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  1. Israeli soldiers stand at the Western Wall Plaza in the old city of Jerusalem, on Oct. 30. An internal document makes the case for Israel to overhaul the way it approaches deterrence. Gali Tibbon / Getty Images

    Internal Study: Israeli Deterrence Needs Overhaul

    Israeli deterrence is due for a wholesale overhaul, from basic theory and language to practical matters of intelligence targeting and operational planning up to the way the military fights and advises government leaders.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  2. A German Patriot missile launcher is deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey, in March. John Macdougall / Getty Images

    Turkey May Restart Missile Defense Program

    Turkey's procurement bureaucracy is rethinking a multibillion dollar program to build the country's first air and missile defense program, keeping 'all options open,' including scrapping the existing competition and merging it with a longer-range program

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  3. A Palestinian man walks between buildings destroyed during fighting between Hamas militants and Israel in the north of the Gaza Strip on Aug. 16. Roberto Schmidt / Getty Images

    Former Commander: Israel Made 'Strategic Mistake'

    Israel's latest Gaza operation illustrates the strategic consequences of crossing that Clausewitzian-inspired line of culminating deterrence, where tactical actions aimed at containing escalation ended up dragging it into an unwanted war of attrition.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Palestinian members from the armed wing of Hamas take part in an anti-Israel rally in the Gaza Strip. The UAE's list of terrorist organizations did not include Hamas. Said Khatib / AFP

    Questions, Praise for UAE's Terrorist List

    Although the United Arab Emirates' list of designated terrorist organizations has raised questions about who it does and does not include, officials see the move as necessary for the Arabian Gulf sheikhdom.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  6. Russias President Vladimir Putin. Steve Holland / AFP

    Source: Syrian Team, Putin To Discuss Relaunching Peace Talks

    A high-level Syrian delegation will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday to discuss possibly relaunching peace talks to end the country's civil war, a senior Syrian official said Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. German soldiers pose during a show at Camp Marmal in Masar-i-Sharif in December 2013. Johannes Eisele / AFP via Getty Images

    German Cabinet OK's Plan To Keep Small Group of Soldiers in Afghanistan

    The German Cabinet approved a mandate on Wednesday to keep at least 850 soldiers in Afghanistan beyond the current NATO-led combat mission, which is due to end on Dec. 31.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  10. Major Maintenance: An artist's rendering of the new facility in the United Arab Emirates. AAR

    AAR Looks To Expand in the Mideast

    Global aerospace and defense contractor AAR is looking to expand its business in the Middle East after securing a deal with a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates giant Mubadala.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  11. Passing Grade: An interceptor of the Barak-8 air and missile defense system launches for its final development test in Israel. Israel Aerospace Industries

    Israel, India Start To Equip Sea Forces With Barak-8 Defenses

    Israeli and Indian navies are poised to equip their warships with advanced Barak-8 anti-missile and air defense systems following last week's long-awaited test, capping nearly eight years of cooperative development.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  12. Jordan's Queen Rania. Khalil Mazraawi / AFP

    Jordan Queen Says Anti-IS Fight Key To Saving Islam

    Jordan's Queen Rania on Tuesday urged support for US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group, saying the future of the Middle East and Islam was at stake.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  13. Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday. Wikipedia

    UK Reapers Up the Intensity Against IS in Iraq

    Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  14. A Typhoon is fitted with Paveway IV weapons. Jamie Hunter/BAE Systems

    RAF To Be Equipped With Bunker Busting Version of Paveway IV

    British combat jets are on course to be armed with a new bunker busting version of the Paveway IV precision guided bomb.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  15. Prince Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, son of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Hassan Ammar / AFP

    Saudi National Guard Chief To Seek More US Backing

    A top Saudi Arabian official who begins a visit to the United States on Tuesday will seek to strengthen support for the kingdom's powerful National Guard forces, official media said.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  16. UAV-Killing Iron Dome Eyed as Cheaper Option to Patriot

    Israel has a generational commitment to its Patriot force, cemented by growing interoperability with sister systems from US European Command and significant support elements for US batteries stocked here and available to Israel in time of need.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  17. A Patriot surface-to-air missile battery is positioned in the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa north of Israel in August 2013. Jack Guez / Getty Images

    Israel Air Force Hones Patriot Batteries for UAV Defense

    With newly war-tested batteries of drone-killing Patriots, air defenders of Israel Air Force (IAF) Wing 168 are earning equal footing with F-16s in guarding the skies against new and growing unmanned threats.

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  18. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., speaks during a Sept. 16 press conference, with Reps. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Rep. Smith: With Calls for Ground Troops, Republicans Disconnected From Reality

    A senior House Democrat says Republicans have lost touch with reality with their 'incessant' calls for US ground troops in Iraq and Syria.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  19. Italy will send four Tornado aircraft to Iraq to serve in a reconnaissance role. MENAHEM KAHANA/ / AFP

    Italy To Send 4 Tornados for Recon in Iraq

    Italy will send four Tornado aircraft to join coalition operations against the Islamic State in Iraq, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Friday.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
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