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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 Ocean, returned to homeport of Portsmouth, Va. Wednesday.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  5. 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
  6. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Congress is moving in a positive direction toward adopting a continuing resolution. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Senior Senator: Both Chambers Should Pass CR, Syrian Rebels Authorities 'Before' Weekend

    A senior US Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  7. An Iraqi security forces member looks out on the Euphrates River from a helicopter flying near Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sept. 6. The Pentagon confirmed that US military aircraft on Sept. 7 conducted coordinated airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the vicinity of the strategic dam. Azhar Shallal/ / AFP

    Issue Tracker: Striking Against the Islamic State

    Neither the House nor Senate last week took up a measure authorizing US military strikes against the violent Sunni group in Iraq — and maybe Syria.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  8. US Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Bailey, right, talks with Kurdish Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih Shwani, center, during a visit to Kirkuk province. Spc. Crystal Hudson/US Army

    Top US General: Policy Against Ground Troops in Iraq Could Change

    President Barack Obama is not ready to insert US combat troops into Iraq, but his top military adviser says that could change.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  9. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said the moves followed a strategic review at the group last year. Eric Piermont / AFP via Getty Images

    Airbus Announces Divestment of Some Defense Subsidiaries

    European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday that it would sell off several subsidiaries at its defense division to focus on its core businesses of space activities, military planes and missiles.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  10. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey will testify Tuesday about the Obama administration's plans to combat the Islamic State militant group. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Live Tweeting Hagel, Dempsey Testimony on Islamic State Battle Plans

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey will testify Tuesday about the Obama administration's plans to combat the Islamic State militant group.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Cole Burston / AFP

    Canada Sent 69 Soldiers To Iraq, Says PM Harper

    Canada has sent 69 soldiers to northern Iraq to advise security forces fighting Islamist militants in the northern part of the country, the prime minister said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  13. Sailors of the Russian Black Sea Fleet march on July 25 as they prepare for Navy Day celebrations in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Max Vetrov / Getty Images

    Defense Minister: Russia To Deploy Reinforcements To Crimea Area

    Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defense minister said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  14. Dutch King Willem-Alexander addresses the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives on Sept. 16 from the throne in the Hall of Knights in The Hague, the Netherlands. Freek van den Bergh / AFP

    Netherlands To Increase Defense Spending In Wake of Downed MH17

    The Netherlands is to increase defense spending after being hard-hit by global conflicts including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, King Willem-Alexander said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  15. A US-made F-16 jet fighter takes off from a highway in southern Chiayi county on Sept. 16 during the Han Kuang drill. Taiwan displayed how its air force jets could land, refuel and take off on a closed-off motorway in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Fighter Jets Land On Taiwan Highway In 'China Attack' War Games

    Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets and early warning aircraft could land, refuel and take off on a closed motorway on Tuesday, in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  16. Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, speaks Sept. 16 during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference,. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Space Command Chief: SpaceX Certification Looming

    SpaceX is getting close to certification for military launches, perhaps as soon as the start of December, the new head of US Air Force Space Command said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  17. A U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an Aug. 21 mission in northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / Air Force

    Air Mobility Crews Have Logged More Than 1,000 Sorties To Support Airstrikes in Iraq

    Air Mobility Command tankers have flown more than 1,000 missions in support of airstrikes against the Islamic State, AMC commander Gen. Darren McDew said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  18. An F-15C Eagle takes off to do some training with the Bulgarian aircraft at Graf Ignatievo Air Base near Plovdiv, Bulgaria on Aug. 21. Senior Airman Hailey Haux/Air Force

    US Air Force Trying To Protect F-15s In Europe

    Air Force leaders are crossing their fingers that F-15 fighters will stay at least another year in Europe through the '

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  19. Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer. Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin

    Pratt: F-35 Fix Could Begin Installation Before End of Year

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  20. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, director of the Air National Guard, said the Guard needs to know how many C-130 aircraft are required on the homefront. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    Air National Guard Head Wants Study for Future C-130 Path

    The head of the US Air National Guard wants to launch a study on the path forward for the component's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  21. A conceptual image of the launch of the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP). NET Solutions Image/Air Force Research Lab

    USAF Lab Chief Expects To Test EW Missile in 2016

    On the convention center screen, an animated cruise missile flew over a shadowy cartoon city. A beam of high-power microwaves emitted from its nose — and the target building went dark.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  22. Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, US Air Force Research Laboratory commander, speaks Tuesday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AFRL Commander: 'Digital Teammates' Will Support a Shrinking Force

    As the force gets smaller, the US Air Force may look increasingly to machines to make decisions in team with airmen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  23. A CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron flies during an annual, joint exercise in Florida. Airman 1st Class Jasmonet Jackson/US Air Force

    US Air Force Special Ops Looks To Add Armor, Firepower to Ospreys

    In response to two of its CV-22 Ospreys being shot up over Juba, South Sudan, in December, critically injuring two service members, the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has added optional armor to the flooring of the aircraft and may also incorporate forward-firing weapons.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  24. A Ukrainian serviceman sits atop an armored vehicle near grenade launchers during a patrol on the border of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. ANATOLII STEPANOV/ / AFP

    Germany May Support OSCE Mission in Ukraine

    Germany sent a military fact-finding mission to eastern Ukraine on Tuesday to determine whether the Bundeswehr can support an observer mission there by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with a reconnaissance UAV, the Defense M

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  25. While Israel principally supports Obama's call for a united front against Islamic State and all forms of radical terror, Israel's primary concern is preventing Assad's strategic arsenal from reaching the hands of Hezbollah allies fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime. AFP

    US-Israel Accord to Support Coordinated Air Ops in Syria

    A US-Israel defense agreement will support coordinated air power in Syria if and when the Israel Air Force (IAF) is tasked to operate in close proximity to American-led coalition air forces.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  26. A Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter guards a post flying the PKK flag in Makhmur, southwest Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Aug. 21. Kurdish groups from Iraq and three neighboring countries are putting aside old rivalries to battle jihadist militants, and now Turkey is considering a buffer zone along its border with Iraq and Syria. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Mulling Buffer Zone with Iraq, Syria

    The Turkish military, feeling threatened by the emergence of a radical self-declared Islamist state at its doorstep, is considering creating a buffer zone along the country's border with Syria and Iran, the president said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  27. Australia is sending Super Hornets, a tanker and an airborne early warning and control aircraft to the United Arab Emirates where they will prepare for possible use against the Islamic State. Nigel Pittaway/Staff

    Australian Hornets, Support Aircraft, Troops Deploy to UAE

    Australia is sending up to eight F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters, an Airbus KC-30 multirole tanker transport and an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Middle East this week for possible use against Islamic State

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  28. The US House Armed Services Committee, led by Chairman Buck McKeon, is revising White House language on a plan to train and equip Syrian rebels. Drew Angerer/ / Getty Images

    HASC Preparing Syrian Rebel Train-And-Equip Measure; Could Be CR Amendment

    The US House Armed Services Committee is crafting a measure that would grant President Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian forces to take on the Islamic State, while ensuring Congress is kept in the loop.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  29. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, speaks with a Rafale fighter pilot while visiting French troops in Mali last year. Such deployments are 'incomparable marketing' for French exports, an expert said. MARTIN BUREAU/ / AFP via Getty Images

    French Arms Exports Rise 42 Percent

    France signed arms export contracts worth €6.87 billion (US $8.8 billion) in 2013, up more than 42 percent from the €4.8 billion in the previous year, despite tougher US competition and Russia, according to a report to Parliament released on Sept.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  30. Carlisle

    ACC, PACAF Focused on Pacific Pivot

    Two of the US Air Force's largest major commands will see their leadership change in the coming months, as both train and prepare for the shifting focus toward the Pacific.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  31. A cyber transport systems technician finds a new number location on a line equipment number block. SA George Goslin / Air Force

    Cyber Airmen Race To Stay Ahead of New Threats

    As cyber threats increase and become more sophisticated, airmen in the Cyber career field find themselves operating in a fast-paced environment just trying to stay two steps ahead.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  32. Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris of US Army Cyber Command is interviewed by the Defense Media Activity's Army Broadcasting team, at Fort Meade, Md. Gary Sheftick / US Army

    US Army Plans To Better Manage Cyber Soldiers

    The US Army is closer than ever to introducing a cyber branch to better manage troops with highly sought skills in this area, according to a senior Army cyber official.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  33. Norwegian foreign minister Boerge Brende AFP

    Norway Mulls Contribution To Anti-Islamic State Force

    Norway said Monday it was considering making a military contribution to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group including providing training assistance for armed forces.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  34. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivers a speech on Sept. 15 during an event hosted by Carnegie Europe in Brussels. John Thys / AFP

    NATO chief: Islamic State Threat Requires Military Action

    Western nations must take military action against Islamic State militants because they pose a global threat, not just because of the murder of Western hostages, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  35. Report: Israeli Arms Sale To Ukraine Blocked

    A proposed sale of Israeli weapons including drones to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonizing Russia, Channel Two television reported on Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  36. Prime Minister David Cameron addresses members of the No campaign on Sept. 15 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    NATO Says Independent Scotland Would Have To Reapply

    NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that if Scotland votes for independence this week it will have to reapply to join the military alliance.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  37. Gen. Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Breedlove: NATO Allies Need More Precision Weapons

    NATO alliance members still do not have enough guided bombs and missiles to conduct a long-lasting battle, the alliance's top general said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  38. Joint Program: The Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft program is based on Russia's T-50 jets, seen here performing outside Moscow in August 2013. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Indo-Russian Jet Program Finally Moves Forward

    India and Russia have finally sorted out all sticky issues that have been holding back an agreement on the Fifth Generational Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program, a Russian diplomat in India said, ending the opening chapter of a program expected to build 200

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  39. Close Proximity: During the Gaza conflict, Israeli F-16s struck targets less than 350 meters from friendly forces, much closer than normal. Here, an Israeli F-16 drops flares during a pass over the Gaza border on July 23. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Gaza War Leaned Heavily On F-16 Close-Air Support

    Hundreds of the more than 6,000 targets struck from the air during Israel's 50-day urban war in Gaza were from fighter jets delivering one-ton bombs in record time and in close proximity to friendly ground forces.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  40. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Breedlove: Junior Officers, NCOs a Resource 'That NATO Can't Waste'

    NATO partners need to do a better job putting noncommissioned officers and junior officers in alliance leadership roles, Gen.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  41. Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, command chief at Air Education and Training Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Command Chiefs: Eval and Promotion System Overhaul Tackles Long-Standing Problems

    The impending overhaul of the enlisted performance system dominated the chief master sergeant forum on the opening day of the 2014 Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference outside Washington, D.C.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  42. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, expects the program to be given priority under possible tight budgets ahead. Andy Morataya / US Air Force

    Bogdan: F-35 Likely Protected in Next Budget

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  43. Editorial: A Unified Fight Against Terror

    As the world commemorates the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the international community is ramping up to combat its latest terror threat — the brutal Islamic State militants who have metastasized in Iraq and Syria.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  44. New Light Vehicles: A prototype is shown of the winning contender for the Ground Mobility Vehicle program for Special Operations Command. The Army is pursuing a similar family of vehicles. General Dynamics

    US Army Floats Requirements For Three Light Vehicles

    The US Army is looking to develop a family of three lightweight, highly mobile ground vehicles for a light infantry brigade as it conducts a joint forcible entry mission.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  45. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in public comments and a letter to Iraq's new prime minister that surfaced over the weekend, continues saying the chamber will approve Obama's request to grant the president authority to train and equip Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia to fight the violent Sunni group inside Syria. Jim Watson / AFP

    US House Comes Back Early, Could Take Up CR as Early as Tuesday

    The US House could vote on a government shutdown-averting spending bill and new authorities to take on the Islamic State as soon as Tuesday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  46. Boeing is looking at its 737-700 airframe as a potential winner for the Air Force's next-generation Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System program. Boeing illustration

    Boeing: 737 Size a Benefit for JSTARS Recap

    As Boeing attempts to position itself as the leader in the race to replace the US Air Force’s joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft, the company is relying on the belief the service will want more power for potential growth down the line.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  47. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said the US Air Force is getting 'very close' to identifying 21 general officer billets to eliminate. Mike Morones/Staff

    Secretary James: 21 US Air Force General Officer Billets To Be Cut

    The US Air Force plans to eliminate 21 general officer billets in fiscal 2015, as part of a review directed by Secretary Deborah Lee James earlier this year.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  48. Soldiers exit a CV-22 Osprey during a 2011 training exercise in New Mexico. Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has completed a successful test flight on an engine enhancement for the V-22. TSgt DeNoris Mickle/US Air Force

    Rolls: Flight Test Successful on V-22 Engine Upgrade

    Rolls-Royce has completed a successful flight test of its new engine upgrade for the V-22.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  49. An F-16 flies during June exercises. Lockheed Martin has successfully linked a live and virtual F-16 for training operations. Air Force

    Lockheed Successfully Links Live, Virtual F-16 For Training Exercises

    Lockheed Martin has taken a major step forward in advancing live, virtual and constructive (LVC) technologies with a training exercise that linked a pilot flying an F-16 in the air with a 'wingman' flying an F-16 on the ground, fighting against computer-g

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  50. Lt. Gen. James Jackson says the Reserve helps the Air Force retain its 'big investment' in airmen. Mike Morones / Staff

    Reserve Chief Sees Window to Snag Those Leaving Active Duty

    The Air Force's planned cutbacks of thousands of active-duty members have prompted the reserve components to try to capture as many of the airmen as possible to beef up their ranks and keep the training and experience 'in blue.'

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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