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  1. Four F/A-22 Raptors fly on a test mission. Airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Sept. 22 were carried out by F/A-22 Raptors, according to reports. Air Force

    US Begins Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Syria

    The US military has begun its first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria late Monday, as the war ordered by President Obama against the militant organization took on an urgent new phase.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  2. Frank Kendall is US defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. CARL COURT/ / AFP

    Interview: Frank Kendall, US DoD Acquisition Chief

    Frank Kendall, US defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, oversees hundreds of billions of dollars in procurement programs.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  3. Adm. Harry Harris, the head of the Pacific Fleet, has been tapped to take charge of U.S. Pacific Command from Adm. Samuel Locklear, who has led PACOM since 2012. Here, Harris speaks at the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Veteran's Day in 2013. MC3 Diana Quinlan / U.S. Navy

    Harris Tapped to Lead PACOM

    Adm. Harry Harris is the president's pick for the next head of U.S. Pacific Command, according to a Monday release from the Defense Department.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  4. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 16. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Column: An Answer All People Deserve

    The 800-pound gorilla managed to remain quiet for a week, hidden, one might presume, by Washington's most powerful of power players. The few who dared discuss the beast did so in veiled ways, and with hesitation.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  5. While the US Navy is anxious to develop an operational unmanned carrier jet to follow the X-47B demonstrator, it has yet to decide what the primary mission should be. US Navy

    3 Major Decisions Loom for US Navy

    Congress again is hung up on a budget, but lawmakers have left town to fight the midterm elections, leaving the Pentagon to wait and see what happens in one budget year before it can nail down the next.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  6. Replacing the U-2 Dragon Lady with the unmanned Global Hawk is not optimal, but 'we'll make it work,' Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Hostage said. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / Air Force

    US Air Combat Command Chief Reluctantly Accepts Global Hawk Over U-2

    While the plan to keep new, unmanned Global Hawks over the aging manned U-2 has support among top Defense Department officials, the top combat general in the US Air Force says it is not the best military solution.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  7. Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, holds a Sept. 3 press conference in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    Ambassador: US Expects Not To Go Alone in Syria Airstrikes

    US Ambassador Samatha Power predicted Sunday that the United States would not be alone if it launches airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, although she said no decisions have been reached yet.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  8. US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah wait for a photo with of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airports Royal Terminal on September 11 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Arab Countries Carve Out Role in Anti-Terror Fight

    Arabian Gulf countries, apart from using their bases for coalition forces to conduct military action against Islamic State militants, will play a major role in the fight against the group by cutting its terrorist financing and presenting a counter narrati

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  9. US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, right, speaks with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn on Sept. 18. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

    Most Senate Incumbents in Tight Races Vote 'Yay' on CR, Syrian Rebel Package

    Only two US senators involved in re-election races that could hand Republicans control of the chamber voted against a massive spending bill that also approves a plan to arm Syrian rebels.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  10. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks to reporters outside the White House on Sept. 18. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Senate Panel Approves Bill to Authorize Military Aid to Ukraine, New Sanctions

    A Senate panel wants to slap sanctions on Russian defense firms while also authorizing the Obama administration to send lethal military aid to Ukraine.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  11. The US Defense Department's new Better Buying Power 3.0 strategy is based on the 'growing concern that the United States' technological superiority over potential adversaries is being threatened today in a way that we have not seen for decades,' acquisition chief Frank Kendall said. (File photo) Tom Brown/Defense News

    Pentagon Unveils Draft of New R&D Strategy; Waits for Industry, Hill To Weigh In

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the US holds in military tec

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  12. US House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, left, and President Barack Obama supported legislation to avert a government shutdown and provide military support to Syrian rebels. Getty

    Big Wins: Obama, McKeon Score as Senate OKs Syrian Rebel Train-And-Equip Plan

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Sept. 18. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Ukrainian President Requests Lethal Military Aid from US

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the US to help Kiev modernize its ill-equipped army with lethal and non-lethal weapons during a visit to the US capital on Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech Sept. 18 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Patrick Kovarik / AFP

    Hollande Goes On Offensive With Iraq Airstrike Decision

    President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct airstrikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  15. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support New Rocket Engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  16. The US House has approved a stopgap measure to fund the government through Dec. 11.

    US House Votes to Avert Government Shutdown; All Eyes Now on Senate

    Congress is one step closer to avoiding another Pentagon and federal government shutdown, something leaders of both political parties fear heading into a crucial election homestretch.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  17. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and the Chief of US Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attend the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force to Congress: Protect Readiness, Enact CR

    The leadership of the US Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  18. Jeff Bezos, right, the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, gestures toward a model of the BE-4 rocket engine during a press conference with Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, on Wednesday. Win McNamee/ / Getty Images

    ULA Teams With Blue Origin for New Rocket Engine

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is teaming with Seattle-based Blue Origin to design and produce a next-generation, American-made rocket engine for space launch, the companies announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  19. Syrian government forces stand on the street after taking control of the village of Tayyibat from rebel forces. A measure is moving through the US Congress that would authorize the president to train and equip the Syrian rebel troops. AFP/Getty Images

    In Rare Bipartisan Vote, House OKs Syrian Rebel Train-and-Equip Amendment

    The US House has signed off on granting the president authorities to train and arm Syrian opposition forces — while restricting the involvement of American ground forces.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  20. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: US Troops in Iraq Could Call in Airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  21. Navy, Air Force and Army analysts review information during the Cyber Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster/ / US Air Force

    SASC: China-Backed Hackers Penetrated TransCom Contractor Networks 20 Times

    Chinese government-backed hackers accessed networks of private-sector firms with sensitive data about US military logistics nearly two dozen times in one year, says a US Senate committee.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  22. The fast combat support ship USNS Bridge has been inactivated as a budget-cutting measure. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Big Navy Supply Ship Inactivated

    Weeks of disagreement over the future of the Navy's biggest supply ships has ended with a decision to inactivate one of the four vessels.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  23. MV Cape Ray returned to Portsmouth, Va., after destroying Syrian chemical weapons on a 7-month deployment to 6th Fleet. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    US Ship That Destroyed Syrian Chemical Weapons Returns Home

    The MV Cape Ray, which successfully disposed of hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons this summer in the Mediterranean Sea, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  24. Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a July 18 demonstration. Tauseef Mustafa / Getty Images

    FBI Sees Increased Support for Islamic State Since US Airstrikes

    Support for the Islamic State organization has grown since the US launched airstrikes in Iraq and the group is attracting many new jihadist fighters, top US officials said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  25. A Boeing KC-46A prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight in this artist's conception. The first flight of the KC-46 test aircraft has been pushed back to November. Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Air Force

    First Flight Delayed for KC-46A Test Aircraft

    The first flight of the KC-46A program's test aircraft has been pushed back until mid-to-late November, with the first next-generation tanker not expected to fly until April, the program's top officer said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  26. A U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an Aug. 21 mission in northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / Air Force

    Air Mobility Crews Have Logged More Than 1,000 Sorties To Support Airstrikes in Iraq

    Air Mobility Command tankers have flown more than 1,000 missions in support of airstrikes against the Islamic State, AMC commander Gen. Darren McDew said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  27. Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, speaks Sept. 16 during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference,. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Space Command Chief: SpaceX Certification Looming

    SpaceX is getting close to certification for military launches, perhaps as soon as the start of December, the new head of US Air Force Space Command said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  28. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Congress is moving in a positive direction toward adopting a continuing resolution. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Senior Senator: Both Chambers Should Pass CR, Syrian Rebels Authorities 'Before' Weekend

    A senior US Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  29. US Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Bailey, right, talks with Kurdish Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih Shwani, center, during a visit to Kirkuk province. Spc. Crystal Hudson/US Army

    Top US General: Policy Against Ground Troops in Iraq Could Change

    President Barack Obama is not ready to insert US combat troops into Iraq, but his top military adviser says that could change.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  30. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Cole Burston / AFP

    Canada Sent 69 Soldiers To Iraq, Says PM Harper

    Canada has sent 69 soldiers to northern Iraq to advise security forces fighting Islamist militants in the northern part of the country, the prime minister said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  31. Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer. Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin

    Pratt: F-35 Fix Could Begin Installation Before End of Year

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  32. Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, US Air Force Research Laboratory commander, speaks Tuesday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AFRL Commander: 'Digital Teammates' Will Support a Shrinking Force

    As the force gets smaller, the US Air Force may look increasingly to machines to make decisions in team with airmen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  33. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, director of the Air National Guard, said the Guard needs to know how many C-130 aircraft are required on the homefront. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    Air National Guard Head Wants Study for Future C-130 Path

    The head of the US Air National Guard wants to launch a study on the path forward for the component's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  34. While Israel principally supports Obama's call for a united front against Islamic State and all forms of radical terror, Israel's primary concern is preventing Assad's strategic arsenal from reaching the hands of Hezbollah allies fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime. AFP

    US-Israel Accord to Support Coordinated Air Ops in Syria

    A US-Israel defense agreement will support coordinated air power in Syria if and when the Israel Air Force (IAF) is tasked to operate in close proximity to American-led coalition air forces.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  35. The US House Armed Services Committee, led by Chairman Buck McKeon, is revising White House language on a plan to train and equip Syrian rebels. Drew Angerer/ / Getty Images

    HASC Preparing Syrian Rebel Train-And-Equip Measure; Could Be CR Amendment

    The US House Armed Services Committee is crafting a measure that would grant President Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian forces to take on the Islamic State, while ensuring Congress is kept in the loop.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  36. Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris of US Army Cyber Command is interviewed by the Defense Media Activity's Army Broadcasting team, at Fort Meade, Md. Gary Sheftick / US Army

    US Army Plans To Better Manage Cyber Soldiers

    The US Army is closer than ever to introducing a cyber branch to better manage troops with highly sought skills in this area, according to a senior Army cyber official.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  37. Gen. Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Breedlove: NATO Allies Need More Precision Weapons

    NATO alliance members still do not have enough guided bombs and missiles to conduct a long-lasting battle, the alliance's top general said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  38. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Breedlove: Junior Officers, NCOs a Resource 'That NATO Can't Waste'

    NATO partners need to do a better job putting noncommissioned officers and junior officers in alliance leadership roles, Gen.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  39. Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, command chief at Air Education and Training Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Command Chiefs: Eval and Promotion System Overhaul Tackles Long-Standing Problems

    The impending overhaul of the enlisted performance system dominated the chief master sergeant forum on the opening day of the 2014 Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference outside Washington, D.C.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  40. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, expects the program to be given priority under possible tight budgets ahead. Andy Morataya / US Air Force

    Bogdan: F-35 Likely Protected in Next Budget

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  41. New Light Vehicles: A prototype is shown of the winning contender for the Ground Mobility Vehicle program for Special Operations Command. The Army is pursuing a similar family of vehicles. General Dynamics

    US Army Floats Requirements For Three Light Vehicles

    The US Army is looking to develop a family of three lightweight, highly mobile ground vehicles for a light infantry brigade as it conducts a joint forcible entry mission.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  42. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in public comments and a letter to Iraq's new prime minister that surfaced over the weekend, continues saying the chamber will approve Obama's request to grant the president authority to train and equip Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia to fight the violent Sunni group inside Syria. Jim Watson / AFP

    US House Comes Back Early, Could Take Up CR as Early as Tuesday

    The US House could vote on a government shutdown-averting spending bill and new authorities to take on the Islamic State as soon as Tuesday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  43. Boeing is looking at its 737-700 airframe as a potential winner for the Air Force's next-generation Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System program. Boeing illustration

    Boeing: 737 Size a Benefit for JSTARS Recap

    As Boeing attempts to position itself as the leader in the race to replace the US Air Force’s joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft, the company is relying on the belief the service will want more power for potential growth down the line.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  44. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said the US Air Force is getting 'very close' to identifying 21 general officer billets to eliminate. Mike Morones/Staff

    Secretary James: 21 US Air Force General Officer Billets To Be Cut

    The US Air Force plans to eliminate 21 general officer billets in fiscal 2015, as part of a review directed by Secretary Deborah Lee James earlier this year.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  45. Soldiers exit a CV-22 Osprey during a 2011 training exercise in New Mexico. Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has completed a successful test flight on an engine enhancement for the V-22. TSgt DeNoris Mickle/US Air Force

    Rolls: Flight Test Successful on V-22 Engine Upgrade

    Rolls-Royce has completed a successful flight test of its new engine upgrade for the V-22.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  46. An F-16 flies during June exercises. Lockheed Martin has successfully linked a live and virtual F-16 for training operations. Air Force

    Lockheed Successfully Links Live, Virtual F-16 For Training Exercises

    Lockheed Martin has taken a major step forward in advancing live, virtual and constructive (LVC) technologies with a training exercise that linked a pilot flying an F-16 in the air with a 'wingman' flying an F-16 on the ground, fighting against computer-g

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  47. Chris Chadwick is head of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Eric Shindelbower / Boeing

    Boeing Begins Rolling Out New Business Strategy

    Since taking charge of Boeing Defense, Space & Security late last year, Chris Chadwick has been building a plan to transform the world's No. 2 military contractor with $33 billion in 2013 sales and more than 55,000 employees.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  48. US Air Force leaders are looking far down the road to envision operations beyond the days of the F-22 fighter, pictured, the KC-10 and KC-135 tankers. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young / US Air Force Central Com

    What's Next: USAF Lays Groundwork To Replace Fighter, Tanker Fleets

    As US Air Force leaders gather this week outside of Washington, they bring a warning: Potential adversaries are spending big on technology, and the US can't afford to fall behind.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  49. A pair of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fly over Kansas. Congressional protection of the close-air support plane has complicated Air Force budgeting. Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel / US Air Force

    Sources: Expect Next Year's USAF Budget To Continue Push for Cuts

    When the US Air Force rolled out its budget request in March, it was billed as a realistic look at the post-sequestration world, one filled with necessary tough choices but still maintaining current capabilities.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  50. The F-35 joint strike fighter. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    Column: Betting on the F-35

    The afternoon drive team on Washington's WTEM sports radio station has some advice for, ahem, sports fans: Keep betting on the Dallas Cowboys' opponents to cover the spread until one fails to.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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