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  1. Royal Air Force A400M Makes Its Maiden Flight

    MAIDEN VOYAGE: The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Royal Air Force has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN15, took off from Seville, Spain, at 14:25 local time (GMT+1) on 30 August and landed back on site 5 hours and 5 minutes later. Media Airbus Defence And Space
    • September 1, 2014

    The Royal Air Force's first Airbus A400M has made it's maiden flight moving Britain closer to becoming the third operator of the new European …


  1. RIMPAC Exercise Puts LCS Through Paces

    'No Drama': The littoral combat ship Independence is seen here on plane guard duty with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan during the Rim of the Pacific exercise in July, marking the first time a ship of this class operated extensively with a flattop. MC1 Dustin Kelling/ / US Navy
    • August 30, 2014

    It was the middle of May, and the littoral combat ship Independence was operating out of San Diego, testing components of the mine warfare mission …


  1. Could Global Threat Picture Restore US Defense Increases?

    US President Barack Obama discusses foreign policy with members of Congress July 31. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images
    • September 1, 2014

    President Barack Obama put the Islamic State terrorist group on the 'varsity' team of US foes. America's top general, Martin Dempsey, has spoken of …


  1. ULA Leadership Move Could Be Precursor to Further Changes

    Michael Gass, president and CEO of United Launch Alliance, stepped down last week. Jewel Samad / AFP
    • August 17, 2014

    An unexpected leadership change at the United Launch Alliance (ULA) may be just the first move for a company facing competition for the first time.


  1. Editorial: Closed Doors, Closed Minds

    • August 19, 2014

    Leaders and reporters were barred from talking to one another. Security guards and armed police officers body-blocked a member of the press. A …


  1. UK To Launch Laser Competition

    Directed Energy: US Navy officials observe a solid state laser beam director and tracking mount in Virginia in March. The UK is preparing to launch a competition that could lead toward a laser technology demonstrator for its warships. John F. Williams/ / US Navy
    • August 29, 2014

    Britain's Defence Ministry will boost its investment in laser research and is preparing to launch a competition that could lead to a technology …


  1. NATO Eyes 'Alliance Assurance' Force

    An armed pro-Russian militant checks passing cars May 20 near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Viktor Drachev / AFP
    • August 20, 2014

    In response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, NATO leaders are examining the need to enhance the readiness of deployable military forces to …

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