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  1. A man waves a Ukrainian flag during a pro-Ukrainian rally Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. The Obama administration is sending nearly $10 million in new 'security assistance' to Ukraine as that country stares down Russian forces, but one senior Republican lawmaker says more must be done. Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

    White House to Send $8M in Non-Lethal Items to Ukraine

    The Obama administration is sending nearly $10 million in new 'security assistance' to Ukraine as that country stares down Russian forces, but one senior Republican lawmaker says more must be done.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  2. Good News, Bad News: Joint strike fighters perform an aerial refueling mission. The estimated cost of the fighter has gone up and sustainment price estimates have declined. Master Sgt. Donald Allen/US Air Force

    For US, F-35 Engine Cost Up, Sustainment Down

    Buying in bulk is key to lowering the cost of the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, the general in charge of the effort said.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  3. A Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen fighter prepares for take off during an April 1 Lithuanian-NATO exercise near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia . Petras Malukas / Getty Images

    Sweden To Boost Military Spending Over Ukraine Crisis

    Sweden announced Tuesday that it will increase its annual defense spending over the next 10 years, citing the crisis in Ukraine and an 'unsettling' development in Russia.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  4. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, left, inspects a flight training of Korean People's Army (KPA) Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 188 on April 21 at an undisclosed place in North Korea. AFP

    US 'Closely Monitoring' North Korea for Nuclear Test

    The United States said Tuesday it was watching North Korea 'very closely' following South Korean warnings that Pyongyang may be preparing a fourth nuclear test ahead of a visit to Seoul by President Barack Obama.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  5. Leo Quinn, QinetiQ Group CEO QinetiQ

    QinetiQ To Sell US Services Division

    QinetiQ has agreed to sell its US services division to the SI Organisation in a deal that could net the British defense technology company up to US $215 million.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. Reduced Fleet: Under proposed budget caps, the US Air Force would purchase five fewer KC-46 tankers. Boeing Illustration

    DoD Details Planned Cuts If Budget Caps Remain

    The Pentagon has laid out plans for how it would cut $66 billion in procurement and research-and-development projects between 2016 and 2019 should US defense spending caps remain in place.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. Mexico plans to purchase 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, according to a Pentagon announcement. US Army

    US Clears Black Hawk Sale to Mexico

    The US government has cleared the sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico, according to an announcement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. Poland, which has acquired F-16 fighter jets, wants a stronger NATO presence in Europe Polish Ministry of Defense

    Polish DM: NATO Must Focus on Historic Mission

    The NATO alliance should focus on its historic mission of deterring Russian aggression in Europe as members wrap up their mission in Afghanistan, Poland's defense minister said.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  9. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush signs the book 'Immigation Wars' at a book signing during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

    Would Jeb Bush's Defense Policy Look More Like His Father's or Brother's?

    Jeb Bush, the flavor-du-jour in Republican circles, likely would put forth a defense and foreign policy vision that closely resembles that of his father and the one pitched by Mitt Romney in 2012, analysts and GOP insiders say.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  10. The Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) will help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday. MC3 Sean Furey / US Navy

    US Sends Salvage Ship To Help With South Korea Ferry Disaster

    The United States is sending a Navy salvage ship to help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  11. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, attends an April 17 photo session with the participants in the first meeting of 'airpersons' of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang. KNS / AFP

    North Korea Slams Obama's 'Dangerous' Asia Tour

    North Korea warned Monday that an upcoming Asian tour by US President Barack Obama could escalate military tensions, as South Korean media cited intelligence reports of increased activity at the North's main nuclear test site.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  12. The 2015 budget request includes an extra $113 million for the Army's WIN-T battlefield network systems, part of DoD leaders' effort to finish work on large systems near the end of the Pentagon's developmental pipeline. US Army

    DoD Reshapes R&D, Betting on Future Technology

    Defense budgets had been in decline for a decade when soon-to-be-president George W. Bush laid out his vision for the US military. In a 1999 speech, Bush argued that it was time for military research and development efforts to pursue big leaps, not incremental improvements.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  13. The Next SSC? From top: Austal USA's Multi-Mission Combatant offering is based on the Independence-class littoral combat ship design. Huntington Ingalls hopes to offer a more heavily armed version of its National Security Cutter design; and Lockheed Martin has long been working on variants of its basic littoral combat ship design. This proposed variant is armed with Standard surface-to-air missiles, enhanced fire control and an Aegis combat system. Lockheed Martin

    Ship Study Should Favor Existing Designs

    Ships that look like littoral combat ships (LCS), but armed with SM-2 surface-to-air missiles, bigger guns and Aegis combat systems. A grey-hull patrol frigate that takes the hull of a white coast guard cutter and increases its combat power.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  14. France is planning celebrations of a French Foreign Legion battle from 1863. Remy Gabalda/AFP

    France Plans Foreign Legion Celebration

    French Mirage fighters flying over a key Foreign Legion public parade marks American pilots' aid to France before the US entered the first world war, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  15. Joint strike fighters perform an aerial refueling mission. Estimated cost of the fighter has gone up although sustainment price estimates have declined. Master Sgt. Donald Allen / US Air Force

    F-35 Engine Cost Up, Sustainment Down

    Buying in bulk is key to lowering the cost of the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, the general in charge of the effort said.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  16. Sen. Mitch McConnell has urged the Obama administration to send weapons to Ukraine. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    McConnell Calls for US to Arm Ukraine, Blames Obama for Russian Invasion

    The US Senate's top Republican on Thursday said America should send weapons to the Ukrainian military as that country teeters on the brink of war with Russia.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  17. Pakistan acquired the Perry-class frigate Alamgir in 2011, but hopes to obtain additional ships have been unrealized. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    US Congress Stymies Pakistani Naval Modernization Efforts

    Despite close defense ties with China, Pakistan still relies on the US to help it upgrade key defense areas. However, hostility from US lawmakers has effectively halted progress in some areas with Pakistan's Navy particularly hard hit.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  18. CF-18 Hornet fighter jets belonging to the Canadian 410 'Couger' Squadron are seen in 2009 under shelters on the tarmac at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. David McNew / Getty Images

    Canada Sends Fighter Jets To Eastern Europe

    Canada is deploying six CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe as part of NATO's response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  19. n U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., after flying a routine training mission. A new study found drone pilots believe there is a negative perception attached to their jobs. U.S. Air Force

    GAO to US Air Force: Improve Morale for Drone Pilots

    The US Air Force's drone pilots believe there is a negative perception attached to their jobs, report low morale and receive insufficient training, a new government study found.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  20. Completion of the submarine North Dakota, seen Nov. 2 just before its christening ceremony, is being delayed to address design and construction issues. US Navy

    New US Navy Submarine's Delivery Delayed

    Problems with a parts supplier and the need to modify certain design features led the US Navy to announce Wednesday that the commissioning of the new nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota won't take place at the end of May as scheduled.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  21. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and US presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland Wants Larger US, NATO Troop Presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger US and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  22. The F-35 will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo and will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

    The F-35 is heading for Britain in July to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Show.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  23. The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department report. AFP

    If DoD Spending Levels Remain, $66B Modernization Cut Would Follow

    The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department rep

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  24. A US F15C Eagle jet fighter takes off April 16 near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia, deployed on NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO To Deploy More Forces in Eastern Europe

    NATO said Wednesday it will deploy additional air, sea and land forces in Eastern Europe in response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine and take further action if needed.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  25. US Defense Department proposed budgets will prioritize military need, not budget caps, said Frank Kendall, Pentagon acquisition chief. Jim Watson / Agence France-Presse

    Kendall: Pentagon Will Tie Budget Proposals To Needs, Not Budget Caps

    The US Defense Department will continue sending Congress budget proposals that do not adhere to federal spending caps and will instead opt to develop budgets it believes are appropriate to defend the country, a senior Pentagon official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  26. An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter operates during a vertical replenishment aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. MCSN Andrew Johnson/US Navy

    DoD Looking for Ways Not To Break MH-60R Helicopter Deal

    The Pentagon will 'look at options' so it does not break a multiyear helicopter contract with Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin that includes about 90 aircraft, a senior US Defense Department official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  27. General Dynamics will not further protest the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program, which will replace about 2,900 M113 infantry carriers. US Army

    GD Declines Further AMPV Protest; Portion of Contract Pushed Back

    Just 10 days after having its protest rejected by the US Army Materiel Command, General Dynamics Land Systems announced today that it would not file a more formal protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) over its bid on the Army's Armored M

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  28. Despite deep across-the-board cuts scheduled over the next decade, the US federal deficit is projected to again hit $1 trillion in just eight years. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Could Another Debt-Level Spike Cause More Defense Cuts?

    Despite deep across-the-board cuts scheduled over the next decade, the US federal deficit is projected to again hit $1 trillion in just eight years.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  29. Members of the Afghan National Police Crisis Response Unit prepare to be extracted by an Mi-17 helicopter during training in Surobi, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/US Air Force

    US Lawmakers Press for End to NATO Cooperation With Russia

    Eleven members of Congress sent another letter to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning urging the United States to push its NATO allies to 'cease all trade involving military equipment with Russia' in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and co

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  30. Flying a Different Flag: The Turkish frigate Gelibolu, the ex-Reid, approaches Doha, Qatar, on March 24. A number of foreign navies are eager to acquire ex-US Navy frigates, but politics is preventing some allies, like Turkey, from receiving any more. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    New US Frigate Transfer Bill Advances

    The US Navy's frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy would love to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  31.  Sgt. Pete Mobbs/UK Ministry of Defence

    Interview: Chris Bernhardt

    US defense support services provider DynCorp International opened for business in the United Kingdom last month as part of a strategy aimed at putting the fizz back in the performance of a company buffeted recently by the drawdown of forces in Afghanistan

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  32. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, has been nominated as the Air Force's top military acquisition official. Air Force

    US Air Force Names New Acquisition, Mobility Leaders

    The US Air Force is shuffling the command of several key programs, including missile systems and its new tanker plane, the service announced Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  33. US military personnel works with a contractor to align a mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle on a trailer in 2011 at Forward Operating Base Warrior to haul equipment out of Iraq to meet the deadline for the US military transition from Iraq. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen / US Air Force

    SIPRI: Global Military Spending Drops, Led By US

    World military expenditure fell in 2013 as the United States and other Western countries cut back, but spending in emerging economies grew, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  34. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon Condemns 'Provocative' Russian Military Action Against US Navy Ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the US Navy destroyer Donald Cook while it was steaming in the Black Sea, heightening Cold War-style tensions that have continued to escalate for weeks, a defense official said.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  35. Savings Questioned: The US Navy plans to cancel the purchase of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016, but the cancellation fees could total as much, or more, as the purchase itself. MC3 Chris Cavagnaro/US Navy

    Industry: Bad Precedent Set if DoD Cancels Multiyear Helo Buy

    The US Navy, in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, said it wants to cancel a planned buy of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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