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  1. City Wars: US soldiers conduct urban training at Camp Blanding, Florida. Army planners believe future battles will be fought in 'megacities' of 20 million or more people. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell/ / US Army

    US Army Sees 'Megacities' As the Future Battlefield

    When the US Army looks to the future, it sees cities.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  2. 'No Drama': The littoral combat ship Independence is seen here on plane guard duty with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan during the Rim of the Pacific exercise in July, marking the first time a ship of this class operated extensively with a flattop. MC1 Dustin Kelling/ / US Navy

    RIMPAC Exercise Puts LCS Through Paces

    It was the middle of May, and the littoral combat ship Independence was operating out of San Diego, testing components of the mine warfare mission package.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  3. Changes Coming: Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States Conference Aug. 24 in Chicago. Sources are concerned that an accelerated internal review could result in hasty decisions. Illinois National Guard

    USAF Moves Forward on Force Structure Changes

    The US Air Force's top general said he wants to figure out the balance between the active, Guard and reserve components for the vast majority of his service's programs in time to drive fiscal 2016 decisions.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  4. A US Air Force KC-135 refuels a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 over Iraq Aug. 21. US Defense Department

    US Ops in Iraq Have Cost $550 Million Since June

    Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  5. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF Chief: Pratt Close To Developing F-35 Engine Fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  6. With midterm elections approaching, US legislators have limited time to deal with a Syria strikes resolution plus a Pentagon spending bill. US Government

    Work on Syria Strikes Resolution Would Delay or Kill Pentagon Policy, Spending Bills

    With only about a dozen legislative days left before November's midterm elections, a US congressional debate and vote on a Syria strikes authorization measure could further delay work on two defense bills.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  7. US soldiers get equipment from the European Activity Set (EAS) during an exercise in May in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Markus Rauchenberger / US Army

    US Military To Send Tanks To E. Europe for Drills

    US Army troops equipped with tanks will head to Eastern Europe soon to reassure NATO allies anxious over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  8. Allies may join the US in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, according to a US congressman. Above is a UK Tornado GR4, which performs strike and attack roles. RAF image/ / Crown Copyright

    US Lawmaker Sees UK, Australia, Turkey Joining Strikes on Islamic State

    The American military may be joined by some familiar allies in its fight against a violent Sunni group in Iraq, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  9. Provocative Act: This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Defense Ministry Tells US To Stop 'Close-in' Surveillance

    China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to 'undesirable accidents.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  10. Tobias Naegele, vice president and general manager of Defense News, announced Wednesday that he is leaving Gannett Government Media after more than 22 years. Mike Morones/Staff

    Longtime Newsroom Leader Tobias Naegele Leaving Gannett Government Media

    Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  11. US President Barack Obama meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other members of Congress on July 31. Legislators from both parties have said in recent days that the president needs Congressional authorization for any strikes inside Syria. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama Feels Pressure to Get Congressional OK Before Ordering Strikes Inside Syria

    Pressure from the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue is mounting on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before launching military strikes inside Syria.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  12. Rep. Duncan Hunter: '[Islamic State] in Iraq is not an existential threat to us. They're not going to harm the United States. They're bad guys, yes. If you're there.' Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Rep. Hunter: Islamic State Just 'Guys in Pajamas,' Not an 'Existential Threat'

    A GOP House member who served in Iraq says the Islamic State is not an 'existential threat' to the United States, striking a different tone than other Republicans.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  13. Airmen prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The 3DELRR program will replace the AN/TPS-75 system. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/US Air Force

    US Air Force 3DELRR Contract Expected Soon

    The US Air Force could award the contract for its Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program as early as next week, sources tell Defense News.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  14. An F-15C assigned to Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., is seen in 2013. US Air Force

    USAF F-15C Crashes, Pilot's Status Unknown

    A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C crashed at about 9 a.m. in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The pilot's status is unknown.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  15. An E2-C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 16 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US: No Plans To Coordinate With Syria On Fighting Islamic State

    The United States said Tuesday it would not coordinate with the government of President Bashar al-Assad on targeting Islamic State militants on Syrian territory, as preparations for possible air strikes gathered pace.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  16. Seeking New Markets: Textron AirLand is planning to develop a trainer variant of its Scorpion aircraft to compete for the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement competition, as well as international markets. Textron AirLand

    Textron AirLand Developing Scorpion Trainer Variant

    Textron AirLand plans to enter a modified version of its Scorpion aircraft into the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement competition, a top company official said.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  17. Sen. Bob Corker is urging the Obama administration to come to Congress and request authority before launching strikes inside Syria. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Sen. Corker: Use Syria Strikes Authorization To Reform Post-9/11 AUMF

    US President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval before launching strikes inside Syria, and Congress should answer by amending a key post-9/11 measure, says the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Republican.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  18. An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory on Aug. 24 at the entrance of Tripoli international airport. Mahmud Turkia / Getty Images

    US Says UAE Bombed Libya Islamists as Turmoil Deepens

    UAE warplanes secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya, apparently catching Washington off guard, as turmoil in the North African country deepened with the Islamists naming a rival premier.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  19. A test flight of the US Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed Monday morning. The weapon had a successful test flight in November of 2011, seen here. US Army

    US Army's Hypersonic Missile Fails During Test

    The US Army's new Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed during an early morning test Monday, the Pentagon announced.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  20. US President Barack Obama makes a statement Aug. 20 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    White House: Obama Has Taken No Decision on Syria Airstrikes

    The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama had so far made no decision on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  21. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh stressed in his Aug. 23 speech at the General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) that each component of the service has a important role to play and that all three arms of the Air Force should work together seamlessly. Facebook

    USAF Chief: Expect Further Integration of Guard, Active

    The US Air Force's top uniformed official expects to see the lines between the active, guard and reserve components continue to come down as the service looks for ways to operate effectively under limited budgets.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  22. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks to reporters July 8 after a closed meeting on Iraq and Afghanistan on Capitol Hill. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Sen. Graham Hints at Future Strikes Against Islamic State

    As the Obama administration weighs further action against the Islamic State, one of the top defense voices on the Hill is sending clear signals he expects action soon.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  23. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on April 18. BRUCE WEAVER / AFP/Getty Images

    SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

    A SpaceX rocket exploded Friday during a test launch outside of McGregor, Texas.

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  24. A Shiite Muslim fighter, loyal to Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, takes part in a last combat training near the city of Najaf, Iraq, on Saturday before joining the government forces to fight Islamic State jihadists in the Jurf al-Sakhr area, south of Baghdad. HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP/Getty Images

    How Can the US Defeat IS Jihadists?

    President Barack Obama calls the Islamic State a jihadist 'cancer' threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world but has so far backed only limited air strikes against the extremists.

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  25. These images of the Chinese J-11B fighter were taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Tuesday. The fighter is seen beginning a pass under the Poseidon, then crossing the P-8A's nose and showing weapons  a display of potentially hostile intent. US Defense Department

    Chinese Fighter Buzzes US Patrol Aircraft

    A Chinese high-performance fighter intercepted and buzzed a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft on Tuesday in international air space over the South China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  26. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed With Passports, IS Fighters Could Threaten US

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
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