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  1. 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
  2. A US Air Force KC-135 refuels a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 over Iraq Aug. 21. US Defense Department

    US Ops in Iraq Have Cost $550 Million Since June

    Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Analysts question how much work Congress will be able to achieve in terms of spending bills for the rest of this year. Karen Bleier/ / AFP

    Analyst: Best Congress Will Do Is Two Government-Wide Spending Bills

    A prominent federal budget analyst is predicting the best Congress will do this year on spending bills is pass two massive government-wide measures.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  7. An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense Panels Hold Up $7M Funding Shift for Hellfire Missiles for Now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  8. The SBIRS GEO-1 satellite. Lockheed Martin

    USAF General: DoD Must Change How it Buys Satellites

    The Pentagon needs to fundamentally change the way it buys satellites in an effort to lower costs as US defense spending contracts, a top Air Force general said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  9. The $5 billion counterterrorism fund that the White House requested in the Pentagon and State Departments' 2015 budget proposal would likely fund missions like the ones the US military has been conducting in Iraq over the past several months, an expert said. AFP

    DoD CT Fund Could Support Missions Like Current Iraq Campaign

    The $5 billion counterterrorism fund that the White House requested in the Pentagon and State Departments' 2015 budget proposal would likely fund missions like the ones the US military has been conducting in Iraq over the past several months, an expert sa

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  10. Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall wants the Army to present him with its business case for retiring Bell TH-67 and OH-58 training helicopters and replacing them with Airbus Lakotas, like the one pictured here. Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Walker/US Army

    Kendall Wants Business Case for US Army Helicopter Swap

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer has asked the US Army to justify its proposal to retire two types of Bell-made training helicopters and replace them with 100 new Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  11. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium rocket launches in 2012 with the third Global Positioning System IIF satellite. Air Force

    Senate, House Panels Hold Up Proposed EELV Funds

    A Senate committee is holding up a plan to shift $100 million to an Air Force space-launch program, telling the service to devise a plan for a new liquid rocket engine.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  12. Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall would like to have a 'strategic reserve' to help prevent taking money from one program to ease shortfalls in another. Glenn Fawcett/US Defense Department

    Kendall Wants Acquisition Reserve Account, but Doesn't Plan to Get It

    The US Defense Department's top procurement official would like Congress to create a reserve spending account that the Pentagon could tap when a weapons program runs into costly development issues.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  13. Sen. Carl Levin gestures during May hearings. Levin said Senate and House staff members will negotiate a compromise Pentagon policy bill in case the Senate fails to pass its own version. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Issue Tracker: Senate NDAA

    The US Senate left town last week for a recess that will last into early September. It did so without scheduling floor time to take up an Armed Services Committee-passed version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  14. A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows the trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, as it intercepts and destroys a rocket launched from Gaza into Israel, on July 21. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

    House Leaders Searching for Way to Vote on Iron Dome Funding on Friday

    In what would be a dramatic reversal, the US House could vote Friday on a measure that would clear the way for Washington to send $225 million to Israel to replenish its Iron Dome missile interceptors.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  15. Congress was unable to agree on funding additional Iron Dome interceptors for Israel before leaving on recess. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Congress To Take Five-Week Break Without Approving Iron Dome Funds

    The US Congress will leave town for five weeks without providing hundreds of millions of dollars requested by Israel to replenish its Iron Dome interceptor missiles.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  16. A picture taken July 25 shows the trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome as it intercepts a rocket launched from Gaza. Jack Guez / AFP

    White House Cites Lack of Iron Dome Funding in Supplemental Veto Threat

    The White House said Wednesday that it 'strongly opposes' a Republican-crafted emergency spending bill, in part because it contains no funds for an Israeli missile defense system.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  17. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., prefers a separate vote on extra funding for the Iron Dome system for Israel. Larry French/ / Getty Images

    Republicans Trying To Force Democrats Into Stand-Alone Iron Dome Funding Bill

    Congressional Republicans want to force Democrats into voting on a stand-alone measure to send $225 million in emergency funds to Israel for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  18. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod last week. House Republican leaders have opted against including additional funds for the Israeli missile defense system in the version of the border spending bill the lower chamber might vote on later this week, a senior House aide said. DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP

    US House Supplemental Won't Include Funds for Israel's Iron Dome

    The House this week could take up an emergency spending bill to address the US-Mexico border crisis, but it will not include funds for an Israeli missile defense program.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  19. Sen. Carl Levin gestures during May hearings. Levin said Senate and House staff members will negotiate a compromise Pentagon policy bill in case the Senate fails to pass its own version. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Levin: Senate-House NDAA 'Fallback' Talks Will Continue During August Recess

    US House and Senate staffers will meet throughout August to hammer out a compromise Pentagon policy bill as a fallback plan should the latter chamber fail to pass its version.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  20. Gen. Gilmary Michael Hostage US Air Force

    Gen. Hostage: Manned, Unmanned Mix Needed In Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  21. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery, a missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images

    Senior Dem: With Supplemental in Doubt, 'Another Approach' for Iron Dome May be Needed

    One senior House Democrat says including millions for an Israeli missile defense program in a broader spending bill could delay or even kill the funds.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  22. In a statement supporting additional US funding for Israel's Iron Dome system, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for Democrats to support 'a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly'  signaling apparent opposition to Democrats' emergency spending bill plan. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    McConnell Endorses Extra Iron Dome Funds, but Not Democratic-Written Supplemental

    The Senate's top Republican supports doubling US funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense program, but just how the extra $225 million passes the chamber remains unclear.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  23. Although the Navy has not asked for the ship, Congress is working to fund a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious ship. Here, the John P. Murtha, 10th ship in the class, is under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Money For New US Navy Amphib Falls Far Short

    Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the US Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  24. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding to speed production of components for the anti-missile system. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Pentagon Supports Emergency $225M for Israel's Iron Dome

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to congressional leadership on Tuesday requesting $225 million in additional US funding to accelerate production of Iron Dome missile-defense components to ensure Israel will have adequate stockpiles to prote

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  25. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, middle, testifies before the House Budget Committee July 17 about the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget request. MCS2 Sean Hurt / US DoD

    Despite Opposition, US War Funding Likely To Pass

    Republicans and Democrats showed a rare display of bipartisanship last week when members of both parties criticized the Pentagon's $58.6 billion war budget request, but experts say Congress will likely approve the measure.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  26. An EA-18G Growler launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. MC3 Karl Anderson/ / US Navy

    Senate Panel OKs Pentagon Spending Bill, But Its Fate Is Uncertain

    A US Senate panel on Thursday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending, while also proposing to keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire. But senior members made clear it may never see the Senate floor.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  27. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, middle, testifies before the House Budget Committee July 17 about the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget request. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt/

    DoD: New Counterterror Account Needed for Helicopters, ISR

    The Pentagon could use a new $5 billion counterterrorism fund, strongly opposed by the US Congress, to purchase new intelligence gear and aircraft for American and partner militaries, a Defense Department official said.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  28. An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. A Senate subcommittee added $1.3 billion for a dozen of the aircraft. MC2 John Philip Wagner/ / Navy

    US Senate Panel Proposes Keeping A-10, 11 Aircraft Carriers With $547.9B Defense Bill

    A US Senate panel on Tuesday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending as part of a bill that would keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  29. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., says the Pentagon needs to migrate its overseas contingency operations budget into its base spending accounts. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    US Congressman: DoD Needs To Put War Money in Base Budget

    A US congressman called on the Pentagon Tuesday to shift dollars from its war spending accounts back into its base budget.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  30. The US Navy now counts its two hospital ships as part of the battle force  one of a number of changes that skews future ship totals higher. Here, the hospital ship Mercy passes the Battleship Missouri Memorial in June in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. MC Tim D. Godbee/ / US Navy

    More Ships, At Least On Paper, In New Fleet Plan

    The latest update of the US Navy's annual 30-year shipbuilding plan shows a jump of 10 ships now in service compared with a year ago, but the updated number is a reflection of new ship-counting rules, not more ship production.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  31. Sen. Jeff Sessions said it might be too late to reverse the purchase of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan military. Courtesy

    Obama War-Funding Request Gets No Attention at Senate Hearing With Afghanistan Nominee

    US senators and senior military officials on Thursday discussed US cash for Russian helicopters, the ongoing drawdown in Afghanistan and missile defense programs.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  32. Doubts About the Plan: Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman of the House Seapower subcommittee, waves a copy of the new fleet plan while questioning US Navy officials. US House Armed Services Committee video

    US Navy Grilled on Cruiser Plan

    Sometimes it's all about trust, and right now, the US Navy is struggling to convince Congress it's on the level about a plan to take half the fleet's 22 cruisers out of service and gradually return them to active duty.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  33. An F-35, left, and an F-16 fly above Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Lockheed Martin

    US Air Force Faces Turbulent Times

    Demand for US Air Force spy planes, fighters and bombers from Eastern Europe to the Far East is spiking, and top generals say they're scrambling to meet commanders' needs as they struggle with shrinking budgets and keeping old planes flying.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  34. US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    US House, Senate Appropriators Not Yet 'Pre-Conferencing' a 2015 Defense Bill

    Even as the US Senate remains unable to pass agency spending bills, the two chambers' Appropriations committees have yet to begin work on a compromise bill to fund the military next year.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  35. Adms. Jon Greenert, left, and John Richardson are warning Congress that funding cuts have put the Navy in a 'position of being unable to provide for a safe and reliable nuclear fleet.' Here, they're addressing media in February about a cheating incident at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Command. MCC(SW/EXW) Peter D. Lawlor/US Navy

    US Navy to Congress: We Can't Guarantee a Safe Nuclear Fleet

    Fighting back at repeated budget cuts to its nuclear power budget requests, two of the US Navy's top leaders warned Congress on Monday that the cuts can't go on.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  36. Sales of the AW159 helicopter to South Korea were among the UK's biggest export successes last year. AgustaWestland

    Government: UK Defense Exports Reached $17B in 2013

    Britain's defense exports reached nearly 10 billion (US $17.1 billion) in 2013 with two helicopter orders secured by the UK arm of AgustaWestland leading the effort, according to figures released by the government Tuesday.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  37. Pentagon R&D chief Al Shaffer

    International Partners Key To DoD's New R&D Strategy

    The US Defense Department is set to roll out a new strategy this week that is designed to make sure researchers know about ongoing technological developments around the world, and can take advantage of spending by close allies to fill gaps in capabilities

    • Jul. 7, 2014
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