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  1. Factory Fresh: A new factory in Mozambique operated by DynCorp International and its partner OTT Technologies Mozambique has rolled out its first Puma M36 4x4 armored personnel carriers. OTT Technologies

    Foreign Firms Chase African Deals With New Facilities

    In just the past three months, five global defense companies have announced plans to open factories, maintenance facilities and marketing offices in four southern and east African countries.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  2. Prince Bandar Bin Sultan has been replaced as the Saudi Arabian intelligence chief. Hassan Ammar/Agence France-Presse

    Saudi Intel Chief Relieved of Duties

    The Saudi Arabian intelligence chief, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, has been 'exempted from his duties' today, according to a Royal decree issued by King Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Join the Table: Ministers attend a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Kuwait City in November. Published reports say the council has invited Jordan and Morocco to form a military alliance. AFP/Getty Images

    GCC Seeks To Form Military Bloc With Jordan, Morocco

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has invited Jordan and Morocco to form a military alliance to resolve the bloc's manpower issues.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  6. A Leopard-2 tank participates in military exercises during a Jan. 28 visit by German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Bundeswehr combat training centerin Letzlingen, Germany. The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, according to a report. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    Report: German Government To Cancel Saudi Tank Deal

    The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, a German Sunday newspaper said, citing government sources.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  7. Officials in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's administration may be open to pursuing more open relations with Saudi Arabia, an analyst says. Atta Kenare/Agence France-Presse

    Warmer US-Iran Ties Would Not Undermine Saudis

    Although Saudi Arabia is skeptical of a US-Iranian rapprochement and the kingdom faces lost oil revenue if sanctions are dropped against Tehran, it will remain a regional heavyweight, experts said.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  8. A Pakistan Navy frigate docks at Port Sudan, in the Red Sea, in 2012. Pakistan and Iranian ships have conducted joint naval exercises this week. Ashraf Shazly/Agence France-Presse

    Pakistani, Iranian Navies Conduct Joint Exercises

    The Pakistani and Iranian navies have engaged in a four-day joint naval exercise east of the Straits of Hormuz this week in an effort to improve security cooperation between the two neighbors.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  9. Dozens of elephant tusks are piled at the main office of Chad's Zakouma National Park on Feb. 20 waiting for an audit that will catalog and register them before they are destroyed. Marco Longari / Getty Images

    US Marines Headed To Chad Park To Fight Poaching

    A small team of US Marines are to head soon to Chad's Zakouma National Park to train local forces in the fight against the poaching threatening the area's elephant herds.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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