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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

    One Month In, Mixed Reviews on Iraq, Syria Airstrikes

    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, left, and Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, speak at an Oct. 14 press conference at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army in Washington, D.C. Mike Morones / Staff

    Army's Materiel Command Chief: Science and Tech Funding Key to Technical Edge

    There are few sacred cows left in the world of Army acquisition, as the service showed earlier this year in slashing the Ground Combat Vehicle from its list of development programs, even after chief of staff Gen.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  27. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno speaks at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. Mike Morones/ / Staff

    At Conference, Odierno Describes an Army Busier and More Far-Flung

    At his final AUSA conference as Army chief of staff, Gen. Raymond Odierno called on the Army to be ready for an era when the 'velocity of instability is ever increasing around the world,' and that time is now.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  28. A US airman prepares to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The TPS-75 is being replaced by the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon / US Air Force

    3DELRR Illustrates New Export Reality

    When the US Air Force selected Raytheon to produce its next-generation expeditionary radar system last week, it represented a big win for the Massachusetts-based company. But it was also a milestone for the Pentagon.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  29. US Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens with others on Oct. 14 while US President Barack Obama makes a statement at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Obama and Dempsey met with foreign military leaders from 21 countries to discus solutions for dealing with the Islamic State militant threat. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Fears for Kobane as Obama Meets Coalition Commanders

    US-led aircraft will continue bombing near the Syrian town of Kobane and in western Iraq, President Barack Obama said Tuesday after talks with military leaders from an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  30. Decisions about the Future Fighting Vehicle program could lead to the Bradley, here being driven in east Baghdad, either being replaced or improved. SSG BRONCO SUZUKI/US Army

    Army Explores Its Armored Vehicle Options

    Nearly a year after the US Army canceled the Ground Combat Vehicle, officials defended the program as on-budget and called the decision to scuttle it a pragmatic move to improve further-along armored vehicle programs with available money.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  31. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane. US Air Force / AFP

    US Military's Robot Space Plane Due To Land This Week

    The US military's mysterious robot space plane is expected to land this week after a 22-month orbit, officials said Tuesday, but the craft's mission remains shrouded in secrecy.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  32. A gunman who shot and killed an American and wounded another on Oct. 14 in Riyadh was a disgruntled former employee of defense contractor Vinnell Arabia and a US-Saudi citizen, a US diplomat said. The victims of today's shooting at a gas station in the Saudi capital also worked at Vinnell Arabia, said the diplomat, ruling out terrorism as a possible motive for the attack. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

    Former Colleague Shoots US Contractors in Riyadh, 1 Dead

    A former employee of a US defense contractor shot dead one American colleague and wounded another in the Saudi capital Tuesday, officials said, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  33. The US Army has made significant strides in areas such as assessing aptitude and establishing training and doctrine, but the build-up is not without its challenges, according to Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon. US Army

    Army Wrestles With Talent Amid Cyber Force Buildup

    As the US Army assembles a 6,000-person-strong cyber mission force in the next two years, officials are trying to determine the best way to attract, organize and maintain the cyber talent required to secure Defense Department networks.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  34. Army Codifying Service Ethic in Single Document

    The Army is putting into action what it means to be a profession and a professional, officials said Tuesday during the Association of the United States Army annual meeting.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  35. The Boeing-Sikorsky team expect their SB-1 Defiant  pictured in an artist's concept  to make its first flight in 2017. The Defiant is based on Sikorsky's X2 twin-rotor technology. Boeing

    Sikorsky, Boeing Expect To Fly JMR Demonstrator in '17

    The SB-1 Defiant, being developed by Boeing and Sikorsky for the Army's Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program, is on track for first flight in fiscal 2017, executives for the companies said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  36. Testing: The ITEP program seeks to develop a replacement for the General Electric T-700 engines that power AH-64 Apaches, like this one, and UH-60 Black Hawks. Sgt. Harley Jelis / NY Army National Guard

    ATEC Successfully Tests Second ITEP Engine

    The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) has successfully completed a second test of its HPW3000 engine, its offering for the Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) program.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  37. The Blue Ridge-class command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20). US Navy

    US Warship Arrives in Georgia as Tensions Rise Over Ukraine

    A US warship docked in Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi Tuesday, the US embassy said, as tensions in the region remain high over Russia's role in the conflict in Ukraine.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  38. An F/A-18E Super Hornet flies alongside the flight deck the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 10 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    US Military: 21 Strikes Slow Islamic State Advance

    US-led aircraft hammered Islamic State jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane on Monday and Tuesday amid signs the strikes had 'slowed' the group's advance on the Syrian border town, the American military said.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  39. Soldiers take part in a semi-annual network integration evaluation at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. US Army

    New War Game To Focus on Tech, Partnerships

    The Army's new annual war game for developing new technologies and concepts will emphasize joint and international cooperation, said Brig. Gen. John Charlton, of Brigade Modernization Command.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  40. A message from former US Vice President Dick Cheney is part of a Republican election fundraising campaign. Mark Wilson/ / Getty Images

    GOP Campaign Machine Trots Out Cheney, Ridge To Raise Midterm Funds

    The congressional Republican's campaign machine is using former President George W. Bush lieutenants to raise money under this message: The world is too unsafe for Democrats.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  41. A Turkish armored vehicle patrols at a Turkish-Syrian border area on Oct. 13. Kurdish fighters engaged in fierce clashes with jihadists on the Turkish border near Kobane as Washington pressed Ankara to play a stronger role in the campaign against the Islamic State group. Aris Messinis / AFP

    Turkey Denies Deal With US on Anti-IS Strikes

    Turkey on Monday denied it struck a deal with Washington allowing US forces to use Turkish air bases for bombing raids against Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria but confirmed it had agreed to help train Syrian rebels.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  42. Secretary of the Army John McHugh gives the keynote address of the opening ceremony of the annual meeting of the Association of the Army in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Mike Morones/Staff

    SecArmy: Budget Cuts Put Army in Danger of 'Wasting Away'

    The US Army will be gutted and in danger of 'wasting away' if the sequestration stranglehold on its budget continues, the service's secretary said Monday at the opening of the Army's largest annual gathering.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  43. Encouraging Defections: Staff Sgt. Myles McCadney, 7th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne), highlighted results from psychological operations in Uganda. Mike Morones/Staff

    Army: Messaging Leads To Mass Defections from Kony

    Defections from Joseph Kony's Army spiked in the summer of 2014, in large part due to US messaging from the air and across the radio waves.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  44. The Army's role in the Pacific is projected to grow in the coming months to meet the increasing needs of the U.S. military and foreign allies. Army

    4-Star: Army Expects More Pacific-Region Missions

    The Army's role in the Pacific is projected to grow in the coming months to meet the increasing needs of the US military and foreign allies.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  45. 'Our No. 1 Task': Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of US Army Forces Command, stressed the overarching need for readiness across all Arm components. Johnny Bivera

    Milley: Readiness Helps US Army Face Uncertain Future

    All three US Army components must be ready to respond to 'the entire range of military operations' in an uncertain, volatile world, the commanding general of Forces Command (FORSCOM) said Monday.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  46. Ground vehicle makers are waiting for the Army to tell them what comes next, including its plans for the Bradley fighting vehicle, here, ahead of the Future Fighting Vehicle's arrival in 2019 to 2021. BAE SYSTEMS

    Ground Vehicle Industrial Base Waits for Army's Next Move

    Like most everyone else involved in the Army's ground vehicle industrial base, the prime contractors who at one point were working on the service's Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program are waiting for the Army's next move.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  47. US and Malaysian soldiers conduct patrols at a Pacific Pathways exercise Sept. 20 in Malaysia. Sgt. 1st Class Adora Gonzalez/US Army

    Army's Pacific Pathways: New Tactics, Lessons Learned

    A US Army Stryker brigade with added engineering, logistics and aviation capabilities is currently in Japan on its third stop of the Army's inaugural Pacific Pathways rotation.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  48. 1st AD Plans Wide-Ranging Exercise To Meet Uncertain World

    With hot spots on three continents, 1st Armored Division commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty is taking no chances: he's throwing the kitchen sink at his troops.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  49. Bell's V-280 Valor on display at the Association of the US Army meeting in Washington on Monday. Mike Morones/ / Staff

    Bell Unveils New 'Valor' Tiltrotor

    Bell Helicopter on Monday unveiled a full-scale model of its V-280 Valor the next generation in tiltrotor aircraft at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting here.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  50. A view of Rocky Brands' new Enhanced Jungle Boot. Soldiers are expected to wear-test the boot in January. Tony Lombardo

    Soldiers To Test New Jungle Boot With Booby Trap Protections

    US soldiers in Hawaii will soon test Rocky Brands' newest jungle boot, a model that company officials say is more comfortable and provides better protection against booby traps.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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