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  1. A sale of Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia has been approved by the US State Department. Tech. Sgt. Michelle Larche / US Air Force

    US State Department Clears Saudi Patriot Missile Sale

    The US State Department has cleared a potential sale of enhanced Patriot air defense system missiles to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  2. US Rep. Paul Ryan hopes to be able to strike some kind of fiscal deal with Democrats to limit or end sequestration. John Gress / Getty Images

    Rep. Paul Ryan: Stay 'Medium' in Working With Obama on Fiscal Deal

    Go big or go home? Not so fast, says a key US House lawmaker. He wants, as former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn once advised, to just 'stay medium' in pursuit of a sequester-addressing fiscal deal.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  3. Bernard Gray is chief of defense materiel for the UK Defence Ministry. Harland Quarrington / UK Ministry of Defence

    Bernard Gray: Extended Interview With UK Defence Materiel Chief

    Bernard Gray has more to say about British defense procurement and the UK's Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization in this extended version of his latest interview with Defense News.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  4. US Rep. Steny Hoyer wants a realistic assessment of the likely costs of combating the Islamic State group. Larry French / Getty Images

    Senior House Dem: Avoid 'Rose-Colored' Cost Projections of Fighting Islamic State

    US officials and lawmakers should conduct a 'realistic assessment' of the cost of fighting the Islamic State, setting aside promises tainted by 'rose-colored glasses.'

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  5. A US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker takes off from a base in the Middle East to support airstrikes over Syria on Sept. 23. Funding for US missions over Iraq and Syria are paid for using overseas contingency operations funding. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / US Air Force

    Syria Strikes Raise Questions Over Future of OCO Funding

    As the price tag for operations in Iraq, Syria and West Africa continues to grow, Pentagon leadership insists that it is well prepared to pay for all of these previously unforeseen long-term operations.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  6. An F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush to conduct strike missions against Islamic State targets in Iraq. US Navy

    Pentagon Working With Congress for More War Funding

    Despite operating under an $85 billion supplemental wartime budget, the Pentagon is going back to Congress to ensure that it has the funding to continue its air operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, top officials said Friday.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  7. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, left, talks with Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe before a SASC hearing. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP

    Sen. Levin: 'We're Gonna Have an Authorization Bill'

    A key US senator believes Congress will pass a Pentagon policy bill this year, but he cast further doubt on the upper chamber ever taking up its own version of the legislation.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  8. The US Defense Department's new Better Buying Power 3.0 strategy is based on the 'growing concern that the United States' technological superiority over potential adversaries is being threatened today in a way that we have not seen for decades,' acquisition chief Frank Kendall said. (File photo) Tom Brown/Defense News

    Pentagon Unveils Draft of New R&D Strategy; Waits for Industry, Hill To Weigh In

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the US holds in military tec

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  9. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Sept. 18. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Ukrainian President Requests Lethal Military Aid from US

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the US to help Kiev modernize its ill-equipped army with lethal and non-lethal weapons during a visit to the US capital on Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support New Rocket Engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and the Chief of US Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attend the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force to Congress: Protect Readiness, Enact CR

    The leadership of the US Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. US House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, right, supported a request by President Obama to include in a continuing resolution funds for the training of Syrian rebels by Saudi Arabia. Alex Wong/ / Getty Images

    House Delays CR Vote, Bill Still Expected To Pass Next Week

    US House GOP leaders are delaying a vote on a bill to avoid a government shutdown to let members mull a White House-requested provision to combat the Islamic State, but the delay is unlikely to sink the bill.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  15. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., says his panel has produced a bill for a 'clean' continuing resolution that is 'free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.' It is expected to come before the House for debate and a vote on Thursday.

    House continuing resolution should hit floor Sept. 11

    The House later this week is expected to take up a measure free of controversial riders to keep the U.S. government open while members hit the campaign trail for seven weeks.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  16. Lockheed Martin's concept for a Small Surface Combatant. Lockheed Martin

    New Combat Ship Briefing Delayed

    One of the most eagerly-anticipated stories in naval circles this fall is what findings and recommendations a special US Navy task force has come up with for a new small surface combatant (SSC) warship.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  17. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Hagel announced in Turkey that Pentagon reform initiatives would not be derailed by other global challenges. STR / via AFP

    Hagel To Continue Push for Pentagon Reforms Amid Global Threats

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he plans to forge ahead with bureaucratic Pentagon reform initiatives despite the uptick of global threats and military activities in recent months.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  18. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill. The House soon could vote on a bill to fund the government past the end of the fical year and through the upcoming election. Jim Watson / AFP

    US House Could Vote This Week To Avert Government Shutdown

    The US House soon could vote on a spending measure that would keep the Pentagon and other federal agencies funded while lawmakers hit the campaign trail.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  19. More Spending: World leaders attend the morning session of the NATO Summit on Sept. 5 in Newport, Wales. European leaders committed to raising defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic product. Peter Macdiarmid/ / Getty Images

    NATO Allies Commit to Defense Boost

    NATO leaders are praising a commitment from heads of state to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, a guideline long ignored by many alliance members.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  20. Aftermath: Palestinian men walk on the rubble of their destroyed houses in the Tufah neighborhood in eastern Gaza City following a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. MAHMUD HAMS/ / AFP

    Israel To Trim 2014 Budget To Cover War Cost, Boost MoD

    The Israeli government is planning an immediate 2 percent retroactive cut to its 2014 budget to help cover the estimated US $2.5 billion cost of a summer of war.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  21. Sen. Mitch McConnell says he expects a continuing resolution to be passed by Congress by Sept. 30. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP

    'Not Much Drama': McConnell Predicts Passage of Bill To Avert Govt. Shutdown

    The US Senate's embattled top Republican is predicting Congress will pass a funding measure that the president would not veto.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  22. The US Army Network Integration Evaluation 14.2, which ended May 22, included a British mechanized brigade headquarters. Nancy JonesBonbrest, PEO C3T

    Pentagon R&D Chief To Push Cost Sharing With Allies

    The Pentagon is pushing its strategy to develop new technologies and capabilities alongside allies to drive down costs and foster innovation, the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering said on Wednesday.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  23. When we talk about spending, quality as well as quantity counts. ... So we are urging all allies to spend 20 percent of their defense budgets on new equipment, research and development of capabilities,' UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a speech delivered in London on Sept. 3. Carl Court / AFP

    UK Calls on European NATO States To Boost Spending

    Britain is urging its NATO allies to earmark a fifth of their national defense budgets for new equipment and research and development, according to UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 21. Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Hagel: Iraq Crisis May Require DoD To Rethink 2015 Budget

    The Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  28. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  29. Analysts question how much work Congress will be able to achieve in terms of spending bills for the rest of this year. Karen Bleier/ / AFP

    Analyst: Best Congress Will Do Is Two Government-Wide Spending Bills

    A prominent federal budget analyst is predicting the best Congress will do this year on spending bills is pass two massive government-wide measures.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  30. An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense Panels Hold Up $7M Funding Shift for Hellfire Missiles for Now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  31. The SBIRS GEO-1 satellite. Lockheed Martin

    USAF General: DoD Must Change How it Buys Satellites

    The Pentagon needs to fundamentally change the way it buys satellites in an effort to lower costs as US defense spending contracts, a top Air Force general said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  32. The $5 billion counterterrorism fund that the White House requested in the Pentagon and State Departments' 2015 budget proposal would likely fund missions like the ones the US military has been conducting in Iraq over the past several months, an expert said. AFP

    DoD CT Fund Could Support Missions Like Current Iraq Campaign

    The $5 billion counterterrorism fund that the White House requested in the Pentagon and State Departments' 2015 budget proposal would likely fund missions like the ones the US military has been conducting in Iraq over the past several months, an expert sa

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  33. Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall wants the Army to present him with its business case for retiring Bell TH-67 and OH-58 training helicopters and replacing them with Airbus Lakotas, like the one pictured here. Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Walker/US Army

    Kendall Wants Business Case for US Army Helicopter Swap

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer has asked the US Army to justify its proposal to retire two types of Bell-made training helicopters and replace them with 100 new Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  34. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium rocket launches in 2012 with the third Global Positioning System IIF satellite. Air Force

    Senate, House Panels Hold Up Proposed EELV Funds

    A Senate committee is holding up a plan to shift $100 million to an Air Force space-launch program, telling the service to devise a plan for a new liquid rocket engine.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  35. Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall would like to have a 'strategic reserve' to help prevent taking money from one program to ease shortfalls in another. Glenn Fawcett/US Defense Department

    Kendall Wants Acquisition Reserve Account, but Doesn't Plan to Get It

    The US Defense Department's top procurement official would like Congress to create a reserve spending account that the Pentagon could tap when a weapons program runs into costly development issues.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  36. 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

    Issue Tracker: Senate NDAA

    The US Senate left town last week for a recess that will last into early September. It did so without scheduling floor time to take up an Armed Services Committee-passed version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

    • Aug. 4, 2014
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