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  1. Swedish Navy fast-attack crafts search Oct. 19 for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters in the Stockholm Archipelago. Marko Saavala / AFP

    Mystery Deepens Over Reported Russian Sub in Sweden

    Mystery deepened Sunday over a Swedish military operation triggered by 'foreign underwater activity' off the coast of Stockholm, amid an unconfirmed report of a hunt for a damaged Russian submarine.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  2. Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes. Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP

    Spain To Train Iraqi Troops To Fight Islamic State

    Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  3. Stepping In: Then-Egyptian Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, left, and Russian Defense Minster Sergei Shoigu meet in Moscow in February to discuss weapon sales and closer diplomatic relations. Sisi is now president of Egypt. AFP/Getty Images

    Russia Making Major Push Into Mideast Market

    Following a decade of 'near-absence' in the Middle East, Russia is once again asserting itself as it looks to sell arms to former Soviet-era clients while breaking into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  4. More Funding: Norwegian special forces operators are seen assaulting a building during the March exercise Cold Response in northern Norway. The military budget is rising, but not enough for some officials. TORBJORN KJOSVOLD/ / AFP

    Norwegian Budget Hike Gets Mixed Reviews

    The 3.5 percent net increase in Norway's 2015 defense budget has disappointed some leading military organizations and been called inadequate against a backdrop of increased regional tensions caused by Russian aggression in Ukraine.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  5. Inside Pick? Thales officials hope the choice to replace Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy will be a company insider. MIGUEL MEDINA/ / AFP

    Thales Staff Urges Internal Pick for New Chairman

    Staff at defense electronics company Thales called for an internal appointment of the next chairman following the French government's surprise pick of Jean-Bernard Levy to head giant electricity utility Electricité de France (EDF), the employee shareholde

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  6. By April, the British Royal Air Force should have received 35 of the Tranche 2 fighters upgraded with the new Phase 1 Enhancements Package capabilities. Cpl Neil Bryden/RAF/ / UK MoD

    British RAF Now Flying Improved Typhoon Aircraft

    Typhoon fighters equipped with a package of new capabilities have entered operational service with the Royal Air Force.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  7. Swedish Navy commodore Jonas Wikstrom talks to media at a press conference on Friday. The Swedish armed forces announced a large military operation in the Stockholm archipelago Friday evening following reports of 'foreign underwater activity'. ANDERS WIKLUND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden Hunts Suspected Foreign Submarine Off Stockholm Coast

    The Swedish armed forces announced a military operation in islands off Stockholm late Friday evening following reports of suspicious 'foreign underwater activity.'

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  8. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey Approves US Drone Flights To Monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  9. Britain will include Reapers in its air campaign in Iraq. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    UK To Add Reapers to Air Power Operating in Iraq

    Britain is adding Reaper remotely piloted aircraft to its forces deployed to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq, the government announced Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  10. Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Oct. 16 in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Vasily Maximov / AFP

    NATO Says No Sign of Major Russian Pullback from Ukraine Border

    NATO said Thursday it saw no sign of any significant Russian pullback from Ukraine's border, despite President Vladimir Putin ordering thousands of troops to withdraw ahead of truce talks.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  11. The NATO flag. US Army Europe

    Poll: Support for NATO Membership Grows In Ukraine

    The number of Ukrainians in favor of joining the NATO alliance has risen sharply during Kiev's drawn-out conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, a poll showed Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  12. Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy is leaving the defense electronics firm and will take the top spot at electricity utility Electricité de France Miguel Medina / AFP

    Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy to Leave

    The French government has selected Jean-Bernard Levy, chairman of Thales, to be the next head of the state-owned electricity utility Eléctricité de France (EDF), a source at the defense electronics company said on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  13. Former UK Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Sir David Richards has become chairman of DynCorp's UK advisory board. Peter Macdiarmid/ / Getty Images

    Former UK Defence Staff Chief Joins DynCorp

    The former head of Britain's armed forces, Gen.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  14. The Blue Ridge-class command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). US Navy

    US Warship Arrives in Georgia as Tensions Rise Over Ukraine

    A US warship docked in Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi Tuesday, the US embassy said, as tensions in the region remain high over Russia's role in the conflict in Ukraine.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  15. Ukrainian National Guard chief Stepan Poltorak attends a parliament session Tuesday during which he was approved as new defense minister. GENYA SAVILOV/ / AFP

    Ukrainian President Appoints National Guard Commander New Defense Minister

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appointed Col. Gen. Stepan Poltorak the country's new Defense Minister. Prior to taking the helm of the ministry, Poltorak served as the commander of the National Guard of Ukraine.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  16. Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soereide. Odd Andersen / AFP

    Norway Extends Military Conscription To Women

    Norway on Tuesday voted to extend military service to women, saying the step was meant to expand the talent pool for its armed forces.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  17. Ukraine's Defence Minister Valeriy Geletey was forced to resign on Oct. 12 as Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko dismissed his third defence minister this year, citing security failures that have seen government forces suffer daily losses to pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east. Genya Savilov / AFP

    Ukraine Turns To New Defence Chief Ahead of Russia Talks

    President Petro Poroshenko was set on Monday to name Ukraine's fourth defence minister of the year as he positions himself for a crunch general election and high-level talks with Russia.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  18. Maj. Gen. Jonas Vytautas Zukas, chief of defence of Lithuania. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Lithuania Creates Response Force To Prevent Ukraine Scenario

    Lithuania on Monday announced a new rapid reaction force designed to meet what it termed new unconventional security threats highlighted by the Ukraine crisis.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  19. Textron will sell Commando armored vehicles to Bulgaria for use in Afghanistan. Above is the advanced version. Textron Systems

    Textron Sells Vehicles to Bulgaria, Marked for Afghanistan

    The first bit of foreign military sales news to come out of AUSA this year also comes from a country in Eastern Europe — a region attracting more attention from the Pentagon as Russia continues to flex its muscles in the area.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  20. Smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition ascends in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border on Monday. ARIS MESSINIS/ / AFP

    Turkey, US Make Progress on How To Fight Islamic Radicals

    Turkish officials say Ankara and Washington have reached an understanding on how to approach military cooperation against extreme Islamists in Syria and Iraq.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  21. The BTR-4 armored personnel carrier is one of a variety of armored vehicles being upgraded by Ukraine. Ukroboronprom

    Ukraine Puts Priority on Vehicle Protection

    Responding to conflict in the country's east, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense is modernizing the military's vehicle fleet, emphasizing improving vehicle protection.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  22. A French Army AMX 10 RC participates in an exercise in northern France. France's Scorpion project intends to produce a vehicle that would replace the ERC-90 Sagaie and AMX 10 RC. Francois Nascimbeni / AFP

    France, UK Shaping Future Fleets

    Britain and France this year will make major decisions about modernizing their armored vehicle fleets in projects worth billions of pounds and euros.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  23. Mauro Moretti, CEO of Finmeccanica, says he wants to restore the firm's reputation after its former CEO was cleared of corruption charges. Andreas Solaro / Getty Images

    After Verdict, Finmeccanica Seeks To Restore Reputation

    Finmeccanica is considering repitching its AW101 helicopter to India, now that a corruption case concerning the 2010 deal to sell the aircraft there has been dropped, the firm's CEO said.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  24. German Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Odd Andersen / AFP

    Germany Regrets 'Mistakes' in Afghanistan Mission

    Germany's foreign minister said Sunday that Berlin had made serious mistakes in its military engagement in Afghanistan since 2001 and warned against a hasty withdrawal.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  25. A pro-Russian separatist soldier checks a burnt-out bus Oct. 1 after a shell exploded near a bus stop in Donetsk. John Macdougall / AFP

    Kremlin: Putin Orders Troop Pullback From Ukraine Border

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defence minister to pull thousands of troops from the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin said ahead of key talks on a fragile truce in the ex-Soviet country.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  26. Costs Ahead: Two Finnish Air Force F-18C Hornets prepare to refuel during an exercise over Norway last September. Finland is faced with mounting cost challenges, including the replacement of its Hornets. 1st Lt. Christopher C. Mesnard/ / US Air Force

    Finnish Group Pushes Higher Defense Spending

    The implementation of major structural reforms, coupled with serial budget cuts since 2008, have seriously weakened Finland's capacity to procure essential equipment and fulfill its territorial defense role,

    • Oct. 11, 2014
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