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  1. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on US immigration policy. Republicans have said his move could impede a Pentagon spending bill. Pool/ / Getty Images

    Senior GOP Senator: Immigration Order Could Derail Full-Year Pentagon Spending Bill

    President Obama's end-run around lawmakers on immigration could derail hopes for a measure that would fund the federal government — including the Pentagon — through September.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  2. A successor to Thales Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy will be selected at a Monday company board meeting. ERIC PIERMONT/ / AFP

    Thales Board To Select New Chief Executive

    Thales will hold a board meeting on Monday to choose a successor to Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy, who is leaving the defense electronics company to take the top job at utility giant Electricité de France (EDF), a company executive said.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  3. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a picture during a break in fighting against the Islamic State group on Nov. 8. A US congressman wants to directly arm the Kurdistan Regional Government's Peshmerga forces. Ahmed Deeb / AFP

    House Republican Wants To Work Around Baghdad, Arm the Kurds

    As Washington weighs changes in its strategy to fight the radical Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, the head of the House's Foreign Affairs Committee has introduced a new wrinkle into the debate: providing weapons and military equipment directly to t

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  4. Everything Shipshape: The Nils Juel, above, cruises Chesapeake Bay after taking part in exercises with the US Navy. The ship was handed over to the Danish Navy in August. The frigate's spacious bridge, left, spans almost the full width of the ship. Christopher P. Cavas/ / staff

    Aboard Danish Frigate, Clean Lines and Room To Grow

    It is striking how the now-familiar smooth, angled architecture of today's warships, intended to reduce visual, heat and other signatures, is also somehow inherently Danish-modern.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  5. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Sources: Top Appropriators Focusing Solely on Omnibus, Have Had No CR Talks

    Capitol Hill's top appropriators have yet to discuss another short-term measure to keep the government running, focusing solely on a longer-term bill they hope to drop in early December.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  6. Palestinian members from the armed wing of Hamas take part in an anti-Israel rally in the Gaza Strip. The UAE's list of terrorist organizations did not include Hamas. Said Khatib / AFP

    Questions, Praise for UAE's Terrorist List

    Although the United Arab Emirates' list of designated terrorist organizations has raised questions about who it does and does not include, officials see the move as necessary for the Arabian Gulf sheikhdom.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  7. Airbus Military's first A330 multirole tanker transport for the Royal Saudi Air Force lands in Spain. France announced an order of 12 of the aircraft. Pablo Cabellos del Sol / Airbus Defence

    France Orders 12 A330 Tanker Transport Aircraft

    France has signed a €3 billion (US $3.8 billion) contract for 12 Airbus A330 multirole tanker transport aircraft, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a high-level conference on the French nuclear deterrent Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  8. Pakistan's Minister for Defence, Water and Power Khawaja Asif. ( Justin Tallis / Getty Images

    Pakistan, Russia Sign 'Milestone' Military Cooperation Pact

    Pakistan and Russia signed a 'milestone' military cooperation pact on Thursday aimed at bringing peace and stability to the region, Islamabad's defence ministry said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  9. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second from right, and Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, right, visit the Amari air base that hosts the defense alliance's air policy mission over the Baltic states on Nov. 20 in Amari, Estonia. Raigo Pajula / AFP

    NATO Reports 400 Intercepts of Russian Aircraft in 2014

    NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  10. Russias President Vladimir Putin. Steve Holland / AFP

    Source: Syrian Team, Putin To Discuss Relaunching Peace Talks

    A high-level Syrian delegation will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday to discuss possibly relaunching peace talks to end the country's civil war, a senior Syrian official said Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  11. Sailors aboard the USS San Diego (LPD 22) prepare to take on fuel from the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) during a Nov. 14 replenishment-at-sea. MC3 Gerald Dudley Reynolds / US Navy

    US Navy Ships Collide in Gulf of Aden Without Injuries

    Two American naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden, off Yemen, Thursday but there were no injuries, the US Navy said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  12. US Sen. John McCain is poised to seize the Senate Armed Services Committee gavel, and he is ready to pursue a sweeping pro-military agenda. MSNBC

    McCain Sees 'Good News' in Incoming Class of Military Hawks

    For US Sen. John McCain, reinforcements are on the way.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  13. 'Our commitments have actually gone up in the last year,' says Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, who wants to redo a decision to cut the service's end strength from 490,000 to 450,000. US Army

    Odierno: With Commitments Up, US Must Rethink Cuts to Army End Strength

    The US Army's top general wants to redo a decision to cut end strength from 490,000 to 450,000, saying it was made before Russian aggression towards the Ukraine and Europe, the fight with the Islamic State group in the Mideast and deployments to Africa to

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  14. A Chinese media depiction of the potential destructive effect of a MIRV-capable ICBM on Los Angeles.

    US Report: China's Nukes Getting Bigger and Better

    A new congressional-funded report paints a dark picture of China's nuclear weapons and missile modernization efforts.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  15. Eurofighter Typhoons will be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar. Eurofighter

    Eurofighter Nations Sign €1 Billion Development Deal for AESA Radar

    Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have signed up for a €1 billion (US $1.2 billion) development and integration program to equip the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  16. USAF Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said budget uncertainty has challenged the service and industry. Jim Gordon

    USAF Official: Budget Uncertainty 'Very Challenging'

    The uncertainty over whether Congress will pass a budget has been 'very challenging' for both the Air Force and its industry partners, the service's top military acquisitions official said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  17. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, military deputy for acquisition, says integration of the KC-46A has been a challenge. Chuck Schroeder/Boeing concept

    USAF Official: Boeing 'Challenged' by KC-46 Schedule

    The US Air Force's top military acquisition official says Boeing is being challenged by integration of its KC-46A Pegasus tanker, and warned that further slips may imperil key target dates.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  18. During a Senate committee confirmation hearing Nov. 19, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama's nominee for deputy secretary of state, did not offer a clear answer when asked if the administration would submit to Congress a draft of its request for authorization of use of military force against the Islamic State group. MANDEL NGAN/ / AFP

    White House Official Cryptic on Drafting, Submitting Islamic State War Measure

    President Barack Obama's pick for deputy secretary of state delivered a cryptic message to lawmakers Wednesday about whether the White House will draft the new war authorization it wants.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  19. Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast is president of US Air Force's Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast

    Lt Gen Steven Kwast took over as commander and president of Air University, the center of education for the US Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, on Nov 10.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  20. An unmanned Fire Scout deployed for the first time with an MH-60R Seahawk aboard the littoral combat ship Fort Worth. MC2 Tim D. Godbee/U.S. Navy

    Fire Scout and Seahawk Deploy Together For First Time

    An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship — a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a surface combatant.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  21. The UK Ministry of Defence has selected Babcock as preferred bidder for the Defence Support Group's land business, which includes support for armored vehicles such as the Warrior. Cpl Paul Morrison RLC / Crown Copyright

    MoD Chooses Babcock as Preferred Bidder for DSG Land Business

    Babcock has been selected as the preferred bidder to acquire the British government-owned Defence Support Group's (DSG's) land business, the Ministry of Defence announced Wednesday.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  22. Rep. Mac Thornberry says he will set the House Armed Services Committee's new agenda with a two-year focus. Screnshot

    HASC Chair-elect Thornberry Envisions Two-Year Focus for New Agenda

    The incoming US House Armed Services Committee chairman says he will set the panel's new agenda with a two-year focus, work that will ramp up in January.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  23. German soldiers pose during a show at Camp Marmal in Masar-i-Sharif in December 2013. Johannes Eisele / AFP via Getty Images

    German Cabinet OK's Plan To Keep Small Group of Soldiers in Afghanistan

    The German Cabinet approved a mandate on Wednesday to keep at least 850 soldiers in Afghanistan beyond the current NATO-led combat mission, which is due to end on Dec. 31.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  24. Major Maintenance: An artist's rendering of the new facility in the United Arab Emirates. AAR

    AAR Looks To Expand in the Mideast

    Global aerospace and defense contractor AAR is looking to expand its business in the Middle East after securing a deal with a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates giant Mubadala.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  25. Passing Grade: An interceptor of the Barak-8 air and missile defense system launches for its final development test in Israel. Israel Aerospace Industries

    Israel, India Start To Equip Sea Forces With Barak-8 Defenses

    Israeli and Indian navies are poised to equip their warships with advanced Barak-8 anti-missile and air defense systems following last week's long-awaited test, capping nearly eight years of cooperative development.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  26. Ban Overturned: India's blacklisting of IMI, which has been lifted, led to a shortage of ammunition for 155mm guns. Here, Indian soldiers stand on a 155mm artillery gun during an exercise. RAVEENDRAN/AFP

    India Removes IMI From Blacklist

    India has quietly lifted a ban on Israeli Military Industries (IMI), paving the way for negotiating new defense projects with the Israeli company, a Defence Ministry source said.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  27. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says the US base defense budget needs to increase. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Dempsey Lays Groundwork for Larger 2016 Defense Budget

    The top US military official on Wednesday made the case for growing the base defense budget significantly over the $535 billion spending cap imposed by Congress for fiscal 2015.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  28. Building Protection: The Aegis Ashore missile defense complex in Romania is scheduled to be operational in 2015. US Army Corps of Engineers

    Poland, Romania Eye Intensified Cooperation With United States

    As the conflict in Ukraine continues to upset the security balance in Eastern Europe, the governments in Poland and Romania are increasingly eager to establish the US Aegis Ashore missile defense system and provide ballistic missile coverage against Russi

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  29. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, speaks as other representatives listen during a news conference March 1, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    GOP Steering Committee Selects Rep. Thornberry as Next HASC Chairman

    Top House Republicans want Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry to take over in January as House Armed Services Committee chairman, a move that would put a defense-sector ally atop the military oversight panel.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  30. Sen. Carl Levin says Senate and House leaders are still trying to agree to a 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Levin Says NDAA Conferees 'Not There Yet,' But Still Hopeful

    US House and Senate members hammering out a Pentagon policy bill are 'not there yet,' says one of the conference committee's leaders.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  31. Eurofighter consortium partners are expected to make an announcement about a program to fit the Typhoon with the Captor-E AESA radar. Eurofighter

    Action Pending on AESA Radar for Typhoon

    The four nations behind development of the Typhoon fighter are expected to announce they are moving ahead with a program to fit an active electronically scanned array (AESA) to the jet when the Eurofighter partner nations' ministerial meeting takes place

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  32. An Afghan construction worker makes concrete tubes on the outskirts of Kabul. A U.S. inspector general is investigating Pentagon reconstruction efforts in the country. WAKIL KOHSAR/ / Agence France-Presse

    SIGAR: Pentagon's Economic Development in Afghanistan 'Accomplished Nothing'

    The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says he is investigating the Pentagon's efforts to spark that country's economic development, which cost between $700 million and $800 million and 'accomplished nothing.'

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  33. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, sits in the cockpit of the 50th JF-17 Thunder aircraft, co-produced with the support of China National Aero-technology Import and Export Corp. AAMIR QURESHI/ / AFP

    Pakistan Continues JF-17 Upgrades, Possible Interest in FC-31 Emerges

    Pakistan continues to proceed with improvements to its JF-17 Thunder jet fighter program, but the recent Zhuhai air show also revealed possible longer term ambitions to acquire stealth aircraft, namely the Shenyang FC-31.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  34. The fight over South Korea's KF-16 upgrade program has cost almost 200 employees their jobs at BAE's Fort Worth, Texas, facility. Senior Airman Taylor Curry/ / US Air Force

    KF-16 Fallout: BAE Cuts 191 Jobs

    BAE Systems has laid off 191 employees at a Fort Worth, Texas, facility as part of the continuing fallout from South Korea's cancellation of a contract to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighters.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  35. Jordan's Queen Rania. Khalil Mazraawi / AFP

    Jordan Queen Says Anti-IS Fight Key To Saving Islam

    Jordan's Queen Rania on Tuesday urged support for US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group, saying the future of the Middle East and Islam was at stake.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  36. Honor guards of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic attend a Nov. 14 ceremony at the memorial of Russian revolutionary Fyodor Sergeyev known as Comrade Artyom in Donetsk. Menahem Kahana / Getty Images

    NATO Sees 'Very Serious' Russian Military Ukraine Build-Up

    Russia has launched a 'very serious' military build-up inside Ukraine and on their shared border, deploying troops and sophisticated equipment including air defense systems, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  37. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., told C-Span's 'Washington Journal' that the US is paying 'right at $300,000 per hour in fighting [the Islamic State group].' Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Rep. Jones on Islamic State Conflict: 'Tell Me How You Will Pay for It'

    The United States is spending $300,000 per hour bombing Islamic State group targets in Iraq and Syria, says one senior House Armed Services Committee member.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  38. Craig McKinley has been named the new president and CEO of NDIA, effective Jan. 1. US Air Force Association

    McKinley Named President, CEO at NDIA

    The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) announced today that retired US Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley will take over as president and CEO on Jan. 1.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  39. Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday. Wikipedia

    UK Reapers Up the Intensity Against IS in Iraq

    Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  40. Alleged Islamic State militants stand next to an IS flag in Syria in early October. ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

    Issue Tracker: Sizing Up the Lame Duck

    Lawmakers returned last week to a lack of consensus on just how two 'must-pass' defense bills would be completed by the time both chambers leave next month, marking the end of the 113th Congress.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  41. A ground-based Interceptor launches carrying a Raytheon-built Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle on June 22, 2014. The kill vehicle destroyed a simulated ballistic missile high over the Pacific Ocean. Missile Defense Agency/Raytheon

    MDA Aims for 2020 Fielding of Redesigned Kill Vehicle

    Deployed in 2004 as a bulwark against North Korea's missile program, the original exoatmospheric kill vehicle (EKV) was rushed into development and fielded as a prototype.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  42. Helping the US: One of 30 US Air Force stations on the Distant Early Warning Line that runs about 3,600 miles across North America. Canada is quietly figuring out how it could aid in missile defense. Tech. Sgt. Donald L. Wetterman/ / US Air Force

    Canada Rethinking Opposition to MD Systems

    Once cautious about involvement in missile defense, Canada's military and government are slowly, but steadily, moving to a position where they could play a role in both ground-based and maritime systems.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  43. Bolstering Aegis Fleet: Japan will add two Atago-class guided missile destroyers to its fleet in 2020-2021. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

    Japan To Focus on Atago, PAC-3 Upgrades

    Japan's ballistic missile defense (BMD) plans revolve around bolstering its Aegis-based fleet and upgrading its Patriot capabilities to counter a still-limited threat from North Korea.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  44. A Typhoon is fitted with Paveway IV weapons. Jamie Hunter/BAE Systems

    RAF To Be Equipped With Bunker Busting Version of Paveway IV

    British combat jets are on course to be armed with a new bunker busting version of the Paveway IV precision guided bomb.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  45. Creating information sharing groups around cyberattacks can help prevent future breaches and mitigate damage from intruders. Cotton Puryear

    NIST Weighs Pros and Cons of Cyberattack Data Sharing

    Draft guide to sharing information on cyber breaches is open for public comments.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  46. Veteran Affairs CIO Stephen Warren noted that all veteran data compromised in October was the result of human error, not cyberattacks. Colin Kelly/Staff

    VA Stats Show Cybersecurity is Less About Tech Than People

    Leaks of personally identifiable information are more likely to come through lost devices or mishandled paperwork than hacking attempts.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  47. Johnson

    2015 Congress Might Cut Federal Budgets

    Republicans will take over as committee chairs, redirecting priorities

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  48. The primary mission of destroyers and cruisers is to protect their aircraft carrier. Use of a layered approach to attack incoming missiles could use up all the ships' weapons in a short period, and one analyst suggests changing the strategy to set up a single defensive wall to conserve anti-missile weapons. MC1 David Mercil / US Navy

    Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook

    Commanders of Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers long have been confident in their ability to detect, engage and destroy incoming enemy missiles, often employing a layered strategy to hit threats at long, medium and short ranges.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  49. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers urges his colleagues to pass an omnibus spending bill and avoid a government shutdown. Courtesy

    House GOP Approps Chair Lobbies for Omnibus, Warns Against Govt. Shutdown

    US House Republicans' top appropriator has a message for any member who might favor a government shutdown next month: The American people 'want action.'

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  50. The Army awarded Sikorsky a $771.9 million contract modification that includes 41 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Sgt. 1st Class Jim Downen Jr. / US Army

    US Army, Navy Advance Multi-Year Sikorsky Deals Worth $1.3 Billion

    The US Army and Navy will go ahead with plans to buy 102 helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., for $1.3 billion in fiscal 2015, according to Defense Department contract announcements released Monday.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
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