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  1. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to manage the UK's Portsmouth naval base. Babcock won a similar deal for two other UK naval bases. Julian Hickman/BAE Systems

    BAE, Babcock Win $5.2B for UK Naval Base Management

    BAE Systems and Babcock have been handed £3.2 billion (US $5.2 billion) worth of contracts to continue management of the Royal Navy's three main bases in the UK and the maintenance and repair of warships and nuclear submarines.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  2. Boeing is relocating much of its defense services and support work. Boeing

    Boeing Consolidating Defense Services Locations

    Boeing is relocating the 'majority' of its defense services and support work to its St. Louis and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, facilities, the company announced this week.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  3. New Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz announces plans to increase defense spending. Janek Skarzynski / AFP

    New Polish PM Unveils Plans To Hike Defense Spending

    Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz has unveiled plans to increase defense spending from 1.95 percent to 2 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2016.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  4. US Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey, DSCA director, is leading the effort to streamline foreign military sales processes. DSCA

    Reforms Push New Day for US Foreign Military Sales

    The Pentagon office in charge of leading the sales of US defense equipment to foreign governments released a strategy document Wednesday aimed at streamlining the foreign military sales (FMS) process, while helping Washington to equip NATO partners in con

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  5. Philippine President Benigno Aquino. Jay Directo / AFP

    Philippines' Aquino Criticizes UN for Mission 'Impossible' in Golan Heights

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticized the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission 'impossible.'

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  6. A Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 returns to Akrotiri British airbase on Sept. 30 following an armed mission in Iraq. Cpl. Neil Bryden, RAF / AFP

    British Jets Strike Islamic State Jihadists in Iraq

    British fighter jets fired on Islamic State (IS) militants west of Baghdad and in northwest Iraq in two rounds of airstrikes Wednesday, the defence ministry in London said.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  7. New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of Norway chairs his first meeting on his first day of work Oct. 1 at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. Francois Lenoir / AFP

    New NATO Chief Seeks 'Constructive Relationship' with Russia

    New NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday Russia must reverse course in Ukraine but stressed the alliance still remains ready to have a constructive relationship with Moscow.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  8. French president Francois Hollande, center, attends an Oct. 1 meeting focused on the Iraqi conflict with French Army Chief of Staff Gen. Pierre de Villiers and French President's chief of staff general Benoit Puga at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Alain Jocard / Getty Images

    France To Deploy More Fighter Jets, Warship in Islamic State Fight

    The French military said Wednesday it would deploy three more fighter jets and a warship to the Middle East to boost support to Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State jihadists.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  9. Aerojet Rocketdyne has submitted information on its AR1 system, shown here in single-booster configuration, for the US Air Force's competition for a next-generation rocket engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne

    Aerojet Rocketdyne Enters RD-180 Replacement Competition

    Aerojet Rocketdyne is poised to enter the US Air Force's competition for a next-generation rocket engine, announcing it has submitted information on its AR1 system in response to the service's request for information.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  10. A sale of Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia has been approved by the US State Department. Tech. Sgt. Michelle Larche / US Air Force

    US State Department Clears Saudi Patriot Missile Sale

    The US State Department has cleared a potential sale of enhanced Patriot air defense system missiles to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  11. Despite criticism from some on Capitol Hill, the administration has expressed support for Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp / Army

    White House Stands by Dempsey After McCain Questions General's 'Credibility'

    US President Barack Obama is standing by his top military adviser amid sharp criticism from a prominent Republican senator.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  12. Eurofighter Typhoons of the British Royal Air Force fly in April. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Germany: Eurofighter Has Manufacturing Fault

    A manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes, Germany said Tuesday, announcing it was suspending deliveries of the sophisticated jets.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  13. Two British RAF tornado fighter jets land on an airstrip at RAF Akrotiri in Limassol, Cyprus, after returning from a mission over Iraq on September 27. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / Getty Images

    Britain Carries Out First Air Strikes Against IS In Iraq

    British fighter jets on Tuesday bombed an artillery post and an armed truck used by the Islamic State group in Iraq in the Royal Air Force's first strikes in the US-led air campaign.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  14. US Rep. Paul Ryan hopes to be able to strike some kind of fiscal deal with Democrats to limit or end sequestration. John Gress / Getty Images

    Rep. Paul Ryan: Stay 'Medium' in Working With Obama on Fiscal Deal

    Go big or go home? Not so fast, says a key US House lawmaker. He wants, as former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn once advised, to just 'stay medium' in pursuit of a sequester-addressing fiscal deal.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  15. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told the Council on Foreign Relations that the US would come to the aid of its allies in Asia if attacked or threatened. Hayat Norimine

    Top DoD Official: US Will 'Respond' if Japan-China Dispute Escalates

    The US will respond with military force if allies in the Pacific region are threatened, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Tuesday in response to questions about Japan's dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  16. Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, right, and US ambassador James Cunningham, left, sign documents as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan's new Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, center, look on at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 30. Shah Marai / AFP via Getty Images

    Afghanistan, US Sign Long-Awaited Security Pact

    The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  17. New Machinery: The Italian Air Force is due to receive AW101 helicopters for search-and-rescue and special operations missions. AgustaWestland

    Italy's Air Force Restructures Special Ops Brigade

    Through a shake-up of its bases, the Italian Air Force is streamlining its special operations and rescue operations, trimming costs as new aircraft come into service, and reflecting what officials describe as a shift in the type of mission they are handli

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  18. Taking Flight: The Huginn XV UAV built by Denmark's Sky-Watch is the smaller brother to the Muninn VXI drone. Sky-Watch

    Danish UAV Builders Make a Play for the Global Market

    Denmark-based Sky-Watch A/S has become the latest upstart producer of military-application UAVs to emerge from the Nordic region's fast-growing drone sector.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  19. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18. Israel owes local industry considerable sums for work on different military programs, including the missile-intercepting system. DAVID BUIMOVITCH/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Israel MoD Amasses $800 Million Debt to Industry

    Israel's MoD owes local industry more than US $800 million for work on Iron Dome, unmanned vehicles and other high-priority systems performed essentially on credit over the past 18 months.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  20. The Japanese submarine Hakuryu visits Guam last year. The Soryu-class boat was built with air-independent propulsion technology, which Japan plans to replace with Lithium-ion batteries for the remaining four boats in the 10-ship class. MC1 Jeffrey Jay Price / US Navy

    Japan To Make Major Switch on Sub Propulsion

    Japan has decided to power its new batch of Soryu-class submarines with Lithium-ion batteries instead of air-independent propulsion (AIP) technology — a move that could raise eyebrows after similar types batteries were faulted for fires aboard the Boeing

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  21. Bernard Gray is chief of defense materiel for the UK Defence Ministry. Harland Quarrington / UK Ministry of Defence

    Bernard Gray: Extended Interview With UK Defence Materiel Chief

    Bernard Gray has more to say about British defense procurement and the UK's Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization in this extended version of his latest interview with Defense News.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  22. Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Central Command will be based out of Kuwait, a Marine official said. Here, senior Marine leaders thank members of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, on Sept. 3. Sgt. Gabriela Garcia / Marine Corps

    New US Marine Corps Crisis Unit To Be Based in Kuwait

    The US Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  23. The F-22 Raptor is expected to see future operations over Syria. Staff Sgt. Jared Becker/ / US Air Force

    F-22 Continuing Operations in Syria

    The kid gloves appear to be fully removed from the F-22 Raptor, with a US Air Force general indicating Monday that the fifth-generation fighter will be available for future operations over Syria for the foreseeable future.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  24. An F-22 Raptor performs a refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker in August. Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards / US Air Force

    Column: A Threat The F-22 Can't Eliminate

    Taking out an Islamic State command-and-control facility is one thing.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  25. DHS Finds Growing Security Role for Small Unmanned Systems

    These days drones get all the media attention, but in fact these unpiloted aircraft are just the tip of the unmanned iceberg.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  26. U.S. soldiers patrol an Afghanistan highway on Aug. 11 in Parwan province. The U.S. and Afghanistan expect to sign an agreement to keep about 10,000 American troops there after combat operations end at the close of this year, an Obama aide said. Cpl. George Huley / Army

    US To Keep 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan

    The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a US official said.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  27. A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft on Sept. 23 after strike operations in Syria. Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland / Air Force

    US Air Force Takes the Lead on Airstrikes Against Islamic State

    The Air Force has flown a large majority of all airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, with the mission expected to change as Islamic State fighters adjust to the aerial bombardment.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  28. US Rep. Steny Hoyer wants a realistic assessment of the likely costs of combating the Islamic State group. Larry French / Getty Images

    Senior House Dem: Avoid 'Rose-Colored' Cost Projections of Fighting Islamic State

    US officials and lawmakers should conduct a 'realistic assessment' of the cost of fighting the Islamic State, setting aside promises tainted by 'rose-colored glasses.'

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  29. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard, is seen Sept. 7 in Saint-Nazaire. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Poland Says French-Russian Warship Deal Raises Issues for Missile Shield

    Poland on Monday said a possible French deal to supply Russia with warships was making it difficult for Warsaw to choose French suppliers for its planned missile shield.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  30. Editorial: Persistence in Eradicating Islamic State Group

    While fighting Islamic State group (IS) militants is an enormous and long-term job, the speed with which the international community has united into a coalition and launched coordinated air strikes against the cruel Islamist movement is encouraging.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  31. Commentary: The States Need Their Apaches

    In the national debate over the US Army's ill-conceived plan to commandeer all 192 National Guard AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, there is more at stake than aircraft.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  32. Commentary: Don't Obsess Over Islamic State

    President Barack Obama has taken heat for supposedly referring to groups like the Islamic State as a minor league threat, 'a JV team' as he put it. Yet he was correct.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  33. Indian soldiers take part in altitude training at more than 11,500 feet in Indian Kashmir. Tata Power will license-produce navigation systems aimed at environments where GPS signals are not available. MUSTAFA TAUSEEF / AFP

    Honeywell, Tata Partner To Produce TALIN Systems

    Coinciding with the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US Sept. 25-30, Honeywell International has inked a partnership agreement with India's Tata Power to license-produce the tactical advanced land inertial navigator (TALIN) system.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  34. The epitome of stealth design, the destroyer Zumwalt is coming together at Bath Iron Works, Maine, and is expected to go to sea in the spring. At almost 16,000 tons, 610 feet long, about 81 feet abeam, the DDG 1000 is the largest destroyer in history. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Meet the Zumwalt

    The ship is plainly visible from Front Street, across the Route 1 bridge in downtown Bath. Nothing like this angular, almost hulking giant has ever been seen here, even after well over a century of shipbuilding at Bath Iron Works.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  35. France's Scorpion program plans to replace, among other equipment, its véhicule de l'avant blindé. US Army

    Major French Vehicle Deal Closer to Reality, Execs Say

    A three-company industrial team is confident the government will go ahead with an order this year for the French Army's Scorpion vehicle modernization program despite budgetary concerns, a top executive with one of the firms said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  36. A US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker takes off from a base in the Middle East to support airstrikes over Syria on Sept. 23. Funding for US missions over Iraq and Syria are paid for using overseas contingency operations funding. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / US Air Force

    Syria Strikes Raise Questions Over Future of OCO Funding

    As the price tag for operations in Iraq, Syria and West Africa continues to grow, Pentagon leadership insists that it is well prepared to pay for all of these previously unforeseen long-term operations.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  37. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit US President Barack Obama on Sept. 30, where he will discuss going beyond the 'buy and supply' approach to defense deals. Raveendran / Getty Images

    India To Push Joint Weapons Development During US Visit

    India's leader will seek joint development of high-tech weaponry when he visits the White House on Sept. 30, in a shift from the country's 'buy and supply' relationship with the US, an Indian official said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  38. Norway's Jens Stoltenberg brings close Russia ties to his new job as NATO chief, equipping him with a potential key asset as tensions with the Kremlin hover at post-Soviet highs. Hakon Mosvold Larsen / AFP

    New NATO Chief Stoltenberg Brings Russia Ties To Job

    Norway's Jens Stoltenberg brings close Russia ties to his new job as NATO chief, equipping him with a potentially key asset as tensions with the Kremlin hover at post-Soviet highs.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  39. A Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off May 11 during a joint exercise at an air base in northern Jordan. US Air Force

    Jordan Secure Despite Role In Anti-IS Coalition, Government Says

    Jordan, which has joined a US-led coalition waging airstrikes on the Islamic State group, said Sunday it has secured the country's borders against 'any threat.'

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  40. German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen looks on during a Sept. 25 press conference. Safin Hamed / Getty Images

    Defence Minister: German Military Grappling Technical Failings

    Germany's military cannot currently live up to all its NATO commitments due to equipment problems, the defence minister said Sunday, pointing to the need for more funding in the future.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  41. Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter jets prepare to land at the Akrotiri British airbase on Sept. 27 after returning from a mission over Iraq. Getty Images

    Armed British Warplanes Flying 'Daily' Over Iraq

    Armed British warplanes are flying daily missions over Iraq and would launch air strikes if called in by local forces on the ground, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Sunday.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  42. The Canadian supply ship Protecteur under tow by the US Navy tug Sioux after an engine room fire set the ship adrift in the Pacific this year. Canada's Navy is seeking options for fleet replenishment after retiring its only two supply ships. MC3 Johans Chavarro / US Navy

    Canada To Seek NATO, US Support For Naval Air Defense, Resupply

    Canada's Navy, facing several years of being unable to resupply its ships at sea or provide area air defense, will turn to its US and NATO counterparts to fill what officers say are significant gaps in those capabilities.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  43. F-16 fighter jets prepare to take off the military air base in Florennes on Friday. Belgium plans to send six F-16 fighter jets to join the US-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group but will limit their use to Iraq, the government said. ERIC LALMAND / AFP/Getty Images

    US Hits Jihadists In Syria As UK Bombers Fly Over Iraq

    The US-led coalition widened its air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday as British warplanes took off for anti-jihadist missions over neighbouring Iraq.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  44. Need for ISR: An F-22 Raptor launches from a base in the Middle East for strike operations over Syria on Sept. 23. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/ / US Air Force

    Experts: As Operation Continues, ISR Demand To Grow in Syria

    It can be easy, in the first days of strikes on Syria, to focus on the weaponry being dropped. After all, the explosion from a 1,000-pound bomb makes great video.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  45. Army Decision: The US Army has announced plans to buy EC-145 Airbus helicopters to use as trainers. The UH-72 Lakota helicopter is derived from the EC-145. US Army

    AgustaWestland Lawsuit a Sign Of 'Frustration' With the US

    Finmeccanica's decision to sue the US Army after being excluded from a sole-source helicopter contract reveals the Italian firm's 'frustration' with the US market after seeing a series of contracts go sour, analysts have said.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  46. Coming Together: Defense electronics firm Aselsan is the largest defense firm in Turkey. A government source said planning is in the works to consolidate Turkey's firms to 'prevent waste of resources and energy.' IBRAHIM BILEKLI / Aselsan/

    Turkey Seeks Local Industry Consolidation

    Top Turkish government officials say the country is aiming to consolidate its defense industry so it has fewer, but more powerful, defense companies.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  47. The British are prepared to use Tornados to launch strikes against militants in Iraq. Gavin Fogg/ / AFP

    UK Aircraft Prepared To Attack Militants in Iraq

    Royal Air Force Tornado strike jets are poised to attack Islamic State (IS) targets in a matter of hours following the British Parliament's Friday vote approving action against the militants.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  48. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. Photo: http://www.coons.senate.gov

    Sen. Coons Raises Hopes for Sequestration's End — Then Dashes Them

    One US senator says America's war against a violent Sunni group should lead Congress to address sequestration, but his comments suggest a deal remains elusive.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  49. An F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush to conduct strike missions against Islamic State targets in Iraq. US Navy

    Pentagon Working With Congress for More War Funding

    Despite operating under an $85 billion supplemental wartime budget, the Pentagon is going back to Congress to ensure that it has the funding to continue its air operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, top officials said Friday.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  50. The first A-29 Super Tucano of the Pentagon's Light Air Support program, destined for the Afghan Air Force, has been delivered to the Air Force in Jacksonville, Florida. Embraer/SNC

    SNC, Embraer Deliver First A-29 to US Air Force

    Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and Embraer have delivered the first A-29 Super Tucano to the US Air Force, with company officials pledging Embraer's Jacksonville, Florida, facility will produce the remainder of its order on time.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
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