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  1. Frank Kendall, the top Pentagon weapons buyer, will meet with defense industry leaders this weekend. AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon Officials To Meet With Industry Chiefs in Weekend Strategy Session

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer is meeting with a leading industry group and several top defense CEOs over the weekend to talk through his latest acquisition reform initiative.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  2. The agreement between Pratt & Whitney and the Pentagon's F-35 program office will cover 48 engines, with a total value of $1.05 billion, for the eighth production lot of the stealthy fighters. Alex R. Lloyd/ / US Air Force

    Pratt, Pentagon Agree on 8th F-35 Engine Lot

    The Pentagon has signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney for the eighth lot of F135 engines to power the F-35 joint strike fighter.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  3. Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized Congress for being unable to reach a budget compromise. D. Myles Cullen / Defense Department

    Gates Blasts Lawmakers Over Sequestration

    Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates ripped Washington on Thursday over sequestration budget caps, saying Congress' inability to reach a budget compromise was causing 'grave damage' to the US military, homeland security and other essential government

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  4. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

    NATO 'Vigilant' Over Russian Warplane Maneuvers

    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military maneuvers in European airspace.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  5. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    US To Check Troops For Chemical Exposure In Iraq

    The US military will launch new medical examinations for troops and veterans exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and review claims they were ordered to stay silent about such contact, officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  6. Osama bin Laden. Getty Images

    US Commando Who Killed Bin Laden To Reveal Identity

    The US Navy Seal commando who fired the shots which killed al-Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden is to reveal his identity in a Fox News television documentary next month, the network announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  7. If Democrats retain control of the Senate, Sen. Jack Reed could consider chairmanship of either the Armed Services or Banking committees. Courtesy

    Reed Mulls Armed Services, Banking Gavels as Nelson, McCaskill Lay Low

    With Democrats clinging to slim hopes of retaining a Senate majority, the would-be Senate Armed Services Committee chairman remains undecided on taking that gavel.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  8. US soldiers perform pre-launch checks on a Patriot missile launcher as part of a field training exercise. A Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments report suggests that the Army use land-based forces to deny access to the air and sea, defend coastlines and constrain enemy movements. Airman 1st Class Maeson L. Elleman/ / US Air Force

    Report: US Army Should Embrace Anti-Access/Area-Denial Mission

    The US Army is embracing a more expeditionary identity, but earlier this month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recommended it return to an old mission on the home front: coastal defense.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  9. Iraqi soldiers drive an armored vehicle in Jurf al-Sakhr on Oct. 27 after military forces retook the area south of the capital from Islamic State militants. Haidar Mohammed Ali / AFP

    White House Official: We Had To Leave Iraq 'To Find a Way Back on the Security Side'

    A top White House official today offered a detailed defense of the Obama administration's often-maligned Iraq policy after the 2011 withdrawal of the last US troops, insisting that the US tried to work out a deal to allow military trainers and fighter air

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  10. A U.S. Air Force airman part of the Joint Task Force-Port Openinghelps to augment airport security Oct. 16. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Oct. 29 ordered all US service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo quarantine for 21 days. Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez / US Air Force

    Hagel Orders Quarantine for US Troops Returning From West Africa

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered all US service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo 'controlled monitoring,' meaning they will be isolated on military facilities and monitored for symptoms for 21 days.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  11. The Pentagon's internal security agency is warning military personnel and civilians who work in the building that they could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists. AFP

    Pentagon Warns Employees About Islamic State Threats

    Military personnel and civilians who work in the Pentagon could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists, the building's internal security agency is warning employees in a new memo distributed late last week.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  12. 'I'm not interested in anybody writing a blank check for US Cyber Command or the National Security Agency,' said Adm. Mike Rogers, who heads both groups. Jim Watson / AFP

    NSA chief: 'I don't want privacy information'

    As industry and privacy advocates fret about cybersecurity legislation, cyber leader seeks to reassure.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  13. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivers a speech at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund Wednesday in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

    NATO Chief Urges Allies to Boost Defense Spending, Build Ties with Russia

    NATO countries must boost defense spending and build a constructive relationship with Russia, the alliance's new leader said on Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  14. An aviation boatswain's mate (Handling) directs an EA-18G Growler on Oct. 19 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Arabian Gulf. MC2 Scott Fenaroli / US Navy

    Pentagon: US Air War on Islamic State Costing $8.3 Million a Day

    The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against the Islamic State group comes to about $8.3 million a day.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  15. Nick Witney has encouraged the incoming European Union foreign policy chief to review European Union security and defense policy. European Council on Foreign Relations

    Former EDA Chief Urges Review of EU Security and Defense Policy

    Former European Defence Agency Chief Executive Nick Witney has urged incoming European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to set up a review commission of the European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  16. Local Liberians check the temperature of members of the U.S. Public Health Service on Oct. 27 during Operation United Assistance, Oct. 27, 2014. Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez / US Air Force

    US Army Isolating Some Soldiers Returning from Africa

    The US Army has begun isolating soldiers returning from the Ebola outbreak zone in West Africa, but so far the Pentagon has not imposed a new forcewide policy to quarantine all troops who participate in that mission.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  17. President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address last January before a joint session of Congress. Which party will hold the majority when they gather for the next one? Saul Loeb / AFP

    Column — Election Spoiler: Gridlock Nation

    A new Gallup poll finds Americans don't care about divided government, though they loathe Washington's dysfunction.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  18. A US Marine walks ahead of 'Big Dog,' a technology effort by Boston Dynamics. The company was purchased by Google last year. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    DoD Speeding Tech Acquisition Efforts

    The civilian team at the top of the Pentagon's acquisition structure is charging in several directions at once, pushing initiatives aimed at revamping how the building thinks through technology development, shares those burdens with allies and finds the n

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  19. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ilmars Znotins / AFP

    Erdogan Says Syrian Kurds 'Don't Want' Peshmerga in Kobane

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the main Kurdish party in Syria of not wanting Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq to help it fight Islamic State jihadists trying to overrun the town of Kobane, reports said Sunday.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  20. British soldiers lower the Union Jack during a handover ceremony Oct. 26 before their military withdrawal from the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Wakil Kohsar / AFP

    British Forces Hand Over Control of Last Base in Afghanistan

    British forces Sunday handed over formal control of their last base in Afghanistan to Afghan troops, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years which cost hundreds of lives.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  21. Chinese President Xi Jinping. Johannes Eisele / AFP

    Report: China To Keep Closer Eye On Military Spending

    China intends to improve efficiency in military spending through tighter monitoring of how funds are used, state media reported Sunday.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  22. Hunting a Mystery Sub: The Swedish corvette Visby underway on the Mysingen Bay on Oct. 21, the fifth day of a search for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. Sweden called off the search on Oct. 24. FREDRIK SANDBERG/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Sub Search Highlights Growing Unease With Russia

    More than six months after the crisis in the Crimean Peninsula sparked regional agitation between Russia and the rest of Europe, the recent flare-up off Sweden highlighted the worsening relationship and unease among neighbors in the Baltic Sea region, acc

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  23. A Ukrainian soldier mans a checkpoint in the village of Bugas, in the Donetsk region, on Oct. 24. The US military must prepare for wars fought with proxy forces, such as pro-Russian forces in Ukraine. Alexander Khudoteply / AFP/Getty Images

    US Military Girds for More 'Unconventional Warfare'

    The US military must prepare for murky, undeclared wars in which foreign entities use proxy insurgencies against established governments, typified by Russia and Iran, US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) writes in a new white paper.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  24. Delays in C-130 upgrades have reduced planned availability. New Zealand Air Force

    New Zealand Defence Force Grows

    Uniformed members of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have grown to 9,035 sailors, soldiers and airmen and women, up from 8,504 in June 2013, according to an NZDF annual report.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  25. House Armed Services Committee member Ron Barber, D-Ariz., and Senate Armed Services Committee member Kay Hagan, D-N.C., are in very tight reelection races. Chip Somodevilla and Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    Shifting Voter Preferences Could Spell Trouble for Armed Services Incumbents

    An analysis of polling data and past voting trends suggests tight races could spell trouble for several incumbents on two defense committees.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  26. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo speak during an Oct. 23 press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    US, South Korea Delay Transfer of Wartime Control

    The US and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  27. The Canadian Parliament is seen Oct. 23 in Ottawa, the day after multiple shootings in the capital city and Parliament buildings left a soldier dead and others wounded. Peter McCabe / AFP

    Canada Attacks Follow al-Qaida, IS Instructions To A Tee

    While they may not have officially been designated as jihadists, two suspected extremists who killed Canadian soldiers in shooting and driving rampages followed instructions issued by al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to the letter.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  28. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    US Official: Iraq Army Not Ready To Repel Islamic State

    US airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior US military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  29. Cypriot President Anastasiades. Yiannis Kourtoglou / AFP

    Draft: EU Leaders Seriously Concerned at Cyprus, Turkey Tensions

    European Union leaders will call on Turkey to respect Cyprus's sovereign rights, expressing 'serious concern' at fresh tensions between the two countries over oil and gas exploration, a draft summit document showed Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  30. Police officers move through the halls of the Parliament building Oct. 22 in Ottawa, Canada, after reports of shots being fired. AFP

    Gunfire Erupts at Canadian Parliament Building

    A Canadian soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while standing guard at a war memorial in the nation's capital in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed after racing inside Parliament.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  31. Lockheed Martin has joined Northrop Grumman in protesting a US Air Force award to Raytheon for the 3DELRR program, which will replace the existing TPS-75 radar system, above. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/ / US Air Force

    Lockheed Joins Protest of USAF Radar Award

    Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday it would protest the US Air Force's contract award for its next-generation ground-based radar, joining Northrop Grumman in challenging the service's choice of Raytheon.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  32. The Samsung Galaxy 5.5 features a fingerprint sensor for security. Getty Images

    US Approves Samsung Devices For Classified Data

    For the first time, the government will allow devices made for the consumer market to handle classified information.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  33. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Adem Altan / AFP

    Erdogan Says US Airdrops to Kobane 'Wrong'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized as 'wrong' the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  34. Maritime Tension: Two Taiwan missile boats patrol the Taiwan Strait during a military drill on May 15, 2013, aimed at defending its fishermen in disputed waters. SAM YEH/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Taiwan Calls for Calm Over Territorial Disputes

    Taiwan serves as a 'pivot point' from a geostrategic perspective and a cornerstone for Asia-Pacific regional stability, Taiwan's Navy chief warned last week.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  35. Shiite Iraqi fighters, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, fire missiles from a launcher during clashes with Islamic State group fighters in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on Oct. 19. Mohammed Sawaf / AFP via Getty Images

    New Iraqi Defense Minister Vows To Probe Army Debacle in IS Assault

    Iraq's new defense minister vowed Tuesday to investigate military failings that allowed the Islamic State group to overrun large areas of the country and to hold those responsible to account.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  36. Smoke and flames rise Oct. 20 following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria as Turkey, US Continue Talks on Islamic State

    After weeks of negotiations on how best to fight radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq, NATO allies Turkey and the United States have given signs of a convergence of their differences.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  37. Container delivery system bundles sit on a US Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the US Central Command area of responsibility in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/US Air Force

    US Airdrops in Syria May Strain US-Turkish Relations

    On Sunday night two US Air Force C-130s flew into Syria without fighter escort to deliver 27 bundles of weapons, ammunition and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani, Syria, which has been holding out against fighters from the radica

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  38. 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
  39. Cyprus Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides. Ministry of Defence

    Cyprus Cries Foul as Turkish Vessel Enters Waters

    Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of taking 'provocative and illegal' action by sending a survey boat to an area where the Cypriot government has licensed exploratory drilling for oil and gas.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  40. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    Pressure Mounts To Change Tactics Against Islamic State Group

    On Sept. 23, the US began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Barack Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  41. South Korean soldiers get off a truck during an Aug. 18 anti-terror drill. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

    North, South Korean Troops Exchange Border Fire

    North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire Sunday in the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  42. Japan's disaster medical assistance team DMAT carry away a patient during an Oct. 19 tsunami disaster drill from a US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey on the Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise. Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey planes took part in a tsunami disaster drill, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft. Jiji Press / AFP

    US Osprey Aircraft in Japan Tsunami Drill Amid Protests

    Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys took part in a tsunami disaster drill in Japan on Sunday, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  43. Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes. Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP

    Spain To Train Iraqi Troops To Fight Islamic State

    Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  44. Stepping In: Then-Egyptian Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, left, and Russian Defense Minster Sergei Shoigu meet in Moscow in February to discuss weapon sales and closer diplomatic relations. Sisi is now president of Egypt. AFP/Getty Images

    Russia Making Major Push Into Mideast Market

    Following a decade of 'near-absence' in the Middle East, Russia is once again asserting itself as it looks to sell arms to former Soviet-era clients while breaking into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  45. More Funding: Norwegian special forces operators are seen assaulting a building during the March exercise Cold Response in northern Norway. The military budget is rising, but not enough for some officials. TORBJORN KJOSVOLD/ / AFP

    Norwegian Budget Hike Gets Mixed Reviews

    The 3.5 percent net increase in Norway's 2015 defense budget has disappointed some leading military organizations and been called inadequate against a backdrop of increased regional tensions caused by Russian aggression in Ukraine.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  46. Diplomatic Issues: Pacific Command chief Adm. Samuel Locklear, center, and Gen. Gregario Catapang, to his right, review Filipino troops on Oct. 14. A criminal investigation involving a US Marine has complicated the two nations' efforts to strengthen defense ties. MC1 Jay M. Chu/ / US Navy

    US Marine Case Puts Nascent US-Filipino Relationship to the Test

    The burgeoning defense relationship between the Philippines and the US could be tested as local prosecutors appear ready to charge a US Marine in the Oct. 11 death of a transgender Filipino.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  47. Inside Pick? Thales officials hope the choice to replace Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy will be a company insider. MIGUEL MEDINA/ / AFP

    Thales Staff Urges Internal Pick for New Chairman

    Staff at defense electronics company Thales called for an internal appointment of the next chairman following the French government's surprise pick of Jean-Bernard Levy to head giant electricity utility Electricité de France (EDF), the employee shareholde

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  48. New Way To Thwart IEDs: JIEDDO and the US Army are testing out robots that may do a better job of keeping IEDs out of culverts than the low-tech bars in current use. Here, Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province install a 'culvert denial system,' comprised of two metal-bar grates, in March. Sgt. Jessica Ostroska/ / US Marines

    JIEDDO, Army Test Underground Robots

    The Army Research Lab and the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) have just wrapped up a critical new test of small ground and air unmanned assets aimed at detecting improvised explosive devices in culverts in subterranean environments, and officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  49. US President Barack Obama, center, looks at Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while meeting with members of Congress on foreign policy. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Gallup Poll: Americans Are Divided About Divided Government

    Americans are divided about whether a single political party should control the federal government.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  50. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey Approves US Drone Flights To Monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
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