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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

    Buying is bulk is key to lowering the cost of the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, the general in charge of the effort said.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  2. A Malaysian Air Force C-130 Hercules lands at Australian Air Force Base Pearce. Progress was announced at Defence Services Asia on a program to upgrade Malaysian C-130 cockpits. Rob Griffith/Agence France-Presse

    Flurry of Deals Announced at Defence Services Asia

    Collaboration agreements, minor contract announcements, letters of agreement and letters of intent came thick and fast on the third day of the Defence Services Asia show here.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department report. AFP

    If DoD Spending Levels Remain, $66B Modernization Cut Would Follow

    The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department rep

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. The Czech Republic plans to acquire new helicopters to replace its Mi-35s and Mi-24s. Here, an Mi-24 patrols in Venezuela. Pedro Rey/Agence France-Presse

    Czech Military Eyes New Multipurpose Helicopters

    The Czech Armed Forces are aiming to acquire 16 new multipurpose helicopters. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from 2016 to 2020, reported local news agency CTK.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  5. Malaysia-based SME Ordnance (SMEO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based Poly Technologies to supply SMEO with machinery to manufacture cases for the 5.56 mm ammunition. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China Poly Tech Signs MoU With SME Ordnance

    Malaysia-based SME Ordnance (SMEO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based Poly Technologies to supply SMEO with machinery to manufacture cases for the 5.56 mm ammunition.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  6. 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
  7. An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter operates during a vertical replenishment aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. MCSN Andrew Johnson/US Navy

    DoD Looking for Ways Not To Break MH-60R Helicopter Deal

    The Pentagon will 'look at options' so it does not break a multiyear helicopter contract with Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin that includes about 90 aircraft, a senior US Defense Department official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  8. Despite deep across-the-board cuts scheduled over the next decade, the US federal deficit is projected to again hit $1 trillion in just eight years. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Could Another Debt-Level Spike Cause More Defense Cuts?

    Despite deep across-the-board cuts scheduled over the next decade, the US federal deficit is projected to again hit $1 trillion in just eight years.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Two senators say Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law. Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur / Air Force

    Lawmakers Say USAF Plans To Cut A-10 Flights and Training Are Illegal

    Two key senators say US Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  13. An AH-64 Apache assigned with the US Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade prepares for departure during a March 28 exercise. Gen. Frank Grass, the National Guard's top general, appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army. Spc. Glenn M. Anderson / Army

    US National Guard Chief: 'Decision Made' on Shifting Apaches to Active Army

    The National Guard's top general on Tuesday appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  14. A move by Canada to postpone any F-35 buys until 2018 means decisions will wait until after the next federal election. US Air Force

    Canada: No F-35 Buys Before 2018

    Canada has told the US government it won't be in a position to purchase the F-35 fighter jet until 2018, a move that critics of the aircraft say intentionally delays the controversial procurement until after the next federal election.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  15. An amphibious assault vehicle maneuvers during an amphibious assault exercise off the coast of Del Mar Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. US Marine Corps

    US Army, Marines Struggle With Infantry Vehicle Replacements

    Lessons learned. Tradeoffs. Taking advantage of previous investments. The need for further study.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  16. The Pentagon has proposed cutting the US Air Force's fleet of U-2 spy planes. Without a united front on Capitol Hill to oppose such moves, cuts are more likely. US Air Force

    Without Capitol Hill Advocates, US Weapons Cuts All But Certain

    Widespread opposition has yet to form around any single Pentagon proposal to cut a specific weapon system, indicating most could be implemented despite lawmakers' protestations on behalf of parochial interests.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
  17. The Army is requesting $500 million for 28 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of it's unfunded priorities list. Defense Department

    Army and SOCOM Add Training, UAVs and Tech to Unfunded Lists

    Following the request of the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Buck McKeon (R-Ca.), the Army along with its sister services passed along its 'Unfunded Priorities List' for fiscal 2015 this week.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  18. The US Navy's unfunded list for 2015 included 22 EA-18G Growler aircraft. US Navy

    US Navy Unfunded List Requests Growlers, Poseidon Aircraft

    Although titled an 'unfunded priority list,' the US Navy's document giving Congress options to add to the 2015 budget is neither prioritized, nor a list of unfunded programs.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  19. Wish List: The US Air Force requested 12 General Atomics Reaper unmanned aircraft in the unfunded list. Getty Images

    DoD Sends Congress $36B Wish List, But Passage Unlikely

    The US military services have sent Congress wish lists that include $36 billion in priority items that were not included in the Pentagon's 2015 budget proposal.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  20. The Air Force's 2015 unfunded priorities list includes five HC-130Js. Air Force

    USAF Submits $8B Unfunded List to Congress

    The US Air Force has sent Congress an $8 billion unfunded priorities list, with more than $3.3 billion eyed for new procurement programs, according to a copy of the list obtained by Defense News.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  21. New York Army National Guard soldiers train at Camp Smith, N.Y. Army

    Training Tops US Army Guard Unfunded List

    The US Army National Guard is asking Congress to find an extra $1.5 billion to meet its unfunded requirements in fiscal year 2015, primarily to fund training and operations, according to a copy of the list obtained by Defense News.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  22. Rep. Paul Ryan, center, speaks with Rep. Devin Nunes during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. Ryan has unveiled a plan to boost Pentagon spending above the president's proposal. AFP/Getty Images

    With 'Ryan Budget,' GOP Wants To Show It's Strong on Defense

    House Budget Committee Chairman and possible presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan unveiled a GOP spending plan Tuesday that would inflate President Barack Obama's proposed Pentagon spending level by over $30 billion.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  23. Yatsenyuk: 'Today we are talking about protecting our country. All other expenses are not worth anything if the Ukrainian Army, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are not able to protect the state.' T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

    Ukraine Hikes Defense Spending Amid Crimea Crisis, Expands Arms Exports

    Ukraine’s government has decided to set aside an additional 6.8 billion hryvnia (US $697 million) for defense spending to mobilize troops, modernize weapons and improve the operational capacities of the country’s armed forces, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
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    Weapons Spending Inches Upward

    The Pentagon's five-year projections for procurement spending on its 63 major weapons programs, submitted to Congress this month, has turned more positive than last year's spending forecast, according to an analysis of the US Defense Department's 63 top w

    • Mar. 30, 2014
  25. US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid speaks as other Senate Democrats listen during a Wednesday news conference defining the party's legislative agenda. Getty Images

    Stripped from Senate Democrats' Agenda: Getting Rid of Sequestration

    US Senate Democratic leaders have stripped from their legislative agenda efforts to further ease or eliminate the remaining eight years of across-the-board defense and domestic spending cuts.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  26. Software issues may cause further delays to the multinational F-35 joint strike fighter program, according to the chief of the F-35 program office in the Pentagon. US Air Force

    Further Delays Predicted for F-35 Program

    The general in charge of the F-35 told a US House panel Wednesday he sees more delays ahead — four to six months — for the often-troubled fighter jet program.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  27. US Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley said the service has seen an almost 30 percent loss of senior scientists in the past two years. US Air Force

    US Air Force Faces Shortage of Engineers

    More than any other military service, the US Air Force depends on a constant stream of technological improvements and scientific breakthroughs. But according to the service's chief scientist, a '

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  28. The Soldato Futuro program is providing the Italian Army with new radios and night vision goggles. Selex

    Selex To Sell Radios, Night Vision Gear to Italian Army

    Selex To Sell Italian Army Software Defined Radios, Night Vision Goggles

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  29. An F-35B model is tested in a vertical landing aboard the USS Wasp last August. A government watchdog is warning in a new report that software delays could delay the deployment of the plane. Lockheed Martin

    GAO: Software Delays Could Jeopardize F-35 Timeline

    Software testing delays could slow achievement of operational capability for the F-35 joint strike fighter, according to a new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  30. US lawmakers, such as Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., have signaled increased interest in parochial issues since the bitter partisan deficit-reduction debate has died down. Ayotte is arguing against retiring the Air Force's A-10 aircraft. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    On Capitol Hill, a Return to Pet Military Projects

    There was scant evidence for weeks that a bipartisan US budget deal would bring a return to the practice of finishing annual spending bills — until recently, when the first signs emerged.

    • Mar. 23, 2014
  31. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye was among the Navy's requests under the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative. Northrop Grumman

    White House Growth and Security Bill Includes $8B for New Weapons

    The Pentagon's share of the White House's $56 billion Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative requests more than double the procurement money previously disclosed in budget documents earlier this month.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  32. Italy's Finmeccanica saw a return to profit in 2013, with new orders rising, even as revenue fell due to flat defense spending in the EU and US. Finmeccanica

    Finmeccanica Back in the Black Even as Revenue Dips

    Italy's Finmeccanica saw a return to profit in 2013, with new orders rising, even as revenue fell due to flat defense spending in the EU and US.

    • Mar. 20, 2014
  33. Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger Griesch

    Rheinmetall Reports Earnings Drop, Expects Rebound

    Rheinmetall Group has reported that operating results (earnings before interest and taxes) dropped to €213 million (US $296.5 million) in 2013, down €55 million from the previous year.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  34. A fleet of F-16 fighters from the Taiwanese Air Force fly over Taipei's Sungshan airport. Patrick Lin/ / Agence France-Presse

    USAF: Taiwan Will Still Receive F-16 Radar Upgrades

    The US Air Force has figured out a way to fund radar upgrades for Taiwan's fleet of F-16 fighters, despite a USAF decision not to fund its CAPES avionics upgrade program in its 2015 budget request.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  35. David Ochmanek, deputy assistant secretary of defense for force development, rebutted criticisms Tuesday of the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review made by the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Darrell Hudson/US Defense Department

    DoD Official Fires Back at McKeon's Rejection of QDR

    A senior Pentagon official fired back at House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, who rejected the US Defense Department's latest military strategy review earlier this month.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
  36. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a press conferenceMarch 12. Agence France-Presse

    Italy Eyes Further Cuts to JSF Purchase

    New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has suggested Italy will cut its purchase of joint strike fighters as the government struggles to bring down state spending.

    • Mar. 17, 2014
  37. DoD Comptroller Robert Hale Defense News files

    DoD's Extra $26 Billion Fund a 'Long Shot'

    The White House has yet to send the US Congress a line-by-line breakdown of its fiscal 2015$56 billion Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative (OGSI) — of which $26 billion is earmarked for the Pentagon.

    • Mar. 15, 2014
  38. Priorities of tea party lawmakers such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, include cutting federal spending. Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse

    GOP Control of Senate Could Spawn Tea Party Resurgence, More Defense Cuts

    Each time tea party favorites appeared on stage at the recent Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference, they were met with raucous applause from the audience.

    • Mar. 15, 2014
  39. German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Germany's Cabinet agreed to a draft budget for 2014. Agence France-Presse

    German Government Passes Second Budget Draft

    Germany's new government passed the second draft of the federal budget for 2014 on Wednesday, with total spending set at €298.5 billion (US $414.1 billion) and a defense budget of €32.8 billion, about €500 million less than the previous year.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  40. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from right, arrives to speak to US troops at the Kandahar air base in December. Agence France-Presse

    Rep. Visclosky: 'Impossible' To Move Pentagon Spending Bill With Only OCO 'Placeholder'

    A key US House member warned Thursday the Obama administration's withholding of a war-funding request could hinder passage of the chamber's 2015 military spending bill.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  41. Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti attends a debate Feb. 25 in Rome. Franco Origlia / Getty Images

    Italy's Defense Minister Says Military Programs Could Be Reduced

    As Italy seeks to raise revenue for tax cuts, the country's new defense minister said big-spending military programs could be cut back.

    • Mar. 12, 2014
  42. The new US Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter will be a heavily modified Black Hawk design. Sikorsky

    USAF, Sikorsky Begin To Gear Up for Rescue Helicopter

    Supporters of the US Air Force's Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program should thank Congress for its late entry into the five-year budget plan, according to the service's undersecretary.

    • Mar. 11, 2014
  43. STOVL versions of the F-35. Joint Strike Fighter Program

    New SASC AirLand Chairman on F-35 Remedy: Fully Fund It

    In comments likely to please the program's contractors, the incoming chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees the Pentagon's troubled F-35 program says there's one thing Congress can do to avoid more problems: fully fund it.

    • Mar. 11, 2014
  44. Helicopters would be one critical need if Pakistan increases its defense budget. Agence France-Presse

    Pakistan Eyes Possible Defense Budget Increase

    Pakistan is examining a possible defense budget increase in light of a changing security and financial situation, but though new equipment is needed rising operational costs could soak up any increase, say analysts.

    • Mar. 11, 2014
  45. Sen. James Inhofe Courtesy

    Inhofe Wants More Info on Confusing DoD Budget 'Now'

    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee wants the Pentagon to clear up lingering confusion about its 2015 spending blueprint. And he wants it to do so 'now.'

    • Mar. 11, 2014
  46. Making an Exit: US and Afghan soldiers finish a patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on March 5. Defense leaders say the fiscal 2015 budget submission will reshape the US military after more than a decade of ground wars. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    US Budget Request Focuses on Leaner, High-Tech Future

    The Pentagon's 2015 budget proposal holds weapon spending near 2014 levels but starts the process of reshaping the US military for a leaner future with less of a focus on prolonged ground wars and more of a focus on fighting on a high-tech, contested batt

    • Mar. 11, 2014
  47. Passing the amphibious ship Rushmore, the new littoral combat ship Coronado arrives for the first time at its homeport of San Diego. US Navy

    CNO: Group Will Study New LCS Designs

    Under orders to reexamine the Littoral Combat Ship program and begin the process of evaluating possible new designs, Adm.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  48. Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale Gannett Government Media Corp

    Interview: Robert Hale

    Outgoing Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale last week unveiled his final Pentagon budget plan, and soon will retire. He leaves behind what he calls 'uncertainty' with further across-the-board cuts pending via sequestration.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  49. Indian Army T-90 tanks parade during Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. India plans to upgrade more than 600 of the tanks. Agence France-Presse

    Indian Army To Upgrade T-90 Tanks With Domestic Help

    The Indian Army will upgrade more than 600 Russian-built T-90 tanks by adding new features and replacing their thermal imaging sights, navigation systems and fire control systems at a cost of more than $250 million.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  50. Indian Army soldiers look over a 40mm Bofors L/70 anti-aircraft gun from the Army's 19th Air Defence Regiment. Indian Army

    India To Seek Home-built Replacement for Air Defense Guns

    The Indian Army will replace its aging Swedish-built 40mm L/70 air defense guns with weapons from domestic companies, a Defence Ministry source said, after the cancellation of a global tender floated last year that failed to elicit any response from overs

    • Mar. 10, 2014
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