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  1. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo speak during an Oct. 23 press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    US, South Korea Delay Transfer of Wartime Control

    The US and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  2. US Rep. Buck McKeon. R-Calif., on January 16in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Lawmaker Uses Canadian Case To Criticize Obama

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used Canadian leaders' response to the Ottawa shootings to take his own swipe at President Obama on Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  3. The Canadian Parliament is seen Oct. 23 in Ottawa, the day after multiple shootings in the capital city and Parliament buildings left a soldier dead and others wounded. Peter McCabe / AFP

    Canada Attacks Follow al-Qaida, IS Instructions To A Tee

    While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to the letter.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  4. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    US Official: Iraq Army Not Ready To Repel Islamic State

    US airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior US military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  5. An aviation ordnanceman airman checks a missile on an F/A-18C Hornet Oct. 16 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US-Led Strikes Kill More Than 500 Militants in Syria

    US-led airstrikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month, as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  6. In a memo sent to GOP House members on Oct. 21, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy calls for a 2015 agenda that addresses 'inefficient, ineffective and incompetent federal agencies' and a need to 'make government work.' SAUL LOEB/ / AFP

    House GOP Leader: 'Every Committee' Will Participate in 2015 Gov't-reform Agenda

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy plans a sweeping legislative agenda for 2015 that includes eliminating scores of reports to Congress that existing laws require from federal agencies.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  7. Airman 1st Class Reece Zoller, left, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew one load crew member, operates an MJ-1 lift truck carrying an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile as Staff Sgt Zachary Watts, center, 58th AMU crew one crew chief, and Airman 1st Class Robert Hughes, right, 58th AMU crew one crew member, guide him during a qualification load Oct. 10 on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.. The F-35 training program at Eglin currently serves as the primary source of F-35 expertise to new F-35A units across the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson/Air Force

    First Weapons Crew Certified on F-35A

    The latest milestone in the F-35A program belongs to airmen on the ground.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  8. Police officers move through the halls of the Parliament building Oct. 22 in Ottawa, Canada, after reports of shots being fired. AFP

    Chaos in Canada: Gunfire Erupts at Canadian Parliament Building

    A Canadian soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while standing guard at a war memorial in the nation's capital in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed after racing inside Parliament.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  9. Lockheed Martin has joined Northrop Grumman in protesting a US Air Force award to Raytheon for the 3DELRR program, which will replace the existing TPS-75 radar system, above. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/ / US Air Force

    Lockheed Joins Protest of USAF Radar Award

    Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday it would protest the US Air Force's contract award for its next-generation ground-based radar, joining Northrop Grumman in challenging the service's choice of Raytheon.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  10. The Orient Shield exercise will include E-model Apaches certified to make deck landings during the RIMPAC exercise, such as this Apache launching from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu. MC3 Dustin Knight/ / Navy

    US Army Helos Set for Joint Exercise in Japan

    The US Army Stryker brigade set to begin exercises in Japan next week as part of its third stop in the Army's Pacific Pathways rotation brought its own aviation assets to the venerable exercise for the first time.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  11.  Sgt. Cody Quinn / US Army

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, Commander, US Army's I Corps

    Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza assumed command of the US Army's I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in February. I Corps, the only regionally aligned unit of the Army's three corps, supports the Pacific region.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  12. Among the federal programs Sen. Tom Coburn has criticized as wasteful is the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, sometimes referred to as the Iron Man suit. Gareth Cattermole/ / Getty Images

    In Final 'Wastebook,' Sen. Coburn Hits DoD 'Iron Man,' Missile Defense Programs

    US Sen. Tom Coburn's final 'wastebook' identifies a laundry list of federal programs the retiring Oklahoma Republican says the nation could do without, including a Pentagon program to build a 'real-life 'Iron Man' suit.'

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  13. The Samsung Galaxy 5.5 features a fingerprint sensor for security. Getty Images

    US Approves Samsung Devices For Classified Data

    For the first time, the government will allow devices made for the consumer market to handle classified information.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  14. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Adem Altan / AFP

    Erdogan Says US Airdrops to Kobane 'Wrong'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized as 'wrong' the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  15. A TPS-75 radar set antenna is deployed in support of a deployment readiness exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida Samuel King/ / US Air Force

    Northrop Challenges 3DELRR Contract Award

    Northrop Grumman has formally issued a protest against the US Air Force's decision to award its next-generation ground based radar to competitor Raytheon.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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    Textron CEO Outlines Path Forward For US Defense Industrial Base

    With few new start programs coming through the Pentagon's pipeline over the next several years, defense contractors are anxiously checking their portfolios for opportunities to upgrade and modernize existing platforms to extend their operational lives whi

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  17. An Iraqi M1 Abrams tank participates in a joint US-Iraqi exercise. The US State Department has OK'd the sale of tank ammunition to Iraq. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/ / AFP

    US State Department Approves New Tank Ammo Sale to Iraq

    The US State Department has cleared the sale of M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition to Iraq, according to an announcement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  18. Even though defense firms prefer the GOP, for every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind. Johnny Bivera

    Defense Firms Prefer GOP, but Spread Campaign Cash Between Political Parties

    For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  19. BAE expects the purchase of SilverSky to enhance its commercial cyber business. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

    BAE To Buy US Cyber Service Provider

    BAE Systems is buying the US-based commercial cyber service provider SilverSky for US $232.5 million.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  20. Smoke and flames rise Oct. 20 following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria as Turkey, US Continue Talks on Islamic State

    After weeks of negotiations on how best to fight radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq, NATO allies Turkey and the United States have given signs of a convergence of their differences.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  21. Container delivery system bundles sit on a US Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the US Central Command area of responsibility in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/US Air Force

    US Airdrops in Syria May Strain US-Turkish Relations

    On Sunday night two US Air Force C-130s flew into Syria without fighter escort to deliver 27 bundles of weapons, ammunition and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani, Syria, which has been holding out against fighters from the radica

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  22. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    Pressure Mounts To Change Tactics Against Islamic State Group

    On Sept. 23, the US began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Barack Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  23. South Korea may walk away from a deal with BAE Systems to upgrade its KF-16s, possibly opening the door for Lockheed Martin to get the contract. Senior Airman Taylor Curry / US Air Force

    F-16 Upgrade: Problems With S. Korea-BAE Deal Could Open Door to Lockheed

    South Korea is threatening to break an agreement with BAE Systems to upgrade its fleet of KF-16s, opening a window of opportunity for competitor Lockheed Martin to reclaim its dominance in the lucrative F-16 upgrade market.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  24. Sources say Canadian special forces officials are interested in acquiring aircraft such as the US Air Force's MC-12W Liberty surveillance planes for their ISR capability. Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmill / US Air Force

    Canada Seeks ISR Planes for Spec Ops

    Canada's special operations forces are planning to acquire a small fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to improve their capability to track and target insurgents on the ground.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  25. The Air Force is looking at putting new engines on its B-52 fleet, but budget challenges will likely keep it from happening. Airman 1st Class Mozer Da Cunha / US Air Force

    USAF Strike Chief Urges B-52 Engine Replacement

    The head of US Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  26. Japan's disaster medical assistance team DMAT carry away a patient during an Oct. 19 tsunami disaster drill from a US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey on the Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise. Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey planes took part in a tsunami disaster drill, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft. Jiji Press / AFP

    US Osprey Aircraft in Japan Tsunami Drill Amid Protests

    Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys took part in a tsunami disaster drill in Japan on Sunday, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  27. 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
  28. Andrew Marshall has run the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment since 1973. Department of Defense

    Marshall To Retire From Net Assessment Office in January

    Andrew Marshall a Pentagon institution who influenced policy makers from the Cold War to today has signaled his intention to step down in January, according to sources.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  29. New Way To Thwart IEDs: JIEDDO and the US Army are testing out robots that may do a better job of keeping IEDs out of culverts than the low-tech bars in current use. Here, Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province install a 'culvert denial system,' comprised of two metal-bar grates, in March. Sgt. Jessica Ostroska/ / US Marines

    JIEDDO, Army Test Underground Robots

    The Army Research Lab and the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) have just wrapped up a critical new test of small ground and air unmanned assets aimed at detecting improvised explosive devices in culverts in subterranean environments, and officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  30. US President Barack Obama, center, looks at Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while meeting with members of Congress on foreign policy. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Gallup Poll: Americans Are Divided About Divided Government

    Americans are divided about whether a single political party should control the federal government.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  31. An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 banks over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 will be the first squadron to deploy with the E-2D. MC2 Ernest R. Scott / Navy

    New US Navy E-2D Aircraft Goes Operational

    The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been declared to be operational, meaning that deployment training for the US Navy's newest airborne warning and control aircraft can begin in earnest.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  32. Lockheed Martin concept for a US Navy Small Surface Combatant. Lockheed Martin

    Hagel Briefed on New US Surface Ship, But No Decisions Yet

    The US Navy's senior leadership briefed top Pentagon officials Oct. 6 on proposals for a new Small Surface Combatant (SSC), but no decisions have been made, said the US military's top spokesman.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  33. 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
  34. Shipbuilder: Brian Cuccias, right, is president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls

    New Ingalls Boss Focusing on Cost Performance, Agility

    Brian Cuccias has been in the Gulf Coast shipbuilding business for 35 years, working for Litton, Avondale, Northrop Grumman and now Huntington Ingalls Industries.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  35. Planning for More: The first double V-hull Strykers arrive at Fort Carson, Colorado, in February. Money for a fourth brigade of the upgraded Strykers was not included in the original fiscal 2015 Army budget request. US Army

    Army Waiting for Hill OK To Build Upgraded Strykers

    The Army has found enough friends on Capitol Hill to fund a fourth brigade of double V-hull (DVH) eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles, service officials said.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  36. A Marine checks the temperature of Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, chief of U.S. Army Africa, before Williams boarded an MV-22 Osprey on Oct. 15 in Liberia. Williams visited the site of the first of 17 Ebola treatment centers being constructed by Liberian forces under U.S. supervision as part of Operation United Assistance to combat the Ebola epidemic. John Moore / Getty Images

    US Ebola Force Continues To Build in West Africa

    Before entering the US Embassy in Monrovia to brief soldiers and reporters on the US military response to the Ebola epidemic, Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams washed his hands in chlorine bleach and had his temperature taken.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  37. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby listens during an Oct. 15 media briefing at the Pentagon. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Report: US Hid Troop Exposure To Chemical Agents in Iraq

    The US government has tried to hide the extent to which its troops were exposed to chemical weapons in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing intelligence documents and former soldiers.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  38. Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 11 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Campaign Against Islamic State Named 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

    The war against the Islamic State now has a name: 'Operation Inherent Resolve.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  39. The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones  identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for the next lot of engines for the stealthy fighter. Air Force

    Pentagon, Pratt Cut Deal for F-35 Engines, Modifications

    The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  40. The new fog of war is 'too much information,' says Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commander of the Army Combined Arms Center. Sgt. Maj. Danette Rodesky-Flores / National Guard

    Wanted: Soldiers Who 'Thrive In Chaos'

    The Army wants soldiers who thrive in chaos and can build rapport, said leaders and experts on a panel looking at 'The Human Dimension' at the AUSA convention Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  41. Tiluchi FAB-542 Wikimedia Commons

    Two Killed in Bolivian Military Plane Crash

    Two airmen died when their small military plane crashed while rehearsing stunts for the anniversary of the Bolivian air force, a local television station said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  42. Kurdish people watch smoke billowing from Kobani on Oct. 15 as they gather on a hill overlooking the Syrian town. Aris Messinis / AFP

    US-led Strikes Kill 'Several Hundred' as Iraq, Kurds Battle Islamic State

    US-led air strikes on a Syrian border town killed 'several hundred' Islamic State fighters but it may still fall, officials warned Wednesday, acknowledging significant jihadist gains in Iraq and Syria.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  43. The Army is analyzing its light tactical vehicle needs, and Humvee upgrades could be part of the package. SSG TYFFANI L. DAVIS/US Army

    Marines To Begin JLTV User Tests

    The US Marines are due to put the three Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) offerings through their paces during a limited user test set to begin next week, following the end of a soldier test last month, Army officials said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  44. This image shows what US intelligence officials said was a Syrian nuclear reactor, destroyed in an Israeli strike that is believed to have included a cyber component. AFP

    Army Eyes Coordinated Land-Cyber Missions

    Seven years ago, the Israeli military's Operation Orchard is believed to have employed an electronic warfare-delivered cyber attack to shut down Syrian anti-air defenses before its jets bombed Syria's Al Kibar nuclear reactor.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  45. Combating the Islamic State group 'should unite the world,' Sen. Carl Levin, soon-to-retire chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Sen. Levin Has Critical Words for IS, Pakistani Leaders and US Media

    Carl Levin used one of his final public appearances as a sitting US senator to deliver stern words to the Islamic State group, Pakistani leaders and the American media.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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