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  1. US Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey, DSCA director, is leading the effort to streamline foreign military sales processes. DSCA

    Reforms Push New Day for US Foreign Military Sales

    The Pentagon office in charge of leading the sales of US defense equipment to foreign governments released a strategy document Wednesday aimed at streamlining the foreign military sales (FMS) process, while helping Washington to equip NATO partners in con

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  2. Despite criticism from some on Capitol Hill, the administration has expressed support for Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp / Army

    White House Stands by Dempsey After McCain Questions General's 'Credibility'

    US President Barack Obama is standing by his top military adviser amid sharp criticism from a prominent Republican senator.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  3. US Rep. Paul Ryan hopes to be able to strike some kind of fiscal deal with Democrats to limit or end sequestration. John Gress / Getty Images

    Rep. Paul Ryan: Stay 'Medium' in Working With Obama on Fiscal Deal

    Go big or go home? Not so fast, says a key US House lawmaker. He wants, as former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn once advised, to just 'stay medium' in pursuit of a sequester-addressing fiscal deal.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  4. Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, right, and US ambassador James Cunningham, left, sign documents as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan's new Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, center, look on at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 30. Shah Marai / AFP via Getty Images

    Afghanistan, US Sign Long-Awaited Security Pact

    The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  5. Bernard Gray is chief of defense materiel for the UK Defence Ministry. Harland Quarrington / UK Ministry of Defence

    Interview: Bernard Gray, UK Chief of Defence Materiel

    Bernard Gray has more to say about British defense procurement and the UK's Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization in this extended version of his latest interview with Defense News.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  6. Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Central Command will be based out of Kuwait, a Marine official said. Here, senior Marine leaders thank members of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, on Sept. 3. Sgt. Gabriela Garcia / Marine Corps

    New US Marine Corps Crisis Unit To Be Based in Kuwait

    The US Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  7. U.S. soldiers patrol an Afghanistan highway on Aug. 11 in Parwan province. The U.S. and Afghanistan expect to sign an agreement to keep about 10,000 American troops there after combat operations end at the close of this year, an Obama aide said. Cpl. George Huley / Army

    US To Keep 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan

    The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a US official said.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  8. US Rep. Steny Hoyer wants a realistic assessment of the likely costs of combating the Islamic State group. Larry French / Getty Images

    Senior House Dem: Avoid 'Rose-Colored' Cost Projections of Fighting Islamic State

    US officials and lawmakers should conduct a 'realistic assessment' of the cost of fighting the Islamic State, setting aside promises tainted by 'rose-colored glasses.'

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  9. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard, is seen Sept. 7 in Saint-Nazaire. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Poland Says French-Russian Warship Deal Raises Issues for Missile Shield

    Poland on Monday said a possible French deal to supply Russia with warships was making it difficult for Warsaw to choose French suppliers for its planned missile shield.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  10. A US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker takes off from a base in the Middle East to support airstrikes over Syria on Sept. 23. Funding for US missions over Iraq and Syria are paid for using overseas contingency operations funding. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / US Air Force

    Syria Strikes Raise Questions Over Future of OCO Funding

    As the price tag for operations in Iraq, Syria and West Africa continues to grow, Pentagon leadership insists that it is well prepared to pay for all of these previously unforeseen long-term operations.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  11. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit US President Barack Obama on Sept. 30, where he will discuss going beyond the 'buy and supply' approach to defense deals. Raveendran / Getty Images

    India To Push Joint Weapons Development During US Visit

    India's leader will seek joint development of high-tech weaponry when he visits the White House on Sept. 30, in a shift from the country's 'buy and supply' relationship with the US, an Indian official said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  12. Norway's Jens Stoltenberg brings close Russia ties to his new job as NATO chief, equipping him with a potential key asset as tensions with the Kremlin hover at post-Soviet highs. Hakon Mosvold Larsen / AFP

    New NATO Chief Stoltenberg Brings Russia Ties To Job

    Norway's Jens Stoltenberg brings close Russia ties to his new job as NATO chief, equipping him with a potentially key asset as tensions with the Kremlin hover at post-Soviet highs.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  13. A Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off May 11 during a joint exercise at an air base in northern Jordan. US Air Force

    Jordan Secure Despite Role In Anti-IS Coalition, Government Says

    Jordan, which has joined a US-led coalition waging airstrikes on the Islamic State group, said Sunday it has secured the country's borders against 'any threat.'

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  14. German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen looks on during a Sept. 25 press conference. Safin Hamed / Getty Images

    Defence Minister: German Military Grappling Technical Failings

    Germany's military cannot currently live up to all its NATO commitments due to equipment problems, the defence minister said Sunday, pointing to the need for more funding in the future.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  15. Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter jets prepare to land at the Akrotiri British airbase on Sept. 27 after returning from a mission over Iraq. Getty Images

    Armed British Warplanes Flying 'Daily' Over Iraq

    Armed British warplanes are flying daily missions over Iraq and would launch air strikes if called in by local forces on the ground, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Sunday.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  16. Need for ISR: An F-22 Raptor launches from a base in the Middle East for strike operations over Syria on Sept. 23. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/ / US Air Force

    Experts: As Operation Continues, ISR Demand To Grow in Syria

    It can be easy, in the first days of strikes on Syria, to focus on the weaponry being dropped. After all, the explosion from a 1,000-pound bomb makes great video.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  17. The British are prepared to use Tornados to launch strikes against militants in Iraq. Gavin Fogg/ / AFP

    UK Aircraft Prepared To Attack Militants in Iraq

    Royal Air Force Tornado strike jets are poised to attack Islamic State (IS) targets in a matter of hours following the British Parliament's Friday vote approving action against the militants.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  18. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. Photo: http://www.coons.senate.gov

    Sen. Coons Raises Hopes for Sequestration's End — Then Dashes Them

    One US senator says America's war against a violent Sunni group should lead Congress to address sequestration, but his comments suggest a deal remains elusive.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  19. French President Francois Hollande holds a press conference Sept. 24 at the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Alain Jocard / AFP

    France Launches Fresh Iraq Strikes as Country Mourns Hostage

    France carried out a fresh round of airstrikes in Iraq Thursday as it renewed its determination to fight Islamic State jihadists after the beheading of hostage Herve Gourdel.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  20. A Dutch soldier checks the identification of a driver at the entrance to the Leeuwarden Airbase on Sept. 25. Six Dutch F-16 fighter bombers are to join the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher announced. Vincent Jannink / Getty Images

    Dutch Troops Told Not To Travel In Uniform After Jihadist Threat

    Dutch soldiers have been told not to wear uniforms on public transport, a defence ministry spokeswoman said Thursday, after a Dutch jihadist in Syria called for attacks in the Netherlands.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  21. Protester take part in a demonstration on Sept. 25 opposite Downing Street in central London. British Prime Minister David Cameron was preparing for a key vote on joining airstrikes in Iraq as police arrested nine people, including a notorious radical preacher, accused of links to Islamist extremism. Carl Court / Getty Images

    Britain Readies for Iraq Airstrikes, Arrests Islamists

    British Prime Minister David Cameron was preparing Thursday for a key vote on joining airstrikes in Iraq as police arrested nine people, including a notorious radical preacher, accused of links to Islamist extremism.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  22. The Houses of Parliament in London. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

    British MPs to Vote Friday on Anti-IS Airstrikes in Iraq

    The British Parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Friday to vote on whether to join US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  23. A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker on Sept. 23 over northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / U.S. Air Forces Central

    US, Coalition Forces Hit IS Oil Refineries in Syria

    US aircraft and those from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates struck Islamic State targets in Syria Wednesday, including 12 'modular oil refineries,' the US Central Command said.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  24. The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke launches Tomahawk cruise missiles on Sept. 23 to conduct strikes against Islamic State targets. MC2 Carlos M. Vazquez / US Navy

    Lame Duck Watch: Congress Will Vote on Islamic State War 'One Way or Another'

    US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin says Congress will eventually vote on authorizing President Obama's war on the Islamic State (IS) — 'one way or another.'

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  25. Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian Kurds, fleeing attacks by Islamic State militants, cross into Turkey at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc. Turkey is facing growing threats from Islamic extremists in its south and southeast. Getty Images

    Turkey To Broaden Possible Army Operations Against Militants in Iraq, Syria

    As it faces increasing security threats from Islamic extremists in its south and southeast, the Turkish government has said it will expand parliamentary authorizations allowing the Army to conduct cross-border operations into neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  26. A new GAO report acknowledges attempts by the Pentagon to find ways to drive down sustainment costs of the F-35 joint strike fighter, but made it clear the agency disagrees with how the F-35 joint program office is moving forward on that issue. Lockheed Martin

    GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates

    Sustainment estimates for the F-35 joint strike fighter may not be realistic and require further study before a plan is finalized, the government's watchdog wrote in a new report.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  27. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, left, talks with Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe before a SASC hearing. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP

    Sen. Levin: 'We're Gonna Have an Authorization Bill'

    A key US senator believes Congress will pass a Pentagon policy bill this year, but he cast further doubt on the upper chamber ever taking up its own version of the legislation.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
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