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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9.  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
  10. 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
  11. Sweden-TKK Relations Sour

    The deteriorating relationship between the Swedish government and German industrial group Thyssen-Krupp-Kockums (TKK) hit a new low last week. The state defense procurement agency, FMV, confirmed on April 11 that it had '

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  12. The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class helicopter carrier ordered by Russia, leaves for its first sea trial on March 5. Russia ordered two carriers with an option for two more. Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Treads Carefully on French Deal With Russia

    France has the right to decide whether to deliver a controversial helicopter carrier to Russia, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. But the opinions of allies also count.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Members of the Afghan National Police Crisis Response Unit prepare to be extracted by an Mi-17 helicopter during training in Surobi, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/US Air Force

    US Lawmakers Press for End to NATO Cooperation With Russia

    Eleven members of Congress sent another letter to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning urging the United States to push its NATO allies to 'cease all trade involving military equipment with Russia' in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and co

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  15. Flying a Different Flag: The Turkish frigate Gelibolu, the ex-Reid, approaches Doha, Qatar, on March 24. A number of foreign navies are eager to acquire ex-US Navy frigates, but politics is preventing some allies, like Turkey, from receiving any more. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    New US Frigate Transfer Bill Advances

    The US Navy's frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy would love to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  16. Turkey Appoints New Procurement Chief

    The Turkish government has appointed an aviation expert as new chief official for defense procurement, according to a government decree.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  17.  Sgt. Pete Mobbs/UK Ministry of Defence

    Interview: Chris Bernhardt

    US defense support services provider DynCorp International opened for business in the United Kingdom last month as part of a strategy aimed at putting the fizz back in the performance of a company buffeted recently by the drawdown of forces in Afghanistan

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  18. Mauro Moretti is the new CEO of Finmeccanica. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

    Moretti New Finmeccanica CEO

    As part of a management reshuffle involving Italy's large state-controlled firms, the Italian government appointed Mauro Moretti as the new CEO of Finmeccanica on Monday, replacing Alessandro Pansa, who has been CEO since February 2013.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  19. The Italian Navy frigate Maestrale brings aboard 76 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in October during Operation Mare Nostrum. Italian Defense Ministry

    Italy Copes With 'Biblical Exodus' of Migrants in Mediterranean

    The Italian Navy opened fire on human traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea last fall as thousands of migrants, including sub-Saharan Africans and Syrians, made desperate bids to sail to Italy.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  20. US military personnel works with a contractor to align a mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle on a trailer in 2011 at Forward Operating Base Warrior to haul equipment out of Iraq to meet the deadline for the US military transition from Iraq. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen / US Air Force

    SIPRI: Global Military Spending Drops, Led By US

    World military expenditure fell in 2013 as the United States and other Western countries cut back, but spending in emerging economies grew, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  21. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon Condemns 'Provocative' Russian Military Action Against US Navy Ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the US Navy destroyer Donald Cook while it was steaming in the Black Sea, heightening Cold War-style tensions that have continued to escalate for weeks, a defense official said.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  22. Saab may take over ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems operations in Sweden. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

    Saab Moves Closer To Takeover of ThyssenKrupp Sub Building Operations in Sweden

    The Swedish government has welcomed Saab's push to take over ThyssenKrupp's submarine building operations in Sweden, which form part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  23. Lithuanian soldiers operate during a multinational exercise for Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian troops near Vilnius. Events in Ukraine have prompted Lithuania to procure three radars for its border with Belarus. Petras Malukas / Agence France-Presse

    Lithuanian Military To Deploy New Radars to Belarus Border

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense is planning to deploy three new radars to Lithuania's border with Belarus to bolster the military's air surveillance capacity.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  24. ThyssenKrupp said on Monday it is in talks with Saab of Sweden over the sale of its Swedish shipywards business. AFP

    Thyssenkrupp Says In Talks With Saab Over Shipyards Deal

    German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said on Monday it is in talks with Saab of Sweden over the sale of its Swedish shipywards business.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  25. A Starstreak missile system is demonstrated by British soldiers at Blackheath in southeast London. Thales UK hopes to market the system to the Malaysian military. Carl Court/Agence France-Presse

    Thales UK Joins With Global Komited To Market Starstreak in Malaysia

    With two Starstreak missile contract wins under its belt in the region recently, Thales UK is looking to extend its success by partnering with Global Komited to tackle an expected Malaysian requirement for very-short-range air defense weapons.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  26. The UK may waive certification requirements for the three Rivet Joint aircraft it has purchased. Here, a Rivet Joint flies over Afghanistan. US Air Force

    UK May Waive Rivet Joint Certification Requirements

    Britain may waive its normal aircraft certification process to approve Royal Air Force operation of the RC-135W Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft, the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) said in its 2013 annual report.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  27. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an April 10 joint press conference at the Czech government headquarter in Prague. Michal Cizek / AFP

    NATO Chief Sees Russian Hand in East Ukraine Escalation

    NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday he was 'extremely concerned' about the escalation of tensions in east Ukraine, saying actions by uniformed, pro-Russian gunmen with military weapons pointed to an organized campaign to destabilize the region.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  28. A Leopard-2 tank participates in military exercises during a Jan. 28 visit by German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Bundeswehr combat training centerin Letzlingen, Germany. The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, according to a report. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    Report: German Government To Cancel Saudi Tank Deal

    The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, a German Sunday newspaper said, citing government sources.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  29. A Swedish Gripen, Norwegian F-16 and Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participate in the Iceland Air Meet 2014 in February. Stepped-up aerial patrols over eastern Europe are among NATO's options amid the crisis in Ukraine. NATO

    NATO Weighs East Europe Deployments

    Interim air, land and sea deployments, a review and exercises, and an increase in the readiness level of the NATO Response Force are among the range of options that NATO's supreme allied commander could present this month to reassure Eastern European nati

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  30. Tusas Turkish Engine Industries wants to build the future engine to power the Anka UAV. Turkish Aerospace Industries

    Turkish Company Hopes To Build New Anka Engine, Win Exports

    Turkish national engine specialist Tusas Turkish Engine Industries (TEI), which agreed to produce prototype engines for the country's first indigenous UAV, has entered a partnership with GE Aviation and now anticipates export sales.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  31. Lawmakers want to halt the US purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan. Russia Helicopters

    US Lawmakers Press Lew, Kerry to Block Funds for Russian Helos

    Over three dozen US lawmakers are urging senior Obama administration officials to slap sanctions on the Russian firm that has been supplying helicopters to the Afghan military.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  32. A handout photo provided by DigitalGlobe via NATO shows Russian SU-27/30, SU-24 and MiG-31 fighter jets sitting on a tarmac at Buturlinovka Air Base, 150 km to the Ukrainian border. Digital Globe / via AFP

    NATO Releases Photos of Russian Troops Near Ukraine Border

    NATO released Thursday a score of satellite pictures of up to 40,000 Russian troops massed along the Ukraine border that it said are ready for action and represent a 'real threat' to Kiev.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  33. Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean speaks during an April 10 interview with AFP at the Romanian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Bucharest. Daniel Mihailescu / AFP

    Romania Presses For NATO Redeployment Over Ukraine Crisis

    NATO should redeploy its forces in Eastern Europe and take a firm stand to prevent a contagion of the Ukraine crisis, Romania's foreign minister urged in an interview Thursday with AFP.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  34. Army Sgt. Gregory Rideaux fires an M4 Rifle during a live-fire exercise on April 18, 2013, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. Spc. Joshua Edwards / US Army

    NATO To Consider Options To Reassure Eastern European Members

    NATO's supreme allied commander will present options to the North Atlantic Council on April 15 on how the alliance will reassure eastern European members that NATO is committed to defending them, including military exercises, an alliance spokesman said.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  35. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to the press April 8 after a meeting with the French President Francois Hollande in Paris. Bertrand Guay / Getty Images

    NATO 'Totally' Denies Deploying Troops Near Russia Border

    NATO denied Russian claims Wednesday that it was planning to deploy massive numbers of troops near the country's border.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  36. The USS Donald Cook docks Feb. 11 in the Spanish port of Rota. Getty Images

    US Could 'Re-Examine' Its Military Presence In Europe

    Russia's takeover of Crimea could prompt a review the US military presence in Europe, which has declined steadily since the end of the Cold War, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  37. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen would have more authority to take action against a hijacked place in German airspace under new legislation being debated. Agence France-Presse

    Germany Seeks Faster Reaction on Hijacked Aircraft

    German agencies are reviewing a proposal to give the defense minister authority to take military action against an airplane captured by terrorists in German air space.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  38. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks in Paris during a seminar on NATO transformation. NATO

    Rasmussen: Russian Actions in Ukraine Threaten NATO Relations

    Russia risks driving itself into political isolation if Moscow continues to destabilize Ukraine, with the prospect of a breakdown of relations with the NATO defense organization, alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  39. 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. 7, 2014
  40. If the British government decides to rebuild its maritime patrol capabilities it may consider an acquisition of the Triton, a maritime version of the Global Hawk UAV. Northrop Grumman

    UK Team To Train on Triton as Government Ponders Maritime Patrol Future

    Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is dispatching a team to train on Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton UAV in the run-up to a possible decision next year on whether to re-establish a maritime patrol capability.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  41. The Italian Navy's Cavour aircraft carrier traveled to the the Middle East and Africa. Agence France-Presse

    Industry Gives High Grades to Italian Navy Defense Trade Tour

    An unusual defense trade show held on the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour, which toured 20 countries in the Arabian Gulf and Africa over five months, has drawn glowing reviews from exhibitors who hope the Italian Navy will organize a follow-up trip aimed

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  42. Hungary is acquiring Mi-8 transport helicopters as part of an effort to improve its airlift capabilities. Here, a Croatian Mi-8 participates in a NATO exercise. NATO

    Hungary Buys Mi-8 Helos, Eyes $470M Aircraft Procurement

    The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has acquired three Mil Mi-8 transport helicopters produced by Russia's state-run Rosoboronprom and imported by a Hungarian defense firm.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  43. The USS Donald Cook lays at dock in the southern port of Rota on Feb. 11 from where it will operate as an anti-missile platform and take part in other tasks such as maritime security and NATO deployments. Getty Images

    US Sends Warship To Black Sea Amid Ukraine Crisis

    The United States is sending a guided missile destroyer to the Black Sea in order to reassure European allies in the region following Russia's annexation of Crimea, sources confirmed on Monday.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  44. Czech President Milos Zeman, left, and his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic inspect a guard of honor prior their April 1 meeting in Belgrade. Getty Images

    Czech Leader Urges NATO Action If Russia Invades Ukraine

    NATO should deploy troops in Ukraine if Russia invades the eastern parts of the crisis-torn country, the president of the Czech Republic said Sunday.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  45. After months of delays caused by technical disputes, Turkey has accepted its first A400M airlifter. Airbus

    Turkey Accepts First A400M

    Turkey has finally accepted its first A400M tactical transport aircraft from the Airbus consortium, ending a monthslong controversy over whether the aircraft met technical specifications.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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