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  1. Rep. Loretta Sanchez was one of the Democratic House members who voted against a measure to train and arm Syrian rebels. Courtesy

    Analysis: As Syria Strikes Begin, House Democrats' Support Could Prove Key

    If Congress votes on formal authorization of US airstrikes in Syria, which began Tuesday, the White House would have some work to do with skeptical House Democrats.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  2. Four F/A-22 Raptors fly on a test mission. Airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Sept. 22 were carried out by F/A-22 Raptors, according to reports. Air Force

    US Begins Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Syria

    The US military has begun its first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria late Monday, as the war ordered by President Obama against the militant organization took on an urgent new phase.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  3. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 16. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Column: An Answer All People Deserve

    The 800-pound gorilla managed to remain quiet for a week, hidden, one might presume, by Washington's most powerful of power players. The few who dared discuss the beast did so in veiled ways, and with hesitation.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  4. The Saltire flag flies next to the Royal Standard of Scotland and the Union Flag above a gift shop in central Edinburgh on Sept. 19. The majority of Scots voted against leaving the UK. Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    Following 'No' Vote, UK Sorts Out Scotland's Defense Future

    The sigh of relief from the Defence Ministry was almost audible as it became clear in the early hours of Sept. 19 that Scottish voters had decisively rejected breaking up the 307-year-old political union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  5. Guido Crosetto is the new head of the Italian Federation of Aerospace, Defense and Security Companies. Italian Ministry of Defense

    New Italian Industry Group Leader Wants To Boost Role of Smaller Companies

    Italy's defense industry association is destined to take on a far more active profile after naming as its new chairman Guido Crosetto, a former politician who earned glowing reviews as a globe-trotting defense undersecretary with the Italian government be

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  6. Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, holds a Sept. 3 press conference in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    Ambassador: US Expects Not To Go Alone in Syria Airstrikes

    US Ambassador Samatha Power predicted Sunday that the United States would not be alone if it launches airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, although she said no decisions have been reached yet.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  7. A Ukrainian attack helicopter patrols in Donetsk's surrounding areas on Saturday. Anatolii Stepanov / Getty Images

    NATO Reviews Ties With Russia as New Truce Reached in Ukraine

    NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania on Saturday to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  8. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, right, listen to the national anthem during a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of Islamic scholar and political leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, at the loya jirga hall in Kabul on Saturday. The former head of the High Peace Council, Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide bomber entering his home in Kabul on Sept. 20, 2011. Wakil Kohsar / Getty Images

    NATO Eyeing 'Very Fast' Security Deal With Afghanistan

    NATO's top military commander said Saturday the alliance was eyeing the rapid conclusion of security agreements with Afghanistan for its post-2014 mission in the country once a unity government is formed there.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  9. US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah wait for a photo with of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airports Royal Terminal on September 11 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Arab Countries Carve Out Role in Anti-Terror Fight

    Arabian Gulf countries, apart from using their bases for coalition forces to conduct military action against Islamic State militants, will play a major role in the fight against the group by cutting its terrorist financing and presenting a counter narrati

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  10. Aftermath: A Palestinian family walks past the remains of a building destroyed in fighting between Hamas militants and Israel in Shejaiya, in Gaza. The Israeli military says the next conflict will be more complex. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Israel's Strategy: Shooting Pool With a Bowling Ball

    Israeli military leaders are assessing how lessons from Gaza could apply to war planning in Lebanon, Syria and other potential theaters.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  11. US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, right, speaks with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn on Sept. 18. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

    Most Senate Incumbents in Tight Races Vote 'Yay' on CR, Syrian Rebel Package

    Only two US senators involved in re-election races that could hand Republicans control of the chamber voted against a massive spending bill that also approves a plan to arm Syrian rebels.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  12. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks to reporters outside the White House on Sept. 18. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Senate Panel Approves Bill to Authorize Military Aid to Ukraine, New Sanctions

    A Senate panel wants to slap sanctions on Russian defense firms while also authorizing the Obama administration to send lethal military aid to Ukraine.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  13. The US Defense Department's new Better Buying Power 3.0 strategy is based on the 'growing concern that the United States' technological superiority over potential adversaries is being threatened today in a way that we have not seen for decades,' acquisition chief Frank Kendall said. (File photo) Tom Brown/Defense News

    Pentagon Unveils Draft of New R&D Strategy; Waits for Industry, Hill To Weigh In

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the US holds in military tec

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  14. A Patriot missile launcher system is pictured at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep. Spain has announced it will station a squadron of the systems in Turkey as the Netherlands ended its Patriot deployment there. BULENT KILIC/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Turks Praise Spanish Patriot Deployment

    Turkey's government and military have welcomed a decision by NATO ally Spain to station a squadron of Patriot surface-to-air missile systems and send 130 servicemen to Turkey.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  15. US House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, left, and President Barack Obama supported legislation to avert a government shutdown and provide military support to Syrian rebels. Getty

    Big Wins: Obama, McKeon Score as Senate OKs Syrian Rebel Train-And-Equip Plan

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  16. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Sept. 18. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Ukrainian President Requests Lethal Military Aid from US

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the US to help Kiev modernize its ill-equipped army with lethal and non-lethal weapons during a visit to the US capital on Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  17. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech Sept. 18 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Patrick Kovarik / AFP

    Hollande Goes On Offensive With Iraq Airstrike Decision

    President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct airstrikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  18. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support New Rocket Engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  19. Protecting Infrastructure: In this 2009 photo, security guards stand watch at the Tawke oil refinery in Kurdistan in northern Iraq. A new pipeline pumps oil from the semi-autonomous enclave to Turkey, which is putting out bids to protect pipelines and other critical areas. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP via Getty Images

    Turkey Seeks Advanced Security for Strategic Locations

    The Turkish government, feeling threatened by unstable regimes and hostile governments in its vicinity, is setting off to provide advanced security for its pipelines and other strategically important buildings, bridges and military bases.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  20. Better, Cheaper Services: Turkey's first indigenous basic trainer aircraft, the Hürkus, takes to the skies. Under a new logistics management plan, local prime contractors such as Turkish Aerospace Industries, which builds the Hürkus, would be asked to sign logistical management contracts with SSM on behalf of all system suppliers. Turkish Aerospace Industries

    Turkey Hopes To Cut Costs With New Logistics Plan

    Long in use in other parts of the world, performance-based logistics has caught the eye of Turkey in its quest for better and cheaper services.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  21. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and the Chief of US Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attend the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force to Congress: Protect Readiness, Enact CR

    The leadership of the US Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  22. Syrian government forces stand on the street after taking control of the village of Tayyibat from rebel forces. A measure is moving through the US Congress that would authorize the president to train and equip the Syrian rebel troops. AFP/Getty Images

    In Rare Bipartisan Vote, House OKs Syrian Rebel Train-and-Equip Amendment

    The US House has signed off on granting the president authorities to train and arm Syrian opposition forces — while restricting the involvement of American ground forces.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  23. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: US Troops in Iraq Could Call in Airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  24. Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a July 18 demonstration. Tauseef Mustafa / Getty Images

    FBI Sees Increased Support for Islamic State Since US Airstrikes

    Support for the Islamic State organization has grown since the US launched airstrikes in Iraq and the group is attracting many new jihadist fighters, top US officials said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  25. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Congress is moving in a positive direction toward adopting a continuing resolution. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Senior Senator: Both Chambers Should Pass CR, Syrian Rebels Authorities 'Before' Weekend

    A senior US Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  26. US Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Bailey, right, talks with Kurdish Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih Shwani, center, during a visit to Kirkuk province. Spc. Crystal Hudson/US Army

    Top US General: Policy Against Ground Troops in Iraq Could Change

    President Barack Obama is not ready to insert US combat troops into Iraq, but his top military adviser says that could change.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  27. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Cole Burston / AFP

    Canada Sent 69 Soldiers To Iraq, Says PM Harper

    Canada has sent 69 soldiers to northern Iraq to advise security forces fighting Islamist militants in the northern part of the country, the prime minister said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  28. Sailors of the Russian Black Sea Fleet march on July 25 as they prepare for Navy Day celebrations in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Max Vetrov / Getty Images

    Defense Minister: Russia To Deploy Reinforcements To Crimea Area

    Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defense minister said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  29. Dutch King Willem-Alexander addresses the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives on Sept. 16 from the throne in the Hall of Knights in The Hague, the Netherlands. Freek van den Bergh / AFP

    Netherlands To Increase Defense Spending In Wake of Downed MH17

    The Netherlands is to increase defense spending after being hard-hit by global conflicts including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, King Willem-Alexander said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  30. While Israel principally supports Obama's call for a united front against Islamic State and all forms of radical terror, Israel's primary concern is preventing Assad's strategic arsenal from reaching the hands of Hezbollah allies fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime. AFP

    US-Israel Accord to Support Coordinated Air Ops in Syria

    A US-Israel defense agreement will support coordinated air power in Syria if and when the Israel Air Force (IAF) is tasked to operate in close proximity to American-led coalition air forces.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  31. A Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter guards a post flying the PKK flag in Makhmur, southwest Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Aug. 21. Kurdish groups from Iraq and three neighboring countries are putting aside old rivalries to battle jihadist militants, and now Turkey is considering a buffer zone along its border with Iraq and Syria. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Mulling Buffer Zone with Iraq, Syria

    The Turkish military, feeling threatened by the emergence of a radical self-declared Islamist state at its doorstep, is considering creating a buffer zone along the country's border with Syria and Iran, the president said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  32. Improved Air Defense: The Tien Kung 3, above, will replace Taiwan's Hawk surface-to-air missile system. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Taiwan Retires Hawk Missiles

    Taiwan will begin retiring its Hawk surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in 2015 as production of the new Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow) SAM system ramps up, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) source said.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  33. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, speaks with a Rafale fighter pilot while visiting French troops in Mali last year. Such deployments are 'incomparable marketing' for French exports, an expert said. MARTIN BUREAU/ / AFP via Getty Images

    French Arms Exports Rise 42 Percent

    France signed arms export contracts worth €6.87 billion (US $8.8 billion) in 2013, up more than 42 percent from the €4.8 billion in the previous year, despite tougher US competition and Russia, according to a report to Parliament released on Sept.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  34. Norwegian foreign minister Boerge Brende AFP

    Norway Mulls Contribution To Anti-Islamic State Force

    Norway said Monday it was considering making a military contribution to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group including providing training assistance for armed forces.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  35. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivers a speech on Sept. 15 during an event hosted by Carnegie Europe in Brussels. John Thys / AFP

    NATO chief: Islamic State Threat Requires Military Action

    Western nations must take military action against Islamic State militants because they pose a global threat, not just because of the murder of Western hostages, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  36. Report: Israeli Arms Sale To Ukraine Blocked

    A proposed sale of Israeli weapons including drones to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonizing Russia, Channel Two television reported on Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  37. Prime Minister David Cameron addresses members of the No campaign on Sept. 15 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    NATO Says Independent Scotland Would Have To Reapply

    NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that if Scotland votes for independence this week it will have to reapply to join the military alliance.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  38. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Breedlove: Junior Officers, NCOs a Resource 'That NATO Can't Waste'

    NATO partners need to do a better job putting noncommissioned officers and junior officers in alliance leadership roles, Gen.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  39. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, expects the program to be given priority under possible tight budgets ahead. Andy Morataya / US Air Force

    Bogdan: F-35 Likely Protected in Next Budget

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  40. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in public comments and a letter to Iraq's new prime minister that surfaced over the weekend, continues saying the chamber will approve Obama's request to grant the president authority to train and equip Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia to fight the violent Sunni group inside Syria. Jim Watson / AFP

    US House Comes Back Early, Could Take Up CR as Early as Tuesday

    The US House could vote on a government shutdown-averting spending bill and new authorities to take on the Islamic State as soon as Tuesday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  41. Soldiers exit a CV-22 Osprey during a 2011 training exercise in New Mexico. Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has completed a successful test flight on an engine enhancement for the V-22. TSgt DeNoris Mickle/US Air Force

    Rolls: Flight Test Successful on V-22 Engine Upgrade

    Rolls-Royce has completed a successful flight test of its new engine upgrade for the V-22.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  42. Chris Chadwick is head of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Eric Shindelbower / Boeing

    Boeing Begins Rolling Out New Business Strategy

    Since taking charge of Boeing Defense, Space & Security late last year, Chris Chadwick has been building a plan to transform the world's No. 2 military contractor with $33 billion in 2013 sales and more than 55,000 employees.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  43. A pair of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fly over Kansas. Congressional protection of the close-air support plane has complicated Air Force budgeting. Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel / US Air Force

    Sources: Expect Next Year's USAF Budget To Continue Push for Cuts

    When the US Air Force rolled out its budget request in March, it was billed as a realistic look at the post-sequestration world, one filled with necessary tough choices but still maintaining current capabilities.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  44. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström has denied that the ministry knew about a research cooperation deal with the Chinese. Maja Suslin / Getty Images

    Swedish Panel To Probe Controversial Chinese Deal

    Sweden's Defense Ministry and other leading defense and technology organizations will be under the spotlight this week as a parliamentary committee probes whether a research cooperation initiative could have led to the sale of sophisticated aerodynamic mo

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  45. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James deliver their 'State of the Air Force' to reporters in the Pentagon on July 30. US Air Force

    Interview: Gen. Mark Welsh, US Air Force Chief of Staff

    The US Air Force represents the largest source of air power in the world, but finds itself at an inflection point in its history, facing dramatic choices in technology, manpower and mission areas. Gen. Mark Welsh took over as chief of staff two years ago.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  46. Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement on the killing of British aid worker David Haines by IS millitants on Sept. 14 in London. John Stillwell / AFP

    British PM Threatens Islamic State, Makes No Commitment On Strikes

    Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain was ready to 'take whatever steps are necessary' to destroy Islamic State militants after they murdered a British aid worker, but made no commitment to joining the United States in airstrikes.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  47. Captain Kwestan Mohammed Ali, instructs how to hold an AK-47 to female Peshmerga recruits as they take part in a military training at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Wednesday. Jm Lopez / Getty Images

    Germany Sending 40 Soldiers To Iraqi Kurdistan

    Berlin is preparing to send around 40 soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling against militants from the Islamic State, the German army said on Saturday.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  48. MoD's Choice: General Dynamics UK will supply the British Army with 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles in six variants beginning in 2017. General Dynamics UK

    British MoD Reconsiders Assembling Scout in UK

    General Dynamics has been asked by the Ministry of Defence to look again at the cost of assembling most of the vehicles under a major armored vehicle contract locally rather than in Spain, according to British procurement minister Philip Dunne.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  49. Iraq Plans: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is seen with Gen. Necdet Özel, Turkey's chief of defense, at the Turkish General Staff in Ankara on Sept. 8. Glenn Fawcett/DoD

    Anti-IS Coalition Grows, But Turkey Takes Back Seat

    US officials have shored up support from more than a dozen countries to confront Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. But despite a top-level diplomatic push, Turkey is less likely to play an active role.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  50. Iraqi volunteer soldiers perform a military exercise during their graduation ceremony from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa on September 1. HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP/Getty Images

    Iraqi Military Failings Pose Challenge For Anti-IS War

    The shortcomings of the Iraqi military, which withered under a June militant onslaught and relies on Shiite militias for support, pose a significant challenge to international efforts against brutal jihadists.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
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