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  1. More than half of the US Air Force's F-16D fleet has been grounded after cracks were discovered in a routine inspection. Chad Bellay / Lockheed Martin

    US Air Force Grounds 82 F-16Ds After Cracks Discovered

    The US Air Force has grounded over half of its F-16D Fighting Falcons, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) announced Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  2. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After Months on Back Burner, Sequester Fears Return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  3. Italian officials are investigating the collision of two Air Force Tornado aircraft. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Italian Air Force Jets Collide

    Two Italian Air Force Tornado aircraft reportedly collided during a training mission in central Italy on Tuesday, crashing and sparking a large forest fire.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  4. Supporters of Tahir-ul-Qadri gather at an anti-government march in Islamabad on Tuesday. FAROOQ NAEEM/ / AFP

    Military Secures Sensitive Sites in Pakistan Capital; Political Instability Grows

    The Army has assumed security responsibility of the sensitive 'Red Zone' in Pakistan's capital as opposition forces camped out in the capital enter it demanding the government's resignation.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  5. Analysts question how much work Congress will be able to achieve in terms of spending bills for the rest of this year. Karen Bleier/ / AFP

    Analyst: Best Congress Will Do Is Two Government-Wide Spending Bills

    A prominent federal budget analyst is predicting the best Congress will do this year on spending bills is pass two massive government-wide measures.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  6. Afghanistan National Army (ANA) commandos demonstrate their skills on Aug. 5 at a Commando Unit Base in Rish Khor district on the outskirts of Kabul. Shah Marai / Getty Images

    Afghan Special Forces Brace for Exit of Elite US Troops

    If Afghanistan is to avoid the chaotic breakdown seen in Iraq, US-trained special forces undergoing instruction at a drill camp outside Kabul must play a key part in imposing security and building public confidence.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  7. Security guards walk past the Chinese national in 2008 in Beijing. Getty Images

    Sources: China Troops Enter Disputed India Territory

    Chinese troops have advanced in recent days into disputed territory claimed by India, echoing a similar incursion last year that raised tensions between the two rival giants, official sources said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  8. Editorial: Closed Doors, Closed Minds

    Leaders and reporters were barred from talking to one another. Security guards and armed police officers body-blocked a member of the press. A policeman threatened to call the FBI if a man didn't delete the photos on his phone.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  9. A man fishes in front of the Russian Navy aircraft carrier Kuznetsov moored off the coast of Cyprus in February. Kuznetsov is Russia's only active aircraft carrier. Yiannis Kourtoglou / AFP

    Russian Defense Minister Vows To Strengthen Navy

    Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  10. A BAE display model shows the new Type 26 frigate proposed for the Royal Navy. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    New UK Frigate Proposals Coming Together

    BAE Systems is finishing proposals to build a new generation of frigates for the Royal Navy and has begun delivering details of the bid to the British Defence Ministry ahead of a decision expected by the end of the year, company officials said.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  11. An X-47B lands the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    US Navy Flies Manned, Unmanned Carrier Jets Together For First Time

    It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the US Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  12. Smoke billows after a US air strike Sunday near the Mosul Dam. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    US, UK Leadership Warn Iraq Mission Won't be Quick; US Escalates Air Offensive

    In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Aug.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  13. Trade visitors stand in front of a Raytheon booth during the Singapore Air Show on Feb. 11. Raytheon will receive a substantial payout from the British government over a canceled border protection program. Roslan Rahman / Getty Images

    UK Required To Pay Raytheon Over Border Security Program Termination

    Britain will make a hefty payout to a US defense company after a tribunal found London had unlawfully terminated a contract to provide the country's electronic borders program.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  14. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is pictured in Rosyth dockyard. Managed service providers aim to help keep British procurement programs on track. Getty Images

    Bechtel, CH2M Hill Win UK Service Provider Contracts

    Two US contractors have landed key contracts to help overhaul the way Britain's Ministry of Defence runs its 14 billion (US $23.4 billion) procurement and support organization.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  15. Replacement of Russian military equipment, such as MiG-29s, is one part of Bulgaria's modernization plan. Wikimedia

    Bulgarian DM Unveils Army Modernization Program, Fighter Jet Procurement

    Bulgarian Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov has announced a 1 billion leva (US $680 million) program to modernize the military's armament and decrease its dependency on weapons and components from Russia by 2020.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  16. Now that Turkey has updated eight former Perry-class frigates, such as the Gediz, with Havelsan's GENESIS advanced combat management system, it hopes to sell the software to the US Navy. US Navy

    Turkey Hopes To Export GENESIS System for G-class Frigates

    Turkey's procurement office, in connection with state-controlled military software company Havelsan, has launched efforts to export an indigenous naval combat management system.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  17. Commentary: Budgets, Not Tech, May Delay US Army's Next Rotorcraft

    Though the US Army has yet to make a formal announcement, according to reports the Sikorsky-Boeing team and Bell Helicopter Textron have been selected for government-funded Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program technology demonstrations.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  18. A South Korean soldier takes position during an anti-terror drill on Aug. 18 as part of an annual joint military drill called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), outside a tunnel in Seoul. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

    South Korea, US Start Military Drill Despite North Threats

    South Korea and the United States on Monday launched an annual military drill, Seoul's defense ministry said, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a 'merciless' retaliatory strike.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  19. Editorial: Bolster UK's Fleet

    Britain's 384 million contract last week to buy three new patrol boats for the Royal Navy was no surprise.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  20. Commentary: Strategic Budget Choices

    Within the complicated universe of military acquisition is a relatively new method of decision-making that forces the US Department of Defense and the military services to make choices that balance want versus need.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  21. India has removed Denel, a competitor to provide 155mm/52 caliber artillery guns, from a blacklist. Denel

    India Lifts Ban on Denel

    India has removed South Africa's Denel from a blacklist, allowing the company to again do business here after nine years of investigations failed to prove corruption charges related to a rifle purchase.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  22. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., campaigns in eastern Kentucky Aug. 7. McConnell is locked in a tight race against Democratic challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    GOP: Senate Takeover Would Break Gridlock

    US Republican lawmakers and insiders are banking that a GOP takeover of the Senate would break the chamber's years-long deadlock. But the party must first win several key races.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  23. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, inspects a test firing of a newly developed high-performance tactical rocket on Aug. 15 at undisclosed location in North Korea. AFP

    North Korea Threatens 'Merciless' Strike Against US-South Korea Drill

    North Korea warned Sunday of a possible 'merciless' pre-emptive strike as it blasted an upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercise as a rehearsal for nuclear war.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  24. US President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about ongoing military actions and humanitarian drops in northern Iraq on Aug. 9. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    The Evolving Obama Doctrine: Limited Bombing Raids, Stronger Partnerships

    Iraq again has descended into sectarian violence and political chaos. An Islamic extremist group controls more land than al-Qaida ever has. Vladimir Putin appears poised to invade eastern Ukraine.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  25. This picture, taken on May 14 from a Vietnamese Coast Guard ship, shows a Chinese Coast Guard vessel, left, sailing near China's oil drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea. Vietnam was experiencing its worst anti-China unrest in decades following Beijing's deployment of an oil rig to disputed waters, with at least one Chinese worker killed and more than 100 injured. Hoang Dinh Nam / Getty Images

    Fishing Vessels in China Serve as Proxy Enforcers

    China's use of swarming tactics with fishing vessels to project and protect Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea appears unstoppable, experts say.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  26. Michael Gass, president and CEO of United Launch Alliance, stepped down last week. Jewel Samad / AFP

    ULA Leadership Move Could Be Precursor to Further Changes

    An unexpected leadership change at the United Launch Alliance (ULA) may be just the first move for a company facing competition for the first time.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  27. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters drive trucks on Aug. 17 as they head to the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River that they recaptured from Islamic State jihadists. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Kurds Retake Key Iraq Dam, Sunnis Hit Jihadists

    Iraqi Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes retook the country's largest dam from jihadists on Sunday, as Sunni Arab tribesmen and security forces fought the militants west of Baghdad.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  28. Nigeria Air Force Institute Develops Aircraft Trainer, but Funding Short

    The Nigeria Air Force Institute of Technology (NAF-IT) says it has designed and developed the country's first indigenous light trainer aircraft, intended to replace the service's fleet of aircraft imported from the 1970s and 1980s, now grounded by a lack

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  29. Cutter Completion: The Hamilton, seen in July on its first round of builder's sea trials, will be the first of the US Coast Guard's national security cutters based on the US East Coast. Huntington Ingalls Industries

    USCG Cutter Program Hits Its Stride

    It's not often the US Coast Guard takes center stage at the sprawling Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The huge facility builds more different kinds of ships for the US Navy than any other yard.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  30. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter sits atop an armed military vehicle on Aug. 16 in Bashiqa. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    US Jets Strike Armored Vehicles in Iraq

    US jets and drones launched more airstrikes in northern Iraq on Thursday to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, the military said.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  31. Networked Fire: IDF self-propelled artillery in action during Protective Edge Gaza operation. Israel Defense Forces

    Israel Lauds New Capabilities in Gaza

    On July 8, the first day of Operation Protective Edge, five Hamas frogmen attempted an amphibious assault on an Israeli military base bordering northern Gaza.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  32. Closer Relations? Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, left, walks with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toward a welcome ceremony in New Delhi. RAVEENDRAN/ / AFP

    Too Early To Assess Indo-US Defense Ties

    Although no defense projects were established during US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's recent visit to India, US-Indo defense ties are developing and announcements on new initiatives are anticipated next month, Ministry of Defence officials and defense a

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  33. Homegrown Plane: Japan reportedly plans to test fly its next-generation indigenous fighter  its first locally built fighter since the F-2, here  in January. Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt/ / US Air Force

    When Will Japan's Prototype Fighter Fly?

    When will Japan's ATD-X indigenous stealth fighter prototype make its first flight? Hard to tell.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  34. Armed soldiers of the Ukrainian special force stand during a military operation near Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, on Saturday. ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images

    Analysis: Ukraine Attack on Convoy Sends Tough Message

    A Ukrainian attack on a suspected convoy of Russian military vehicles sent Moscow a tough new message: Ukraine's military is more confident about protecting its territory, and a full-scale Russian invasion could be prolonged and bloody.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  35. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon leaves Number 10 Downing Street with a senior RAF officer in London on Wednesday 4 after attending a meeting of Cobra, the government's crisis response committee, on the situation in Iraq chaired by the prime minister. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

    Defense Minister: Britain to Keep Up Iraq Surveillance Flights

    Britain is to keep up its surveillance flights over northern Iraq to try to stop more minority groups coming under jihadist attack, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Saturday.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  36. Tight Security: Retired Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, industry chair of the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, addresses audience members in Huntsville, Ala., last week. Conference attendees were barred from talking to speakers and from taking pictures during the event. US Army Space and Missile Defense Command

    Essay: Censorship, Police Intimidation at Missile Defense Conference

    In the back of a dimly lit banquet hall, a member of a prominent Washington think tank sat taking notes and snapping pictures of speakers' briefing slides using his mobile phone.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  37. A police officer on Wednesday watches over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    Senate to Review Surplus Military Gear Grants to Local Police

    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress will review Defense Department transfers of unused military equipment to local police to ensure the weaponry is being used 'as intended,' in light of the recent problems in Missouri.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  38. Pakistani security personnel arrive to take positions after an attack by militants in Quetta on two military airbases in southwestern Pakistan. BANARAS KHAN/ / AFP

    Improved Security Measures Thwart Attack on Pakistani Airbases

    An attack in the very early hours of Friday morning on two Pakistani air bases was thwarted largely due to improved security measures that show the military has learned lessons from previous attacks, say analysts.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  39. An elderly man looks at a pro-Russian tank moving along a street in Donetsk on Friday. Shelling killed 11 civilians and wounded eight more over the past 24 hours in the besieged rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, local authorities said. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

    Ukraine Says It 'Destroyed' Part of Russian Armed Convoy

    Ukraine said Friday that its artillery destroyed part of a convoy of Russian military vehicles that crossed into Ukraine at around the same time as a Russian relief aid convoy was reaching the border area.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  40. Military Posture? A police officer watches over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Scott Olson/ / Getty Images

    Did Congress Help Create an Environment for Crisis in Ferguson, Missouri?

    Local US police departments like the embattled one in Ferguson, Missouri, look more like elite military units, in large part because of the United States Congress.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  41. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference on Aug. 6 in Jerusalem. Jim Hollander / AFP

    Report: White House in the Dark Over Arms Supplies to Israel

    Israel secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon last month without the approval of the White House or the State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  42. Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, is greeted Aug. 14 by Gen. Do Ba Ty, deputy defense minister and chief of general staff of the Vietnam People's Army, at the Defense Ministry in Hanoi. Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP

    Top US General Visits Wartime Foe Vietnam

    The most senior US military officer to visit Vietnam for decades held talks with Communist Party officials in Hanoi on Thursday, in the latest boost to ties between the former wartime foes.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  43. US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq on Aug. 14 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass.. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    Obama: 'We Broke the ISIL Siege of Mount Sinjar'

    US President Barack Obama declared Thursday that US airstrikes had broken the siege of an Iraqi mountain sheltering civilian refugees and that troops conducting reconnaissance there would be withdrawn.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  44. Protesters stage a rally on Aug. 14 at the gates of Camp Schwab, near the site of the new US military runways in Nago, Okinawa prefecture. Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Japan Protesters Rail Against US Military Base

    Demonstrators rallied in Japan's southern Okinawa island chain, calling for work to stop on the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  45. An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense Panels Hold Up $7M Funding Shift for Hellfire Missiles for Now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  46. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, arrives Aug. 13 for a weekly meeting of the German cabinet at the chancellery in Berlin. John MacDougall / AFP

    Report: Germany To Send Aid to North Iraq

    German air force planes will deliver humanitarian aid to northern Iraq on Friday, media reported, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin was also considering sending weapons to help the embattled country.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  47. Lebanese troops stand guard in a street on Aug. 9 in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, on the border with Syria. AFP

    US Pledges Arms for Lebanon Army After Jihadist Clashes

    The United States will supply Lebanon's army with additional munitions and ordnance in a bid to bolster the force after clashes with jihadists, the US ambassador to Beirut said Thursday.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  48. The second production F-35 is flown during an airframe loads envelope expansion mission June 11. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Further Restrictions Lifted for F-35 Test Fleet; Army Awarded Contract

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test fleet will be able to fly six hours between engine inspections for weapon test and refueling missions, as restrictions on the fifth-generation fighter continue to ease.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  49. A power plant worker cuts through twisted burned out metal near damaged fuel tanks in the south of Gaza City. Roberto Schmidt / AFP

    Despite Heavy Costs, Israel Struggles To Spin Success From Gaza War

    The latest Israel-Hamas truce expires at midnight on Wednesday and it's still unclear whether Operation Protective Edge, now in its 37th day, will resume with greater intensity or come to an end.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  50. Displaced Iraqi Yazidis, who fled a jihadist onslaught on Sinjar, gather Aug. 13 to collect bottles of water at the Bajid Kandala camp in Kurdistan's western Dohuk province. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraq Evacuation May Not Require US Troops on Mount Sinjar

    A review by US troops of conditions on Iraq's Mount Sinjar Wednesday has determined that the conditions of a religious minority seeking refuge there are better than believed and may not require a US-led evacuation, a Pentagon official said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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