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  1. Smoke and flames rise Oct. 20 following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria as Turkey, US Continue Talks on Islamic State

    After weeks of negotiations on how best to fight radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq, NATO allies Turkey and the United States have given signs of a convergence of their differences.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  2. Container delivery system bundles sit on a US Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the US Central Command area of responsibility in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/US Air Force

    US Airdrops in Syria May Strain US-Turkish Relations

    On Sunday night two US Air Force C-130s flew into Syria without fighter escort to deliver 27 bundles of weapons, ammunition and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani, Syria, which has been holding out against fighters from the radica

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  3. From left to right: Jean-Yves Le Drian, French minister of defense; Pascale Sourisse, senior vice president for international development for Thales; Maj. Gen. Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah, Qatar minister of state for defense affairs; Abdulaziz Falah Al-Dosari, assistant for technology to the minister of state for defense affairs. Thales

    Thales To Provide Qatar Military Satcom System

    Multinational defense giant Thales was awarded a contract Sunday to supply the Qatar armed forces with a military satellite communications system for their ground and naval forces.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  4. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gives an Oct. 20 press conference in Najaf. Haidar Hamdani / AFP

    Iraq PM Rules Out Foreign Intervention by Ground Forces

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Monday ruled out any foreign ground intervention to assist government forces in retaking territory lost to jihadists and urged Sunnis to give up such hopes.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  5. Cyprus Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides. Ministry of Defence

    Cyprus Cries Foul as Turkish Vessel Enters Waters

    Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of taking 'provocative and illegal' action by sending a survey boat to an area where the Cypriot government has licensed exploratory drilling for oil and gas.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  6. Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Oct. 20 at Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago. Anders Wiklund / AFP

    Swedish Navy Widens Search for Mystery Submarine

    The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt Monday for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  7. Editorial: Use More Airpower Against IS

    Since air strikes against so-called Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq started, critics have suggested that air power is ineffectual.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  8. Editorial: The Future of Net Assessment

    Andy Marshall plans to retire as the director of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment on Jan. 2, after four decades as one of the most influential men in US national security.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  9. Commentary: Reserve Aviation Is Taxpayer's Best Deal

    The current wrangling over the future of AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in the US National Guard provides a case study in the deliberately flawed methodology used to regularly justify active component force structure and their budgets.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  10. Commentary: Growing Into World Markets

    The US defense budget is at a precipice. Will the projected budget decline and sequestration continue? Will the new threat of the Islamic State and a resurgent Russia revitalize the defense budget?

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  11. South Korea may walk away from a deal with BAE Systems to upgrade its KF-16s, possibly opening the door for Lockheed Martin to get the contract. Senior Airman Taylor Curry / US Air Force

    F-16 Upgrade: Problems With S. Korea-BAE Deal Could Open Door to Lockheed

    South Korea is threatening to break an agreement with BAE Systems to upgrade its fleet of KF-16s, opening a window of opportunity for competitor Lockheed Martin to reclaim its dominance in the lucrative F-16 upgrade market.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  12. Swedish Navy fast-attack crafts search Oct. 19 for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters in the Stockholm Archipelago. Marko Saavala / AFP

    Mystery Deepens Over Reported Russian Sub in Sweden

    Mystery deepened Sunday over a Swedish military operation triggered by 'foreign underwater activity' off the coast of Stockholm, amid an unconfirmed report of a hunt for a damaged Russian submarine.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  13. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    One Month In, Mixed Reviews on Iraq, Syria Airstrikes

    On Sept. 23, the US began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Barack Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  14. Sources say Canadian special forces officials are interested in acquiring aircraft such as the US Air Force's MC-12W Liberty surveillance planes for their ISR capability. Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmill / US Air Force

    Canada Seeks ISR Planes for Spec Ops

    Canada's special operations forces are planning to acquire a small fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to improve their capability to track and target insurgents on the ground.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  15. The Air Force is looking at putting new engines on its B-52 fleet, but budget challenges will likely keep it from happening. Airman 1st Class Mozer Da Cunha / US Air Force

    USAF Strike Chief Urges B-52 Engine Replacement

    The head of US Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  16. South Korean soldiers get off a truck during an Aug. 18 anti-terror drill. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

    North, South Korean Troops Exchange Border Fire

    North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire Sunday in the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  17. Japan's disaster medical assistance team DMAT carry away a patient during an Oct. 19 tsunami disaster drill from a US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey on the Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise. Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey planes took part in a tsunami disaster drill, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft. Jiji Press / AFP

    US Osprey Aircraft in Japan Tsunami Drill Amid Protests

    Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys took part in a tsunami disaster drill in Japan on Sunday, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  18. Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes. Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP

    Spain To Train Iraqi Troops To Fight Islamic State

    Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  19. A US-made Harpoon ship-to-ship missile is displayed in 2011. Patrick Lin / Getty Images

    Report: Taiwan Tests Submarine-Launched Missiles

    Taiwan's navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States, local media reported Sunday.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  20. Stepping In: Then-Egyptian Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, left, and Russian Defense Minster Sergei Shoigu meet in Moscow in February to discuss weapon sales and closer diplomatic relations. Sisi is now president of Egypt. AFP/Getty Images

    Russia Making Major Push Into Mideast Market

    Following a decade of 'near-absence' in the Middle East, Russia is once again asserting itself as it looks to sell arms to former Soviet-era clients while breaking into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  21. More Funding: Norwegian special forces operators are seen assaulting a building during the March exercise Cold Response in northern Norway. The military budget is rising, but not enough for some officials. TORBJORN KJOSVOLD/ / AFP

    Norwegian Budget Hike Gets Mixed Reviews

    The 3.5 percent net increase in Norway's 2015 defense budget has disappointed some leading military organizations and been called inadequate against a backdrop of increased regional tensions caused by Russian aggression in Ukraine.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  22. Diplomatic Issues: Pacific Command chief Adm. Samuel Locklear, center, and Gen. Gregario Catapang, to his right, review Filipino troops on Oct. 14. A criminal investigation involving a US Marine has complicated the two nations' efforts to strengthen defense ties. MC1 Jay M. Chu/ / US Navy

    US Marine Case Puts Nascent US-Filipino Relationship to the Test

    The burgeoning defense relationship between the Philippines and the US could be tested as local prosecutors appear ready to charge a US Marine in the Oct. 11 death of a transgender Filipino.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  23. Gulf Presence: Kuwaiti Navy missile attack ship Al Fahaheel participates with Combined Task Force 523 during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013. Gulf Cooperation Council states are proposing a joint naval force. Gary M. Keen/ / AFP

    GCC Naval Group To Focus on Coastal Threats

    The Gulf Cooperation Council's planned maritime security force — announced last week at a conference in Qatar — will most likely focus on coastal interdictions and counterterrorism operations and be less of a 'blue water navy,' according to a regional exp

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  24. Andrew Marshall has run the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment since 1973. Department of Defense

    Marshall To Retire From Net Assessment Office in January

    Andrew Marshall — a Pentagon institution who influenced policy makers from the Cold War to today — has signaled his intention to step down in January, according to sources.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  25. Power Shift: Experts believe that if Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds off his challenger, he could also be the new leader of a GOP-controlled Senate. Win McNamee/ / Getty Images

    Numbers Point to Slim GOP Senate Majority

    The closer November's congressional elections get, the more red experts are seeing across the midterm map. And that means Republicans are likely to control both chambers come January.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  26. Inside Pick? Thales officials hope the choice to replace Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy will be a company insider. MIGUEL MEDINA/ / AFP

    Thales Staff Urges Internal Pick for New Chairman

    Staff at defense electronics company Thales called for an internal appointment of the next chairman following the French government's surprise pick of Jean-Bernard Levy to head giant electricity utility Electricité de France (EDF), the employee shareholde

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  27. By April, the British Royal Air Force should have received 35 of the Tranche 2 fighters upgraded with the new Phase 1 Enhancements Package capabilities. Cpl Neil Bryden/RAF/ / UK MoD

    British RAF Now Flying Improved Typhoon Aircraft

    Typhoon fighters equipped with a package of new capabilities have entered operational service with the Royal Air Force.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  28. Swedish Navy commodore Jonas Wikstrom talks to media at a press conference on Friday. The Swedish armed forces announced a large military operation in the Stockholm archipelago Friday evening following reports of 'foreign underwater activity'. ANDERS WIKLUND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden Hunts Suspected Foreign Submarine Off Stockholm Coast

    The Swedish armed forces announced a military operation in islands off Stockholm late Friday evening following reports of suspicious 'foreign underwater activity.'

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  29. Retired Lt. Gen. Guy Swan III, vice president of education for AUSA, said the $10,000 donation from Lockheed Martin's JLTV selfie campaign will benefit AUSA family program. via Twitter

    Lockheed's selfie campaign shows of JLTV, benefits military families

    A few vehicle makers at the AUSA show this week banned people from taking pictures of their products, but Lockheed Martin was counting on it.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  30. New Way To Thwart IEDs: JIEDDO and the US Army are testing out robots that may do a better job of keeping IEDs out of culverts than the low-tech bars in current use. Here, Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province install a 'culvert denial system,' comprised of two metal-bar grates, in March. Sgt. Jessica Ostroska/ / US Marines

    JIEDDO, Army Test Underground Robots

    The Army Research Lab and the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) have just wrapped up a critical new test of small ground and air unmanned assets aimed at detecting improvised explosive devices in culverts in subterranean environments, and officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  31. India's Nirbhay cruise missile was first test-fired in March of 2013. PIB / AFP

    India Test Fires Nirbhay Cruise Missile

    India's homemade subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, capable of carrying a nuclear payload and considered similar to the US Tomahawk cruise missile, was test-fired for the second time Friday from the missile testing center in the eastern state of Odisha.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  32. US President Barack Obama, center, looks at Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while meeting with members of Congress on foreign policy. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Gallup Poll: Americans Are Divided About Divided Government

    Americans are divided about whether a single political party should control the federal government.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  33. An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 banks over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 will be the first squadron to deploy with the E-2D. MC2 Ernest R. Scott / Navy

    New US Navy E-2D Aircraft Goes Operational

    The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been declared to be operational, meaning that deployment training for the US Navy's newest airborne warning and control aircraft can begin in earnest.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  34. Lockheed Martin concept for a US Navy Small Surface Combatant. Lockheed Martin

    Hagel Briefed on New US Surface Ship, But No Decisions Yet

    The US Navy's senior leadership briefed top Pentagon officials Oct. 6 on proposals for a new Small Surface Combatant (SSC), but no decisions have been made, said the US military's top spokesman.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  35. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson (pictured) and Army Gen. Charles Jacoby are in regular contact on threats that call for collaboration. Rob Curtis/Staff

    US Army and DHS Leaders Seek Closer Partnership

    Ebola, ISIL, other threats call for collaborative approaches.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  36. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey Approves US Drone Flights To Monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  37. Shipbuilder: Brian Cuccias, right, is president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Huntington Ingalls

    New Ingalls Boss Focusing on Cost Performance, Agility

    Brian Cuccias has been in the Gulf Coast shipbuilding business for 35 years, working for Litton, Avondale, Northrop Grumman and now Huntington Ingalls Industries.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  38. Britain will include Reapers in its air campaign in Iraq. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    UK To Add Reapers to Air Power Operating in Iraq

    Britain is adding Reaper remotely piloted aircraft to its forces deployed to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq, the government announced Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  39. Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Oct. 16 in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Vasily Maximov / AFP

    NATO Says No Sign of Major Russian Pullback from Ukraine Border

    NATO said Thursday it saw no sign of any significant Russian pullback from Ukraine's border, despite President Vladimir Putin ordering thousands of troops to withdraw ahead of truce talks.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  40. The NATO flag. US Army Europe

    Poll: Support for NATO Membership Grows In Ukraine

    The number of Ukrainians in favor of joining the NATO alliance has risen sharply during Kiev's drawn-out conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, a poll showed Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  41. Planning for More: The first double V-hull Strykers arrive at Fort Carson, Colorado, in February. Money for a fourth brigade of the upgraded Strykers was not included in the original fiscal 2015 Army budget request. US Army

    Army Waiting for Hill OK To Build Upgraded Strykers

    The Army has found enough friends on Capitol Hill to fund a fourth brigade of double V-hull (DVH) eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles, service officials said.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  42. The Obama administration is accelerating cybersecurity efforts within federal agencies and in the sectors responsible for critical infrastructure, said Michael Daniel, White House cybersecurity coordinator. Mike Morones

    White House working around cyber bill impasse

    The White House's top cybersecurity official said it's not more power the Obama administration is after — it's getting organizations involved to head in the same direction.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  43. An Indian Navy Chetak helicopter demonstrates a search-and-rescue mission as the destroyer INS Ranjit sails in the background. A global tender to replace naval Chetak and Cheetah helicopters was canceled, and a new request for information has been issued. STRDEL/ / AFP

    India Cancels Navy LUH Tender; Issues New Request

    India has canceled yet another light utility helicopter (LUH) global tender, this time for the Navy, which has rushed to float a new request for information to domestic companies for the troubled program, said a Defence Ministry source.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  44. Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy is leaving the defense electronics firm and will take the top spot at electricity utility Electricité de France Miguel Medina / AFP

    Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy to Leave

    The French government has selected Jean-Bernard Levy, chairman of Thales, to be the next head of the state-owned electricity utility Eléctricité de France (EDF), a source at the defense electronics company said on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  45. A Marine checks the temperature of Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, chief of U.S. Army Africa, before Williams boarded an MV-22 Osprey on Oct. 15 in Liberia. Williams visited the site of the first of 17 Ebola treatment centers being constructed by Liberian forces under U.S. supervision as part of Operation United Assistance to combat the Ebola epidemic. John Moore / Getty Images

    US Ebola Force Continues To Build in West Africa

    Before entering the US Embassy in Monrovia to brief soldiers and reporters on the US military response to the Ebola epidemic, Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams washed his hands in chlorine bleach and had his temperature taken.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  46. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno speaks Oct. 14 at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army at in Washington, D.C. Mike Morones / Staff

    Army leaders assure families they're sticking up for them in budget fight

    Pressed about why leaders aren't speaking out against budget cuts and sequestration, Army leaders assured families that they have been doing exactly that.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  47. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested coastal defense could be an appropriate role for the Army. Mike Morones/Staff

    Hagel Devises New Mission for Army: Coastal Defense Force

    After two days of US Army top leadership extolling the virtues of putting US boots on the ground across Asia-Pacific to train and advise allies, both old and new, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday suggested a new Army mission at the annual AUSA c

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  48. Former UK Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Sir David Richards has become chairman of DynCorp's UK advisory board. Peter Macdiarmid/ / Getty Images

    Former UK Defence Staff Chief Joins DynCorp

    The former head of Britain's armed forces, Gen.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  49. Former Sen. Larry Pressler, left, and Washington Nationals player Ryan Zimmerman are two figures who could factor into a better 2015 — or not. Getty Images

    Column: Wait 'Til Next Year

    Just wait. This year was disappointing. But next year is going to be the year.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  50. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby listens during an Oct. 15 media briefing at the Pentagon. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Report: US Hid Troop Exposure To Chemical Agents in Iraq

    The US government has tried to hide the extent to which its troops were exposed to chemical weapons in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing intelligence documents and former soldiers.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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