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  1. Rear. Adm. Elizabeth Train has been nominated to replace Vice. Adm. Ted Branch as the director of naval intelligence. Navy

    Navy Nominates Replacement for Hamstrung 3-Star Intel Boss

    After a year in limbo, the Navy has decided to move ahead and replace the service's top intelligence officer, whose tenure has been hamstrung by suspected ties to a disgraced defense contracting firm.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  2. US Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, gives a press conference Nov. 26 in Kiev, Ukraine. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    NATO 'Very Concerned' By Russian Military Build-Up in Crimea

    NATO's top military commander warned Wednesday that Russia's 'militarization' of the annexed Crimea region could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  3. A US soldier removes wire from a wall at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Nov. 1. Wakil Kohsar / AFP via Getty Images

    US Army Struggles With War-Zone Inventory

    As the Defense Department retrogrades mountains of equipment from Afghanistan, the US Army has failed to effectively report $419.5 million worth of equipment that may have gone missing, according to a recent DoD Inspector General's (DODIG's) audit.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  4. Bob Work is the US deputy defense secretary. Defense News With Vago Muradian

    Interview: Bob Work, US Deputy Defense Secretary

    America's adversaries are increasingly harnessing fast-moving, commercial and defense technologies to counter US capabilities.To stay ahead of rising adversaries, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently unveiled the Defense Innovation Initiative.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  5. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Hal Rogers are discussing a government-wide omnibus spending bill, but the amount that would be included to fight the Islamic State is unclear. Mark Wilson/ / Getty Images

    Appropriations Chairs Still 'Working on the Numbers' to Fund Islamic State Fight

    Whether or not lawmakers will grant the White House the entirety of its new $5.6 billion war-funding request remains very much unclear.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  6. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the State Department has OK'd an $800 million sustainment deal for Iraq's C-130E and C-130J cargo aircraft, pending congressional approval. Airman 1st Class Kedesha Pennant/ / US Air Force

    US State Dept. Clears $800M C-130 Support Deal for Iraq

    The US State Department has approved an $800 million sustainment deal for Iraq's fleet of C-130E and C-130J cargo aircraft, the government announced Tuesday.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  7. US Vice President Joe Biden, right, meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Turkey's Erdogan Attacks US 'Impertinence' on Syria

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday slammed US 'impertinence' on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara days after his key meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  8. A Rolls-Royce maintainer checks an engine on a V-22. The company reached a two-year agreement with the US Marines this week. Stephen M. Smith/Rolls Royce

    Rolls Signs Two-Year Deal on V-22 Engines

    Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce will continue to provide support for the Pentagon's fleets of V-22 Osprey aircraft under a two-year agreement, the company announced.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  9. Michele Flournoy testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 15, 2011, in Washington, DC. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Source: Top Contender For Pentagon Job Bows Out

    A former senior US defense official touted as the most likely candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief has taken herself out of the running, a source familiar with the situation told AFP on Tuesday.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  10. US President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel leave after Hagel's resignation announcement on Monday at the White House. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Hagel's Dismissal Underscores White House Trust Deficit, Lawmakers Say

    Chuck Hagel was a Barack Obama mentor, which made him part of the US president's inner circle. But when the defense secretary drifted, he had to leave. And so it goes in Barack Obama's war cabinet.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  11. French President Franšois Hollande is placing a hold on the delivery of a helicopter carrier to Russia due to the situation in Ukraine. Philippe Wojazer / AFP via Getty Images

    France Suspends Mistral Warship Delivery to Russia

    French President Franšois Hollande has placed a hold on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia in view of the deadly conflict in east Ukraine, the president's office said on Tuesday.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  12. Michele Flournoy, whose name has been floated as a possible successor to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, is the former Defense Undersecretary for Policy. Getty Images

    White House Needs Strategic Thinker at Pentagon, and Quickly, Former Official Says

    Eyebrows were raised earlier this month when an unannounced but widely anticipated trip by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to Asia in early December was abruptly called off.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  13. US President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shake hands during a press conference to announce Hagel's departure at the White House on Nov. 24. Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Step Down

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned Monday, leaving unclear who will lead the Pentagon over the final two years of the Obama administration.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  14. Louis Chenevert, chairman and CEO of United Technologies, is retiring effective immediately, according to a company statement released Monday. Thos Robinson / Getty Images for USO of Metropol

    United Technologies CEO To Retire

    Louis Chenevert, chairman and CEO of United Technologies, plans to retire, according to a company statement released Monday.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  15. An F-35B and F-35C in formation. Lockheed Martin

    UK Confirms First F-35 Orders

    Britain on Monday announced it signed a contract with US manufacturer Lockheed Martin to buy the first of 14 F-35B combat jets.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  16. An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State (IS) militants . Jm Lopez / AFP

    Turkey, US Agree to Train and Arm Syrian Opposition

    Turkey and the US have narrowed their differences and agreed to train and arm opposition fighters in Syria .

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  17. Commentary: Don't Forget Defense

    US defense leaders have been warning since 2012 about the destructive effects of the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA).

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  18. Chinese fishing vessels were anchored at Fiery Cross Reef (Kagitingan) in 2012 at the disputed Spratly Islands. Philippine Western Command / AFP

    China Blasts US Comments on Spratlys Project as 'Irresponsible'

    Beijing on Monday dismissed as 'irresponsible' US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  19. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's MOIRE folding space telescope would use Fresnel lenses instead of heavier glass mirrors or lenses, and could help redefine how orbital telescopes are built, launched and used. US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    DoD Shifts Acquisition, Tech Efforts Toward Major Powers

    After spending 13 years fighting non-state actors in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the US Defense Department is shifting its institutional weight toward developing a new acquisition and technology development strategy that focuses more on major state compe

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  20. Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for military aircraft Domingo Ure˝a Raso said a partnership with Lockheed or Boeing is worth considering. Getty Images

    A NATO Fighter?

    Just imagine it: Airbus teams up with Lockheed Martin or Boeing on a program to build a NATO fighter.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  21. A US Air Force officer speaks to members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police in 2012 during a routine mission in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Sgt. Sara Csurilla / US Air Force

    Afghan Lower House Approves Foreign Troops Staying

    Afghanistan's lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  22. US Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Biden Leaves Turkey Without Breakthrough on Syria

    US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  23. US soldiers await the order to march in the Latvia Day Parade on Nov. 18 in Riga, Latvia. Staff Sgt. Kenneth C. Upsall / US Army

    General: US Troops To Stay in Poland, Baltics Through 2015

    US troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 'to deter Russian aggression,' the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  24. Front and Center: Air War College students learn about flash-bang non-lethal weapons this month. Air War College is one of the 10 branches under Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Donna L. Burnett / 42 ABW/PAM

    New Leader Tasked With Upping Profile Of Air University

    On Nov. 10, military officials, civic leaders and community notables from around Montgomery, Alabama, gathered to watch Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast take command of Air University, the center of education for the world's largest Air Force.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  25. Afghan security forces inspect the site of suicide car bomb at the gate of Green Village compound, a large fortified complex where many foreign employees live and work in Kabul, on November 19, 2014. A Taliban suicide car bomb exploded close to a compound that houses many international contractors, officials said, the latest in a series of explosions to rock the Afghan capital in recent days.Police were unable to give details of possible casualties after the blast near the 'Green Village' compound.'A suicide car bomber has targeted the Green Village camp,' Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry, said. Only the attackers died in the assault. An AFP photographer said gunfire erupted shortly after the blast as security forces rushed to the scene in the east of the city. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) SHAH MARAI / AFP/Getty Images

    Report: Obama extends US combat role in Afghanistan

    Barack Obama has extended the combat role for US troops in Afghanistan for another year, in a classified order he signed in recent weeks, the New York Times reported Friday.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  26. All three F-35 variants fly in formation in a file photo from May 2014. The Pentagon and Lockheed have signed an agreement on LRIP 8 for the F-35. SSGT JOELY M SANTIAGO

    Pentagon, Lockheed Finalize 8th F-35 Lot

    The Pentagon today announced it has reached a final agreement with Lockheed Martin on the eighth low-rate initial production (LRIP-8) lot of F-35 joint strike fighters.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  27. Everything Shipshape: The Nils Juel, above, cruises Chesapeake Bay after taking part in exercises with the US Navy. The ship was handed over to the Danish Navy in August. The frigate's spacious bridge, left, spans almost the full width of the ship. Christopher P. Cavas/ / staff

    Aboard Danish Frigate, Clean Lines and Room To Grow

    It is striking how the now-familiar smooth, angled architecture of today's warships, intended to reduce visual, heat and other signatures, is also somehow inherently Danish-modern.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  28. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a picture during a break in fighting against the Islamic State group on Nov. 8. A US congressman wants to directly arm the Kurdistan Regional Government's Peshmerga forces. Ahmed Deeb / AFP

    House Republican Wants To Work Around Baghdad, Arm the Kurds

    As Washington weighs changes in its strategy to fight the radical Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, the head of the House's Foreign Affairs Committee has introduced a new wrinkle into the debate: providing weapons and military equipment directly to t

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  29. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Sources: Top Appropriators Focusing Solely on Omnibus, Have Had No CR Talks

    Capitol Hill's top appropriators have yet to discuss another short-term measure to keep the government running, focusing solely on a longer-term bill they hope to drop in early December.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  30. Sailors aboard the USS San Diego (LPD 22) prepare to take on fuel from the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) during a Nov. 14 replenishment-at-sea. MC3 Gerald Dudley Reynolds / US Navy

    US Navy Ships Collide in Gulf of Aden Without Injuries

    Two American naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden, off Yemen, Thursday but there were no injuries, the US Navy said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  31. US Sen. John McCain is poised to seize the Senate Armed Services Committee gavel, and he is ready to pursue a sweeping pro-military agenda. MSNBC

    McCain Sees 'Good News' in Incoming Class of Military Hawks

    For US Sen. John McCain, reinforcements are on the way.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  32. 'Our commitments have actually gone up in the last year,' says Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, who wants to redo a decision to cut the service's end strength from 490,000 to 450,000. US Army

    Odierno: With Commitments Up, US Must Rethink Cuts to Army End Strength

    The US Army's top general wants to redo a decision to cut end strength from 490,000 to 450,000, saying it was made before Russian aggression towards the Ukraine and Europe, the fight with the Islamic State group in the Mideast and deployments to Africa to

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  33. A Chinese media depiction of the potential destructive effect of a MIRV-capable ICBM on Los Angeles.

    US Report: China's Nukes Getting Bigger and Better

    A new congressional-funded report paints a dark picture of China's nuclear weapons and missile modernization efforts.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  34. USAF Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said budget uncertainty has challenged the service and industry. Jim Gordon

    USAF Official: Budget Uncertainty 'Very Challenging'

    The uncertainty over whether Congress will pass a budget has been 'very challenging' for both the Air Force and its industry partners, the service's top military acquisitions official said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  35. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, military deputy for acquisition, says integration of the KC-46A has been a challenge. Chuck Schroeder/Boeing concept

    USAF Official: Boeing 'Challenged' by KC-46 Schedule

    The US Air Force's top military acquisition official says Boeing is being challenged by integration of its KC-46A Pegasus tanker, and warned that further slips may imperil key target dates.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  36. During a Senate committee confirmation hearing Nov. 19, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama's nominee for deputy secretary of state, did not offer a clear answer when asked if the administration would submit to Congress a draft of its request for authorization of use of military force against the Islamic State group. MANDEL NGAN/ / AFP

    White House Official Cryptic on Drafting, Submitting Islamic State War Measure

    President Barack Obama's pick for deputy secretary of state delivered a cryptic message to lawmakers Wednesday about whether the White House will draft the new war authorization it wants.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  37. Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast is president of US Air Force's Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast

    Lt Gen Steven Kwast took over as commander and president of Air University, the center of education for the US Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, on Nov 10.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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