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  1. Strengthening Ties: French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak arrive for a press conference following their meeting in Warsaw on Nov. 25. Janek Skarzynski / AFP/Getty Images

    With Mistral Suspension, France Seeks to Boost Ties with Poland

    France placed a hold on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia, a move French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian personally conveyed to his Polish counterpart during a recent trip to boost relations with Warsaw.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  2. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announces his resignation while President Barack Obama looks on in the State Dining Room of the White House. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Column: Is Congress the Answer to Hagel Replacement?

    Cabinet secretaries come and go. But you wouldn't think it watching the Obama White House.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  3. Dassault Aviation organized a formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle, with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. Dassault

    Airbus Group Sells Part of Its Stake in Dassault Aviation

    Airbus Group, in an off-market block trade, has sold to Dassault Aviation 810,072 Dassault Aviation shares at a price of €980 (US $1,224) per share, representing a total of about €794 million pre-transaction costs, according to an Airbus Group statement.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  4. Brazil joins New Zealand as export customers for the Sea Ceptor. MBDA

    Brazil Orders Sea Ceptor Air Defense Missile

    Brazil has become the second export customer for MBDA's Sea Ceptor air defense missile the company announced Friday.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  5. The Czech Republic plans to purchase transport aircraft and helicopters. Among the helos to be replaced will be the Mi-17. Czech Ministry of Defense

    Czech Military Eyes New Transport Aircraft, Helicopters

    Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky has unveiled plans to acquire new transport aircraft and helicopters. The two tenders are expected to be launched in 2015, reports local daily Mlada fronta DNES.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  6. Philippe Logak, former general secretary of Thales, has been appointed interim chairman and CEO of the defense electronics company. Thales

    Thales Appoints Logak as Interim Chairman and CEO

    Thales has appointed Philippe Logak as interim chairman and chief executive until Dassault and the French government reach an agreement on a long-term appointment, the defense electronics company said on Thursday.

    • Nov. 27, 2014
  7. Rear. Adm. Elizabeth Train has been nominated to replace Vice. Adm. Ted Branch as the director of naval intelligence. Navy

    Navy Nominates Replacement for Hamstrung 3-Star Intel Boss

    After a year in limbo, the Navy has decided to move ahead and replace the service's top intelligence officer, whose tenure has been hamstrung by suspected ties to a disgraced defense contracting firm.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  8. US Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, gives a press conference Nov. 26 in Kiev, Ukraine. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    NATO 'Very Concerned' By Russian Military Build-Up in Crimea

    NATO's top military commander warned Wednesday that Russia's 'militarization' of the annexed Crimea region could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  9. A US soldier removes wire from a wall at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Nov. 1. Wakil Kohsar / AFP via Getty Images

    US Army Struggles With War-Zone Inventory

    As the Defense Department retrogrades mountains of equipment from Afghanistan, the US Army has failed to effectively report $419.5 million worth of equipment that may have gone missing, according to a recent DoD Inspector General's (DODIG's) audit.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  10. Bob Work is the US deputy defense secretary. Defense News With Vago Muradian

    Interview: Bob Work, US Deputy Defense Secretary

    America's adversaries are increasingly harnessing fast-moving, commercial and defense technologies to counter US capabilities.To stay ahead of rising adversaries, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently unveiled the Defense Innovation Initiative.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  11. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Hal Rogers are discussing a government-wide omnibus spending bill, but the amount that would be included to fight the Islamic State is unclear. Mark Wilson/ / Getty Images

    Appropriations Chairs Still 'Working on the Numbers' to Fund Islamic State Fight

    Whether or not lawmakers will grant the White House the entirety of its new $5.6 billion war-funding request remains very much unclear.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  12. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the State Department has OK'd an $800 million sustainment deal for Iraq's C-130E and C-130J cargo aircraft, pending congressional approval. Airman 1st Class Kedesha Pennant/ / US Air Force

    US State Dept. Clears $800M C-130 Support Deal for Iraq

    The US State Department has approved an $800 million sustainment deal for Iraq's fleet of C-130E and C-130J cargo aircraft, the government announced Tuesday.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  13. US Vice President Joe Biden, right, meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Turkey's Erdogan Attacks US 'Impertinence' on Syria

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday slammed US 'impertinence' on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara days after his key meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  14. Four French Air Force Mirage 2000N fighter aircraft fly in formation. Miguel Medina / AFP

    France To Send 6 Mirage Jets To Jordan Against Islamic State

    The French government said that six Mirage fighter jets would be deployed to Jordan on Thursday to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  15. An Army reservist undergoes underslung load training with a Squirrel helicopter. Three bidders are vying to provide the UK new training helos.

    3 Firms Compete To Provide UK Helo Training

    Three bidders have pitched proposals to supply and support a fleet of helicopters to train British military pilots and crew, said Ascent, the company that has a 25-year deal to run all fixed- and rotary-wing training for the armed services here.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  16. A Rolls-Royce maintainer checks an engine on a V-22. The company reached a two-year agreement with the US Marines this week. Stephen M. Smith/Rolls Royce

    Rolls Signs Two-Year Deal on V-22 Engines

    Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce will continue to provide support for the Pentagon's fleets of V-22 Osprey aircraft under a two-year agreement, the company announced.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  17. Interest in the Turkish-produced Toma riot control vehicle has risen in Turkey and abroad after its use against Turkish rioters protesting what they called anti-democratic government moves. Katmerciler Ekipman

    Turkish Vehicle Maker Prospering on Riot Threat

    A Turkish vehicle maker has flourished with booming sales at home and abroad as governments fear social unrest and make use of the company's anti-riot vehicles.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  18. Michele Flournoy testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 15, 2011, in Washington, DC. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Source: Top Contender For Pentagon Job Bows Out

    A former senior US defense official touted as the most likely candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief has taken herself out of the running, a source familiar with the situation told AFP on Tuesday.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  19. US President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel leave after Hagel's resignation announcement on Monday at the White House. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Hagel's Dismissal Underscores White House Trust Deficit, Lawmakers Say

    Chuck Hagel was a Barack Obama mentor, which made him part of the US president's inner circle. But when the defense secretary drifted, he had to leave. And so it goes in Barack Obama's war cabinet.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  20. French President François Hollande is placing a hold on the delivery of a helicopter carrier to Russia due to the situation in Ukraine. Philippe Wojazer / AFP via Getty Images

    France Suspends Mistral Warship Delivery to Russia

    French President François Hollande has placed a hold on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia in view of the deadly conflict in east Ukraine, the president's office said on Tuesday.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  21. The nominee to succeed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will face Obama administration critics such as Sen. John McCain, who is expected to become chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Hagel's Replacement Could Face Rough Confirmation

    Whoever accepts the nomination to replace US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should not expect a warm welcome on Capitol Hill.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  22. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Samuel Kubani / AFP

    Ukraine's NATO Hopes Still a Long Way Off

    For the first time, a majority of Ukrainians support the idea of joining NATO and the president this week spoke of putting the idea to a popular vote, but experts say it still remains a distant dream.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  23. Jean-Bernard Levy. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/ / AFP

    Thales Delays Selection of Top Executive Until Thursday

    A Thales board meeting has been pushed back to Thursday morning from Wednesday, when the directors of the defense electronics company are due to gather to decide a successor to Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy, French media reported.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  24. Romania's Saur 2 armored personnel carrier. Uzina Automecanica Moreno

    Romanian Government To Invite Private Investors Into Defense Industry

    The Romanian government has unveiled plans to secure minority private investors for the country's state-run defense industry with emphasis on plant modernization.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  25. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks down the Pentagon steps Nov. 24 in Arlington, Va. Earlier in the day, President Obama announced that he accepted Hagel's resignation. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    When Hagel Leaves, New SECDEF Faces Big Questions About The Military's Future

    US President Barack Obama's new pick to run the Pentagon will face a dizzying set of challenges affecting the Defense Department's mission, budget and culture.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  26. Michele Flournoy, whose name has been floated as a possible successor to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, is the former Defense Undersecretary for Policy. Getty Images

    White House Needs Strategic Thinker at Pentagon, and Quickly, Former Official Says

    Eyebrows were raised earlier this month when an unannounced but widely anticipated trip by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to Asia in early December was abruptly called off.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State (IS) militants . Jm Lopez / AFP

    Turkey, US Agree to Train and Arm Syrian Opposition

    Turkey and the US have narrowed their differences and agreed to train and arm opposition fighters in Syria .

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
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