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  1. Iraqi soldiers wave to a humanitarian aid convoy en route to Amerli on Sept. 1 after Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town the previous day. JM Lopez / AFP

    White House: 350 More US Troops Heading to Iraq

    President Obama has approved sending roughly 350 more US troops to Iraq, the White House announced on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  2. New EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini of Italy speaks during a Sept. 2 interview by the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament in Brussels. John Thys / AFP

    EU Foreign Policy Chief Nominee: NATO Summit Should Discuss Islamic State Crisis

    Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini called for the NATO summit in Wales this week to discuss the crisis surrounding the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL).

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  3. One area in which the Pentagon is seeking more information through the website concerns research into autonomous vehicles. Above is the Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System. QinetiQ North America

    Pentagon Says Website Improves Communication Between DoD, Industry

    A US Defense Department website has helped DoD gain better insight into industry's research-and-development projects and improved face-to-face meetings between contractors and their military counterparts, Pentagon officials say.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  4. An image taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on Sept. 2 purportedly shows 31-year-old US freelance writer Steven Sotloff dressed in orange and on his knees in a desert landscape speaking to the camera before being beheaded by a masked militant. SITE Intelligence Group via AFP

    Islamic State Claims To Behead 2nd US Reporter

    The so-called 'Islamic State' released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  5. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is seen with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. While reports have surfaced that some 4,000 troops capable of moving in 48-hours notice will encompass the NRF's rapid-reaction force, the numbers have yet to be set in stone, Breedlove said Aug. 2. NATO

    Breedlove: Size of NATO Response Force Still Up for Debate

    NATO leaders heading to Wales this week will discuss how to best enhance the NATO Response Force.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  6. New EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini of Italy speaks on Sept. 2 during an interview by the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament in Brussels. John Thys / AFP

    NATO States Near Russia Need Security Boost, Incoming EU Official Says

    NATO countries bordering Russia need reassurance that they will be defended by the alliance in the face of the spiraling Ukraine war, incoming EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  7. British soldiers attend the Estonian Defense Forces annual Spring Storm training exercises in May. The UK has proposed a NATO expeditionary force to work with the Baltic nations and the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark. RAIGO PAJULA/ / AFP

    UK Proposes Joint NATO Expeditionary Force

    Britain expects to sign at the upcoming NATO summit meeting a letter of intent with six partner nations to form a joint expeditionary force, separate from the alliance's plan to forge a very high readiness force to act as spearhead for the NATO response f

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  8. Turkey has finished upgrading the last of 41 Pakistani F-16 fighters. Aamir Qureshi / AFP

    Turkey Delivers Upgraded F-16s to Pakistan

    Turkey has delivered the last four F-16 fighter aircraft it upgraded for the Pakistani Air Force, the company tasked with the work said Sept. 2.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  9. Iranian President president Hassan Rouhani, center, visits a display of Iran's new Nasr-e Basir missile on Aug. 24 as part of Iran's defense capabilities exhibition inside the defense ministry building in Tehran. AFP

    Iran Unveils New Missile, Radar Systems

    Iran unveiled a new surface-to-air missile Tuesday and two radar systems it said would improve its defenses against 'enemies.'

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  10. Ugandan soldiers, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia arrive Aug. 31 in the town of Kurtunwaarey, Somalia, after having liberated it from Al Shabab. Tobin Jones / AFP

    US Targets Shebab Leader In Somalia Airstrike

    US forces have carried out airstrikes against the leader of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the main target, officials said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  11. In this June 13, 2010, file photo, a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile sits on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini / AFP

    Officials: US To Move Drone Base To Northern Niger

    The US military will shift its drone flights in Niger from Niamey to a base further north, allowing Washington to better track Islamist fighters in the region, a defense official said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  12. Above is the Milan extended range system. MBDA

    Germany To Provide Anti-Tank Missiles, Other Equipment to Peshmerga Fighters

    Germany will deliver weapons, vehicles and non-lethal equipment to the Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq to support their struggle against the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  13. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's stop in Turkey will come near the end of a six-day international trip which begins Wednesday. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Turkey Caught Between Allies, Jihadists

    As US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel prepares to visit Turkey and the US government tries to build a 'coalition of the willing' to take on Islamic militants in Syria, the Turkish government ponders how to cooperate without further antagonizing the jihad

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  14. Gen. Paul Selva is head of US Transportation Command. Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner/ / US Air Fo

    Interview: Gen. Paul Selva, Commander, US Transportation Command

    As US operations in Afghanistan wind down, Gen. Paul Selva is responsible for getting military equipment back to the United States.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  15. Much to Discuss: A man throws a projectile and people watch as captured Ukrainian soldiers walk on Lenin square on Aug. 24 in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Turmoil in Ukraine, Iraq and Libya have complicated what was expected to be a relatively quiet NATO summit in Wales in early September. MAX VETROV/ / AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Leaders Face Expanding Agenda

    This spring, US officials and policy experts were preparing for a typical NATO summit in Wales. The main focus of the summit was to be troop levels in Afghanistan.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  16. MAIDEN VOYAGE: The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Royal Air Force has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN15, took off from Seville, Spain, at 14:25 local time (GMT+1) on 30 August and landed back on site 5 hours and 5 minutes later. Media Airbus Defence And Space

    Royal Air Force A400M Makes Its Maiden Flight

    The Royal Air Force's first Airbus A400M has made it's maiden flight moving Britain closer to becoming the third operator of the new European airlifter.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  17. SHOWING SUPPORT: A delegation of US House lawmakers meets with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Monday in Tel Aviv. Israel Ministry of Defense

    US Lawmakers Flag Bipartisan Support for Israel

    Flagging their unflinching bipartisan support for Israel, leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee pledged strengthened cooperation in countering common strategic threats.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  18. The United Arab Emirates is seeking tech transfer as part of talks on purchasing two Pleiades-type satellites. CNES artist's conception

    France, UAE Close In on Spy Sat Deal

    The United Arab Emirates and France are expected to finalize the Falcon Eye spy satellites deal within the coming weeks while looking into the purchase of 40 Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  19. Recently installed LED lighting aboard the destroyer Gonzalez was simple and threw more light in space, the crew said. USS Gonzalez

    LED Lighting Making a Mark on US Navy Ships

    Few things are more ubiquitous aboard a US Navy ship than fluorescent lights. They're in virtually every space topside too emitting that familiar, sometimes-flickering white light.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  20. NATO Leaders to Discuss High Readiness Task Force

    BRUSSELS NATO leaders meeting at the NATO summit in Wales on September 4 and 5 will be discussing the option of adding a 'high readiness joint task force' or 'spearhead force' to the existing NATO Response Force (NRF) capable of reacting to threats to N

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  21. French, Polish Defense Ministers Discuss Industry Cooperation, Air Defense Tender

    France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak have unveiled plans to further develop defense industry cooperation between the two countries at a joint conference in Kielce, Poland.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  22. US President Barack Obama discusses foreign policy with members of Congress July 31. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    Could Global Threat Picture Restore US Defense Increases?

    President Barack Obama put the Islamic State terrorist group on the 'varsity' team of US foes. America's top general, Martin Dempsey, has spoken of the group's 'apocalyptic' visions.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  23. This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Incident with US P-8 Sparks Debate on Pacific Posture

    When a Chinese J-11 fighter intercepted and flew within 20 feet of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon on Aug.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  24. Members of a Polish Army unit march to assemble prior to the arrival of US soldiers at a Polish Air Force base. Poland is accelerating its modernization programs. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    E. Europe Security, Ukraine To Dominate MSPO Show

    This year's edition of the MSPO, Poland's annual defense industry show and exhibition hosted in Kielce, is likely to attract a record of some 13,000 visitors and 500 companies, organizers say, but the ongoing military crisis in Ukraine will be a dominant

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  25. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech in June under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, and Iran's founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Internal political divisions are expected to harm Rouhani's standing with Gulf Arab neighbors, with whom he wants to build better relations. Atta Kenare / Getty Images

    Hardliners Intensify Attacks on Iranian President

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is facing an uphill battle in winning the trust of his Arab neighbors due to the raging political conflict between his administration and hardliner politicians in Tehran.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  26. City Wars: US soldiers conduct urban training at Camp Blanding, Florida. Army planners believe future battles will be fought in 'megacities' of 20 million or more people. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell/ / US Army

    US Army Sees 'Megacities' As the Future Battlefield

    When the US Army looks to the future, it sees cities.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  27. Two JAS 39 Gripen, lightweight single-engine multirole fighters fly on March 23, 2013, above the town of Falun, Sweden. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden military HQ raises readiness level over Ukraine

    The Swedish military said Saturday it had increased intelligence gathering and called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine, as the prime minister compared Russia's current behavior with the Cold War.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  28. Harsh Tactics: These pictures show an apartment building being hit by missiles before it collapses during an Israeli airstrike in the heart of Gaza City on Aug. 23. Israeli military officials say such tactics brought about the most recent cease-fire. MOHAMMED OTHMAN/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Israel Credits 'Gloves Off' Targeting for Latest Cease-fire in Gaza

    After 11 collapsed cease-fires in 50 days of war, Israel had to employ 'extraordinary escalation,' a general officer here said, to force Hamas to accept the latest Egyptian-brokered truce that promises to end Operation Protective Edge.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  29. Pakistan border ceasefire violations 'provocative': India

    India on Saturday branded a string of ceasefire violations along its frontier with rival Pakistan as 'serious' and 'provocative' and said they were hindering better ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  30. Vulnerable to Attack: A woman injured in a rocket attack is transferred from a military ambulance to a civilian ambulance on July 27 near Nahal Oz, Israel. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    Israeli Public Demands Answer to Mortar Threat

    Terrified and angry by their government's inability to protect them from eight straight weeks of Gaza-launched attacks, Israeli residents too close to the border to benefit from the Iron Dome missile shield are demanding an active defense solution to shor

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  31. 'No Drama': The littoral combat ship Independence is seen here on plane guard duty with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan during the Rim of the Pacific exercise in July, marking the first time a ship of this class operated extensively with a flattop. MC1 Dustin Kelling/ / US Navy

    RIMPAC Exercise Puts LCS Through Paces

    It was the middle of May, and the littoral combat ship Independence was operating out of San Diego, testing components of the mine warfare mission package.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  32. Taiwan unveiled the Tien Kung 3 missile to the public at a national day parade in 2007. PATRICK LIN / AFP/Getty Images

    Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

    plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defenses against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  33. Changes Coming: Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States Conference Aug. 24 in Chicago. Sources are concerned that an accelerated internal review could result in hasty decisions. Illinois National Guard

    Concern Over Speed of Air Force Process

    The US Air Force's top general said he wants to figure out the balance between the active, Guard and reserve components for the vast majority of his service's programs in time to drive fiscal 2016 decisions.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  34. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new government in Ankara on Friday. ADEM ALTAN/ / AFP

    New Turk PM Announces Cabinet; Defense Minister Remains

    New Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Friday announced a ministerial line-up with only four changes from President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's former Cabinet.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  35. Directed Energy: US Navy officials observe a solid state laser beam director and tracking mount in Virginia in March. The UK is preparing to launch a competition that could lead toward a laser technology demonstrator for its warships. John F. Williams/ / US Navy

    UK To Launch Laser Competition

    Britain's Defence Ministry will boost its investment in laser research and is preparing to launch a competition that could lead to a technology demonstrator, according to officials.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  36. A US Air Force KC-135 refuels a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 over Iraq Aug. 21. US Defense Department

    US Ops in Iraq Have Cost $550 Million Since June

    Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  37. Workers at the Saab Gripen factory build a Saab Gripen fighter jet on May 5 in Linkoeping, Sweden. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden to Buy Next-Generation Jets Despite Swiss Pullout

    Sweden said Friday it would go ahead with the purchase of a new generation of Saab Gripen fighter jets, despite Switzerland pulling out of a major co-financing deal.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  38. An Indian Army Chetak helicopter makes a fly-past during a National Cadet Corps parade in New Delhi. A competition to replace Indian Chetak and Cheetah helicopters has been canceled. Prakash Singh/ / AFP

    India Cancels $1 Billion Light Helicopter Tender

    India has canceled the purchase of 197 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) worth $1 billion in which Airbus Helicopter's AS550 was competing with Russia's Ka-226T built by Kamov. The cancellation followed lengthy corruption investigations.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  39. More Muscle: A Japanese Atago-class guided missile destroyer sails in formation with US Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ships. Japan initially wants to add two of the destroyers. MC2 Adam Thomas/ / US Navy

    Japanese Defense Ministry Requests 2.4% Budget Hike

    Japan is making good on its pledge to beef up its defense force and come to the aid of neighbors if they're attacked, proposing a budget that returns spending to its peak in the 1990s.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  40. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF Chief: Pratt Close To Developing F-35 Engine Fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  41. With midterm elections approaching, US legislators have limited time to deal with a Syria strikes resolution plus a Pentagon spending bill. US Government

    Work on Syria Strikes Resolution Would Delay or Kill Pentagon Policy, Spending Bills

    With only about a dozen legislative days left before November's midterm elections, a US congressional debate and vote on a Syria strikes authorization measure could further delay work on two defense bills.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  42. India and Japan will discuss the possible joint production of the Japanese company ShinMaywa's US-2 amphibious aircraft during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tokyo visit Aug. 30-Sept. 3. AFP

    India-Japan Talks To Focus on Strategic Ties, Possible Aircraft Deal

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Japan will include talks on possible joint production of amphibious aircraft and other matters related to strategic and defense ties between the two countries.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  43. US soldiers get equipment from the European Activity Set (EAS) during an exercise in May in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Markus Rauchenberger / US Army

    US Military To Send Tanks To E. Europe for Drills

    US Army troops equipped with tanks will head to Eastern Europe soon to reassure NATO allies anxious over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  44. The solar-powered Zephyr UAV demonstrated the ability to conduct an extended flight during times of limited sunlight. Airbus

    Zephyr Solar UAV Operates 11 Days in Winter Conditions

    Airbus' Zephyr 7 solar-powered UAV has recorded an 11-day, non-stop flight in winter weather conditions, the company said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  45. Bystanders watch a fire consuming a school in downtown Donetsk on Wednesday after being hit by a shelling. Several civilians died when their car was completely burned after being hit by shell fragments in central Donetsk, the rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine. FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP/Getty Images

    Ukraine President: Russian Forces Have Invaded

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared Thursday that 'Russian forces have entered Ukraine' and called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council to respond to what he said was a 'sharp aggravation' in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian arm

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  46. Allies may join the US in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, according to a US congressman. Above is a UK Tornado GR4, which performs strike and attack roles. RAF image/ / Crown Copyright

    US Lawmaker Sees UK, Australia, Turkey Joining Strikes on Islamic State

    The American military may be joined by some familiar allies in its fight against a violent Sunni group in Iraq, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  47. The Coast Guard has deployed electronic aids to navigation, or eATONS, around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a critical piece of Bay Area infrastructure. Coast Guard/Levi Read

    Coast Guard tests virtual assets

    Electronic markers, virtual fences and other high-tech tools can aid navigation, security.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  48. Provocative Act: This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Defense Ministry Tells US To Stop 'Close-in' Surveillance

    China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to 'undesirable accidents.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  49. Tobias Naegele, vice president and general manager of Defense News, announced Wednesday that he is leaving Gannett Government Media after more than 22 years. Mike Morones/Staff

    Longtime Newsroom Leader Tobias Naegele Leaving Gannett Government Media

    Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  50. US President Barack Obama meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other members of Congress on July 31. Legislators from both parties have said in recent days that the president needs Congressional authorization for any strikes inside Syria. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama Feels Pressure to Get Congressional OK Before Ordering Strikes Inside Syria

    Pressure from the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue is mounting on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before launching military strikes inside Syria.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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