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  1. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testify before the House Armed Services Committee in March. A new strategy document emphasizes better relations with Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    New US Air Force Strategy Emphasizes Closer Ties With Industry, Congress

    The US Air Force is calling for closer ties to industry, better relations with Congress, and increased flexibility for both airmen and acquisitions — all part of a 30-year strategy document unveiled Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  2. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Karen Bleier / AFP

    Sen. Blunt Breaks With Other GOP Leaders, Opposes Emergency Iron Dome Funds

    A top Senate Republican is breaking with other party leaders by opposing the use of emergency funding to assist Israel in its fight against Hamas.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  3. Commentary: Cyber Deterrence Is Working

    Despite the mainstream view of cyberwar professionals and theorists, cyber deterrence is not only possible but has been working for decades.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  4. Commentary: iPad-Generation Pilots Will Unlock F-35 Capabilities

    Far from the PR fighting fields of Farnborough, the US Marine Corps is preparing for asurge in the combat capability of the Navy-Marine air/ground expeditionary force.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  5. Commentary: Protect the Front Door

    Washington's normally stoic international mergers and acquisitions community is unusually animated following the culmination of an unprecedented sequence of events.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  6. Editorial: Gear + Training = Capability

    While the 2014 edition of the Farnborough International Airshow last week will be known as the air show that the F-35 joint strike fighter missed, it was, in fact, a busy and successful show for Britain and the United States.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  7. An Israeli soldier keeps his position July 29 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Jack Guez / AFP

    Protective Edge Vs. Cast Lead at Day 22

    As Israel closes out the 22nd day of Operation Protective Edge, here's some preliminary data measured against its 23-day, 2008-2009 Cast Lead campaign.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  8. The littoral combat ship USS Independence is underway in a formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific 2014. Ensign Joseph Pfaff / US Navy

    PACOM Chief: US Not Worried About Chinese Intel Ship off Hawaiian Coast

    The head of the Pentagon's Pacific Command said Tuesday that it's 'a little odd' the Chinese government has sent a spy ship to trail the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise currently taking place off the coast of Hawaii — an exercise in which China has f

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  9. The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 Flight Restrictions Lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  10. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., prefers a separate vote on extra funding for the Iron Dome system for Israel. Larry French/ / Getty Images

    Republicans Trying To Force Democrats Into Stand-Alone Iron Dome Funding Bill

    Congressional Republicans want to force Democrats into voting on a stand-alone measure to send $225 million in emergency funds to Israel for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  11. France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera, left, review an honor guard at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on July 29. Toru Yamanaka / AFP

    Japan, France Agree on Defense Equipment Cooperation

    Japan and France on Tuesday agreed to enhance defense cooperation, including the joint development of military equipment, Japanese officials said.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  12. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    US Calls On Moscow To Get Rid of Banned Arms

    Ratcheting up tensions with Moscow, Washington on Tuesday urged Russia to destroy prohibited weapons after it accused Russian leaders of flouting a 1987 treaty banning medium-range cruise missiles.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  13. An AgustaWestland helicopter flies at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England. India on February 15, 2013. AFP

    Finmeccanica Kickback Probe Dropped Amid Executives' Corruption Trial

    As two former Finmeccanica executives prepare to hear if they will be sentenced this autumn for their role in an allegedly corrupt helicopter deal, an Italian magistrate has halted a separate probe into corporate responsibility at the group.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  14. The Royal Air Force's 10 MQ-9 Reapers will be incorporated into the core equipment program after combat operations end in Afghanistan. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    Reapers To Join UK's Core Equipment Program

    The British Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is to take the Royal Air Force's fleet of 10 MQ-9 Reapers into its core equipment program following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  15. An RT SkyStar 300 system operates along the Gaza border, but is not involved in the current Protective Edge operation. RT LTA Systems

    Israeli Firm Provides Power-by-The-Hour Intel in Gaza

    An Israeli aerostat provider whose power-by-the-hour surveillance services have been used to protect targets as varied as Vladimir Putin to Madonna is working under fire along the Gaza border in support of Israeli forces.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  16. An Iraqi Air Force AC-208 Cessna Caravan aircrew launches a Hellfire missile Nov. 8, 2010, at a target on the Aziziyah Training Range, south of Baghdad. The State Department has cleared the sale of 5,000 more Hellfire weapons to Iraq. Sgt. Brandon Bolick / US Army

    US State Department Approves New Hellfire Sale to Iraq

    The US State Department has approved two new lots of weapon sales to Iraq at a time when that government is desperately trying to fight off the encroachment of the militant Sunni Islamic State.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  17. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod last week. House Republican leaders have opted against including additional funds for the Israeli missile defense system in the version of the border spending bill the lower chamber might vote on later this week, a senior House aide said. DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP

    US House Supplemental Won't Include Funds for Israel's Iron Dome

    The House this week could take up an emergency spending bill to address the US-Mexico border crisis, but it will not include funds for an Israeli missile defense program.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  18. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., questions a witness during a committee hearing June 9 on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Issue Tracker: Funding the Pentagon

    Few Senate leaders, Republican or Democrat, believe the chamber can pass its own version of a 2015 defense appropriations bill. To do so, the parties would have to set aside a years-old fight over process and amendments.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  19. Sen. Carl Levin gestures during May hearings. Levin said Senate and House staff members will negotiate a compromise Pentagon policy bill in case the Senate fails to pass its own version. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Levin: Senate-House NDAA 'Fallback' Talks Will Continue During August Recess

    US House and Senate staffers will meet throughout August to hammer out a compromise Pentagon policy bill as a fallback plan should the latter chamber fail to pass its version.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  20. Follow-through on keeping armored personnel carriers for the Afghan Army rapid strike battalions equipped and ready has been lacking, the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction said in a report issued Tuesday. Textron

    Afghan Quick Reaction Force Slowed by Logistics Failures

    A specially trained and equipped Afghan Army quick reaction force is in danger of having its vehicles fall into disrepair, and its soldiers miss out on training due to an inability to supply much-need spare parts and training, a Congressionally-mandated w

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  21. Gen. Gilmary Michael Hostage US Air Force

    Gen. Hostage: Manned, Unmanned Mix Needed In Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  22. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a pair of US Air Force GSSAP satellites launches the evening of July 28 from Cape Canaveral. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Successfully Launches GSSAP

    The US Air Force's new geosynchronous spy satellite is on its way into orbit.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  23. A British Challenger 2 tank rolls into Basra in Iraq. Challenger tanks will be among the armor the UK will send to a Polish military exercise in October. Essam al-Sudani/AFP

    UK Sending Troops, Vehicles to Polish Exercise

    Britain is committing nearly 1,500 troops to a major exercise in Poland later this year as part of wider measures to reassure nations in Eastern Europe and the Baltic of NATO's commitment to the region in the face of Russian aggression in the Ukraine.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  24. During a news conference at the Israeli Defense Ministry July 28, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Operation Protective Edge will not end 'without neutralizing the tunnels, the sole purpose of which is the destruction of our civilians and the killing of our children.' GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP

    Israel Intensifies Anti-Tunnel Campaign, Rejects Truce Calls

    Israel is expanding its anti-tunnel ground campaign in Gaza along with standoff air, sea and land attacks in a high-intensity bid to bolster the operational conditions to drive an eventual diplomatic truce with Hamas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  25. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery, a missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images

    Senior Dem: With Supplemental in Doubt, 'Another Approach' for Iron Dome May be Needed

    One senior House Democrat says including millions for an Israeli missile defense program in a broader spending bill could delay — or even kill — the funds.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  26. The Micro Tactical Ground Robot, built by Roboteam, is the latest tool to be fielded by Israel Defense Force units targeting Gaza's elaborate and often explosives-rigged network of tunnels. Roboteam

    Israel Debuts Micro Robot in Anti-Tunnel Campaign

    Israel debuted a locally developed micro robot in its ongoing onslaught against the labyrinth of tunnels and concealed shafts supporting subterranean arms depots, command posts and cross-border attacks from Gaza.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  27. Two French Rafale fighter planes fly outside Paris for annual Bastille Day celebrations. HAL will need to fund additional manufacturing facilities when it finalizes its Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft program. India is currently negotiating with Dassault on purchase of the Rafale. FRANCK PENNANT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    India To Sell Partial Stake in HAL

    India will sell 10 percent of its 100 percent stake in monopoly military aircraft producer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), a senior Defence Ministry official said.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  28. From left to right: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and their Polish counterparts Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and Foreign Ministers Radoslaw Sikorski address a joint press-conferance July 28 in Warsaw. Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

    Britain Plans Major Exercises in Poland Amid Ukraine Crisis

    Britain on Monday announced major joint maneuvers in Poland in October, part of a string of NATO exercises in the region aimed at reassuring eastern Europe members jittery over a resurgent Russia.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  29. Ex-Contractor Extradited from Iraq to US In Bribery Case

    A former defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face charges he tried to bribe US officials to secure lucrative government deals, authorities said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  30. Attendees visit the Smith & Wesson booth during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Houston, Texas. The US gunmaker was fined $2 million on July 28 for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Smith & Wesson Fined for Indonesia, Pakistan Bribes

    US gunmaker Smith & Wesson was hit with $2 million in fines Monday for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  31. Afghan local policemen fire their AK-47 rifles during a 2012 training session conducted by US Marines in Sangin in Helmand Province. Adek Berry / AFP

    Audit: US Weapons for Afghans May End Up With Taliban

    Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  32. Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends Navy Day celebrations on July 27 in Severomorsk. Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP

    Putin Defiant In Face of New EU Arms Sanctions

    President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged Russia's defense industry to swiftly cut imports as the EU looks set to impose a ban on the sale of weapons and technology over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  33. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seated July 28 during a performance given by the State Merited Chorus at the People's Theatre in Pyongyang. AFP

    North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on White House

    A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  34. New LCS Armament: A Naval Strike Missile emerges from its launcher aboard the Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen during a test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September. Forsvaret

    Norway's Naval Strike Missile to get LCS test

    This September, a US Navy littoral combat ship (LCS) will get underway on a missile range off Southern California and conduct test launches of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), a Kongsberg-developed weapon already fielded aboard Norwegian warships and by Po

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  35. Saab officials said the company chose to not bid on a Denmark fighter program and concentrate on other markets. Above is a Gripen E/F Test aircraft. Stefan Kalm/ / Saab

    Saab Eyes Other Markets After Dropping Denmark Bid

    Sweden's decision not to submit a formal bid for Denmark's $5.5 billion to $6 billion Fighter Replacement Program (FRP) was a 'strategic choice' supported by state partners and Saab, said Ulf Hammarström, the CEO of Sweden's Defense Export Agency (DEA).

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  36.  Karen Bleier / AFP

    Column: Oversight, Is That You?

    Over drinks with several government watchdogs, a recent House Armed Services Committee hearing almost immediately came up. (Of course it did, right?)

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  37. A court decision in mid-July could lead to greater transparency from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    Court: US Must Explain Why It Rejects Foreign Deals

    Since its inception in 1975, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has decided whether foreign acquisitions or investments in US companies could raise national security concerns.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  38. An MQ-9 Reaper UAV taxies after landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. US, Iranian and Iraqi unmanned vehicles share airspace over Iraqi skies. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson / US Air Force

    US, Iranian Drones Crowd Iraqi Air Space

    Despite a years-long history of intermittently sniping at one another's drones in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf, the United States and Iran have for the most part avoided each other in the air.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  39. A Delta IV rocket carrying the first two satellites for the GSSAP program awaits launch on July 25. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Ready for New Geosynchronous Overwatch

    The US Air Force will soon have new spy satellite capability that will provide oversight over other objects in space.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  40. Avro transport aircraft Indian Air Force

    India's Tender for Private-Sector-Built Airlifter May Not Take Off

    India's first attempt to operate a military aircraft-building program involving the domestic private sector appears to be a non-starter as only one potential foreign partner is likely to submit a bid, a Ministry of Defence source said.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  41. The indigenous Hsiung Feng 3 has been called a carrier killer. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    Chinese Threat, US Hesitance Drive Taiwan's Munitions Push

    Taiwan's efforts to develop and produce a variety of munitions spring from two fears: fear of China and fear that Washington will fail to live up to its promises to provide arms in the event of a Chinese invasion.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  42. The Norwegian government in May presented a bill in parliament that aims to secure completion of Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile and prepare it for integration on the F-35. Kongsberg

    Norway Eyes Greater Precision, Global Exports

    The ambitious private-state partnership behind Kongsberg Defence System's Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and Joint Strike Missile (JSM) programs is driven by government support for advanced precision strike weapons that can bolster Norway's defense sector and

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  43. Poland wants to acquire joint air-to-surface standoff missiles for its fleet of F-16s. Lockheed Martin via US Air Force

    Russian Actions Drive Poland's Acquisition Mood

    Poland, now more focused on strengthening its precision strike and deterrence capacity, is in talks with the US to acquire AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSMs) for its fleet of F-16 Block 52+ fighter jets.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  44. The Brimstone, seen here on a Tornado, is one of several missiles expected to experience large orders from Mideast air forces. MBDA

    Mideast, US Lead Sharp Rise in Munitions Market

    The global smart weapons market, valued at $3.6 billion in 2013, is expected to reach $5.3 billion by 2018, according to an industry report.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  45. A helicopter launches a Roketsan-developed Cirit laser-guided missile. Roketsan

    Turkey Shops Locally for Smart Munitions

    A host of regional symmetrical and asymmetrical threats, and their unusually swift rise in prominence, are leading the Turkish government to focus on smart munitions.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  46. Saab sees its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system as part of a possible solution to the Australian requirement. Saab

    Australia To Renew Ground-based Air Defense Capability

    Australia plans to include a replacement for its Saab RBS-70 very-short-range air defense missile system in its next Defence Capability Plan.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  47. Lessons From Libya: A Canadian CF-18 fighter lands at an airbase in Sicily after a mission in Libya in March 2011. Concern over civilian deaths during the Libyan campaign has made low collateral damage weapons a priority for the Royal Canadian Air Force. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/ / AFP

    Aiming To Cut Collateral Damage, Canada Eyes Smarter Weapons

    The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking at acquiring new weapons to reduce collateral damage, a key recommendation that emerged from the service's war in Libya.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  48. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, pays tribute to former presidents Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, his grandfather and father, on July 27 to mark the 61st anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. AFP

    North Korea Defies UN Censure To Fire Missile Into Sea

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  49. A Russian MIG-29 performs during the MAKS 2009 international aerospace show outside Moscow. A MiG-29 crashed July 27 in Russia, killing the pilot, according to reports. Dmitry Kostyukov / AFP

    Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Killing Pilot

    A fighter jet crashed in southern Russia on Sunday, killing the pilot, the head of the air force told Russian news agencies, blaming a technical fault.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
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