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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. France's Scorpion program plans to replace, among other equipment, its véhicule de l'avant blindé. US Army

    Major French Vehicle Deal Closer to Reality, Execs Say

    A three-company industrial team is confident the government will go ahead with an order this year for the French Army's Scorpion vehicle modernization program despite budgetary concerns, a top executive with one of the firms said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  21. Assault Strategy: An amphibious assault vehicle with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Ground Combat Element approaches Onslow Beach, N.C., in August. The Marines plans to upgrade AAVs while developing a smaller vehicle. Cpl. Mary M. Carmona/US Marine Corps

    Back to the Beach: US Marines Upgrading, Replacing Amphibs Under New Strategy

    In line with the US Marine Corps' new strategy document, 'Expeditionary Force 21,' future amphibious assaults could be launched 65 to 100 miles from shore, with small landing teams exploiting gaps in enemy defenses.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  22. GD Hawks MUTT's Merits to USMC Audience

    Like its namesake, the Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) has a leash.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  23. A proposed US sale to Pakistan of 160 MaxxPro MRAP vehicles is likely to win US congressional approval even though the war against the Pakistani Taliban appears to be ending, Pakistan experts say. US Army

    Experts Say Pakistan-US MRAP Deal Likely To Win Approval

    Analysts say that a proposition to supply hundreds of mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles to Pakistan is likely although the war against the Pakistani Taliban and its allies and affiliates is winding down.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  24. US President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement on Tuesday before departing to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Pr JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images

    US Bans Anti-Personnel Mines Except On Korean Border

    The United States said Tuesday it halting the use of anti-personnel mines apart from in the tense No Man's Land between the Koreas, a step closer to compliance with a global convention.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  25. Sailors of the Russian Black Sea Fleet march on July 25 as they prepare for Navy Day celebrations in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Max Vetrov / Getty Images

    Defense Minister: Russia To Deploy Reinforcements To Crimea Area

    Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defense minister said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  26. A Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter guards a post flying the PKK flag in Makhmur, southwest Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Aug. 21. Kurdish groups from Iraq and three neighboring countries are putting aside old rivalries to battle jihadist militants, and now Turkey is considering a buffer zone along its border with Iraq and Syria. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Mulling Buffer Zone with Iraq, Syria

    The Turkish military, feeling threatened by the emergence of a radical self-declared Islamist state at its doorstep, is considering creating a buffer zone along the country's border with Syria and Iran, the president said on Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  27. 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
  28. The GXV should be able to reach 95 percent of all terrain, according to goals set by the program. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engi

    Agile And Deadly: Vision For The Future US Army Combat Vehicle

    A new research program aims to get the next-generation ground combat vehicle off the drawing board.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  29. Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen stand next to their vehicles as smoke billows after a mortar round attack that targeted a military post during the visit of Ahmed al-Dulaimi, the governor of Iraq's Anbar province. on September 7. Dulaimi was injured during the attack, which also wounded Abdulhakim al-Jughaifi, the administrative official responsible for Haditha, and seven soldiers, shortly after the town of Barwanah was retaken from militants, an AFP journalist said. A suicide bomber then struck the convoy carrying Dulaimi toward Haditha for treatment, killing one soldier and wounding six. Azhar Shallal / AFP via Getty Images

    US Expands Airstrikes Into Western Iraq

    The US military is coordinating some airstrikes with Sunni tribal militias on the ground in Iraq's Anbar Province after Islamic State militants began to build up forces near the Haditha Dam, a Pentagon official said Monday.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  30. General Dynamics UK will supply the British Army with 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles in six variants beginning in 2017. General Dynamics UK

    With Scout SV Deal Done, UK to Sell Surplus CVR(T)s to Latvia

    Britain is selling the Latvian military 123 surplus Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)) armored vehicles, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced Thursday as the two-day NATO summit opened in Newport, South Wales.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  31. General Dynamics UK will supply the British Army with 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles in six variants beginning in 2017. General Dynamics UK

    General Dynamics UK Wins Scout SV Deal From Britain

    Twenty four hours ahead of the NATO summit opening in Newport, Wales, the British government has emphasized its committment to modernize its military capabilities by announcing a £3.5 billion (US $5.8 billion) deal with General Dynamics UK to supply armored fighting vehicles.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  32. Gen. Paul Selva is head of US Transportation Command. Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner/ / US Air Fo

    Interview: Gen. Paul Selva, Commander, US Transportation Command

    As US operations in Afghanistan wind down, Gen. Paul Selva is responsible for getting military equipment back to the United States.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  33. City Wars: US soldiers conduct urban training at Camp Blanding, Florida. Army planners believe future battles will be fought in 'megacities' of 20 million or more people. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell/ / US Army

    US Army Sees 'Megacities' As the Future Battlefield

    When the US Army looks to the future, it sees cities.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  34. US soldiers get equipment from the European Activity Set (EAS) during an exercise in May in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Markus Rauchenberger / US Army

    US Military To Send Tanks To E. Europe for Drills

    US Army troops equipped with tanks will head to Eastern Europe soon to reassure NATO allies anxious over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  35. Bystanders watch a fire consuming a school in downtown Donetsk on Wednesday after being hit by a shelling. Several civilians died when their car was completely burned after being hit by shell fragments in central Donetsk, the rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine. FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP/Getty Images

    Ukraine President: Russian Forces Have Invaded

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared Thursday that 'Russian forces have entered Ukraine' and called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council to respond to what he said was a 'sharp aggravation' in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian arm

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  36. Engaging the Enemy: A US Special Forces soldier fires a Carl Gustav after receiving small-arms fire in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on March 8. Spc. Sara Wakai/US Army

    US Spec Ops Command Orders More Saab Recoilless Rifles

    US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has signed a contract worth up to $187 million for the purchase of more Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  37. New Threat: An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11 by the Islamic State allegedly shows militants driving in Iraq. AFP/Getty Images

    Islamic State Relying More on Suicide Squads

    Militants with the Islamic State (IS) are increasingly relying on terror tactics and suicide squads, and the method was key in their recent capture of one of Syria's largest air bases, experts say.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  38. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel addresses an Aug. 19 press conference in Berlin. Stephanie Pilick / AFP

    Germany Approves Algeria Tank Factory Contract

    German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has given the go-ahead for defense technology company Rheinmetall to build an armored vehicle factory in Algeria, the weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
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