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  1. A US soldier removes wire from a wall at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Nov. 1. Wakil Kohsar / AFP via Getty Images

    US Army Struggles With War-Zone Inventory

    As the Defense Department retrogrades mountains of equipment from Afghanistan, the US Army has failed to effectively report $419.5 million worth of equipment that may have gone missing, according to a recent DoD Inspector General's (DODIG's) audit.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  2. Interest in the Turkish-produced Toma riot control vehicle has risen in Turkey and abroad after its use against Turkish rioters protesting what they called anti-democratic government moves. Katmerciler Ekipman

    Turkish Vehicle Maker Prospering on Riot Threat

    A Turkish vehicle maker has flourished with booming sales at home and abroad as governments fear social unrest and make use of the company's anti-riot vehicles.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  3. BMC will speed up production of the Kirpi MRAP. Turkish Government

    BMC Speeds Up Production of MRAPs for Turkish Army

    Turkish armored vehicles maker BMC has increased the pace for production of the Kirpi, the country's first mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, after it was penalized 8 million (US $9.9 million) for late deliveries.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  4. 'Our commitments have actually gone up in the last year,' says Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, who wants to redo a decision to cut the service's end strength from 490,000 to 450,000. US Army

    Odierno: With Commitments Up, US Must Rethink Cuts to Army End Strength

    The US Army's top general wants to redo a decision to cut end strength from 490,000 to 450,000, saying it was made before Russian aggression towards the Ukraine and Europe, the fight with the Islamic State group in the Mideast and deployments to Africa to

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  5. The UK Ministry of Defence has selected Babcock as preferred bidder for the Defence Support Group's land business, which includes support for armored vehicles such as the Warrior. Cpl Paul Morrison RLC / Crown Copyright

    MoD Chooses Babcock as Preferred Bidder for DSG Land Business

    Babcock has been selected as the preferred bidder to acquire the British government-owned Defence Support Group's (DSG's) land business, the Ministry of Defence announced Wednesday.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  6. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says the US base defense budget needs to increase. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Dempsey Lays Groundwork for Larger 2016 Defense Budget

    The top US military official on Wednesday made the case for growing the base defense budget significantly over the $535 billion spending cap imposed by Congress for fiscal 2015.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  7. Battle Group Training: Latvian forces participate in exercises in 2012 in the UK, which had assumed lead nation responsibility for the European battle group. Jason Ballard/Royal Navy

    EU Plan Offered To Simplify Battle Group Deployment

    A group of European parliamentarians and officials are working on a novel way to cut through red tape and allow European Union forces to be more easily, and more quickly, deployed.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  8. Prince Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, son of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. Hassan Ammar / AFP

    Saudi National Guard Chief To Seek More US Backing

    A top Saudi Arabian official who begins a visit to the United States on Tuesday will seek to strengthen support for the kingdom's powerful National Guard forces, official media said.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  9. Iraqi and U.S. flags fly over Al Asad air base in 2005 in Al Asad, Iraq. Scott Olson / Getty Images

    Pentagon: 50 US Troops Arrive in Western Iraq

    US troops have deployed to Iraq's frontline western province of Anbar for the first time in the fight against Islamic State jihadists, with 50 preparing the way for a larger contingent, the Pentagon said Monday.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  10. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, left, and Indian Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh shake hands after the tentative conclusion of an anti-tank missile deal. Israel Defense Ministry

    Israel, India To Conclude Anti-Tank Missile Deal

    India and Israel will soon conclude a contract for an Indian government-approved anti-tank missile procurement and licensed-production deal estimated at US $500 million, sources here say.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  11. The M109A7 is seen during a US Army ceremony in May 2014. Stephen Gross/US Army

    BAE Lands $142M Follow-On Howitzer Contract

    BAE Systems received a $142 million contract from the US Army to continue low-rate initial production on the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer and M992A3 ammunition carrier, the company announced this week.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  12.  TenCate Advanced Armor USA

    US Army Evaluating Under-Vehicle Threat Protection System

    Armor may protect vehicles from being breached by roadside bombs, but it does not always protect vehicles and their passengers from being tossed up and slammed down by a blast.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  13. US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno talks with a group of executives at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition on October 15 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Sequestration Will Give US Army 'Real Problems' Meeting Increased Demands, Officials Say

    If sequestration budget cuts remain in effect, the US Army will take a $14 billion hit in 2016, jeopardizing modernization and its ability to respond to a major conflict, Army officials told reporters Friday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  14. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Punit Paranjpe / AFP

    India Chooses Israel Over US for $525M Missile Deal, Sources Say

    India has chosen to buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival US offer, as the right-wing government clears projects worth $13.1 billion to modernize its aging military, official sources said Sunday.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  15. New Wheels: Through the Scorpion project, France intends to produce a vehicle that would replace the ERC-90 Sagaie and the AMX 10 RC, left. Francois Nascimbeni/ / AFP

    Firms Sign Contracts To Kick Off French Vehicle Replacements

    Team partners Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales have signed the industry side of contracts to develop and build a combat vehicle and a troop carrier, a key step that allows an official review before the government can countersign an order that lau

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  16.  Sgt. Cody Quinn / US Army

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, Commander, US Army's I Corps

    Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza assumed command of the US Army's I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in February. I Corps, the only regionally aligned unit of the Army's three corps, supports the Pacific region.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  17. Needing Rounds: An Indian Army T-90 tank takes part in a parade in New Delhi on Jan. 15. The Indian Army is low on ammunition for the tank and now must buy new stocks from Russia. PRAKASH SINGH / AFP/Getty Images

    India Gives In to Russia's Terms For High-Priced Tank Ammunition

    The Indian Defence Ministry faced with a shortage of ammunition for its Russian-made T-90 tanks, coupled with an inability to produce ammunition at home has no choice but to give in to Russian terms and purchase marked-up ammo from Moscow, an MoD sour

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  18. New Capability: A British soldier stands on top of an armored vehicle in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. The UK has revived a plan to provide signals intelligence capabilities to troops. LEON NEAL/ / AFP via Getty Images

    UK Revives Push for SIGINT Capability

    Britain is reviving plans to update battlefield signals intelligence capabilities, the first of its kind since a Lockheed Martin contract to re-equip land forces was axed in 2009.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  19. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gives an Oct. 20 press conference in Najaf. Haidar Hamdani / AFP

    Iraq PM Rules Out Foreign Intervention by Ground Forces

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Monday ruled out any foreign ground intervention to assist government forces in retaking territory lost to jihadists and urged Sunnis to give up such hopes.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  20. Planning for More: The first double V-hull Strykers arrive at Fort Carson, Colorado, in February. Money for a fourth brigade of the upgraded Strykers was not included in the original fiscal 2015 Army budget request. US Army

    Army Waiting for Hill OK To Build Upgraded Strykers

    The Army has found enough friends on Capitol Hill to fund a fourth brigade of double V-hull (DVH) eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles, service officials said.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  21. The new fog of war is 'too much information,' says Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commander of the Army Combined Arms Center. Sgt. Maj. Danette Rodesky-Flores / National Guard

    Wanted: Soldiers Who 'Thrive In Chaos'

    The Army wants soldiers who thrive in chaos and can build rapport, said leaders and experts on a panel looking at 'The Human Dimension' at the AUSA convention Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  22. This image shows what US intelligence officials said was a Syrian nuclear reactor, destroyed in an Israeli strike that is believed to have included a cyber component. AFP

    Army Eyes Coordinated Land-Cyber Missions

    Seven years ago, the Israeli military's Operation Orchard is believed to have employed an electronic warfare-delivered cyber attack to shut down Syrian anti-air defenses before its jets bombed Syria's Al Kibar nuclear reactor.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  23. Decisions about the Future Fighting Vehicle program could lead to the Bradley, here being driven in east Baghdad, either being replaced or improved. SSG BRONCO SUZUKI/US Army

    Army Explores Its Armored Vehicle Options

    Nearly a year after the US Army canceled the Ground Combat Vehicle, officials defended the program as on-budget and called the decision to scuttle it a pragmatic move to improve further-along armored vehicle programs with available money.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  24. Soldiers take part in a semi-annual network integration evaluation at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. US Army

    New War Game To Focus on Tech, Partnerships

    The Army's new annual war game for developing new technologies and concepts will emphasize joint and international cooperation, said Brig. Gen. John Charlton, of Brigade Modernization Command.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  25. Improvements to mobility, weight and power are part of the plan for the Bradley fleet, above. The Army also will retain 2,633 MaxxPro Dash MRAPs, left. Staff Sgt. Bronco Suzuki / US Army

    Army Develops New Concepts, Keeps Existing Fleets Rolling

    Under the US Army's new operating concept, its forces must be tailorable, scalable, have a smaller logistical footprint and be able to operate in austere environments.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  26. While making decisions about a new fleet of armored support vehicles, Canada is upgrading its light armored vehicle IIIs. Sgt. Frank Hudec / Canadian Armed Forces

    Canadian Debate Continues: Wheels Vs. Tracks

    The Canadian Army will soon begin work on a program to purchase more than CAN $1 billion (US $895 million) worth of armored support vehicles, but still faces the age-old military mobility debate: tracks vs. wheels.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  27. BAE Systems and Patria said they would team to offer the Patria armored modular vehicle for Australia's combat reconnaissance vehicle program. Above is a Patria AMV (XP). Pentti Hokkanen / Patria

    Industry Teams Emerge for $9B Australian Fighting Vehicle Program

    Industry teams are beginning to form for the first bidding phase of Australia's AUS $10 billion (US $9.28 billion) Land 400 project.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  28. South Africa is planning for Badger production to begin in 2016. Denel Land Systems

    South Africa Badger Testing Advances; 2016 Production Eyed

    While most African countries remain focused on developing industrial capabilities to refurbish old military vehicles, the South African government has contracted local manufacturer Denel Land Systems (DLS) to supply 238 new Badger eight-wheel-drive infant

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  29. The BTR-4 armored personnel carrier is one of a variety of armored vehicles being upgraded by Ukraine. Ukroboronprom

    Ukraine Puts Priority on Vehicle Protection

    Responding to conflict in the country's east, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense is modernizing the military's vehicle fleet, emphasizing improving vehicle protection.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  30. Japan To Emphasize Military Mobility With MCV

    Starting in 2016, Japan's military will begin reshaping part of a tank fleet originally designed to repel a Soviet invasion from the north into a more mobile force aimed at a possible Chinese invasion of the nation's far-flung southern island chain

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  31. A French Army AMX 10 RC participates in an exercise in northern France. France's Scorpion project intends to produce a vehicle that would replace the ERC-90 Sagaie and AMX 10 RC. Francois Nascimbeni / AFP

    France, UK Shaping Future Fleets

    Britain and France this year will make major decisions about modernizing their armored vehicle fleets in projects worth billions of pounds and euros.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  32. The US Army's new operating concept will include an annual future-looking war game called the Army Warfighter Assessment at Fort Bliss, Texas. Here, soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, dismount from a Stryker during the similar Network Integration Evaluation. Lt. Col. Deanna Bague / US Army

    New US Army Concept Highlights Innovation, Multi-Agency Strategy

    At this year's Association of the US Army annual expo here, Army leaders are expected to tout a new operating concept that puts greater focus on smaller units expected to adapt and innovate to combat faceless enemies in a formless battlefield.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  33. President Barack Obama, center, addresses the media after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and combatant commanders at the Pentagon. Glenn Fawcett/Department of Defense

    McKeon: 'I Know' US Commanders Have Pressed Obama for More Ground Troops

    America's top generals have informed President Barack Obama they need more ground troops deployed to Iraq, says a top lawmaker with ties to Pentagon brass.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  34. Kurdish protestors clash with Turkish riot policemen Wednesday in Istanbul. Ozan Kose / AFP

    Turkey Faces Worst Kurdish Insurgency in 22 Years

    Tens of thousands of Kurds turned several Turkish cities into flames in order to protest the Ankara government's reluctance to save their kinship in Kobani, a northern Syrian city bordering Turkey and beseiged by Islamic radicals.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  35. Hungarian and US soldiers stand side-by-side on Oct. 2 after a joint Hungarian-US military exercise near Osku village, Hungary. Attila Kisbenedek / Getty Images

    Hungary Hosts NATO Exercise in 'Show of Strength'

    Hungarian and US soldiers took part in a joint military exercise Thursday, simulating 'everyday' battle situations in Ukraine, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  36. Philippine President Benigno Aquino. Jay Directo / AFP

    Philippines' Aquino Criticizes UN for Mission 'Impossible' in Golan Heights

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday criticized the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission 'impossible.'

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  37. U.S. soldiers patrol an Afghanistan highway on Aug. 11 in Parwan province. The U.S. and Afghanistan expect to sign an agreement to keep about 10,000 American troops there after combat operations end at the close of this year, an Obama aide said. Cpl. George Huley / Army

    US To Keep 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan

    The United States and Afghanistan will sign a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow about 9,800 American troops to remain in the country past this year, a US official said.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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