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  1. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's MOIRE folding space telescope would use Fresnel lenses instead of heavier glass mirrors or lenses, and could help redefine how orbital telescopes are built, launched and used. US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    DoD Shifts Acquisition, Tech Efforts Toward Major Powers

    After spending 13 years fighting non-state actors in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the US Defense Department is shifting its institutional weight toward developing a new acquisition and technology development strategy that focuses more on major state compe

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  2. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters at the US Capitol building Nov. 12. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Column: The More Things Change ...

    'I am very confident that the Armed Services Committee, under the leadership of John McCain next year, that we're going to make some corrections [to] sequestration.' — Retiring SASC member Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  3. Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for military aircraft Domingo Ureña Raso said a partnership with Lockheed or Boeing is worth considering. Getty Images

    A NATO Fighter?

    Just imagine it: Airbus teams up with Lockheed Martin or Boeing on a program to build a NATO fighter.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  4. A US Air Force officer speaks to members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police in 2012 during a routine mission in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Sgt. Sara Csurilla / US Air Force

    Afghan Lower House Approves Foreign Troops Staying

    Afghanistan's lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  5. US Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Biden Leaves Turkey Without Breakthrough on Syria

    US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  6. US soldiers await the order to march in the Latvia Day Parade on Nov. 18 in Riga, Latvia. Staff Sgt. Kenneth C. Upsall / US Army

    General: US Troops To Stay in Poland, Baltics Through 2015

    US troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 'to deter Russian aggression,' the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  7. Israeli soldiers stand at the Western Wall Plaza in the old city of Jerusalem, on Oct. 30. An internal document makes the case for Israel to overhaul the way it approaches deterrence. Gali Tibbon / Getty Images

    Internal Study: Israeli Deterrence Needs Overhaul

    Israeli deterrence is due for a wholesale overhaul, from basic theory and language to practical matters of intelligence targeting and operational planning up to the way the military fights and advises government leaders.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  8. A German Patriot missile launcher is deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey, in March. John Macdougall / Getty Images

    Turkey May Restart Missile Defense Program

    Turkey's procurement bureaucracy is rethinking a multibillion dollar program to build the country's first air and missile defense program, keeping 'all options open,' including scrapping the existing competition and merging it with a longer-range program

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  9. A Palestinian man walks between buildings destroyed during fighting between Hamas militants and Israel in the north of the Gaza Strip on Aug. 16. Roberto Schmidt / Getty Images

    Former Commander: Israel Made 'Strategic Mistake'

    Israel's latest Gaza operation illustrates the strategic consequences of crossing that Clausewitzian-inspired line of culminating deterrence, where tactical actions aimed at containing escalation ended up dragging it into an unwanted war of attrition.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  10. Giuseppe Orsi is the former CEO of Finmeccanica.

    Orsi: Finmeccanica Will Bounce Back

    Giuseppe Orsi, the former CEO of Finmeccanica who was acquitted last month of offering bribes to Indian officials, says the Italian group was never humbled by the kickback scandal and will bounce back.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  11. Front and Center: Air War College students learn about flash-bang non-lethal weapons this month. Air War College is one of the 10 branches under Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Donna L. Burnett / 42 ABW/PAM

    New Leader Tasked With Upping Profile Of Air University

    On Nov. 10, military officials, civic leaders and community notables from around Montgomery, Alabama, gathered to watch Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast take command of Air University, the center of education for the world's largest Air Force.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  12. Can Defeat Stealth? China claims that its JY-26 Skywatch-U 3D long-range air surveillance radar can detect stealth aircraft. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China's Anti-Stealth Radar Comes to Fruition

    The one great testament to China's anti-access/area denial efforts were weapon and sensor systems on display at the recent China Airshow in Zhuhai.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  13. Afghan security forces inspect the site of suicide car bomb at the gate of Green Village compound, a large fortified complex where many foreign employees live and work in Kabul, on November 19, 2014. A Taliban suicide car bomb exploded close to a compound that houses many international contractors, officials said, the latest in a series of explosions to rock the Afghan capital in recent days.Police were unable to give details of possible casualties after the blast near the 'Green Village' compound.'A suicide car bomber has targeted the Green Village camp,' Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry, said. Only the attackers died in the assault. An AFP photographer said gunfire erupted shortly after the blast as security forces rushed to the scene in the east of the city. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) SHAH MARAI / AFP/Getty Images

    Report: Obama extends US combat role in Afghanistan

    Barack Obama has extended the combat role for US troops in Afghanistan for another year, in a classified order he signed in recent weeks, the New York Times reported Friday.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  14. New Capability: British Royal Air Force Typhoons fly over Lithuania on April 28. PETRAS MALUKAS/ / AFP/Getty Images

    With AESA Radar, Eurofighter Strengthens Export Push

    Typhoon added its name to the list of fighters able to offer active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar capability last week when the four European partner nations in the program finally put their signature to an £800 million (US $1.25 billion) deal to develop and integrate the sensor.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  15. Giuseppe Orsi Finmeccanica

    Orsi in His Own Words

    A. You can imagine how it is to go from traveling around the world to being restricted to 10 square meters. You no longer have control over space, time or your contacts.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  16. India Invites Bids for $2.4 Billion Artillery Contract

    India on Saturday invited bids for a $2.4-billion artillery deal while deferring a decision on acquiring 106 Swiss Pilatus aircraft for fighter pilot training.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  17. An Islamic State fighter is seen in Kobani, Syria, in a photo distributed by the group. Raqqa Media Office via AP

    Sen. Corker: White House 'Not Really Ready' on Islamic State Authorization

    White House officials 'are not really ready' to craft an authorization measure for the Islamic State conflict, says a key senator.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  18. All three F-35 variants fly in formation in a file photo from May 2014. The Pentagon and Lockheed have signed an agreement on LRIP 8 for the F-35. SSGT JOELY M SANTIAGO

    Pentagon, Lockheed Finalize 8th F-35 Lot

    The Pentagon today announced it has reached a final agreement with Lockheed Martin on the eighth low-rate initial production (LRIP-8) lot of F-35 joint strike fighters.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  19. New Capability: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe views the cockpit of an MV-22B Osprey Hyakuri Air Base during the Japan Air Self Defense Force's Air Review 2014 on Oct. 26. Staff Sgt. Warren Peace/ / US Marine Corps

    Japan Officially Selects Osprey, Global Hawk, E-2D

    Japan has officially decided to procure the V-22 Osprey for its military tilt-rotor requirement, as well as the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance system and E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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 on an LCS

    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 littoral combat ship.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  33. '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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
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