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  1. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, middle, testifies before the House Budget Committee July 17 about the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget request. MCS2 Sean Hurt / US DoD

    Despite Opposition, US War Funding Likely To Pass

    Republicans and Democrats showed a rare display of bipartisanship last week when members of both parties criticized the Pentagon's $58.6 billion war budget request, but experts say Congress will likely approve the measure.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  2. An EA-18G Growler launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. MC3 Karl Anderson/ / US Navy

    Senate Panel OKs Pentagon Spending Bill, But Its Fate Is Uncertain

    A US Senate panel on Thursday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending, while also proposing to keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire. But senior members made clear it may never see the Senate floor.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  3. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, middle, testifies before the House Budget Committee July 17 about the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget request. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt/

    DoD: New Counterterror Account Needed for Helicopters, ISR

    The Pentagon could use a new $5 billion counterterrorism fund, strongly opposed by the US Congress, to purchase new intelligence gear and aircraft for American and partner militaries, a Defense Department official said.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  4. An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. A Senate subcommittee added $1.3 billion for a dozen of the aircraft. MC2 John Philip Wagner/ / Navy

    US Senate Panel Proposes Keeping A-10, 11 Aircraft Carriers With $547.9B Defense Bill

    A US Senate panel on Tuesday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending as part of a bill that would keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  5. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., says the Pentagon needs to migrate its overseas contingency operations budget into its base spending accounts. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    US Congressman: DoD Needs To Put War Money in Base Budget

    A US congressman called on the Pentagon Tuesday to shift dollars from its war spending accounts back into its base budget.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  6. The US Navy now counts its two hospital ships as part of the battle force — one of a number of changes that skews future ship totals higher. Here, the hospital ship Mercy passes the Battleship Missouri Memorial in June in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. MC Tim D. Godbee/ / US Navy

    More Ships, At Least On Paper, In New Fleet Plan

    The latest update of the US Navy's annual 30-year shipbuilding plan shows a jump of 10 ships now in service compared with a year ago, but the updated number is a reflection of new ship-counting rules, not more ship production.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  7. Sen. Jeff Sessions said it might be too late to reverse the purchase of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan military. Courtesy

    Obama War-Funding Request Gets No Attention at Senate Hearing With Afghanistan Nominee

    US senators and senior military officials on Thursday discussed US cash for Russian helicopters, the ongoing drawdown in Afghanistan and missile defense programs.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  8. Doubts About the Plan: Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman of the House Seapower subcommittee, waves a copy of the new fleet plan while questioning US Navy officials. US House Armed Services Committee video

    US Navy Grilled on Cruiser Plan

    Sometimes it's all about trust, and right now, the US Navy is struggling to convince Congress it's on the level about a plan to take half the fleet's 22 cruisers out of service and gradually return them to active duty.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  9. An F-35, left, and an F-16 fly above Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Lockheed Martin

    US Air Force Faces Turbulent Times

    Demand for US Air Force spy planes, fighters and bombers from Eastern Europe to the Far East is spiking, and top generals say they're scrambling to meet commanders' needs as they struggle with shrinking budgets and keeping old planes flying.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  10. US Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    US House, Senate Appropriators Not Yet 'Pre-Conferencing' a 2015 Defense Bill

    Even as the US Senate remains unable to pass agency spending bills, the two chambers' Appropriations committees have yet to begin work on a compromise bill to fund the military next year.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  11. Adms. Jon Greenert, left, and John Richardson are warning Congress that funding cuts have put the Navy in a 'position of being unable to provide for a safe and reliable nuclear fleet.' Here, they're addressing media in February about a cheating incident at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Command. MCC(SW/EXW) Peter D. Lawlor/US Navy

    US Navy to Congress: We Can't Guarantee a Safe Nuclear Fleet

    Fighting back at repeated budget cuts to its nuclear power budget requests, two of the US Navy's top leaders warned Congress on Monday that the cuts can't go on.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  12. Sales of the AW159 helicopter to South Korea were among the UK's biggest export successes last year. AgustaWestland

    Government: UK Defense Exports Reached $17B in 2013

    Britain's defense exports reached nearly £10 billion (US $17.1 billion) in 2013 with two helicopter orders secured by the UK arm of AgustaWestland leading the effort, according to figures released by the government Tuesday.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  13. Pentagon R&D chief Al Shaffer

    International Partners Key To DoD's New R&D Strategy

    The US Defense Department is set to roll out a new strategy this week that is designed to make sure researchers know about ongoing technological developments around the world, and can take advantage of spending by close allies to fill gaps in capabilities

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  14. US Sen. Jack Reed defended the administration against Republican criticism of delays in submitting its war-funding request. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    Democrats: GOP Charges of 'Late' War-Funding Plan are 'Ridiculous'

    Democrats are defending the Obama administration for submitting a war-funding request nearly four months after sending Congress its base military spending plan.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  15. Observers expect this year's overseas contingency operations budget will be one of the last war-funding requests to be submitted by the Pentagon as operations in Afghanistan draw down. Sgt. Frances Johnson / US Marine Corps

    'Magic Money': DoD's Overseas Contingency Budget Might Dry Up

    While the US Defense Department's Afghanistan war budget is expected to receive little resistance from lawmakers, the Pentagon is under pressure from the White House Office of Management Budget to lower, then eliminate supplemental requests, sources said.

    • Jun. 29, 2014
  16. Defending the Borders: Two F-22 Raptors based at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, intercepted a pair of Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers on Nov. 22, 2007. US Air Force

    Interceptions Rise as Russia Boosts Air Power

    The Russian Air Force is upgrading its long-range aircraft, making the decades-old planes more lethal amid increasing encounters near US airspace, a top US general responsible for defending the American and Canadian airspace said.

    • Jun. 28, 2014
  17. Ambitions: Turkey plans on spending $16 billion for 100 F-35 joint strike fighters. Senior Airman Christopher Callaway/ / US Air Force

    Turkey Could Double Its Arms Budget

    Turkey, which has been spending around US $4 billion a year on weapons and upgrades, may double that to meet procurement goals for 2023.

    • Jun. 28, 2014
  18. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, shakes hands with Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who said the president's OCO request demands close oversight. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

    Republicans Say Obama's War-Funding Request 'Cries Out for Oversight'

    Senior congressional Republicans are vowing to closely scrub President Barack Obama's new war-funding request, with one saying it 'cries out for oversight.'

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  19. More Work: Italy is seeking additional F-35 work for its final assembly and checkout facility at Cameri Air Base. Lockheed Martin

    Italy Seeks Bigger JSF Workshare

    Italy's defense minister, during a Friday meeting with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will ask the US to boost the Italian workshare on the Joint Strike Fighter program at its final assembly line, even as Italy reduces spending on the aircraft.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  20. Among the weapons funded in the overseas contingency operations request is $192 million for 12 MQ-9 Reapers. Paul Ridgeway / US Air Force

    Contingency Spending Request Includes $6B for New Weapons

    US President Barack Obama has requested $6 billion for new military aircraft, drones, vehicles and bombs as part of his $58.6 billion request to fund the war in Afghanistan and other contingency operations in 2015.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  21. US troops listen to US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Mark Wilson / AFP

    Lawmakers Withhold Comment on $60B OCO Figure, Say More Specifics Needed

    Lawmakers on Thursday mostly held fire on the White House's coming $60 billion war-funding request, saying they have yet to be given ample details to comment.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  22. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen leaves after speaking with the media at the Pentagon following a private meeting with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Von der Leyen has ordered a review of the 15 biggest procurement projects. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

    German Parliament Passes Defense Budget

    The ruling conservative-left coalition of the German Bundestag Wednesday night passed a 2014 defense budget of €32.44 billion (US $44.13 billion), compared with a budget of €33.26 billion for 2013.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  23. US Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin said the panel should mark up the defense appropriations bill sometime in the first full week of July. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    US Senate Defense Spending Bill Will Slip to Mid-July (Updated)

    UPDATED: Shortly after this story was posted, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbra Mikulski's office tweeted this:

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  24. The White House is expected to request $60 billion to fund military operations in Afghanistan and other global contingencies. Getty Images

    White House to Request $60B for Afghanistan in 2015

    The White House on Thursday will ask Congress for $60 billion to fund military operations in Afghanistan and other global contingencies, Defense News has learned.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  25. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer Robert Hale, right, listens to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify June 18 at the Senate Subcommittee on Department of Defense. Staff Sgt. Sean Harp / Defense Department

    DoD War Spending Bill to Head to Hill Soon

    The White House will soon send the Pentagon's 2015 war spending request to the US Congress, with sources saying the budget plan will likely head to Capitol Hill by the end of the week.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  26. Time is Short: US Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., listens to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify on the fiscal 2015 budget June 18. After the House passed its version of the appropriations bill on June 20, the Senate has little time to act before its August recess. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    US House Passes Appropriations Bill, Senate Looks Deadlocked

    In a flurry of activity that wrapped up early on the afternoon of June 20, the US House of Representatives pushed through several controversial amendments to the $570.4 billion 2015 defense appropriations bill before handing its version off to the Senate for its own markups this summer.

    • Jun. 21, 2014
  27. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomes German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to the Pentagon on Thursday. Glenn Fawcett/DoD

    Minister: German Defense Budget Will Rise

    Germany plans to increase its defense budget in the coming years, however it is still expected to fall short of NATO spending guidelines.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  28. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other GOP senators talk to reporters after the Senate Republican policy luncheon on Tuesday. McConnell and fellow Republican leaders were critical of President Barack Obama's handling of many issues, including the worsening situation in Iraq. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Wednesday: A Day of Budgets and Baghdad for Lawmakers

    When US President Barack Obama meets with congressional leaders at the White House Wednesday afternoon to discuss the situation in Iraq, there's one thing — and perhaps one thing only — that he'll be able to bank on: No one will demand a large US troop pr

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  29. Supporters of the A-10 in the Senate Appropriations Committee are expected to keep the plane flying, but the Air Force warns that could cost other programs. Tech. Sgt. Robert Hanet/ / Air National Guard

    Senate Appropriators Likely To Protect A-10, Potentially Harming CRH

    The battle over the fate of the A-10 took a turn last week, when House appropriators became the first congressional committee to support retiring the fleet.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  30. A Puma helicopter lands near legionnaires of the French Army's 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment in the mountains in northern Mali, where French forces have battled jihadi fighters. Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP

    Providing Budgetary Cover

    As France prepares to open the Eurosatory land defense and security trade show, company heads and military chiefs of staff are fighting hard to ward off budget cuts, which they view as a threat to industry and operational capability.

    • Jun. 15, 2014
  31. Vaylon, which is developing a flying dune buggy, is looking for a business partner. Vaylon

    Company Seeks Partner To Help Lift Funding for Flying Dune Buggy

    Start-up firm Vaylon hopes to sign up a business partner soon to help fund development and production of a flying dune buggy, an innovative vehicle going through flight trials with the French special operations forces, Chairman Jérôme Dauffy said.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  32. Republican Sen. Bob Corker sees an opening for a comprehensive financial deal if the GOP reclaims control of the Senate in this year's elections. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Sen. Corker Sees Chance for Sequester-Killing 'Grand Bargain' Next Year

    Should the GOP win control of the US Senate, a window will open for lawmakers and the Obama White House to take one more shot at a sequester-killing fiscal deal, a key Senate Republican tells CongressWatch.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  33. The UK will reduce the level of its regular Army an additional 1,000 personnel as final cuts are made to reshape the military by 2018. Cpl Mike O'Neill/Crown Copyright

    Final UK Military Cuts Announced To Meet 2018 Goals

    Twenty four hours after the British government was heavily criticized by the National Audit Office (NAO) for taking significant risks in cutting the size of the British Army, the Ministry of Defence announced the final round of cuts required to achieve it

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  34. The primary defeat of US House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor means the defense industry has lost a strong friend in Congress. Jim Watson / AFP

    Cantor's Stunning Defeat Removes 'Only Leader' on Defense in GOP's Top Ranks

    US House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat is a huge blow to the US defense sector, and could allow an up-and-coming GOP deficit hawk to replace Cantor, or even become House speaker, sources say.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  35. Rep. Paul Ryan is urging NATO to raise its military profile in Eastern Europe. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

    Ryan: NATO Needs More Permanent Presence in Eastern Europe

    NATO needs to step up its permanent military presence in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russian aggression in Ukraine, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  36. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., House Appropriations defense subcommittee chairman, said its spending bill will address military readiness and sustainment shortfalls. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    House Panel Approves Massive Pentagon Spending Bill

    A US House panel on Tuesday approved $570 billion in Pentagon spending for 2015, but became the first committee to support retiring the A-10 fleet.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  37. Arati Prabhakar is director of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Getty Images for National Clean Energy Summit

    Interview: Arati Prabhakar, Director, US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Since it was founded in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has evolved as one of history's most formidable engines of defense — and commercial — innovation.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  38. Artist's conception of the Eastern Shipbuilding Group's offshore patrol cutter concept. Eastern Shipbuilding

    US Coast Guard Cutter Award Upheld

    The US Coast Guard's February award of three contracts to develop competing designs for the new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program has been upheld by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), disappointing rivals Huntington Ingalls and VT Halter Marin

    • Jun. 5, 2014
  39. Pakistani paramilitary soldiers display seized weapons and ammunition. Pakistan has again increased the size of the defense budget. BANARAS KHAN/AFP

    Pakistan Again Boosts Defense Budget, but at Smaller Rate

    Pakistan has followed recent trends and again increased the size of its defense budget, but also continued the trend of a steady decline in that rate of increase.

    • Jun. 5, 2014
  40. A Mastiff protected patrol vehicle operates in Helmand, Afghanistan. A protest has delayed a deal to upgrade the vehicles. SAC Dek Traylor/Crown Copyright

    Protest Delays UK Mastiff Upgrades

    The signing of a contract between the Ministry of Defence and a General Dynamics company to update British Army Mastiff armored vehicles has been held up after a losing bidder lodged a protest over the selection criteria, according to industry sources.

    • Jun. 5, 2014
  41. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin said no floor time has yet been set for a Pentagon policy bill. Allison Shelley/Getty Images

    Levin: No Floor Time Scheduled Yet for 2015 NDAA

    US Senate leaders have yet to schedule floor time for the Armed Services Committee's 2015 Pentagon policy bill as the panel's chairman wants to avoid a sequel to last year's chaotic late-year passage.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  42. A German Bundeswehr NH90 helicopter flies past a Boxer armored fighting vehicle at Camp Marmalin Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan. The German military plans to offer lifestyle improvements to entice volunteers. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP

    Bundeswehr Unveils Plan To Make Military Life More Appealing

    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, pushing to make military life more attractive, today unveiled 'Bundeswehr in Führung – Aktiv.Attraktiv.Anders' (Bundeswehr in leadership – Active, Attractive. Different).

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  43. US Sen. Richard Durbin said the defense appropriations subcommittee should take up the Pentagon spending bill next month. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    Sen. Durbin: Early July Is 'Goal' for Defense Spending Bill

    US Senate appropriators are aiming to take up their 2015 Pentagon spending measure just after Independence Day, says Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  44. A Boeing KC-767 destined for the Italian Air Force is surrounded by scaffolding during modification work. US lawmakers fear sequestration could diminish the defense industrial base. Boeing

    Lawmakers: Sequestration, End of Arms Buys Could Weaken US Industrial Base

    US House members are worried about the impact of sequestration cuts and the scheduled end of some major weapon buys, warning the dual hit could damage the defense industrial base.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  45. Burkinabe soldiers of the 25th Regiment Parachutist Commando Counterterrorism Company train with US Army Africa's Regionally Aligned Force. US Army Africa

    Is Obama's New Counterterror Program Merely 'A Political Talking Point'?

    US senators are questioning the need for a new $5 billion program proposed by President Barack Obama to fight al-Qaida and similar groups in North Africa.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  46. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, right, and President Obama address US and Polish airmen Tuesday in front of a F-16 fighter jet in a hangar at Warsaw Chopin Airport, Poland. Janek Skarzynski / Getty Images

    Obama Unveils $1B Security Plan Aimed at Russia

    Just as it served as a crossroads of the old Cold War, Poland gave President Obama a chance Tuesday to intensify a new-style standoff with Russia over Ukraine.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  47. US President Barack Obama announced that 9,800 American troops will remain in Afghanistan in 2015. Hope Hodge Seck/Staff

    US Experts Bank on $50B to $70B Overseas Contingency Ops Budget

    Even though US President Barack Obama announced last week that the Defense Department would leave only 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan in 2015, experts expect the Pentagon to ask Congress to approve $50 billion to $70 billion for war-related efforts.

    • Jun. 1, 2014
  48. The House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee shifts $975 million for the 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack jets the Navy wanted deleted from its 2015 request. MC3 Karl Anderson / US Navy

    House Panel Deals US Defense Sector Another Winning Hand

    The US defense sector is having a remarkable year on Capitol Hill.

    • Jun. 1, 2014
  49. Funding Crisis: Israel's Defense Ministry has threatened to drastically reduce operations due to budget cuts. ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images

    Israel MoD Suspends Procurement Contracts

    Israel's Defense Ministry has suspended planned procurement contracts, slowed work on major research and development projects and warned of a wave of industry layoffs to come from programs it will be forced to ax due to budget shortfalls.

    • May. 31, 2014
  50. More Money for Programs: Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley arrives at Parliament house in New Delhi on May 20. He has been appointed as defense and finance minister. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images

    India's New Defense Minister Is Expected to Fast-Track Procurements

    India's new National Democratic Alliance government has named Arun Jaitley to be its new defense minister and finance minister, a move that analysts and Defence Ministry officials believe means one thing: more money for weapons.

    • May. 30, 2014
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