37. An armed pro-Russia militant stands guard at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 18. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty Images

    Obama Rules Out Military Response To Downing of Passenger Jet

    The US will not take military action in response to the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine, President Barack Obama told reporters Friday.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  38. A picture taken July 17 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget / AFP

    Reports: Malaysian Airliner Crashes in East Ukraine

    A Malaysian passenger liner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in insurgency-wracked east Ukraine, regional officials said Thursday, as Ukraine's president said the jet may have been shot down.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  39. An Israeli missile hits Palestinian buildings in Gaza City on July 17. Israel launched a ground operation in Gaza on the 10th day of an offensive to stamp out rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave, the army said. Thomas Coex / Getty Images

    Israeli Military Launches Ground Offensive in Gaza

    Israeli forces launched a ground operation into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip following several hours of heavy rocket fire into southern and central Israel by Gaza militants.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  40. Israeli soldiers stand near the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on July 17. Jack Guez / AFP

    Israel Launches Ground Operation in Gaza

    Israel launched a ground operation in Gaza late Thursday on the 10th day of an offensive to stamp out rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave, the army said.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  41. An EA-18G Growler launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. MC3 Karl Anderson/ / US Navy

    Senate Panel OKs Pentagon Spending Bill, But Its Fate Is Uncertain

    A US Senate panel on Thursday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending, while also proposing to keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire. But senior members made clear it may never see the Senate floor.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  42. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, middle, testifies before the House Budget Committee July 17 about the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget request. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt/

    DoD: New Counterterror Account Needed for Helicopters, ISR

    The Pentagon could use a new $5 billion counterterrorism fund, strongly opposed by the US Congress, to purchase new intelligence gear and aircraft for American and partner militaries, a Defense Department official said.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  43. The Finnish vessel Hamina leaves the Frederikshavn Harbour to take part in a German-led naval exercise. Finn leaders are reaching consensus about increasing the military budget. Henning Bagger / AFP

    Cross-Party Support Grows in Finland To Boost Defense Spending

    The crisis in the Ukraine has united cross-party political consensus to strengthen defense spending in Finland, after six years of near static growth in the military budget.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  44. A Pratt & Whitney F135 engine undergoes altitude testing at the Arnold Engineering Development Center. Pratt & Whitney signed a depot activation contract agreement Thursday with Aerospace Industrial Maintenance Norway for sustainment of the engine. US Air Force

    Pratt, Norway Get Jump On Global Engine Sustainment Contest

    Pratt & Whitney signed a depot activation contract agreement Thursday with Aerospace Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Norway for sustainment of its F135 engine, used to power the F-35 joint strike fighter.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  45. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yoshikazu Tsuno / Getty Images

    Japan, Britain To Launch Joint Missile Research

    Japan said Thursday it would join forces with Britain to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while also moving to export Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  46. Marines fire the 81mm mortar system June 19 during a weapons competition aboard Mount Bundey Training Area, Australia. Cpl. James Gulliver / US Marine Corps

    China To Join Military Exercise With US, Australia

    China's military will take part in an infantry exercise for the first time with Australian and US forces in October, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  47. A sailor assigned to the Center for Information Dominance Learning Site, San Diego, discusses domain name server functions with students at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station San Diego. Rick Naystatt / US Navy

    Senate Bill Proposes $61.6M in Cuts to Pentagon IT Programs

    US senators want to slash the Pentagon's information technology (IT) spending plan by tens of millions, calling on the military to trim duplicative programs.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  48. A British RAF Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft leaves RAF Marham in Norfolk, England. Gavin Fogg / AFP

    Selex Provides Jamming Pod for RAF Tornado Aircraft

    Selex ES has been contracted to design and develop a common jamming pod for RAF Tornado aircraft, the firm said Wednesday at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  49. In recent successful trials, the dual-mode Brimstone missile was fired at moving 40-foot fast attack craft from a British Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 strike aircraft. MBDA

    Dual-Mode Brimstone Proves Maritime Capabilities in Trials

    MBDA has conducted firing trials of its dual-mode Brimstone missile against fast attack craft as part of a trial for the British Ministry of Defence, company officials said Wednesday.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  50. With its latest partnership agreement, Boeing could have a stake in the Aerosud/Paramount Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft effort. AHRLAC

    Boeing Continues Partnership Strategy With Paramount Group Deal

    In what is the latest move by Boeing to collaborate with a company offering knowledge of an untapped market, the aerospace giant has signed an agreement with The Paramount Group of South Africa.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
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