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  1. Joint strike fighters perform an aerial refueling mission. Estimated cost of the fighter has gone up although sustainment price estimates have declined. Master Sgt. Donald Allen / US Air Force

    F-35 Engine Cost Up, Sustainment Down

    The price tag for the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, increased $7.4 billion in 2013, according to a new US Defense Department report.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  2. Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade April 7 at the Donetsk regional council office building in eastern Ukraine. US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of US European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Alexander Khudoteply / AFP

    USAF 4-star: Armed Attackers in Ukraine Are Russian Troops in Disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  3. Sen. Mitch McConnell has urged the Obama administration to send weapons to Ukraine. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    McConnell Calls for US to Arm Ukraine, Blames Obama for Russian Invasion

    The US Senate's top Republican on Thursday said America should send weapons to the Ukrainian military as that country teeters on the brink of war with Russia.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  4. Pakistan acquired the Perry-class frigate McInerney in 2011, but hopes to obtain additional ships have been unrealized. Lt. Justin Cooper/US Navy

    US Congress Stymies Pakistani Naval Modernization Efforts

    Despite close defense ties with China, Pakistan still relies on the US to help it upgrade key defense areas. However, hostility from US lawmakers has effectively halted progress in some areas with Pakistan's Navy particularly hard hit.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  5. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    Diplomats Demand End To Violence in Ukraine

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  6. CF-18 Hornet fighter jets belonging to the Canadian 410 'Couger' Squadron are seen in 2009 under shelters on the tarmac at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. David McNew / Getty Images

    Canada Sends Fighter Jets To Eastern Europe

    Canada is deploying six CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe as part of NATO's response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  7. Foreign delegations will attend a conference at the Eurosatory trade show that will focus on combat helicopters. Anthony Pecchi / Airbus Helicopters

    Foreign Delegations Invited to Eurosatory Conference on Helos

    The French Army Air Corps has invited some 20 foreign delegations to attend a three-day visit, with a focus on combat helicopters, at the Eurosatory trade show, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and US presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland Wants Larger US, NATO Troop Presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger US and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  10. Armed men wearing military fatigues gather around armored personnel carriers as they stand guard outside the regional state building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16. GENYA SAVILOV/Agence France-Presse

    Stronger US Economic Sanctions Urged Against Russia

    The Obama administration should enact stiffer economic sanctions on Russia, but it's unclear whether such moves will lead Vladimir Putin to stand down in eastern Ukraine, say several former US officials.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  11. A US F15C Eagle jet fighter takes off April 16 near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia, deployed on NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO To Deploy More Forces in Eastern Europe

    NATO said Wednesday it will deploy additional air, sea and land forces in Eastern Europe in response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine and take further action if needed.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  12.  Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Malaysia Advances With 8-Wheeled Armored Vehicle

    Malaysia's top armored vehicle manufacturer, Deftech, has begun the qualification stage for its eight-wheel-drive AV-8 armored wheeled vehicle and will produce 257 units with 12 variants for the country's Army when tests are concluded, said Deftech CEO Am

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  13. US Defense Department proposed budgets will prioritize military need, not budget caps, said Frank Kendall, Pentagon acquisition chief. Jim Watson / Agence France-Presse

    Kendall: Pentagon Will Tie Budget Proposals To Needs, Not Budget Caps

    The US Defense Department will continue sending Congress budget proposals that do not adhere to federal spending caps and will instead opt to develop budgets it believes are appropriate to defend the country, a senior Pentagon official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  14. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks Tuesday at the Ecole Militaire in Paris after receiving a report on harassment and sexual violence in the French military. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/Agence France-Presse

    French Women To Crew Ballistic Missile Sub Fleet

    The French Navy plans to send three women officers to sail in the ballistic missile submarine fleet, a first for the French service, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said April 15.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  15. The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class helicopter carrier ordered by Russia, leaves for its first sea trial on March 5. Russia ordered two carriers with an option for two more. Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Treads Carefully on French Deal With Russia

    France has the right to decide whether to deliver a controversial helicopter carrier to Russia, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. But the opinions of allies also count.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  16. Members of the Afghan National Police Crisis Response Unit prepare to be extracted by an Mi-17 helicopter during training in Surobi, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/US Air Force

    US Lawmakers Press for End to NATO Cooperation With Russia

    Eleven members of Congress sent another letter to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning urging the United States to push its NATO allies to 'cease all trade involving military equipment with Russia' in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and co

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  17. 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
  18. Ismail Demir THY Teknik

    Turkey Appoints New Procurement Chief

    The Turkish government has appointed an aviation expert as new chief official for defense procurement, according to a government decree.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  19.  Sgt. Pete Mobbs/UK Ministry of Defence

    Interview: Chris Bernhardt

    US defense support services provider DynCorp International opened for business in the United Kingdom last month as part of a strategy aimed at putting the fizz back in the performance of a company buffeted recently by the drawdown of forces in Afghanistan

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  20. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, has been nominated as the Air Force's top military acquisition official. Air Force

    US Air Force Names New Acquisition, Mobility Leaders

    The US Air Force is shuffling the command of several key programs, including missile systems and its new tanker plane, the service announced Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  21. Mauro Moretti is the new CEO of Finmeccanica. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

    Moretti New Finmeccanica CEO

    As part of a management reshuffle involving Italy's large state-controlled firms, the Italian government appointed Mauro Moretti as the new CEO of Finmeccanica on Monday, replacing Alessandro Pansa, who has been CEO since February 2013.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  22. The Italian Navy frigate Maestrale brings aboard 76 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in October during Operation Mare Nostrum. Italian Defense Ministry

    Italy Copes With 'Biblical Exodus' of Migrants in Mediterranean

    The Italian Navy opened fire on human traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea last fall as thousands of migrants, including sub-Saharan Africans and Syrians, made desperate bids to sail to Italy.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  23. 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
  24. Indian Army personnel keep vigilance at Bumla pass at the India-China border. Raising a new Mountain Corp for the Chinese border is part of India's plans to close its military gap with China. Biju Boro / Agence France-Presse

    Official: India Will Need To Hike Defense Spending by 30% To Narrow Gap With China

    Indian defense planners will need to hike defense spending by at least 30 percent for about 10 years to narrow the military differences between India and China, said an Indian Army official.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  25. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon Condemns 'Provocative' Russian Military Action Against US Navy Ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the US Navy destroyer Donald Cook while it was steaming in the Black Sea, heightening Cold War-style tensions that have continued to escalate for weeks, a defense official said.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  26. Lithuanian soldiers operate during a multinational exercise for Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian troops near Vilnius. Events in Ukraine have prompted Lithuania to procure three radars for its border with Belarus. Petras Malukas / Agence France-Presse

    Lithuanian Military To Deploy New Radars to Belarus Border

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense is planning to deploy three new radars to Lithuania's border with Belarus to bolster the military's air surveillance capacity.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  27. 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
  28. Savings Questioned: The US Navy plans to cancel the purchase of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016, but the cancellation fees could total as much, or more, as the purchase itself. MC3 Chris Cavagnaro/US Navy

    Industry: Bad Precedent Set if DoD Cancels Multiyear Helo Buy

    The US Navy, in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, said it wants to cancel a planned buy of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  29. A Taiwan Navy Kidd-class destroyer launches an SM-2 surface-to-air missile during 2013 drills. Recent difficulties in purchasing certain weapons have made Taiwan look more toward indigenous development. Getty Images

    Growing Muscle: China's Neighbors Gear Up for a Fight

    The Asia-Pacific naval market is heating up, with massive quantities of new ships to boost regional navies in coming years.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  30. Malaysian Minister of Defence and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, center, answers questions April 13 during the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition & Conference at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. Mohd Rasfan / AFP

    DSA Draws Big Crowds in Malaysia

    The 14th Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition and conference began with a media 'walkabout' of the exhibition floor on April 13, led by Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Malaysia's Defense Minister.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  31. The UK may waive certification requirements for the three Rivet Joint aircraft it has purchased. Here, a Rivet Joint flies over Afghanistan. US Air Force

    UK May Waive Rivet Joint Certification Requirements

    Britain may waive its normal aircraft certification process to approve Royal Air Force operation of the RC-135W Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft, the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) said in its 2013 annual report.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  32. Smaller sets of US Army equipment, such as Bradley fighting vehicles, will be prepositioned around the world to speed time to deployment. Spc. Bryan Willis / US Army

    Fast and Light: US Army Overhauls Its Gear Strategy

    The US Army is putting the finishing touches on a bold new strategy for how it prepositions stocks of critical equipment around the globe, how it uses those stocks to speed deployments and who pays for it.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  33. An Army AH-64D Apache attack helicopter lands aboard the afloat forward staging base Ponce in 5th Fleet in 2012. The Army is considering expanding operations off Navy ships. MC1 Jon Rasmussen / Navy

    US Army Explores Sea-Basing Helos

    The US Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  34. A Chinese J-10 fighter at the Zhuhai Airshow in 2012. China's Air Force has evolved from a homeland defense force to one capable of regional power projection. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    China Mixing Military Modernization, 'Tailored Coercion'

    China's military modernization efforts over the past 20 years have been marked by broad efforts, according to an expert, as opposed to focusing on specific services.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  35. As part of its push to boost military capabilities, Japan wants to purchase amphibious assault vehicles. Here, US Marines maneuver an AAV-7 during a July training exercise. US Marine Corps

    Big-Ticket Buys Could Hurt Japan

    Japan's efforts to boost its military capabilities focus too much on big-ticket items, leaving operational gaps and undercutting how defense forces can effectively utilize their equipment, analysts said.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  36. At Attention: The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer McCampbell enters port at Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa. The US plans to base more ships in the region. US Navy

    Pentagon Debates Policy To Strengthen, Disperse Bases

    The Pentagon is looking at new ways to disperse its forces throughout the Asia-Pacific as military planners explore alternatives to the large US super bases in the region vulnerable to cruise missile strikes.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  37. Vietnam shows its first Kilo-636 submarine on Jan. 3. Agence France-Presse

    Tighter Budgets Limit Southeast Asian Plans

    In much of Southeast Asia, budgets are smaller and ambitions more limited compared with neighbors to the north, and many countries are trying to rid themselves of much older equipment.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  38. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an April 10 joint press conference at the Czech government headquarter in Prague. Michal Cizek / AFP

    NATO Chief Sees Russian Hand in East Ukraine Escalation

    NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday he was 'extremely concerned' about the escalation of tensions in east Ukraine, saying actions by uniformed, pro-Russian gunmen with military weapons pointed to an organized campaign to destabilize the region.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  39. A Swedish Gripen, Norwegian F-16 and Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participate in the Iceland Air Meet 2014 in February. Stepped-up aerial patrols over eastern Europe are among NATO's options amid the crisis in Ukraine. NATO

    NATO Weighs East Europe Deployments

    Interim air, land and sea deployments, a review and exercises, and an increase in the readiness level of the NATO Response Force are among the range of options that NATO's supreme allied commander could present this month to reassure Eastern European nati

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  40. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi gestures to supporters on April 9 in India. The country is in the midst of a nine-phase election from April 7 through May 12, and Modi's party leads in the polls. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

    Procurement Problems Await Next Indian Government

    As India spends the next month undergoing general elections, military officers and experts are optimistic the front-runners to take over the government will boost defense spending, speed procurement of needed weaponry and overhaul the country's arms produ

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  41. 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
  42. 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. Here, the Turkish frigate Gelibolu, ex-USS Reid, approaches Doha, Qatar, on March 24. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    US Frigate Transfer Bill Moves Out of House

    The US Navy's frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy wants to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  43. Lawmakers want to halt the US purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan. Russia Helicopters

    US Lawmakers Press Lew, Kerry to Block Funds for Russian Helos

    Over three dozen US lawmakers are urging senior Obama administration officials to slap sanctions on the Russian firm that has been supplying helicopters to the Afghan military.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  44. A leading Republican senator has criticized the US Air Force for proposed cuts, including to airborne warning and control system aircraft. Getty Images

    Top SASC Republican Blasts Proposed US Air Force Cuts

    The US Senate Armed Services Committee's top Republican on Thursday slammed the Air Force's 2015 spending plan, saying it 'increases risk to unacceptable levels.'

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  45. A handout photo provided by DigitalGlobe via NATO shows Russian SU-27/30, SU-24 and MiG-31 fighter jets sitting on a tarmac at Buturlinovka Air Base, 150 km to the Ukrainian border. Digital Globe / via AFP

    NATO Releases Photos of Russian Troops Near Ukraine Border

    NATO released Thursday a score of satellite pictures of up to 40,000 Russian troops massed along the Ukraine border that it said are ready for action and represent a 'real threat' to Kiev.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  46. New Zealand Army Chief Maj. Gen. Dave Gawn LAC Amanda McErlich

    Recruitment, Regional Engagement Among Goals of NZ Army's 5-Year Plan

    New Zealand's Army has released 'Army 2020,' its strategy for the next five years, which outlines five key themes as service goals.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  47. China ambassador Cui Tiankai, seen here in a 2012 photo while he was vice foreign minister, said the United States is giving China a 'mission impossible' by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear program or face US consequences. Marty Melville / AFP

    Envoy: US has Given China a 'Mission Impossible' on North Korea

    The United States is giving China a 'mission impossible' by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear program or face US consequences, Beijing's ambassador said Thursday.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  48. Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean speaks during an April 10 interview with AFP at the Romanian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Bucharest. Daniel Mihailescu / AFP

    Romania Presses For NATO Redeployment Over Ukraine Crisis

    NATO should redeploy its forces in Eastern Europe and take a firm stand to prevent a contagion of the Ukraine crisis, Romania's foreign minister urged in an interview Thursday with AFP.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  49. Pakistani Army tanks advance during November exercises in Bahawalpur district. Pakistani procurement plans must weigh conventional conflict and terror attacks. Agence France-Presse

    Pakistan Procurement Decisions Face East And West

    Pakistan faces potential conflict on two fronts that calls for different types of equipment, but funding issues restrict its choices.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  50. 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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