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  1. After many objections, the US Senate approved a measure to fund $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. DAVID BUIMOVITCH/ / AFP

    Analysis: How GOP Fiscal Hawks Flirted With Blocking Funds for Israel's Iron Dome

    US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid asked his colleagues to approve Israeli missile defense and domestic wildfire-fighting funding. Republicans objected. Reid then sought approval for only the Iron Dome funds. Republicans objected.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  2. Next Helos: The US Army's Future Vertical Lift program would replace its Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. US Army

    US Army's JMR Helo Selection Slips

    The initial down-select for the technology demonstrator phase of the US Army's ambitious Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter program has missed its original July deadline, and Army officials are now saying they'll inform industry teams about who is moving f

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  3. A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows the trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, as it intercepts and destroys a rocket launched from Gaza into Israel, on July 21. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

    House Leaders Searching for Way to Vote on Iron Dome Funding on Friday

    In what would be a dramatic reversal, the US House could vote Friday on a measure that would clear the way for Washington to send $225 million to Israel to replenish its Iron Dome missile interceptors.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  4. Gen. Markus Laubenthal is the first German officer to be assigned to US Army Europe. He is the command's new chief of staff. US Army Europe

    German General Takes Key Post in US Army Europe

    A German army general has for the first time been appointed chief of staff to work with the commander of US ground forces in Europe, both countries' militaries said Thursday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  5. Ukrainian soldiers move with their tank on Thursday near the village of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. BULENT KILIC / AFP/Getty Images

    After White House Meeting, Lawmakers Say Obama Won't Send Lethal Arms to Ukraine

    US lawmakers who met Thursday with President Barack Obama said the commander in chief gave them no indication he intends to send arms to Ukraine.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  6. Congress was unable to agree on funding additional Iron Dome interceptors for Israel before leaving on recess. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Congress To Take Five-Week Break Without Approving Iron Dome Funds

    The US Congress will leave town for five weeks without providing hundreds of millions of dollars requested by Israel to replenish its Iron Dome interceptor missiles.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  7. The fast combat support ship Bridge transfers supplies to the German destroyer Hamburg and US aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, while the cruiser Hue City waits its turn. The Bridge is scheduled to be taken out of service in September as an economy measure. US Navy photo by MC2 Ryan McLearnon

    Future of US Fast Supply Ships Questioned

    While lawmakers routinely question the US Navy about aircraft carriers, submarines, cruisers and other warships, it's rare that the lowly combat logistics force comes into the congressional viewfinder.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  8. A Lockheed Martin proposal for an upgunned Littoral Combat Ship features an installed vertical launch system. Lockheed Martin

    No Report Expected Just Yet on LCS Alternative

    For those of you with July 31 marked on your calendars as a red-letter day in the US Navy's Small Surface Combatant (SSC) program hold that thought.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  9. An F-35A from Edwards AFB, California, flies on Feb. 7. Lockheed Martin

    Top USAF Officials Defend F-35

    Despite ongoing restrictions on the fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the US Air Force's top general warned against being 'alarmist' when discussing the fifth-generation jet's engine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  10. US Gen. Philip Breedlove speaks during a July 30 press conference in Kosovo. Armend Nimani / AFP

    NATO: Number of Russian Troops on Ukraine Border Rising

    NATO's top commander said Wednesday that Russia was 'increasing' the number of troops and weaponry along the border with Ukraine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  11. A picture taken July 25 shows the trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome as it intercepts a rocket launched from Gaza. Jack Guez / AFP

    White House Cites Lack of Iron Dome Funding in Supplemental Veto Threat

    The White House said Wednesday that it 'strongly opposes' a Republican-crafted emergency spending bill, in part because it contains no funds for an Israeli missile defense system.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  12. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testify before the House Armed Services Committee in March. A new strategy document emphasizes better relations with Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    New US Air Force Strategy Emphasizes Closer Ties With Industry, Congress

    The US Air Force is calling for closer ties to industry, better relations with Congress, and increased flexibility for both airmen and acquisitions all part of a 30-year strategy document unveiled Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  13. A man works in a container July 21, 2013, with the MIG-21 jets found inside the North Korean Chong Chon Gang vessel at the Manzanillo Port in Colon, Panama. Rodrigo Arangua / AFP

    US Slaps Sanctions on 2 North Korean Shipping Companies

    The United States imposed sanctions Wednesday on two North Korean shipping companies over their attempt to ship arms from Cuba to North Korea in violation of US and UN sanctions.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  14. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice David Buimovitch / AFP

    US Official: No Intent To Engage In Africa Militarily

    Washington does not intend to engage in Africa militarily to resolve the continent's conflicts but is boosting efforts to train peacekeepers, a senior US official said Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  15. The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 Flight Restrictions Lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  16. The littoral combat ship USS Independence is underway in a formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific 2014. Ensign Joseph Pfaff / US Navy

    PACOM Chief: US Not Worried About Chinese Intel Ship off Hawaiian Coast

    The head of the Pentagon's Pacific Command said Tuesday that it's 'a little odd' the Chinese government has sent a spy ship to trail the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise currently taking place off the coast of Hawaii an exercise in which China has f

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  17. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., prefers a separate vote on extra funding for the Iron Dome system for Israel. Larry French/ / Getty Images

    Republicans Trying To Force Democrats Into Stand-Alone Iron Dome Funding Bill

    Congressional Republicans want to force Democrats into voting on a stand-alone measure to send $225 million in emergency funds to Israel for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  18. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    US Calls On Moscow To Get Rid of Banned Arms

    Ratcheting up tensions with Moscow, Washington on Tuesday urged Russia to destroy prohibited weapons after it accused Russian leaders of flouting a 1987 treaty banning medium-range cruise missiles.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  19. An Iraqi Air Force AC-208 Cessna Caravan aircrew launches a Hellfire missile Nov. 8, 2010, at a target on the Aziziyah Training Range, south of Baghdad. The State Department has cleared the sale of 5,000 more Hellfire weapons to Iraq. Sgt. Brandon Bolick / US Army

    US State Department Approves New Hellfire Sale to Iraq

    The US State Department has approved two new lots of weapon sales to Iraq at a time when that government is desperately trying to fight off the encroachment of the militant Sunni Islamic State.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  20. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod last week. House Republican leaders have opted against including additional funds for the Israeli missile defense system in the version of the border spending bill the lower chamber might vote on later this week, a senior House aide said. DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP

    US House Supplemental Won't Include Funds for Israel's Iron Dome

    The House this week could take up an emergency spending bill to address the US-Mexico border crisis, but it will not include funds for an Israeli missile defense program.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  21. Sen. Carl Levin gestures during May hearings. Levin said Senate and House staff members will negotiate a compromise Pentagon policy bill in case the Senate fails to pass its own version. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Levin: Senate-House NDAA 'Fallback' Talks Will Continue During August Recess

    US House and Senate staffers will meet throughout August to hammer out a compromise Pentagon policy bill as a fallback plan should the latter chamber fail to pass its version.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  22. Gen. Gilmary Michael Hostage US Air Force

    Gen. Hostage: Manned, Unmanned Mix Needed In Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  23. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a pair of US Air Force GSSAP satellites launches the evening of July 28 from Cape Canaveral. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Successfully Launches GSSAP

    The US Air Force's new geosynchronous spy satellite is on its way into orbit.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  24. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery, a missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images

    Senior Dem: With Supplemental in Doubt, 'Another Approach' for Iron Dome May be Needed

    One senior House Democrat says including millions for an Israeli missile defense program in a broader spending bill could delay or even kill the funds.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  25. Ex-Contractor Extradited from Iraq to US In Bribery Case

    A former defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face charges he tried to bribe US officials to secure lucrative government deals, authorities said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  26. Attendees visit the Smith & Wesson booth during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Houston, Texas. The US gunmaker was fined $2 million on July 28 for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Smith & Wesson Fined for Indonesia, Pakistan Bribes

    US gunmaker Smith & Wesson was hit with $2 million in fines Monday for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  27. Afghan local policemen fire their AK-47 rifles during a 2012 training session conducted by US Marines in Sangin in Helmand Province. Adek Berry / AFP

    Audit: US Weapons for Afghans May End Up With Taliban

    Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  28. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seated July 28 during a performance given by the State Merited Chorus at the People's Theatre in Pyongyang. AFP

    North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on White House

    A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  29. New LCS Armament: A Naval Strike Missile emerges from its launcher aboard the Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen during a test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September. Forsvaret

    Norway's Naval Strike Missile to get LCS test

    This September, a US Navy littoral combat ship (LCS) will get underway on a missile range off Southern California and conduct test launches of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), a Kongsberg-developed weapon already fielded aboard Norwegian warships and by Po

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  30. A court decision in mid-July could lead to greater transparency from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    Court: US Must Explain Why It Rejects Foreign Deals

    Since its inception in 1975, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has decided whether foreign acquisitions or investments in US companies could raise national security concerns.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  31. An MQ-9 Reaper UAV taxies after landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. US, Iranian and Iraqi unmanned vehicles share airspace over Iraqi skies. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson / US Air Force

    US, Iranian Drones Crowd Iraqi Air Space

    Despite a years-long history of intermittently sniping at one another's drones in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf, the United States and Iran have for the most part avoided each other in the air.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  32. A Delta IV rocket carrying the first two satellites for the GSSAP program awaits launch on July 25. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Ready for New Geosynchronous Overwatch

    The US Air Force will soon have new spy satellite capability that will provide oversight over other objects in space.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  33. Lessons From Libya: A Canadian CF-18 fighter lands at an airbase in Sicily after a mission in Libya in March 2011. Concern over civilian deaths during the Libyan campaign has made low collateral damage weapons a priority for the Royal Canadian Air Force. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/ / AFP

    Aiming To Cut Collateral Damage, Canada Eyes Smarter Weapons

    The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking at acquiring new weapons to reduce collateral damage, a key recommendation that emerged from the service's war in Libya.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  34.  Mike Morones/Staff

    Interview with Bennett Croswell, President of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

    On June 23, an F-35A gearing up for a flight caught fire.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  35. Under Development: Boeing officials have long said they do not expect to profit on the KC-46A tanker before it enters production. boeing

    Boeing Discloses KC-46 Design Flaw as Companies Report Mixed Earnings

    Boeing said it would eat $272 million in the development of the new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker after discovering wiring issues in test aircraft.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  36. Advisers to DoD: Help Private-Sector Innovators Help You

    It's well past time for the Pentagon to revamp its acquisition processes so the private sector can boost its role in technology development, a key Pentagon advisory panel said on Thursday.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  37. In a statement supporting additional US funding for Israel's Iron Dome system, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for Democrats to support 'a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly'  signaling apparent opposition to Democrats' emergency spending bill plan. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    McConnell Endorses Extra Iron Dome Funds, but Not Democratic-Written Supplemental

    The Senate's top Republican supports doubling US funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense program, but just how the extra $225 million passes the chamber remains unclear.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  38. The first KC-46A test aircraft in development at a Boeing facility near Seattle. Aaron Mehta/Staff

    Boeing Takes $272 Million KC-46 Hit

    Boeing is taking a $272 million hit to its KC-46A tanker contract after discovering a wiring issue that will require fixing on a test aircraft.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  39. Elana Broitman served as the principal contact between the Pentagon and defense industry leaders. US Defense Department

    Broitman Resigns DoD Industrial Policy Post

    The US Defense Department's industrial policy chief Elana Broitman announced that she will step down next month after only five months on the job, Defense News has learned.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  40. Although the Navy has not asked for the ship, Congress is working to fund a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious ship. Here, the John P. Murtha, 10th ship in the class, is under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Money For New US Navy Amphib Falls Far Short

    Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the US Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  41. US Rep. Mike Turner has been active in urging US action to support the Ukrainian government. Courtesy

    Turner to Obama: Arm Ukraine To Take Out Anti-Air Systems

    US Rep. Mike Turner continues to focus on America's response to global crises while his rivals for the House Armed Services Committee gavel continue to work on acquisition reform and shipbuilding.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  42. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to Conduct Test of Norwegian Missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  43. US Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell was confirmed July 24 as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Army Vice Chief Campbell Confirmed for ISAF Post; Votel Goes to SOCOM

    The US Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  44. The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), left, Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9), and ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, moored June 19 at Fleet Activities in Sasebo, Japan. MC2 Michael Achterling / US Navy

    Naval Ships From US, India and Japan To Start War Games

    The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  45. The MNCS Toronto will join the NATO fleet in the Mediterranean. Wikipedia

    Canada Sends Warship to Mediterranean To Join NATO Fleet

    A Canadian warship with a crew of 250 headed Thursday to the Mediterranean where it will join a NATO fleet providing increased security in Eastern Europe amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  46. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding to speed production of components for the anti-missile system. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Pentagon Supports Emergency $225M for Israel's Iron Dome

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to congressional leadership on Tuesday requesting $225 million in additional US funding to accelerate production of Iron Dome missile-defense components to ensure Israel will have adequate stockpiles to prote

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  47. Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraqi Army to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Administration Official: ISIL 'No Longer a Terrorist Group,' Now a 'Full-Blown Army'

    Obama administration officials made clear Wednesday the White House remains reluctant about launching a new military intervention in Iraq.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  48. An armed pro-Russia militant stands at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget/ / AFP

    On Capitol Hill, a Cold War Aura Returns

    It's suddenly 1980-something again on Capitol Hill as a Cold War aura fills the halls of Congress.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  49.  David McNew / Getty Images

    Boeing Boosts 2014 Profit Forecast After Strong Q2

    US aerospace and defense giant Boeing on Wednesday raised its full-year profit forecast after earnings soared 52 percent in the second quarter, lifted by increased jetliner deliveries.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  50. Peru has acquired the Dutch replenishment ship Amsterdam. AFP

    Peru Acquires Dutch Replenishment Ship

    The Peruvian government has acquired the Netherlands' fleet replenishment ship HNLMS 'Amsterdam,' which will be delivered to the South American country in December, a move signaling an effort to boost naval capabilities.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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