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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. First Lt. Daniel Cook, 319th Missile Squadron missile combat crew commander, and 2nd Lt. Kyle Todd, 319th Missile Squadron deputy missile combat crew commander, man the launch control center of the Delta-01 missile alert facility Aug. 23, 2013. Airman 1st Class Jason Wiese/Air Force

    $300 incentive pay for officers, some enlisted assigned to nuclear mission begins Oct. 1

    Officers assigned to the Air Force's nuclear mission will receive $300 a month in incentive pay beginning Oct.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  25. Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso, head of the Air Force sexual assault prevention and response office, says peer leaders are influential in discussions of sexual assault. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Sapr Chief: We Need to Get to 'Prevention 201'

    Reports of sexual assault in the Air Force continue to rise while the frequency of the crime remains stable — a paradox that could signify growing trust in the military justice system, the two-star general in charge of the service's sexual assault prevent

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  26. Spotlight on Nuclear Force Prompts Ongoing Reforms

    What began as a tumultuous year for the Air Force's nuclear community — highlighted by a cheating scandal and reports of low morale across the missileer force — evolved into a year of change for the airmen under Global Strike Command.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  27. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said the Air Force is working aggressively to implement major changes to the enlisted performance system. Mike Morones / Staff

    Revamped Enlisted Evals: Expect Sweeping Changes in 2015

    The ongoing overhaul of the enlisted performance system is one of the biggest changes in store for airmen in 2015 — and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody is urging airmen to be patient as it kicks into gear.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  28. Editorial: Sweden: Support Defense Research

    Despite shoestring government funding, Sweden's Defense Research Agency (SDRA) still develops sophisticated technology like the Edge computer software to improve the aerodynamics of cars, missiles and fighters.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  29. Letter: Airpower vs. Ground Forces

    Airpower has been getting a bum rap lately largely because its demonstrated effectiveness doesn't sit well with retired Army talking heads and oped authors who argue for a near-exclusive strategy of boots on the ground.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  30. Commentary: Please, Not Another Continuing Resolution

    As we've come to expect, Congress revealed plans not to pass a defense spending bill by the end of the fiscal year, Sept.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  31. Commentary: The American Case for British Unity

    Events are moving so quickly in the Middle East, the Ukraine and Asia that we tend to forget that we may suddenly face a very different kind of strategic crisis on Sept.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  32. US Air Force leaders are looking far down the road to envision operations beyond the days of the F-22 fighter, pictured, the KC-10 and KC-135 tankers. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young / US Air Force Central Com

    What's Next: USAF Lays Groundwork To Replace Fighter, Tanker Fleets

    As US Air Force leaders gather this week outside of Washington, they bring a warning: Potential adversaries are spending big on technology, and the US can't afford to fall behind.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  33. A pair of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fly over Kansas. Congressional protection of the close-air support plane has complicated Air Force budgeting. Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel / US Air Force

    Sources: Expect Next Year's USAF Budget To Continue Push for Cuts

    When the US Air Force rolled out its budget request in March, it was billed as a realistic look at the post-sequestration world, one filled with necessary tough choices but still maintaining current capabilities.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  34. The F-35 joint strike fighter. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    Column: Betting on the F-35

    The afternoon drive team on Washington's WTEM sports radio station has some advice for, ahem, sports fans: Keep betting on the Dallas Cowboys' opponents to cover the spread until one fails to.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  35. Chris Chadwick is head of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Eric Shindelbower / Boeing

    Boeing Begins Rolling Out New Business Strategy

    Since tacking charge of Boeing Defense, Space & Security late last year, Chris Chadwick has been building a plan to transform the world's No. 2 military contractor with $33 billion in 2013 sales and more than 55,000 employees.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  36. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström has denied that the ministry knew about a research cooperation deal with the Chinese. Maja Suslin / Getty Images

    Swedish Panel To Probe Controversial Chinese Deal

    Sweden's Defense Ministry and other leading defense and technology organizations will be under the spotlight this week as a parliamentary committee probes whether a research cooperation initiative could have led to the sale of sophisticated aerodynamic mo

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  37. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James sees more agreement than disagreement in getting Air Force requests through Congress. Mike Morones / Staff

    Deborah James' Mission: Prioritize Wisely To Maintain Capable, Agile US Air Force

    The US Air Force has weathered a difficult year of personnel cuts, tough budget decisions and a cheating scandal that rocked the nuclear force.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  38. Capt. Sean McKee meets with Polish paratroopers in April before they conduct low-level jumps during training at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Tech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks / Air Force

    US Air Force Expects High Op Tempo for Europe Rotations

    The US Air Force has spent the last 20 years reducing its footprint in Europe, but the last six months of Russian military aggression, among other world events, could force the service to rethink that strategy.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  39. Senior Airman Johnathan Morgan assists a CV-22 crew chief with a fuel hose. 'The airplane has proven its worth on the battlefield,' says Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold. Staff Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik / Air Force

    USAF Special Operators Prepare for Fight Against Extremism

    As budget restrictions and sequestration-related cutbacks have hit most of the US Air Force, the service's special operators have largely been protected, and that has been necessary to keep air commandos ready to face the battles they are uniquely suited

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  40. Artist rendering of the KC-46 tanker. Chuck Schroeder / Boeing photo Illustration

    Recapitalizing the Future: Service Juggles Demands of 6 Foundational Programs

    The US Air Force has six major aircraft recapitalization programs it must balance in the next five years during an era of budget reductions.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  41. An Atlas V rocket launches a US Air Force meteorological satellite on April 3. The service has said it must develop a domestic alternative to the Russian-made RD-180 engines, which powers the rocket. Joe Davila / US Air Force

    Rocket Engine Presents Unexpected Budget Challenge

    Renewed tensions with Russia has made it clear the US Air Force will have to develop a homegrown rocket engine to launch military equipment. The question is: What does that mean for the rest of the service's budget?

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  42. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James deliver their 'State of the Air Force' to reporters in the Pentagon on July 30. US Air Force

    Interview: Gen. Mark Welsh, US Air Force Chief of Staff

    The US Air Force represents the largest source of air power in the world, but finds itself at an inflection point in its history, facing dramatic choices in technology, manpower and mission areas. Gen. Mark Welsh took over as chief of staff two years ago.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  43. Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement on the killing of British aid worker David Haines by IS millitants on Sept. 14 in London. John Stillwell / AFP

    British PM Threatens Islamic State, Makes No Commitment On Strikes

    Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain was ready to 'take whatever steps are necessary' to destroy Islamic State militants after they murdered a British aid worker, but made no commitment to joining the United States in airstrikes.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  44. Captain Kwestan Mohammed Ali, instructs how to hold an AK-47 to female Peshmerga recruits as they take part in a military training at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Wednesday. Jm Lopez / Getty Images

    Germany Sending 40 Soldiers To Iraqi Kurdistan

    Berlin is preparing to send around 40 soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling against militants from the Islamic State, the German army said on Saturday.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  45. MoD's Choice: General Dynamics UK will supply the British Army with 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles in six variants beginning in 2017. General Dynamics UK

    British MoD Reconsiders Assembling Scout in UK

    General Dynamics has been asked by the Ministry of Defence to look again at the cost of assembling most of the vehicles under a major armored vehicle contract locally rather than in Spain, according to British procurement minister Philip Dunne.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  46. Australian Competition: The Collins-class Royal Australian HMAS Sheean enters Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, this summer. Japan and Germany are competing for the submarine's replacement, and now Saab is showing interest. US Navy

    Saab Makes Late Pitch For Australian Sub Project

    With the clock ticking, Saab has pitched a late-hour proposal to the Australian government that could alter the outcome of that country's submarine acquisition program, which had up to now been concentrated on bids by German and Japanese firms.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  47. European Donations: A Kurdish peshmerga fighter holds a rocket propelled-grenade near a flag of the Islamic State hoisted on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting against militants in Rashad, Iraq, on Sept. 11. A number of European countries have donated military equipment to Kurdish fighters. JM LOPEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    European Nations Donate Weapons to Kurdish Fighters

    Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State militants are receiving donated armaments from Europe, ranging from enough German kit to completely equip a unit, to Soviet-era weapons seized more than 20 years ago when they were en route to Serbia.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  48. Iraq Plans: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is seen with Gen. Necdet Özel, Turkey's chief of defense, at the Turkish General Staff in Ankara on Sept. 8. Glenn Fawcett/DoD

    Anti-IS Coalition Grows, But Turkey Takes Back Seat

    US officials have shored up support from more than a dozen countries to confront Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. But despite a top-level diplomatic push, Turkey is less likely to play an active role.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  49. Iraqi volunteer soldiers perform a military exercise during their graduation ceremony from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa on September 1. HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP/Getty Images

    Iraqi Military Failings Pose Challenge For Anti-IS War

    The shortcomings of the Iraqi military, which withered under a June militant onslaught and relies on Shiite militias for support, pose a significant challenge to international efforts against brutal jihadists.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  50. US President Barack Obama meets with, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the Oval Office of the White House. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Three Ways House Work on CR, Syrian Rebels Plan Could Play Out

    Whether or not the federal national security apparatus shuts down in October suddenly is all about Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State, Syrian rebel forces and lawmakers' feelings about President Barack Obama.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
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