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  1. US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, right, speaks with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn on Sept. 18. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

    Most Senate Incumbents in Tight Races Vote 'Yay' on CR, Syrian Rebel Package

    Only two US senators involved in re-election races that could hand Republicans control of the chamber voted against a massive spending bill that also approves a plan to arm Syrian rebels.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  2. The US Defense Department's new Better Buying Power 3.0 strategy is based on the 'growing concern that the United States' technological superiority over potential adversaries is being threatened today in a way that we have not seen for decades,' acquisition chief Frank Kendall said. (File photo) Tom Brown/Defense News

    Pentagon Unveils Draft of New R&D Strategy; Waits for Industry, Hill To Weigh In

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the US holds in military tec

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  3. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    Hollande: France Carries Out First Air Strike in Iraq

    French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  4. A Patriot missile launcher system is pictured at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep. Spain has announced it will station a squadron of the systems in Turkey as the Netherlands ended its Patriot deployment there. BULENT KILIC/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Turks Praise Spanish Patriot Deployment

    Turkey's government and military have welcomed a decision by NATO ally Spain to station a squadron of Patriot surface-to-air missile systems and send 130 servicemen to Turkey.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  5. US House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, left, and President Barack Obama supported legislation to avert a government shutdown and provide military support to Syrian rebels. Getty

    Big Wins: Obama, McKeon Score as Senate OKs Syrian Rebel Train-And-Equip Plan

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  6. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Sept. 18. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Ukrainian President Requests Lethal Military Aid from US

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the US to help Kiev modernize its ill-equipped army with lethal and non-lethal weapons during a visit to the US capital on Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  7. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech Sept. 18 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Patrick Kovarik / AFP

    Hollande Goes On Offensive With Iraq Airstrike Decision

    President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct airstrikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  8. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support New Rocket Engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  9. Protecting Infrastructure: In this 2009 photo, security guards stand watch at the Tawke oil refinery in Kurdistan in northern Iraq. A new pipeline pumps oil from the semi-autonomous enclave to Turkey, which is putting out bids to protect pipelines and other critical areas. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP via Getty Images

    Turkey Seeks Advanced Security for Pipelines, Strategic Locations

    The Turkish government, feeling threatened by unstable regimes and hostile governments in its vicinity, is setting off to provide advanced security for its pipelines and other strategically important buildings, bridges and military bases.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. Better, Cheaper Services: Turkey's first indigenous basic trainer aircraft, the Hürkus, takes to the skies. Under a new logistics management plan, local prime contractors such as Turkish Aerospace Industries, which builds the Hürkus, would be asked to sign logistical management contracts with SSM on behalf of all system suppliers. Turkish Aerospace Industries

    Turkey Hopes To Cut Costs With New Logistics Plan

    Long in use in other parts of the world, performance-based logistics has caught the eye of Turkey in its quest for better and cheaper services.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. Final approval on India's purchase of 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers has been delayed because of a missing file. BAE Systems

    Indian MoD Source: Purchase of 20 Hawk Trainers On Track Despite Lost File

    An order for 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers for the Indian Air Force worth $333 million has been delayed as the file detailing the purchase has been misplaced, an Indian Defence Ministry source said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  12. The US House has approved a stopgap measure to fund the government through Dec. 11.

    US House Votes to Avert Government Shutdown; All Eyes Now on Senate

    Congress is one step closer to avoiding another Pentagon and federal government shutdown, something leaders of both political parties fear heading into a crucial election homestretch.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  13. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and the Chief of US Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attend the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force to Congress: Protect Readiness, Enact CR

    The leadership of the US Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  14. Jeff Bezos, right, the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, gestures toward a model of the BE-4 rocket engine during a press conference with Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, on Wednesday. Win McNamee/ / Getty Images

    ULA Teams With Blue Origin for New Rocket Engine

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is teaming with Seattle-based Blue Origin to design and produce a next-generation, American-made rocket engine for space launch, the companies announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  15. Syrian government forces stand on the street after taking control of the village of Tayyibat from rebel forces. A measure is moving through the US Congress that would authorize the president to train and equip the Syrian rebel troops. AFP/Getty Images

    In Rare Bipartisan Vote, House OKs Syrian Rebel Train-and-Equip Amendment

    The US House has signed off on granting the president authorities to train and arm Syrian opposition forces — while restricting the involvement of American ground forces.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  16. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: US Troops in Iraq Could Call in Airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  17. Navy, Air Force and Army analysts review information during the Cyber Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster/ / US Air Force

    SASC: China-Backed Hackers Penetrated TransCom Contractor Networks 20 Times

    Chinese government-backed hackers accessed networks of private-sector firms with sensitive data about US military logistics nearly two dozen times in one year, says a US Senate committee.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  18. Thales Groups' interest in the Middle East is part of a strategy laid out by Thales Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Lévy. Miguel Medina/ / AFP via Getty Images

    Thales Makes Big Mideast Push

    French multinational defense giant Thales is investing in developing industrial capabilities in the Middle East, according to a senior company executive.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  19. The fast combat support ship USNS Bridge has been inactivated as a budget-cutting measure. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Big Navy Supply Ship Inactivated

    Weeks of disagreement over the future of the Navy's biggest supply ships has ended with a decision to inactivate one of the four vessels.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  20. An Arrow missile launches in central Israel, south of Tel Aviv. A recent intercept test of the Arrow 2 missed its mark. Israel Aerospace Industries/AFP

    Arrow-2 Intercept Test Misses Target

    Israel has determined that a Sept. 9 intercept test of the joint US-Israel Arrow-2 missile missed its target.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  21. MV Cape Ray returned to Portsmouth, Va., after destroying Syrian chemical weapons on a 7-month deployment to 6th Fleet. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    US Ship That Destroyed Syrian Chemical Weapons Returns Home

    The MV Cape Ray, which successfully disposed of hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons this summer in the Mediterranean Sea, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  22. Roberto I. Guerrero, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, speaks during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference, on Tuesday. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Efficiency Is Watchword For US Air Force Energy Chief

    The US Air Force's new energy chief repeatedly uses one word to describe his mission: efficiency.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  23. Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a July 18 demonstration. Tauseef Mustafa / Getty Images

    FBI: Islamic State Support on Rise Since US Airstrikes

    Support for the Islamic State organization has grown since the US launched airstrikes in Iraq and the group is attracting many new jihadist fighters, top US officials said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  24. A Boeing KC-46A prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight in this artist's conception. The first flight of the KC-46 test aircraft has been pushed back to November. Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Air Force

    First Flight Delayed for KC-46A Test Aircraft

    The first flight of the KC-46A program's test aircraft has been pushed back until mid-to-late November, with the first next-generation tanker not expected to fly until April, the program's top officer said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  25. An F-15C Eagle takes off to do some training with the Bulgarian aircraft at Graf Ignatievo Air Base near Plovdiv, Bulgaria on Aug. 21. Senior Airman Hailey Haux/Air Force

    US Air Force Trying To Protect F-15s In Europe

    Air Force leaders are crossing their fingers that F-15 fighters will stay at least another year in Europe through the '

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  26. A U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an Aug. 21 mission in northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / Air Force

    Air Mobility Crews Have Logged More Than 1,000 Sorties To Support Airstrikes in Iraq

    Air Mobility Command tankers have flown more than 1,000 missions in support of airstrikes against the Islamic State, AMC commander Gen. Darren McDew said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  27. Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, speaks Sept. 16 during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference,. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Space Command Chief: SpaceX Certification Looming

    SpaceX is getting close to certification for military launches, perhaps as soon as the start of December, the new head of US Air Force Space Command said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  28. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Congress is moving in a positive direction toward adopting a continuing resolution. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Senior Senator: Both Chambers Should Pass CR, Syrian Rebels Authorities 'Before' Weekend

    A senior US Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  29. An Iraqi security forces member looks out on the Euphrates River from a helicopter flying near Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sept. 6. The Pentagon confirmed that US military aircraft on Sept. 7 conducted coordinated airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the vicinity of the strategic dam. Azhar Shallal/ / AFP

    Issue Tracker: Striking Against the Islamic State

    Neither the House nor Senate last week took up a measure authorizing US military strikes against the violent Sunni group in Iraq — and maybe Syria.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  30. US Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Bailey, right, talks with Kurdish Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih Shwani, center, during a visit to Kirkuk province. Spc. Crystal Hudson/US Army

    Top US General: Policy Against Ground Troops in Iraq Could Change

    President Barack Obama is not ready to insert US combat troops into Iraq, but his top military adviser says that could change.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  31. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said the moves followed a strategic review at the group last year. Eric Piermont / AFP via Getty Images

    Airbus Announces Divestment of Some Defense Subsidiaries

    European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday that it would sell off several subsidiaries at its defense division to focus on its core businesses of space activities, military planes and missiles.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  32. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey will testify Tuesday about the Obama administration's plans to combat the Islamic State militant group. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Live Tweeting Hagel, Dempsey Testimony on Islamic State Battle Plans

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey will testify Tuesday about the Obama administration's plans to combat the Islamic State militant group.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  33. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Cole Burston / AFP

    Canada Sent 69 Soldiers To Iraq, Says PM Harper

    Canada has sent 69 soldiers to northern Iraq to advise security forces fighting Islamist militants in the northern part of the country, the prime minister said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  34. Sailors of the Russian Black Sea Fleet march on July 25 as they prepare for Navy Day celebrations in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Max Vetrov / Getty Images

    Defense Minister: Russia To Deploy Reinforcements To Crimea Area

    Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defense minister said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  35. Dutch King Willem-Alexander addresses the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives on Sept. 16 from the throne in the Hall of Knights in The Hague, the Netherlands. Freek van den Bergh / AFP

    Netherlands To Increase Defense Spending In Wake of Downed MH17

    The Netherlands is to increase defense spending after being hard-hit by global conflicts including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, King Willem-Alexander said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  36. A US-made F-16 jet fighter takes off from a highway in southern Chiayi county on Sept. 16 during the Han Kuang drill. Taiwan displayed how its air force jets could land, refuel and take off on a closed-off motorway in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Fighter Jets Land On Taiwan Highway In 'China Attack' War Games

    Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets and early warning aircraft could land, refuel and take off on a closed motorway on Tuesday, in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  37. Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer. Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin

    Pratt: F-35 Fix Could Begin Installation Before End of Year

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  38. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, director of the Air National Guard, said the Guard needs to know how many C-130 aircraft are required on the homefront. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    Air National Guard Head Wants Study for Future C-130 Path

    The head of the US Air National Guard wants to launch a study on the path forward for the component's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  39. A conceptual image of the launch of the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP). NET Solutions Image/Air Force Research Lab

    USAF Lab Chief Expects To Test EW Missile in 2016

    On the convention center screen, an animated cruise missile flew over a shadowy cartoon city. A beam of high-power microwaves emitted from its nose — and the target building went dark.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  40. Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, US Air Force Research Laboratory commander, speaks Tuesday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AFRL Commander: 'Digital Teammates' Will Support a Shrinking Force

    As the force gets smaller, the US Air Force may look increasingly to machines to make decisions in team with airmen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  41. A CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron flies during an annual, joint exercise in Florida. Airman 1st Class Jasmonet Jackson/US Air Force

    US Air Force Special Ops Looks To Add Armor, Firepower to Ospreys

    In response to two of its CV-22 Ospreys being shot up over Juba, South Sudan, in December, critically injuring two service members, the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has added optional armor to the flooring of the aircraft and may also incorporate forward-firing weapons.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  42. A Ukrainian serviceman sits atop an armored vehicle near grenade launchers during a patrol on the border of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. ANATOLII STEPANOV/ / AFP

    Germany May Support OSCE Mission in Ukraine

    Germany sent a military fact-finding mission to eastern Ukraine on Tuesday to determine whether the Bundeswehr can support an observer mission there by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with a reconnaissance UAV, the Defense M

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  43. While Israel principally supports Obama's call for a united front against Islamic State and all forms of radical terror, Israel's primary concern is preventing Assad's strategic arsenal from reaching the hands of Hezbollah allies fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime. AFP

    US-Israel Accord to Support Coordinated Air Ops in Syria

    A US-Israel defense agreement will support coordinated air power in Syria if and when the Israel Air Force (IAF) is tasked to operate in close proximity to American-led coalition air forces.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  44. A Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter guards a post flying the PKK flag in Makhmur, southwest Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Aug. 21. Kurdish groups from Iraq and three neighboring countries are putting aside old rivalries to battle jihadist militants, and now Turkey is considering a buffer zone along its border with Iraq and Syria. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Mulling Buffer Zone with Iraq, Syria

    The Turkish military, feeling threatened by the emergence of a radical self-declared Islamist state at its doorstep, is considering creating a buffer zone along the country's border with Syria and Iran, the president said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  45. Australia is sending Super Hornets, a tanker and an airborne early warning and control aircraft to the United Arab Emirates where they will prepare for possible use against the Islamic State. Nigel Pittaway/Staff

    Australian Hornets, Support Aircraft, Troops Deploy to UAE

    Australia is sending up to eight F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters, an Airbus KC-30 multirole tanker transport and an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Middle East this week for possible use against Islamic State

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  46. Improved Air Defense: The Tien Kung 3, above, will replace Taiwan's Hawk surface-to-air missile system. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Taiwan Retires Hawk Missiles

    Taiwan will begin retiring its Hawk surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in 2015 as production of the new Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow) SAM system ramps up, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) source said.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  47. The US House Armed Services Committee, led by Chairman Buck McKeon, is revising White House language on a plan to train and equip Syrian rebels. Drew Angerer/ / Getty Images

    HASC Preparing Syrian Rebel Train-And-Equip Measure; Could Be CR Amendment

    The US House Armed Services Committee is crafting a measure that would grant President Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian forces to take on the Islamic State, while ensuring Congress is kept in the loop.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  48. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, speaks with a Rafale fighter pilot while visiting French troops in Mali last year. Such deployments are 'incomparable marketing' for French exports, an expert said. MARTIN BUREAU/ / AFP via Getty Images

    French Arms Exports Rise 42 Percent

    France signed arms export contracts worth €6.87 billion (US $8.8 billion) in 2013, up more than 42 percent from the €4.8 billion in the previous year, despite tougher US competition and Russia, according to a report to Parliament released on Sept.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  49. Carlisle

    ACC, PACAF Focused on Pacific Pivot

    Two of the US Air Force's largest major commands will see their leadership change in the coming months, as both train and prepare for the shifting focus toward the Pacific.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  50. A cyber transport systems technician finds a new number location on a line equipment number block. SA George Goslin / Air Force

    Cyber Airmen Race To Stay Ahead of New Threats

    As cyber threats increase and become more sophisticated, airmen in the Cyber career field find themselves operating in a fast-paced environment just trying to stay two steps ahead.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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