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  1. US President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shake hands during a press conference to announce Hagel's departure at the White House on Nov. 24. Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Step Down

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned Monday, leaving unclear who will lead the Pentagon over the final two years of the Obama administration.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  2. US Sen. John McCain said Nov. 24 that outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel 'was frustrated with aspects of the administration's national security policy and decision-making process.' Alex Wong / Getty Images

    McCain: Hagel 'Frustrated' With Obama's National Security Policies

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel revealed to an old friend his frustrations with the Obama White House just days before he announced his resignation.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  3. An F-35B and F-35C in formation. Lockheed Martin

    UK Confirms First F-35 Orders

    Britain on Monday announced it signed a contract with US manufacturer Lockheed Martin to buy the first of 14 F-35B combat jets.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  4. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, center, speak with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., in September. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Senate Source: 'Logistically Impossible' to Move SecDef Nomination This Year

    The US Senate, with a scant amount of days left this session and a busy agenda, will leave the nomination of a new defense secretary to the next Congress, according to a senior Senate source.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  5. Louis Chenevert, chairman and CEO of United Technologies, is retiring effective immediately, according to a company statement released Monday. Thos Robinson / Getty Images for USO of Metropol

    United Technologies CEO To Retire

    Louis Chenevert, chairman and CEO of United Technologies, plans to retire, according to a company statement released Monday.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  6. Nuclear Arsenal: Best US Investment

    With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announcing he will provide an additional $10 billion to improve the nation's nuclear forces, advocates of nuclear abolition are undoubtedly upset.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  7. Commentary: Don't Forget Defense

    US defense leaders have been warning since 2012 about the destructive effects of the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA).

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  8. Chinese fishing vessels were anchored at Fiery Cross Reef (Kagitingan) in 2012 at the disputed Spratly Islands. Philippine Western Command / AFP

    China Blasts US Comments on Spratlys Project as 'Irresponsible'

    Beijing on Monday dismissed as 'irresponsible' US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  9. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, left, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speak after signing bilateral documents during a Nov. 24 meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Genya Savilov / AFP

    Lithuania Pledges Military Aid for Ukraine

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Monday promised military assistance for Ukraine as she slammed Russia's alleged 'terrorist' interference in a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  10. BMC will speed up production of the Kirpi MRAP. Turkish Government

    BMC Speeds Up Production of MRAPs for Turkish Army

    Turkish armored vehicles maker BMC has increased the pace for production of the Kirpi, the country's first mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, after it was penalized €8 million (US $9.9 million) for late deliveries.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  11. On Wednesday, a government Cabinet meeting is expected to appoint Thales Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy to the top job of the utility giant Electricité de France. ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images

    Meeting to Appoint New Thales Chairman Postponed

    Monday's board meeting to appoint the successor to Thales Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy has been postponed until Wednesday, a company executive said.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  12. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters at the US Capitol building Nov. 12. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Column: The More Things Change ...

    'I am very confident that the Armed Services Committee, under the leadership of John McCain next year, that we're going to make some corrections [to] sequestration.' — Retiring SASC member Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  13. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's MOIRE folding space telescope would use Fresnel lenses instead of heavier glass mirrors or lenses, and could help redefine how orbital telescopes are built, launched and used. US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    DoD Shifts Acquisition, Tech Efforts Toward Major Powers

    After spending 13 years fighting non-state actors in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the US Defense Department is shifting its institutional weight toward developing a new acquisition and technology development strategy that focuses more on major state compe

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  14. Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for military aircraft Domingo Ureña Raso said a partnership with Lockheed or Boeing is worth considering. Getty Images

    A NATO Fighter?

    Just imagine it: Airbus teams up with Lockheed Martin or Boeing on a program to build a NATO fighter.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  15. A US Air Force officer speaks to members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police in 2012 during a routine mission in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Sgt. Sara Csurilla / US Air Force

    Afghan Lower House Approves Foreign Troops Staying

    Afghanistan's lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  16. US Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Biden Leaves Turkey Without Breakthrough on Syria

    US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  17. US soldiers await the order to march in the Latvia Day Parade on Nov. 18 in Riga, Latvia. Staff Sgt. Kenneth C. Upsall / US Army

    General: US Troops To Stay in Poland, Baltics Through 2015

    US troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 'to deter Russian aggression,' the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  18. Israeli soldiers stand at the Western Wall Plaza in the old city of Jerusalem, on Oct. 30. An internal document makes the case for Israel to overhaul the way it approaches deterrence. Gali Tibbon / Getty Images

    Internal Study: Israeli Deterrence Needs Overhaul

    Israeli deterrence is due for a wholesale overhaul, from basic theory and language to practical matters of intelligence targeting and operational planning up to the way the military fights and advises government leaders.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  19. A German Patriot missile launcher is deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey, in March. John Macdougall / Getty Images

    Turkey May Restart Missile Defense Program

    Turkey's procurement bureaucracy is rethinking a multibillion dollar program to build the country's first air and missile defense program, keeping 'all options open,' including scrapping the existing competition and merging it with a longer-range program

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  20. A Palestinian man walks between buildings destroyed during fighting between Hamas militants and Israel in the north of the Gaza Strip on Aug. 16. Roberto Schmidt / Getty Images

    Former Commander: Israel Made 'Strategic Mistake'

    Israel's latest Gaza operation illustrates the strategic consequences of crossing that Clausewitzian-inspired line of culminating deterrence, where tactical actions aimed at containing escalation ended up dragging it into an unwanted war of attrition.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  21. Giuseppe Orsi is the former CEO of Finmeccanica.

    Orsi: Finmeccanica Will Bounce Back

    Giuseppe Orsi, the former CEO of Finmeccanica who was acquitted last month of offering bribes to Indian officials, says the Italian group was never humbled by the kickback scandal and will bounce back.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  22. Front and Center: Air War College students learn about flash-bang non-lethal weapons this month. Air War College is one of the 10 branches under Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Donna L. Burnett / 42 ABW/PAM

    New Leader Tasked With Upping Profile Of Air University

    On Nov. 10, military officials, civic leaders and community notables from around Montgomery, Alabama, gathered to watch Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast take command of Air University, the center of education for the world's largest Air Force.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  23. Can Defeat Stealth? China claims that its JY-26 Skywatch-U 3D long-range air surveillance radar can detect stealth aircraft. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China's Anti-Stealth Radar Comes to Fruition

    The one great testament to China's anti-access/area denial efforts were weapon and sensor systems on display at the recent China Airshow in Zhuhai.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  24. Afghan security forces inspect the site of suicide car bomb at the gate of Green Village compound, a large fortified complex where many foreign employees live and work in Kabul, on November 19, 2014. A Taliban suicide car bomb exploded close to a compound that houses many international contractors, officials said, the latest in a series of explosions to rock the Afghan capital in recent days.Police were unable to give details of possible casualties after the blast near the 'Green Village' compound.'A suicide car bomber has targeted the Green Village camp,' Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry, said. Only the attackers died in the assault. An AFP photographer said gunfire erupted shortly after the blast as security forces rushed to the scene in the east of the city. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) SHAH MARAI / AFP/Getty Images

    Report: Obama extends US combat role in Afghanistan

    Barack Obama has extended the combat role for US troops in Afghanistan for another year, in a classified order he signed in recent weeks, the New York Times reported Friday.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  25. New Capability: British Royal Air Force Typhoons fly over Lithuania on April 28. PETRAS MALUKAS/ / AFP/Getty Images

    With AESA Radar, Eurofighter Strengthens Export Push

    Typhoon added its name to the list of fighters able to offer active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar capability last week when the four European partner nations in the program finally put their signature to an £800 million (US $1.25 billion) deal to develop and integrate the sensor.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  26. Giuseppe Orsi Finmeccanica

    Orsi in His Own Words

    A. You can imagine how it is to go from traveling around the world to being restricted to 10 square meters. You no longer have control over space, time or your contacts.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  27. India Invites Bids for $2.4 Billion Artillery Contract

    India on Saturday invited bids for a $2.4-billion artillery deal while deferring a decision on acquiring 106 Swiss Pilatus aircraft for fighter pilot training.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  28. An Islamic State fighter is seen in Kobani, Syria, in a photo distributed by the group. Raqqa Media Office via AP

    Sen. Corker: White House 'Not Really Ready' on Islamic State Authorization

    White House officials 'are not really ready' to craft an authorization measure for the Islamic State conflict, says a key senator.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  29. All three F-35 variants fly in formation in a file photo from May 2014. The Pentagon and Lockheed have signed an agreement on LRIP 8 for the F-35. SSGT JOELY M SANTIAGO

    Pentagon, Lockheed Finalize 8th F-35 Lot

    The Pentagon today announced it has reached a final agreement with Lockheed Martin on the eighth low-rate initial production (LRIP-8) lot of F-35 joint strike fighters.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  30. New Capability: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe views the cockpit of an MV-22B Osprey Hyakuri Air Base during the Japan Air Self Defense Force's Air Review 2014 on Oct. 26. Staff Sgt. Warren Peace/ / US Marine Corps

    Japan Officially Selects Osprey, Global Hawk, E-2D

    Japan has officially decided to procure the V-22 Osprey for its military tilt-rotor requirement, as well as the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance system and E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  31. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on US immigration policy. Republicans have said his move could impede a Pentagon spending bill. Pool/ / Getty Images

    Senior GOP Senator: Immigration Order Could Derail Full-Year Pentagon Spending Bill

    President Obama's end-run around lawmakers on immigration could derail hopes for a measure that would fund the federal government — including the Pentagon — through September.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  32. A successor to Thales Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy will be selected at a Monday company board meeting. ERIC PIERMONT/ / AFP

    Thales Board To Select New Chief Executive

    Thales will hold a board meeting on Monday to choose a successor to Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy, who is leaving the defense electronics company to take the top job at utility giant Electricité de France (EDF), a company executive said.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  33. Everything Shipshape: The Nils Juel, above, cruises Chesapeake Bay after taking part in exercises with the US Navy. The ship was handed over to the Danish Navy in August. The frigate's spacious bridge, left, spans almost the full width of the ship. Christopher P. Cavas/ / staff

    Aboard Danish Frigate, Clean Lines and Room To Grow

    It is striking how the now-familiar smooth, angled architecture of today's warships, intended to reduce visual, heat and other signatures, is also somehow inherently Danish-modern.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  34. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a picture during a break in fighting against the Islamic State group on Nov. 8. A US congressman wants to directly arm the Kurdistan Regional Government's Peshmerga forces. Ahmed Deeb / AFP

    House Republican Wants To Work Around Baghdad, Arm the Kurds

    As Washington weighs changes in its strategy to fight the radical Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, the head of the House's Foreign Affairs Committee has introduced a new wrinkle into the debate: providing weapons and military equipment directly to t

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  35. Palestinian members from the armed wing of Hamas take part in an anti-Israel rally in the Gaza Strip. The UAE's list of terrorist organizations did not include Hamas. Said Khatib / AFP

    Questions, Praise for UAE's Terrorist List

    Although the United Arab Emirates' list of designated terrorist organizations has raised questions about who it does and does not include, officials see the move as necessary for the Arabian Gulf sheikhdom.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  36. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Sources: Top Appropriators Focusing Solely on Omnibus, Have Had No CR Talks

    Capitol Hill's top appropriators have yet to discuss another short-term measure to keep the government running, focusing solely on a longer-term bill they hope to drop in early December.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  37. Airbus Military's first A330 multirole tanker transport for the Royal Saudi Air Force lands in Spain. France announced an order of 12 of the aircraft. Pablo Cabellos del Sol / Airbus Defence

    France Orders 12 A330 Tanker Transport Aircraft

    France has signed a €3 billion (US $3.8 billion) contract for 12 Airbus A330 multirole tanker transport aircraft, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a high-level conference on the French nuclear deterrent Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  38. Pakistan's Minister for Defence, Water and Power Khawaja Asif. ( Justin Tallis / Getty Images

    Pakistan, Russia Sign 'Milestone' Military Cooperation Pact

    Pakistan and Russia signed a 'milestone' military cooperation pact on Thursday aimed at bringing peace and stability to the region, Islamabad's defence ministry said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  39. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second from right, and Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, right, visit the Amari air base that hosts the defense alliance's air policy mission over the Baltic states on Nov. 20 in Amari, Estonia. Raigo Pajula / AFP

    NATO Reports 400 Intercepts of Russian Aircraft in 2014

    NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  40. Russias President Vladimir Putin. Steve Holland / AFP

    Source: Syrian Team, Putin To Discuss Relaunching Peace Talks

    A high-level Syrian delegation will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday to discuss possibly relaunching peace talks to end the country's civil war, a senior Syrian official said Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  41. Sailors aboard the USS San Diego (LPD 22) prepare to take on fuel from the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) during a Nov. 14 replenishment-at-sea. MC3 Gerald Dudley Reynolds / US Navy

    US Navy Ships Collide in Gulf of Aden Without Injuries

    Two American naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden, off Yemen, Thursday but there were no injuries, the US Navy said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  42. US Sen. John McCain is poised to seize the Senate Armed Services Committee gavel, and he is ready to pursue a sweeping pro-military agenda. MSNBC

    McCain Sees 'Good News' in Incoming Class of Military Hawks

    For US Sen. John McCain, reinforcements are on the way.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  43. An unmanned Fire Scout deployed for the first time with an MH-60R Seahawk aboard the littoral combat ship Fort Worth. MC2 Tim D. Godbee/U.S. Navy

    Fire Scout and Seahawk deploy together for first time on an LCS

    An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship — a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a littoral combat ship.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  44. 'Our commitments have actually gone up in the last year,' says Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, who wants to redo a decision to cut the service's end strength from 490,000 to 450,000. US Army

    Odierno: With Commitments Up, US Must Rethink Cuts to Army End Strength

    The US Army's top general wants to redo a decision to cut end strength from 490,000 to 450,000, saying it was made before Russian aggression towards the Ukraine and Europe, the fight with the Islamic State group in the Mideast and deployments to Africa to

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  45. A Chinese media depiction of the potential destructive effect of a MIRV-capable ICBM on Los Angeles.

    US Report: China's Nukes Getting Bigger and Better

    A new congressional-funded report paints a dark picture of China's nuclear weapons and missile modernization efforts.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  46. Eurofighter Typhoons will be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar. Eurofighter

    Eurofighter Nations Sign €1 Billion Development Deal for AESA Radar

    Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have signed up for a €1 billion (US $1.2 billion) development and integration program to equip the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  47. USAF Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said budget uncertainty has challenged the service and industry. Jim Gordon

    USAF Official: Budget Uncertainty 'Very Challenging'

    The uncertainty over whether Congress will pass a budget has been 'very challenging' for both the Air Force and its industry partners, the service's top military acquisitions official said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  48. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, military deputy for acquisition, says integration of the KC-46A has been a challenge. Chuck Schroeder/Boeing concept

    USAF Official: Boeing 'Challenged' by KC-46 Schedule

    The US Air Force's top military acquisition official says Boeing is being challenged by integration of its KC-46A Pegasus tanker, and warned that further slips may imperil key target dates.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  49. During a Senate committee confirmation hearing Nov. 19, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama's nominee for deputy secretary of state, did not offer a clear answer when asked if the administration would submit to Congress a draft of its request for authorization of use of military force against the Islamic State group. MANDEL NGAN/ / AFP

    White House Official Cryptic on Drafting, Submitting Islamic State War Measure

    President Barack Obama's pick for deputy secretary of state delivered a cryptic message to lawmakers Wednesday about whether the White House will draft the new war authorization it wants.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  50. Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast is president of US Air Force's Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast

    Lt Gen Steven Kwast took over as commander and president of Air University, the center of education for the US Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, on Nov 10.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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