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  1. New EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini of Italy speaks during a Sept. 2 interview by the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament in Brussels. John Thys / AFP

    EU Foreign Policy Chief Nominee: NATO Summit Should Discuss Islamic State Crisis

    Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini called for the NATO summit in Wales this week to discuss the crisis surrounding the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL).

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  2. One area in which the Pentagon is seeking more information through the website concerns research into autonomous vehicles. Above is the Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System. QinetiQ North America

    Pentagon Says Website Improves Communication Between DoD, Industry

    A US Defense Department website has helped DoD gain better insight into industry's research-and-development projects and improved face-to-face meetings between contractors and their military counterparts, Pentagon officials say.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  3. An image taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on Sept. 2 purportedly shows 31-year-old US freelance writer Steven Sotloff dressed in orange and on his knees in a desert landscape speaking to the camera before being beheaded by a masked militant. SITE Intelligence Group via AFP

    Islamic State Claims To Behead 2nd US Reporter

    The so-called 'Islamic State' released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  4. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is seen with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. While reports have surfaced that some 4,000 troops capable of moving in 48-hours notice will encompass the NRF's rapid-reaction force, the numbers have yet to be set in stone, Breedlove said Aug. 2. NATO

    Breedlove: Size of NATO Response Force Still Up for Debate

    NATO leaders heading to Wales this week will discuss how to best enhance the NATO Response Force.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  5. British soldiers attend the Estonian Defense Forces annual Spring Storm training exercises in May. The UK has proposed a NATO expeditionary force to work with the Baltic nations and the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark. RAIGO PAJULA/ / AFP

    UK Proposes Joint NATO Expeditionary Force

    Britain expects to sign at the upcoming NATO summit meeting a letter of intent with six partner nations to form a joint expeditionary force, separate from the alliance's plan to forge a very high readiness force to act as spearhead for the NATO response f

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  6. In this June 13, 2010, file photo, a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile sits on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini / AFP

    Officials: US To Move Drone Base To Northern Niger

    The US military will shift its drone flights in Niger from Niamey to a base further north, allowing Washington to better track Islamist fighters in the region, a defense official said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  7. Above is the Milan extended range system. MBDA

    Germany To Provide Anti-Tank Missiles, Other Equipment to Peshmerga Fighters

    Germany will deliver weapons, vehicles and non-lethal equipment to the Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq to support their struggle against the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  8. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's stop in Turkey will come near the end of a six-day international trip which begins Wednesday. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Turkey Caught Between Allies, Jihadists

    As US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel prepares to visit Turkey and the US government tries to build a 'coalition of the willing' to take on Islamic militants in Syria, the Turkish government ponders how to cooperate without further antagonizing the jihad

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  9. Gen. Paul Selva is head of US Transportation Command. Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner/ / US Air Fo

    Interview: Gen. Paul Selva, Commander, US Transportation Command

    As US operations in Afghanistan wind down, Gen. Paul Selva is responsible for getting military equipment back to the United States.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  10. Much to Discuss: A man throws a projectile and people watch as captured Ukrainian soldiers walk on Lenin square on Aug. 24 in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Turmoil in Ukraine, Iraq and Libya have complicated what was expected to be a relatively quiet NATO summit in Wales in early September. MAX VETROV/ / AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Leaders Face Expanding Agenda

    This spring, US officials and policy experts were preparing for a typical NATO summit in Wales. The main focus of the summit was to be troop levels in Afghanistan.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  11. SHOWING SUPPORT: A delegation of US House lawmakers meets with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Monday in Tel Aviv. Israel Ministry of Defense

    US Lawmakers Flag Bipartisan Support for Israel

    Flagging their unflinching bipartisan support for Israel, leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee pledged strengthened cooperation in countering common strategic threats.

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

    Could Global Threat Picture Restore US Defense Increases?

    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 the group's 'apocalyptic' visions.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  13. This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Incident with US P-8 Sparks Debate on Pacific Posture

    When a Chinese J-11 fighter intercepted and flew within 20 feet of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon on Aug.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  14. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech in June under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, and Iran's founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Internal political divisions are expected to harm Rouhani's standing with Gulf Arab neighbors, with whom he wants to build better relations. Atta Kenare / Getty Images

    Hardliners Intensify Attacks on Iranian President

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is facing an uphill battle in winning the trust of his Arab neighbors due to the raging political conflict between his administration and hardliner politicians in Tehran.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  15. Harsh Tactics: These pictures show an apartment building being hit by missiles before it collapses during an Israeli airstrike in the heart of Gaza City on Aug. 23. Israeli military officials say such tactics brought about the most recent cease-fire. MOHAMMED OTHMAN/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Israel Credits 'Gloves Off' Targeting for Latest Cease-fire in Gaza

    After 11 collapsed cease-fires in 50 days of war, Israel had to employ 'extraordinary escalation,' a general officer here said, to force Hamas to accept the latest Egyptian-brokered truce that promises to end Operation Protective Edge.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  16. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new government in Ankara on Friday. ADEM ALTAN/ / AFP

    New Turk PM Announces Cabinet; Defense Minister Remains

    New Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Friday announced a ministerial line-up with only four changes from President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's former Cabinet.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  17. More Muscle: A Japanese Atago-class guided missile destroyer sails in formation with US Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ships. Japan initially wants to add two of the destroyers. MC2 Adam Thomas/ / US Navy

    Japanese Defense Ministry Requests 2.4% Budget Hike

    Japan is making good on its pledge to beef up its defense force and come to the aid of neighbors if they're attacked, proposing a budget that returns spending to its peak in the 1990s.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  18. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF Chief: Pratt Close To Developing F-35 Engine Fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  19. With midterm elections approaching, US legislators have limited time to deal with a Syria strikes resolution plus a Pentagon spending bill. US Government

    Work on Syria Strikes Resolution Would Delay — or Kill — Pentagon Policy, Spending Bills

    With only about a dozen legislative days left before November's midterm elections, a US congressional debate and vote on a Syria strikes authorization measure could further delay work on two defense bills.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  20. India and Japan will discuss the possible joint production of the Japanese company ShinMaywa's US-2 amphibious aircraft during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tokyo visit Aug. 30-Sept. 3. AFP

    India-Japan Talks To Focus on Strategic Ties, Possible Aircraft Deal

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Japan will include talks on possible joint production of amphibious aircraft and other matters related to strategic and defense ties between the two countries.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  21. US soldiers get equipment from the European Activity Set (EAS) during an exercise in May in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Markus Rauchenberger / US Army

    US Military To Send Tanks To E. Europe for Drills

    US Army troops equipped with tanks will head to Eastern Europe soon to reassure NATO allies anxious over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  22. Allies may join the US in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, according to a US congressman. Above is a UK Tornado GR4, which performs strike and attack roles. RAF image/ / Crown Copyright

    US Lawmaker Sees UK, Australia, Turkey Joining Strikes on Islamic State

    The American military may be joined by some familiar allies in its fight against a violent Sunni group in Iraq, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  23. Provocative Act: This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Defense Ministry Tells US To Stop 'Close-in' Surveillance

    China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to 'undesirable accidents.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  24. US President Barack Obama meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other members of Congress on July 31. Legislators from both parties have said in recent days that the president needs Congressional authorization for any strikes inside Syria. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama Feels Pressure to Get Congressional OK Before Ordering Strikes Inside Syria

    Pressure from the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue is mounting on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before launching military strikes inside Syria.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  25. Ahmet Davutoglu waves during a congress of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara. He was selected as the country's new prime minister. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turkey's Ruling Party Elects Davutoglu Prime Minister

    Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday officially elected Ahmet Davutoglu, foreign minister, as the party's new leader and the country's new prime minister.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  26. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an Aug. 15 meeting. Niels Ahlmann Olesen / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO Prepares East Europe Rapid Response To Dissuade Russia

    NATO is preparing a rapid response to the Ukraine crisis that would allow it to deploy troops swiftly to reinforce eastern Europe and dissuade Russia from further destabilising the region, the alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  27. A Patriot missile system is seen in 2013 at a Turkish military base in Kahramanmaras.. AFP

    Holland To Terminate Patriot Mission in Turkey

    The Dutch defense ministry announced Aug. 26 that the Netherlands no longer had the resources to maintain the Patriot batteries deployed in southern Turkey, prompting Turkey to seek a replacement.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  28. An E2-C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 16 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US: No Plans To Coordinate With Syria On Fighting Islamic State

    The United States said Tuesday it would not coordinate with the government of President Bashar al-Assad on targeting Islamic State militants on Syrian territory, as preparations for possible air strikes gathered pace.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  29. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes a position to monitor security and movements around Kirkuk on Aug. 24. Marwan Ibrahim / AFP via Getty Images

    Iraqi Kurdish Leader Says Iran Provided Forces With Weapons, Equipment

    Iran was the first country to provide Iraq's embattled autonomous Kurdish region with weapons to fight off jihadist-led militants, president Massud Barzani said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  30. US President Barack Obama makes a statement Aug. 20 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    White House: Obama Has Taken No Decision on Syria Airstrikes

    The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama had so far made no decision on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  31. A Finnish soldier patrols a military checkpoint near Ulm, Germany. Under a new deal, Millog Oy will provide more extensive maintenance support to Finland's Army and Navy. Andreas Rentz/ / Getty Images

    Finnish Armed Forces Broadens Outsourcing Deal With Millog

    Finland's Armed Forces Command (AFC) has broadened its outsourcing arrangement with Millog Oy, the Finnish private sector company jointly owned by defense groups Patria and Insta.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  32. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh stressed in his Aug. 23 speech at the General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) that each component of the service has a important role to play and that all three arms of the Air Force should work together seamlessly. Facebook

    USAF Chief: Expect Further Integration of Guard, Active

    The US Air Force's top uniformed official expects to see the lines between the active, guard and reserve components continue to come down as the service looks for ways to operate effectively under limited budgets.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  33. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks to reporters July 8 after a closed meeting on Iraq and Afghanistan on Capitol Hill. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Sen. Graham Hints at Future Strikes Against Islamic State

    As the Obama administration weighs further action against the Islamic State, one of the top defense voices on the Hill is sending clear signals he expects action soon.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  34. A Shiite Muslim fighter, loyal to Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, takes part in a last combat training near the city of Najaf, Iraq, on Saturday before joining the government forces to fight Islamic State jihadists in the Jurf al-Sakhr area, south of Baghdad. HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP/Getty Images

    How Can the US Defeat IS Jihadists?

    President Barack Obama calls the Islamic State a jihadist 'cancer' threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world but has so far backed only limited air strikes against the extremists.

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  35. These images of the Chinese J-11B fighter were taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Tuesday. The fighter is seen beginning a pass under the Poseidon, then crossing the P-8A's nose and showing weapons — a display of potentially hostile intent. US Defense Department

    Chinese Fighter Buzzes US Patrol Aircraft

    A Chinese high-performance fighter intercepted and buzzed a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft on Tuesday in international air space over the South China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  36. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström Esquilo via Wikimedia Commons

    Enström: Sweden Must Keep Sub-building Know-how

    Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, has endorsed a government plan to increase defense spending by more than 10 percent in 2015-2024.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  37. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed With Passports, IS Fighters Could Threaten US

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  38. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 21. Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Hagel: Iraq Crisis May Require DoD To Rethink 2015 Budget

    The Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  39. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., says he believes US lawmakers could pass a sequestration-replacement bill late this year. Jim Watson / AFP

    Levin Sees 'Coming Together' of Forces on Bill to End Sequestration

    One key Democratic US senator believes lawmakers soon will find a way to get rid of across-the-board defense cuts so loathed by many on the political right and left.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  40. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies June 11 before the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee in Washington regarding the transfer of five senior Taliban detainees in exchange for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Hagel staunchly defended the swap, insisting it was the 'right decision' despite the risks involved. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    GAO: Pentagon Broke Law In Bergdahl Swap

    The Defense Department broke the law when it transferred five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  41. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    DoD Leaders: Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen'

    The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional 'terrorist group' and is pursuing a vision that could radically alter the face of the Middle East, US defense leaders said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  42. Turkey's president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Aug. 21 after announcing Davutoglu as new chairman of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and new Turkish prime minister in Ankara. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turk Ruling Party Designates New PM

    Turkey's next prime minister will be Ahmet Davutoglu, the current Foreign Minister, according to an Aug. 21 announcement by the country's ruling Justice and Development Party. Davutoglu will also become the party's chairman.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  43. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Report: Japan Mulls Building Its Own Fighter Jets

    Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  44. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders Want To Expand Iraq Airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  45. Los Angeles County Sheriff's SWAT team members ride an armored car in 2013. Kevork Djansezian/ / Getty Images

    Hunter: 'Difficult to Comprehend' Why Local Cops Need Combat Gear

    Some items built for combat but often transferred to local law enforcement has no business on American streets, a House Armed Services Committee member who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is telling Pentagon leaders.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  46. US freelance reporter James Foley, left, is seen in a 2011 file photo in Libya. Jihadist group the Islamic State claimed Aug. 19 to have executed Foley in revenge for US airstrikes against its fighters in Iraq. Aris Messinis / AFP

    US Attempted Rescue of American Hostages in Syria

    US personnel recently tried to rescue American hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State (IS) but failed, the Pentagon and White House said Wednesday, a day after the militants released a video of a US reporter being beheaded.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  47. A loadmaster counts halal meals inside a C-130 Hercules on Aug. 13 prior to a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. / US Air Force

    US Weighs Sending Up To 300 Troops To Iraq for Security

    The United States is weighing sending up to 300 troops to Iraq to reinforce security at American diplomatic installations, a senior US official said Wednesday.

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

    NATO Eyes 'Alliance Assurance' Force

    In response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, NATO leaders are examining the need to enhance the readiness of deployable military forces to reassure allies and deter threats to the alliance.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  49. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  50. Smoke billows after a US air strike Sunday near the Mosul Dam. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    US, UK Leadership Warn Iraq Mission Won't be Quick; US Escalates Air Offensive

    In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Aug.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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