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  1. Frank Kendall is US defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. CARL COURT/ / AFP

    Interview: Frank Kendall, US DoD Acquisition Chief

    Frank Kendall, US defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, oversees hundreds of billions of dollars in procurement programs.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  2. The challenges facing Gen. Joe Dunford as commandant of the Marine Corps include an increasing array of missions and responsibilities amid budget pressures. Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

    Dunford's Battles: New Missions, Budget Cuts, and a Tough Decision in 2015

    When Gen. Joe Dunford becomes commandant of the Marine Corps next month, he'll inherit the last stages of a war and a host of uncertainties — about the Marine Corps' future missions and role in national defense, its capabilities amid downsizing and budget cuts, and its physical requirements for service as new combat jobs open to women.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  3. Adm. Harry Harris, the head of the Pacific Fleet, has been tapped to take charge of U.S. Pacific Command from Adm. Samuel Locklear, who has led PACOM since 2012. Here, Harris speaks at the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Veteran's Day in 2013. MC3 Diana Quinlan / U.S. Navy

    Harris Tapped to Lead PACOM

    Adm. Harry Harris is the president's pick for the next head of U.S. Pacific Command, according to a Monday release from the Defense Department.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  4. A German Sea Lynx Mk 88 arrives at the FGS Mecklenburg Vorpommern Navy frigate. Germany has grounded its operational fleet of Mk 88s after a crack was found in the hoist arm of one of the aircraft. Andreas Rentz / Getty Images

    German Navy Grounds Sea Lynx Helicopter Fleet

    A 22-centimeter-long crack discovered in a German Sea Lynx Mk88 helicopter has grounded 21 of the Navy's 22-strong Sea Lynx fleet, according to the Defense Ministry.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  5. Staff Sgt. Juan Fisher, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarkation chief, re-enlists during a hike Oct. 25. Next year, Manpower officials will be surrounded on all sides by budget uncertainty. Gunnery Sgt. Rome Lazarus / Marine Corps

    Future In Doubt: Uncertainty And Smaller Budgets Plague The Corps

    The next few years will be rife with uncertainty for manpower planners and Marines in uniform. Current drawdown plans, which take across-the-board budget cuts into account, call for the service to shrink to 174,000 by the end of 2017.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  6. Glueck Marine Corps

    Marine General: Two Keys Ships May Keep Marines' Amphibious Hopes Above Water

    The top general in charge of Marine Corps Combat Development Command sees uncertainty in the road ahead.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  7. The Marine Corps is in the process of transitioning several aviation squadrons to new aircraft. Pilots with CH-46E Sea Knight squadrons are learning to fly the Osprey, the Corps is standing up new F-35B squadrons and upgrades are being planned for several kinds of helicopters. Lance Cpl. Laura Raga/Marine Corps

    'Complete Transformation' Awaits Marine Aviation in 2015

    Several generations of Marine aviation idled just yards apart aboard the Navy's newest warship during its recent cruise around South America toward its home port in California.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  8. Editorial: Preparing for the Future

    The hallmark of any great organization is its ability to prepare for the future in the face of current challenges.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  9. Commentary: Nuclear Detection Architecture Also Deters

    To deal with the danger of a terrorist nuclear attack, one of the greatest threats to US and global security, the United States has adopted a variety of measures.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  10. Letter: War is War

    War represents the breakdown of what we proudly call civilization. Fighting begins when diplomacy fails to resolve issues and one of the disputants starts hostilities.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  11. Commentary: Right Choice for FA-XX

    The US Navy recently solicited an analysis of alternatives from the defense industry for an aircraft designated as FA-XX — the next carrier-borne aircraft.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  12. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 16. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Column: An Answer All People Deserve

    The 800-pound gorilla managed to remain quiet for a week, hidden, one might presume, by Washington's most powerful of power players. The few who dared discuss the beast did so in veiled ways, and with hesitation.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  13. While the US Navy is anxious to develop an operational unmanned carrier jet to follow the X-47B demonstrator, it has yet to decide what the primary mission should be. US Navy

    3 Major Decisions Loom for US Navy

    Congress again is hung up on a budget, but lawmakers have left town to fight the midterm elections, leaving the Pentagon to wait and see what happens in one budget year before it can nail down the next.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  14. Replacing the U-2 Dragon Lady with the unmanned Global Hawk is not optimal, but 'we'll make it work,' Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Hostage said. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / Air Force

    US Air Combat Command Chief Reluctantly Accepts Global Hawk Over U-2

    While the plan to keep new, unmanned Global Hawks over the aging manned U-2 has support among top Defense Department officials, the top combat general in the US Air Force says it is not the best military solution.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  15. The Saltire flag flies next to the Royal Standard of Scotland and the Union Flag above a gift shop in central Edinburgh on Sept. 19. The majority of Scots voted against leaving the UK. Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    Following 'No' Vote, UK Sorts Out Scotland's Defense Future

    The sigh of relief from the Defence Ministry was almost audible as it became clear in the early hours of Sept. 19 that Scottish voters had decisively rejected breaking up the 307-year-old political union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  16. Guido Crosetto is the new head of the Italian Federation of Aerospace, Defense and Security Companies. Italian Ministry of Defense

    New Italian Industry Group Leader Wants To Boost Role of Smaller Companies

    Italy's defense industry association is destined to take on a far more active profile after naming as its new chairman Guido Crosetto, a former politician who earned glowing reviews as a globe-trotting defense undersecretary with the Italian government be

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  17. Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, holds a Sept. 3 press conference in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    Ambassador: US Expects Not To Go Alone in Syria Airstrikes

    US Ambassador Samatha Power predicted Sunday that the United States would not be alone if it launches airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, although she said no decisions have been reached yet.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  18. A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force E-2C Hawkeye aircraft crew chief directs an aircraft in 2010 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Japan's Defence Ministry wants to replace their Hawkeyes with planes featuring advanced surveillance radar by the mid-2020s. Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey / US Air Force

    Report: Japan Wants Its Own Early-Warning Planes

    Japan's Defence Ministry wants to develop its own early-warning aircraft, replacing US-made planes as the Chinese and Russian air forces grow more assertive, a report said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  19. A Ukrainian attack helicopter patrols in Donetsk's surrounding areas on Saturday. Anatolii Stepanov / Getty Images

    NATO Reviews Ties With Russia as New Truce Reached in Ukraine

    NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania on Saturday to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  20. Lebanese army soldiers inspect the wreckage of an Israeli drone that crashed along the southern Lebanese border with Israel, on Saturday. ALI DIA / AFP/Getty Images

    Source: Israel Drone Crashes Inside Lebanon

    An Israeli drone crashed inside Lebanon on Saturday, coming down close to the demarcation line with the Jewish state, a military source.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  21. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, right, listen to the national anthem during a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of Islamic scholar and political leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, at the loya jirga hall in Kabul on Saturday. The former head of the High Peace Council, Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide bomber entering his home in Kabul on Sept. 20, 2011. Wakil Kohsar / Getty Images

    NATO Eyeing 'Very Fast' Security Deal With Afghanistan

    NATO's top military commander said Saturday the alliance was eyeing the rapid conclusion of security agreements with Afghanistan for its post-2014 mission in the country once a unity government is formed there.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  22. US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah wait for a photo with of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airports Royal Terminal on September 11 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Arab Countries Carve Out Role in Anti-Terror Fight

    Arabian Gulf countries, apart from using their bases for coalition forces to conduct military action against Islamic State militants, will play a major role in the fight against the group by cutting its terrorist financing and presenting a counter narrati

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  23. The Next Fleet: Taiwan ships on parade during annual Han Kuang exercises off the east coast of Taiwan. Wendell Minnick

    Taiwan Previews Major Naval Acquisition Plan

    Taiwan's Navy plans to build new destroyers, frigates, corvettes and submarines in a 20-year force modernization program that will replace all the US and French-built warships in the fleet.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  24. Aftermath: A Palestinian family walks past the remains of a building destroyed in fighting between Hamas militants and Israel in Shejaiya, in Gaza. The Israeli military says the next conflict will be more complex. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Israel's Strategy: Shooting Pool With a Bowling Ball

    Israeli military leaders are assessing how lessons from Gaza could apply to war planning in Lebanon, Syria and other potential theaters.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  25. Up for Sale: Airbus Defence & Space CEO Bernhard Gerwert walks with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in Berlin in May. Gerwert announced last week that some of the company's businesses are up for sale. Sean Gallup/ / Getty Images

    With Sales, Airbus D&S Sharpens Focus

    When Airbus Defence & Space placed a for-sale sign on its professional mobile radio activities on Sept.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  26. US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, right, speaks with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn on Sept. 18. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

    Most Senate Incumbents in Tight Races Vote 'Yay' on CR, Syrian Rebel Package

    Only two US senators involved in re-election races that could hand Republicans control of the chamber voted against a massive spending bill that also approves a plan to arm Syrian rebels.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  27. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks to reporters outside the White House on Sept. 18. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Senate Panel Approves Bill to Authorize Military Aid to Ukraine, New Sanctions

    A Senate panel wants to slap sanctions on Russian defense firms while also authorizing the Obama administration to send lethal military aid to Ukraine.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  28. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    Hollande: France Carries Out First Air Strike in Iraq

    French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  29. The US Defense Department's new Better Buying Power 3.0 strategy is based on the 'growing concern that the United States' technological superiority over potential adversaries is being threatened today in a way that we have not seen for decades,' acquisition chief Frank Kendall said. (File photo) Tom Brown/Defense News

    Pentagon Unveils Draft of New R&D Strategy; Waits for Industry, Hill To Weigh In

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the US holds in military tec

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  30. A Patriot missile launcher system is pictured at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep. Spain has announced it will station a squadron of the systems in Turkey as the Netherlands ended its Patriot deployment there. BULENT KILIC/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Turks Praise Spanish Patriot Deployment

    Turkey's government and military have welcomed a decision by NATO ally Spain to station a squadron of Patriot surface-to-air missile systems and send 130 servicemen to Turkey.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  31. US House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, left, and President Barack Obama supported legislation to avert a government shutdown and provide military support to Syrian rebels. Getty

    Big Wins: Obama, McKeon Score as Senate OKs Syrian Rebel Train-And-Equip Plan

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  32. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Sept. 18. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Ukrainian President Requests Lethal Military Aid from US

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the US to help Kiev modernize its ill-equipped army with lethal and non-lethal weapons during a visit to the US capital on Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  33. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech Sept. 18 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Patrick Kovarik / AFP

    Hollande Goes On Offensive With Iraq Airstrike Decision

    President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct airstrikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  34. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support New Rocket Engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  35. Protecting Infrastructure: In this 2009 photo, security guards stand watch at the Tawke oil refinery in Kurdistan in northern Iraq. A new pipeline pumps oil from the semi-autonomous enclave to Turkey, which is putting out bids to protect pipelines and other critical areas. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP via Getty Images

    Turkey Seeks Advanced Security for Strategic Locations

    The Turkish government, feeling threatened by unstable regimes and hostile governments in its vicinity, is setting off to provide advanced security for its pipelines and other strategically important buildings, bridges and military bases.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  36. Better, Cheaper Services: Turkey's first indigenous basic trainer aircraft, the Hürkus, takes to the skies. Under a new logistics management plan, local prime contractors such as Turkish Aerospace Industries, which builds the Hürkus, would be asked to sign logistical management contracts with SSM on behalf of all system suppliers. Turkish Aerospace Industries

    Turkey Hopes To Cut Costs With New Logistics Plan

    Long in use in other parts of the world, performance-based logistics has caught the eye of Turkey in its quest for better and cheaper services.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  37. Final approval on India's purchase of 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers has been delayed because of a missing file. BAE Systems

    Indian MoD Source: Purchase of 20 Hawk Trainers On Track Despite Lost File

    An order for 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers for the Indian Air Force worth $333 million has been delayed as the file detailing the purchase has been misplaced, an Indian Defence Ministry source said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  38. The US House has approved a stopgap measure to fund the government through Dec. 11.

    US House Votes to Avert Government Shutdown; All Eyes Now on Senate

    Congress is one step closer to avoiding another Pentagon and federal government shutdown, something leaders of both political parties fear heading into a crucial election homestretch.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  39. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and the Chief of US Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attend the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force to Congress: Protect Readiness, Enact CR

    The leadership of the US Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  40. Jeff Bezos, right, the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, gestures toward a model of the BE-4 rocket engine during a press conference with Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, on Wednesday. Win McNamee/ / Getty Images

    ULA Teams With Blue Origin for New Rocket Engine

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) is teaming with Seattle-based Blue Origin to design and produce a next-generation, American-made rocket engine for space launch, the companies announced Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  41. Syrian government forces stand on the street after taking control of the village of Tayyibat from rebel forces. A measure is moving through the US Congress that would authorize the president to train and equip the Syrian rebel troops. AFP/Getty Images

    In Rare Bipartisan Vote, House OKs Syrian Rebel Train-and-Equip Amendment

    The US House has signed off on granting the president authorities to train and arm Syrian opposition forces — while restricting the involvement of American ground forces.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  42. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 speaks to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    White House: US Troops in Iraq Could Call in Airstrikes

    American troops on the ground in Iraq 'could be in a position to even call in air strikes' on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  43. Navy, Air Force and Army analysts review information during the Cyber Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster/ / US Air Force

    SASC: China-Backed Hackers Penetrated TransCom Contractor Networks 20 Times

    Chinese government-backed hackers accessed networks of private-sector firms with sensitive data about US military logistics nearly two dozen times in one year, says a US Senate committee.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  44. Thales Groups' interest in the Middle East is part of a strategy laid out by Thales Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Lévy. Miguel Medina/ / AFP via Getty Images

    Thales Makes Big Mideast Push

    French multinational defense giant Thales is investing in developing industrial capabilities in the Middle East, according to a senior company executive.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  45. The fast combat support ship USNS Bridge has been inactivated as a budget-cutting measure. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Big Navy Supply Ship Inactivated

    Weeks of disagreement over the future of the Navy's biggest supply ships has ended with a decision to inactivate one of the four vessels.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  46. An Arrow missile launches in central Israel, south of Tel Aviv. A recent intercept test of the Arrow 2 missed its mark. Israel Aerospace Industries/AFP

    Arrow-2 Intercept Test Misses Target

    Israel has determined that a Sept. 9 intercept test of the joint US-Israel Arrow-2 missile missed its target.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  47. MV Cape Ray returned to Portsmouth, Va., after destroying Syrian chemical weapons on a 7-month deployment to 6th Fleet. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    US Ship That Destroyed Syrian Chemical Weapons Returns Home

    The MV Cape Ray, which successfully disposed of hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons this summer in the Mediterranean Sea, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  48. Roberto I. Guerrero, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, speaks during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference, on Tuesday. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Efficiency Is Watchword For US Air Force Energy Chief

    The US Air Force's new energy chief repeatedly uses one word to describe his mission: efficiency.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  49. Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a July 18 demonstration. Tauseef Mustafa / Getty Images

    FBI Sees Increased Support for Islamic State Since US Airstrikes

    Support for the Islamic State organization has grown since the US launched airstrikes in Iraq and the group is attracting many new jihadist fighters, top US officials said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  50. A Boeing KC-46A prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight in this artist's conception. The first flight of the KC-46 test aircraft has been pushed back to November. Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Air Force

    First Flight Delayed for KC-46A Test Aircraft

    The first flight of the KC-46A program's test aircraft has been pushed back until mid-to-late November, with the first next-generation tanker not expected to fly until April, the program's top officer said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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