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  1. The Next SSC? From top: Austal USA's Multi-Mission Combatant offering is based on the Independence-class littoral combat ship design. Huntington Ingalls hopes to offer a more heavily armed version of its National Security Cutter design; and Lockheed Martin has long been working on variants of its basic littoral combat ship design. This proposed variant is armed with Standard surface-to-air missiles, enhanced fire control and an Aegis combat system. Lockheed Martin

    Ship Study Should Favor Existing Designs

    Ships that look like littoral combat ships (LCS), but armed with SM-2 surface-to-air missiles, bigger guns and Aegis combat systems. A grey-hull patrol frigate that takes the hull of a white coast guard cutter and increases its combat power.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  2. New Challenges: A US soldier participates in the Shared Accord military exercise with South African troops. US Army Africa

    In Shift to Africa, US Troops Find Complicated Relationships

    Lt. Col. Lee Magee had been on the ground in Africa for less than four days when the call came in to gather his troops and get on a plane to South Sudan.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  3. Needing Help: A navigational radar on Indonesia's national search-and-rescue boat shows details during a search in the Andaman Sea for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Malaysia has had to rely on other countries for satellite data and analysis. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP

    Hunt for Airliner Shows Limits of Satellite Imagery

    The big question on the minds of industry executives and others attending the Defense Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in the Malaysian capital last week was what effect would the crash of flight MH370 have on defense spending priorities here.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  4. Eyes on Sub Market: The Swedish diesel-powered attack submarine Götland and others of its class were built in Sweden by Kockums, now part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Stockholm supports Swedish company Saab's move to buy the former Kockums from its German owners. PH2 Patricia R. Totemeier/US Navy

    Sweden's Goals Fuel Saab's Acquisitions

    The Swedish government's drive to rebuild core national defense capacities is pivotal to Saab's ambitions to develop a competitive submarine branch and become a major global player in this segment, government and company insiders say.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  5. Israel's Elbit Systems will transfer thermal imaging system technology to an Indian factory that will supply artillery, armored and paramilitary forces. Agence France-Presse

    Overseas Companies Seek Tie-Ups Through India's OFB

    A new Indian procurement policy that gives priority to state-owned defense companies has prompted Elbit Systems and Thales to forge ties with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which administers 41 weapon factories, and promise to transfer high technology

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  6. Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that among the acquisitions sought by the military are infantry fighting vehicles from the Netherlands. RAIGO PAJULA/AFP

    Estonian Army Eyes $155M in Procurements, New Infantry Fighting Vehicles

    Estonia's Army is planning to spend €111.5 million (US $155 million) on procurement this year to accelerate the modernization of the country's armed forces under the National Defense Development Plan for 2013-2022.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  7. France is planning celebrations of a French Foreign Legion battle from 1863. Remy Gabalda/AFP

    France Plans Foreign Legion Celebration

    French Mirage fighters flying over a key Foreign Legion public parade marks American pilots' aid to France before the US entered the first world war, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  8. Joint strike fighters perform an aerial refueling mission. Estimated cost of the fighter has gone up although sustainment price estimates have declined. Master Sgt. Donald Allen / US Air Force

    F-35 Engine Cost Up, Sustainment Down

    Buying is bulk is key to lowering the cost of the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, the general in charge of the effort said.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  9. Sen. Mitch McConnell has urged the Obama administration to send weapons to Ukraine. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    McConnell Calls for US to Arm Ukraine, Blames Obama for Russian Invasion

    The US Senate's top Republican on Thursday said America should send weapons to the Ukrainian military as that country teeters on the brink of war with Russia.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  10. Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade April 7 at the Donetsk regional council office building in eastern Ukraine. US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of US European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Alexander Khudoteply / AFP

    USAF 4-star: Armed Attackers in Ukraine Are Russian Troops in Disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  11. Indian Navy divers are seen on board an inflatable craft next to the conning tower of diesel-powered of the INS Sindhurakshak (covered with red and white sheet) as it lies submerged inside the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

    Indian Navy Gets New Chief After Days of Indecision

    Nearly 50 days after former Indian Navy Chief Adm.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  12. Pakistan acquired the Perry-class frigate Alamgir in 2011, but hopes to obtain additional ships have been unrealized. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    US Congress Stymies Pakistani Naval Modernization Efforts

    Despite close defense ties with China, Pakistan still relies on the US to help it upgrade key defense areas. However, hostility from US lawmakers has effectively halted progress in some areas with Pakistan's Navy particularly hard hit.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  13. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    Diplomats Demand End To Violence in Ukraine

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  14. CF-18 Hornet fighter jets belonging to the Canadian 410 'Couger' Squadron are seen in 2009 under shelters on the tarmac at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. David McNew / Getty Images

    Canada Sends Fighter Jets To Eastern Europe

    Canada is deploying six CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe as part of NATO's response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  15. Foreign delegations will attend a conference at the Eurosatory trade show that will focus on combat helicopters. Anthony Pecchi / Airbus Helicopters

    Foreign Delegations Invited to Eurosatory Conference on Helos

    The French Army Air Corps has invited some 20 foreign delegations to attend a three-day visit, with a focus on combat helicopters, at the Eurosatory trade show, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  16. The HTMS Krabi is launched in 2011. Thailand may build a second boat of the class and is exploring exports. BAE Systems

    Thai Navy May Build Second Patrol Boat Under BAE License

    Thailand may build a second offshore patrol vessel under a license granted by BAE Systems and is also starting to think about exporting the ship to other navies in the region, according to a senior executive at the British-based defense contractor.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  17. Factory Fresh: A new factory in Mozambique operated by DynCorp International and its partner OTT Technologies Mozambique has rolled out its first Puma M36 4x4 armored personnel carriers. OTT Technologies

    Foreign Firms Chase African Deals With New Facilities

    In just the past three months, five global defense companies have announced plans to open factories, maintenance facilities and marketing offices in four southern and east African countries.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  18. The need for the Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise is growing more urgent as wartime operations depend increasingly on data. STAFF / AFP/Getty Images

    DOD, intell community push forward on joint IT environment

    The Defense Department and the intelligence community have been working on a joint information-sharing framework designed to connect the most remote corners of military operations.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  19. Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox wants to see electronic warfare become a broader concern across DoD. Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

    DoD calls for electronic warfare integration expansion

    Officials want electronic component considered in efforts across the range of military operations.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  20. The global UAV market has a few years of rising business ahead before a decline begins, according to a market research firm. Pictured: The Hermes 900, made by Elbit Systems of Israel. File

    UAV market could decline in a few years

    Winding down of wars will have long-term repercussions, research firm finds.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  21. n U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., after flying a routine training mission. A new study found drone pilots believe there is a negative perception attached to their jobs. U.S. Air Force

    GAO to US Air Force: Improve Morale for Drone Pilots

    The US Air Force's drone pilots believe there is a negative perception attached to their jobs, report low morale and receive insufficient training, a new government study found.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  22. Completion of the submarine North Dakota, seen Nov. 2 just before its christening ceremony, is being delayed to address design and construction issues. US Navy

    New US Navy Submarine's Delivery Delayed

    Problems with a parts supplier and the need to modify certain design features led the US Navy to announce Wednesday that the commissioning of the new nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota won't take place at the end of May as scheduled.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  23. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and US presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland Wants Larger US, NATO Troop Presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger US and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  24. The F-35 will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo and will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

    The F-35 is heading for Britain in July to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Show.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  25. A Malaysian Air Force C-130 Hercules lands at Australian Air Force Base Pearce. Progress was announced at Defence Services Asia on a program to upgrade Malaysian C-130 cockpits. Rob Griffith/Agence France-Presse

    Flurry of Deals Announced at Defence Services Asia

    Collaboration agreements, minor contract announcements, letters of agreement and letters of intent came thick and fast on the third day of the Defence Services Asia show here.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  26. Armed men wearing military fatigues gather around armored personnel carriers as they stand guard outside the regional state building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16. GENYA SAVILOV/Agence France-Presse

    Stronger US Economic Sanctions Urged Against Russia

    The Obama administration should enact stiffer economic sanctions on Russia, but it's unclear whether such moves will lead Vladimir Putin to stand down in eastern Ukraine, say several former US officials.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  27. Jagwire, a new product from Exelis, can pool GEOINT data from various sources into a single point of access. Gannett Government Media composite

    New cloud solution links disconnected intelligence

    Integrates data from SIGINT, UAVs, satellites, other sources

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  28. Turkish troops parade during Victory Day celebrations in 2013. Turkey plans to establish a factory to produce its own explosives, bombs and warheads. Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

    Turkey To Produce Warheads, Airplane Bombs

    Turkey will this year launch a 'national' factory to produce its own warheads, airplane bombs and plastic explosives, a Cabinet minister said Apr. 16.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  29. The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department report. AFP

    If DoD Spending Levels Remain, $66B Modernization Cut Would Follow

    The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department rep

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  30. Boeing upgrades geospatial software

    Real-time tagging, other improvements come to DataMaster.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  31. The Czech Republic plans to acquire new helicopters to replace its Mi-35s and Mi-24s. Here, an Mi-24 patrols in Venezuela. Pedro Rey/Agence France-Presse

    Czech Military Eyes New Multipurpose Helicopters

    The Czech Armed Forces are aiming to acquire 16 new multipurpose helicopters. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from 2016 to 2020, reported local news agency CTK.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  32. BAE offers an app that could turn Google Glass into an intelligence tool. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Google Glass as intelligence tool

    Xplorer Snap adds GEOINT capabilities.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  33. A US F15C Eagle jet fighter takes off April 16 near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia, deployed on NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO To Deploy More Forces in Eastern Europe

    NATO said Wednesday it will deploy additional air, sea and land forces in Eastern Europe in response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine and take further action if needed.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  34. Malaysia-based SME Ordnance (SMEO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based Poly Technologies to supply SMEO with machinery to manufacture cases for the 5.56 mm ammunition. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China Poly Tech Signs MoU With SME Ordnance

    Malaysia-based SME Ordnance (SMEO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based Poly Technologies to supply SMEO with machinery to manufacture cases for the 5.56 mm ammunition.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  35. Taiwan-based Whole Power Company has found a new market outside the Taiwan military for its armored vehicle track and suspension systems. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Taiwan Tank Parts at DSA

    Taiwan-based Whole Power Company has found a new market outside the Taiwan military for its armored vehicle track and suspension systems. The company is exhibiting for the first time at the Defence Services Asia exhibition in Kuala Lumpur this week.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  36. Moscow-based Concern Morinformsystem – AGAT displays two models illustrating how the Club K Container Missile System uses ordinary 40-foot cargo containers to conceal a variety of anti-ship and land-attack missiles. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Russian Missile System Masquerading as Innocent Cargo Container

    This year's Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition, being held in Kuala Lumpur from April 14-17, was full of surprises this year. There were plenty of '

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    • Apr. 16, 2014
  38. The Air Force tests Google Glass. Richard Eldridge/Air Force

    Will the military be speedier with Google Glass?

    After catching on to the value of smartphones later than most, the military has a second chance with wearables.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  39. Tech. Sgt. Darren Montefu, 920th Rescue Wing reserve aircraft maintenance engineer, performs a pre-flight inspection using a semi-rugged commercial mobile device. Air Force

    WiFi speed could soon get faster

    Qualcomm is touting a technology born from 7 years of research.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  40. Show reporter: GEOINT 2013*

    Read what happened at GEOINT 2013*. Click here for exclusive coverage.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  41. A tiger-painted Czech Gripen operates in a NATO activity. Saab has submitted information to the Malaysian government about a possible Gripen lease. Milan Nikodym / Saab

    Saab Offers Info on Gripen Lease to Malaysia

    Saab has confirmed it has submitted proposals to the Malaysian government for the lease of Gripen fighters but said it wasn't responding to a formal request for information.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  42. Malaysian Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein talks with journalists at Defence Services Asia. Hussein identified cyber terrorism as a vital security issue. MOHD RASFAN/Agence France-Presse

    BAE Shifts Cyber Software Development to Malaysia

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence business is moving the center of its cyber software development activities to Malaysia as part of a strategy that will see the Southeast Asian location emerge as a key component of it growing security business, according t

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  43.  Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Malaysia Advances With 8-Wheeled Armored Vehicle

    Malaysia's top armored vehicle manufacturer, Deftech, has begun the qualification stage for its eight-wheel-drive AV-8 armored wheeled vehicle and will produce 257 units with 12 variants for the country's Army when tests are concluded, said Deftech CEO Am

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  44. A visitor to Google's German offices looks at a three-dimensional rendering of French mountains using Google Earth software. Commercial imagery providers could soon be able to provide much higher-resolution images if suggested rule changes take effect. Adam Berry / Getty Images

    U.S. could lift commercial satellite imagery restrictions

    Limitations on resolution unpopular with companies, who say it hurts competitiveness.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  45. Letitia Long is guiding NGIA through a transition to become a new kind of information provider.

    Next for intelligence: immersion

    NGA to lead the way toward a new intel paradigm.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  46. Italy's AgustaWestland is offering a variant of its AW109 to serve as a US Navy training helicopter. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Pitches AW119 for US Navy Helicopter Trainer

    Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy's current fleet of training choppers.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  47. An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter operates during a vertical replenishment aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. MCSN Andrew Johnson/US Navy

    DoD Looking for Ways Not To Break MH-60R Helicopter Deal

    The Pentagon will 'look at options' so it does not break a multiyear helicopter contract with Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin that includes about 90 aircraft, a senior US Defense Department official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  48. US Defense Department proposed budgets will prioritize military need, not budget caps, said Frank Kendall, Pentagon acquisition chief. Jim Watson / Agence France-Presse

    Kendall: Pentagon Will Tie Budget Proposals To Needs, Not Budget Caps

    The US Defense Department will continue sending Congress budget proposals that do not adhere to federal spending caps and will instead opt to develop budgets it believes are appropriate to defend the country, a senior Pentagon official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  49. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks Tuesday at the Ecole Militaire in Paris after receiving a report on harassment and sexual violence in the French military. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/Agence France-Presse

    French Women To Crew Ballistic Missile Sub Fleet

    The French Navy plans to send three women officers to sail in the ballistic missile submarine fleet, a first for the French service, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said April 15.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  50. Prince Bandar Bin Sultan has been replaced as the Saudi Arabian intelligence chief. Hassan Ammar/Agence France-Presse

    Saudi Intel Chief Relieved of Duties

    The Saudi Arabian intelligence chief, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, has been 'exempted from his duties' today, according to a Royal decree issued by King Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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