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  1. Despite criticism from some on Capitol Hill, the administration has expressed support for Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

    White House Stands by Dempsey After McCain Questions General's 'Credibility'

    US President Barack Obama is standing by his top military adviser amid sharp criticism from a prominent Republican senator.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  2. US Rep. Paul Ryan hopes to be able to strike some kind of fiscal deal with Democrats to limit or end sequestration. John Gress / Getty Images

    Rep. Paul Ryan: Stay 'Medium' in Working With Obama on Fiscal Deal

    Go big or go home? Not so fast, says a key US House lawmaker. He wants, as former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn once advised, to just 'stay medium' in pursuit of a sequester-addressing fiscal deal.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  3. Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, right, and US ambassador James Cunningham, left, sign documents as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan's new Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, center, look on at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 30. Shah Marai / AFP via Getty Images

    Afghanistan, US Sign Long-Awaited Security Pact

    The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  4. Taking Flight: The Huginn XV UAV built by Denmark's Sky-Watch is the smaller brother to the Muninn VXI drone. Sky-Watch

    Danish UAV Builders Make a Play for the Global Market

    Denmark-based Sky-Watch A/S has become the latest upstart producer of military-application UAVs to emerge from the Nordic region's fast-growing drone sector.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  5. The F-22 Raptor is expected to see future operations over Syria. Staff Sgt. Jared Becker/ / US Air Force

    F-22 Continuing Operations in Syria

    The kid gloves appear to be fully removed from the F-22 Raptor, with a US Air Force general indicating Monday that the fifth-generation fighter will be available for future operations over Syria for the foreseeable future.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  6. Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Central Command will be based out of Kuwait, a Marine official said. Here, senior Marine leaders thank members of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, on Sept. 3. Sgt. Gabriela Garcia / Marine Corps

    New US Marine Corps Crisis Unit To Be Based in Kuwait

    The US Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  7. An F-22 Raptor performs a refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker in August. Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards / US Air Force

    Column: A Threat The F-22 Can't Eliminate

    Taking out an Islamic State command-and-control facility is one thing.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  8. U.S. soldiers patrol an Afghanistan highway on Aug. 11 in Parwan province. The U.S. and Afghanistan expect to sign an agreement to keep about 10,000 American troops there after combat operations end at the close of this year, an Obama aide said. Cpl. George Huley / Army

    US To Keep 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan

    The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a US official said.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  9. A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft on Sept. 23 after strike operations in Syria. Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland / Air Force

    US Air Force Takes the Lead on Airstrikes Against Islamic State

    The Air Force has flown a large majority of all airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, with the mission expected to change as Islamic State fighters adjust to the aerial bombardment.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  10. US Rep. Steny Hoyer wants a realistic assessment of the likely costs of combating the Islamic State group. Larry French / Getty Images

    Senior House Dem: Avoid 'Rose-Colored' Cost Projections of Fighting Islamic State

    US officials and lawmakers should conduct a 'realistic assessment' of the cost of fighting the Islamic State, setting aside promises tainted by 'rose-colored glasses.'

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  11. The epitome of stealth design, the destroyer Zumwalt is coming together at Bath Iron Works, Maine, and is expected to go to sea in the spring. At almost 16,000 tons, 610 feet long, about 81 feet abeam, the DDG 1000 is the largest destroyer in history. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Meet the Zumwalt

    The ship is plainly visible from Front Street, across the Route 1 bridge in downtown Bath. Nothing like this angular, almost hulking giant has ever been seen here, even after well over a century of shipbuilding at Bath Iron Works.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  12. A US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker takes off from a base in the Middle East to support airstrikes over Syria on Sept. 23. Funding for US missions over Iraq and Syria are paid for using overseas contingency operations funding. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / US Air Force

    Syria Strikes Raise Questions Over Future of OCO Funding

    As the price tag for operations in Iraq, Syria and West Africa continues to grow, Pentagon leadership insists that it is well prepared to pay for all of these previously unforeseen long-term operations.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  13. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit US President Barack Obama on Sept. 30, where he will discuss going beyond the 'buy and supply' approach to defense deals. Raveendran / Getty Images

    India To Push Joint Weapons Development During US Visit

    India's leader will seek joint development of high-tech weaponry when he visits the White House on Sept. 30, in a shift from the country's 'buy and supply' relationship with the US, an Indian official said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  14. The Canadian supply ship Protecteur under tow by the US Navy tug Sioux after an engine room fire set the ship adrift in the Pacific this year. Canada's Navy is seeking options for fleet replenishment after retiring its only two supply ships. MC3 Johans Chavarro / US Navy

    Canada To Seek NATO, US Support For Naval Air Defense, Resupply

    Canada's Navy, facing several years of being unable to resupply its ships at sea or provide area air defense, will turn to its US and NATO counterparts to fill what officers say are significant gaps in those capabilities.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  15. F-16 fighter jets prepare to take off the military air base in Florennes on Friday. Belgium plans to send six F-16 fighter jets to join the US-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group but will limit their use to Iraq, the government said. ERIC LALMAND / AFP/Getty Images

    US Hits Jihadists In Syria As UK Bombers Fly Over Iraq

    The US-led coalition widened its air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday as British warplanes took off for anti-jihadist missions over neighbouring Iraq.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  16. Need for ISR: An F-22 Raptor launches from a base in the Middle East for strike operations over Syria on Sept. 23. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/ / US Air Force

    Experts: As Operation Continues, ISR Demand To Grow in Syria

    It can be easy, in the first days of strikes on Syria, to focus on the weaponry being dropped. After all, the explosion from a 1,000-pound bomb makes great video.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  17. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. Photo: http://www.coons.senate.gov

    Sen. Coons Raises Hopes for Sequestration's End Then Dashes Them

    One US senator says America's war against a violent Sunni group should lead Congress to address sequestration, but his comments suggest a deal remains elusive.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  18. An F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush to conduct strike missions against Islamic State targets in Iraq. US Navy

    Pentagon Working With Congress for More War Funding

    Despite operating under an $85 billion supplemental wartime budget, the Pentagon is going back to Congress to ensure that it has the funding to continue its air operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, top officials said Friday.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  19. The first A-29 Super Tucano of the Pentagon's Light Air Support program, destined for the Afghan Air Force, has been delivered to the Air Force in Jacksonville, Florida. Embraer/SNC

    SNC, Embraer Deliver First A-29 to US Air Force

    Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and Embraer have delivered the first A-29 Super Tucano to the US Air Force, with company officials pledging Embraer's Jacksonville, Florida, facility will produce the remainder of its order on time.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  20. Sen. Carl Levin says political support for the F-35 remains strong.

    Despite Troubles, Veteran Senator Calls F-35's Political Support 'Fairly Strong'

    There are no political wolves moving to sink their teeth into the Pentagon's F-35 fighter program, despite a speckled past, says one veteran US senator.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  21. Two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft fly over northern Iraq on Sept. 23 after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / U.S. Air Force

    CENTCOM Releases New Video of Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Syria

    Central Command released new video Thursday of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria by US and coalition aircraft.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  22. The Pentagon intends to take two F-35C models, shown here doing catapult launch tests at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in 2013, to carrier trials in November. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 'On Track' for Carrier Tests in November

    The F-35 joint strike fighter is on track to conduct trials aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier in November, but there are still variables as to what may be tested, the program's top official said today.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  23. Corpsmen in California will soon receive a batch of 10 training dummies that writhe, bleed and ooze innards. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Pendleton Corpsmen To Get Ultra-Realistic Combat Trauma Mannequin

    Corpsmen in California will soon have a new mannequin to help them train for tending to the grisliest of combat injuries.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  24. A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker on Sept. 23 over northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / U.S. Air Forces Central

    US, Coalition Forces Hit IS Oil Refineries in Syria

    US aircraft and those from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates struck Islamic State targets in Syria Wednesday, including 12 'modular oil refineries,' the US Central Command said.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  25. The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke launches Tomahawk cruise missiles on Sept. 23 to conduct strikes against Islamic State targets. MC2 Carlos M. Vazquez / US Navy

    Lame Duck Watch: Congress Will Vote on Islamic State War 'One Way or Another'

    US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin says Congress will eventually vote on authorizing President Obama's war on the Islamic State (IS) 'one way or another.'

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  26. The Marine Corps' Hybrid Energy Internally Transportable Vehicle trailer was designed specifically with the MV-22B Osprey in mind, as it can be transported in the aircraft. The trailer was on display Sept. 24 during the Modern Day Marine Expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Marine Corps Develops New Equipment Built for the Osprey

    New equipment being developed by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab is tailor-made to fit inside the service's most expeditionary aircraft the MV-22B Osprey.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  27. Two Jordanian F-16 Fighting Falcons take off June 11 during an exercise with US and coalition partners. Jordanian warplanes carried out a bombing raid against the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, according to US officials. Senior Master Sgt. John P. Rohrer / US Air Nationa

    US Officials: Jordan Bombed IS in Syria on Wednesday

    Jordanian warplanes carried out a bombing raid against the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday as part of a second day of US-led airstrikes against the jihadists, two US defense officials told AFP.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  28. EC145 Corporate Passengers Transport PECCHI.Anthony / Airbus

    Finmeccanica Sues US Over Airbus Helicopter Deal

    Italian aerospace giant Finmeccanica has sued the US government over the Pentagon's plan to award an Army helicopter contract to Airbus, violating its rules against sole-source contracts.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  29. A new GAO report acknowledges attempts by the Pentagon to find ways to drive down sustainment costs of the F-35 joint strike fighter, but made it clear the agency disagrees with how the F-35 joint program office is moving forward on that issue. Lockheed Martin

    GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates

    Sustainment estimates for the F-35 joint strike fighter may not be realistic and require further study before a plan is finalized, the government's watchdog wrote in a new report.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  30. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, left, talks with Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe before a SASC hearing. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP

    Sen. Levin: 'We're Gonna Have an Authorization Bill'

    A key US senator believes Congress will pass a Pentagon policy bill this year, but he cast further doubt on the upper chamber ever taking up its own version of the legislation.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  31. Assault Strategy: An amphibious assault vehicle with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Ground Combat Element approaches Onslow Beach, N.C., in August. The Marines plans to upgrade AAVs while developing a smaller vehicle. Cpl. Mary M. Carmona/US Marine Corps

    Back to the Beach: US Marines Upgrading, Replacing Amphibs Under New Strategy

    In line with the US Marine Corps' new strategy document, 'Expeditionary Force 21,' future amphibious assaults could be launched 65 to 100 miles from shore, with small landing teams exploiting gaps in enemy defenses.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  32. A Marine rappels down from an MV-22B Osprey. Rolls-Royce says it hopes the Marine Corps will be interested in using its upgraded V-22 engine. Lance Cpl. Isaac Ibarra/US Marine Corps

    Will USMC Pursue Engine Upgrade for V-22?

    While Rolls-Royce has completed a successful flight test of its new engine upgrade for the V-22, it is unclear whether the US Marine Corps will pursue a re-engine plan.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  33. Rep. Loretta Sanchez was one of the Democratic House members who voted against a measure to train and arm Syrian rebels. Courtesy

    Analysis: As Syria Strikes Begin, House Democrats' Support Could Prove Key

    If Congress votes on formal authorization of US airstrikes in Syria, which began Tuesday, the White House would have some work to do with skeptical House Democrats.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  34. GD Hawks MUTT's Merits to USMC Audience

    Like its namesake, the Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) has a leash.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  35. Luke Devore, an Army Research Labs contractor with Design Interactive, demonstrates the Augmented Reality sand table on Sept. 23 during Modern Day Marine Expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Microsoft's Kinect Aids in 'Augmented Reality Sand' Mapping Tool for Marines, Army

    Video game technology has aided researchers in creating realistic 3-D battlespace maps using a simple sand box.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  36. US President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement on Tuesday before departing to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Pr JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images

    US Bans Anti-Personnel Mines Except On Korean Border

    The United States said Tuesday it halting the use of anti-personnel mines apart from in the tense No Man's Land between the Koreas, a step closer to compliance with a global convention.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  37. The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile. The Philippine Sea and the destroyer Arleigh Burke fired a total of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles at militant groups in Syria. MC1 Eric Garst / Navy

    U.S. Airstrikes Pound Militant Groups in Syria

    The U.S. military has launched airstrikes against two terrorist groups in Syria, using manned aircraft, drones and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by Navy warships, according to U.S. Central Command.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
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