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  1. SHOWING SUPPORT: A delegation of US House lawmakers meets with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Monday in Tel Aviv. Israel Ministry of Defense

    US Lawmakers Flag Bipartisan Support for Israel

    Flagging their unflinching bipartisan support for Israel, leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee pledged strengthened cooperation in countering common strategic threats.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  2. 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
  3. This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Incident with US P-8 Sparks Debate on Pacifc Posture

    When a Chinese J-11 fighter intercepted and flew within 20 feet of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon on Aug.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  4. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech in June under portraits of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, and Iran's founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Internal political divisions are expected to harm Rouhani's standing with Gulf Arab neighbors, with whom he wants to build better relations. Atta Kenare / Getty Images

    Hardliners Intensify Attacks on Iranian President

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is facing an uphill battle in winning the trust of his Arab neighbors due to the raging political conflict between his administration and hardliner politicians in Tehran.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  5. Harsh Tactics: These pictures show an apartment building being hit by missiles before it collapses during an Israeli airstrike in the heart of Gaza City on Aug. 23. Israeli military officials say such tactics brought about the most recent cease-fire. MOHAMMED OTHMAN/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Israel Credits 'Gloves Off' Targeting for Latest Cease-fire in Gaza

    After 11 collapsed cease-fires in 50 days of war, Israel had to employ 'extraordinary escalation,' a general officer here said, to force Hamas to accept the latest Egyptian-brokered truce that promises to end Operation Protective Edge.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  6. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new government in Ankara on Friday. ADEM ALTAN/ / AFP

    New Turk PM Announces Cabinet; Defense Minister Remains

    New Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Friday announced a ministerial line-up with only four changes from President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's former Cabinet.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF Chief: Pratt Close To Developing F-35 Engine Fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  9. With midterm elections approaching, US legislators have limited time to deal with a Syria strikes resolution plus a Pentagon spending bill. US Government

    Work on Syria Strikes Resolution Would Delay — or Kill — Pentagon Policy, Spending Bills

    With only about a dozen legislative days left before November's midterm elections, a US congressional debate and vote on a Syria strikes authorization measure could further delay work on two defense bills.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  10. India and Japan will discuss the possible joint production of the Japanese company ShinMaywa's US-2 amphibious aircraft during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tokyo visit Aug. 30-Sept. 3. AFP

    India-Japan Talks To Focus on Strategic Ties, Possible Aircraft Deal

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Japan will include talks on possible joint production of amphibious aircraft and other matters related to strategic and defense ties between the two countries.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Allies may join the US in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, according to a US congressman. Above is a UK Tornado GR4, which performs strike and attack roles. RAF image/ / Crown Copyright

    US Lawmaker Sees UK, Australia, Turkey Joining Strikes on Islamic State

    The American military may be joined by some familiar allies in its fight against a violent Sunni group in Iraq, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  13. Provocative Act: This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Defense Ministry Tells US To Stop 'Close-in' Surveillance

    China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to 'undesirable accidents.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  14. US President Barack Obama meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other members of Congress on July 31. Legislators from both parties have said in recent days that the president needs Congressional authorization for any strikes inside Syria. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama Feels Pressure to Get Congressional OK Before Ordering Strikes Inside Syria

    Pressure from the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue is mounting on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before launching military strikes inside Syria.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  15. Ahmet Davutoglu waves during a congress of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara. He was selected as the country's new prime minister. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turkey's Ruling Party Elects Davutoglu Prime Minister

    Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday officially elected Ahmet Davutoglu, foreign minister, as the party's new leader and the country's new prime minister.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  16. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an Aug. 15 meeting. Niels Ahlmann Olesen / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO Prepares East Europe Rapid Response To Dissuade Russia

    NATO is preparing a rapid response to the Ukraine crisis that would allow it to deploy troops swiftly to reinforce eastern Europe and dissuade Russia from further destabilising the region, the alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  17. A Patriot missile system is seen in 2013 at a Turkish military base in Kahramanmaras.. AFP

    Holland To Terminate Patriot Mission in Turkey

    The Dutch defense ministry announced Aug. 26 that the Netherlands no longer had the resources to maintain the Patriot batteries deployed in southern Turkey, prompting Turkey to seek a replacement.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  18. An E2-C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 16 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US: No Plans To Coordinate With Syria On Fighting Islamic State

    The United States said Tuesday it would not coordinate with the government of President Bashar al-Assad on targeting Islamic State militants on Syrian territory, as preparations for possible air strikes gathered pace.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  19. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes a position to monitor security and movements around Kirkuk on Aug. 24. Marwan Ibrahim / AFP via Getty Images

    Iraqi Kurdish Leader Says Iran Provided Forces With Weapons, Equipment

    Iran was the first country to provide Iraq's embattled autonomous Kurdish region with weapons to fight off jihadist-led militants, president Massud Barzani said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  20. US President Barack Obama makes a statement Aug. 20 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    White House: Obama Has Taken No Decision on Syria Airstrikes

    The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama had so far made no decision on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  21. A Finnish soldier patrols a military checkpoint near Ulm, Germany. Under a new deal, Millog Oy will provide more extensive maintenance support to Finland's Army and Navy. Andreas Rentz/ / Getty Images

    Finnish Armed Forces Broadens Outsourcing Deal With Millog

    Finland's Armed Forces Command (AFC) has broadened its outsourcing arrangement with Millog Oy, the Finnish private sector company jointly owned by defense groups Patria and Insta.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  22. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh stressed in his Aug. 23 speech at the General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) that each component of the service has a important role to play and that all three arms of the Air Force should work together seamlessly. Facebook

    USAF Chief: Expect Further Integration of Guard, Active

    The US Air Force's top uniformed official expects to see the lines between the active, guard and reserve components continue to come down as the service looks for ways to operate effectively under limited budgets.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  23. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks to reporters July 8 after a closed meeting on Iraq and Afghanistan on Capitol Hill. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Sen. Graham Hints at Future Strikes Against Islamic State

    As the Obama administration weighs further action against the Islamic State, one of the top defense voices on the Hill is sending clear signals he expects action soon.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  24. A Shiite Muslim fighter, loyal to Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, takes part in a last combat training near the city of Najaf, Iraq, on Saturday before joining the government forces to fight Islamic State jihadists in the Jurf al-Sakhr area, south of Baghdad. HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP/Getty Images

    How Can the US Defeat IS Jihadists?

    President Barack Obama calls the Islamic State a jihadist 'cancer' threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world but has so far backed only limited air strikes against the extremists.

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  25. These images of the Chinese J-11B fighter were taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Tuesday. The fighter is seen beginning a pass under the Poseidon, then crossing the P-8A's nose and showing weapons — a display of potentially hostile intent. US Defense Department

    Chinese Fighter Buzzes US Patrol Aircraft

    A Chinese high-performance fighter intercepted and buzzed a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft on Tuesday in international air space over the South China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  26. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström Esquilo via Wikimedia Commons

    Enström: Sweden Must Keep Sub-building Know-how

    Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, has endorsed a government plan to increase defense spending by more than 10 percent in 2015-2024.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  27. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed With Passports, IS Fighters Could Threaten US

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  28. 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
  29. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., says he believes US lawmakers could pass a sequestration-replacement bill late this year. Jim Watson / AFP

    Levin Sees 'Coming Together' of Forces on Bill to End Sequestration

    One key Democratic US senator believes lawmakers soon will find a way to get rid of across-the-board defense cuts so loathed by many on the political right and left.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  30. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies June 11 before the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee in Washington regarding the transfer of five senior Taliban detainees in exchange for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Hagel staunchly defended the swap, insisting it was the 'right decision' despite the risks involved. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    GAO: Pentagon Broke Law In Bergdahl Swap

    The Defense Department broke the law when it transferred five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  31. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    DoD Leaders: Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen'

    The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional 'terrorist group' and is pursuing a vision that could radically alter the face of the Middle East, US defense leaders said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  32. Turkey's president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Aug. 21 after announcing Davutoglu as new chairman of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and new Turkish prime minister in Ankara. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turk Ruling Party Designates New PM

    Turkey's next prime minister will be Ahmet Davutoglu, the current Foreign Minister, according to an Aug. 21 announcement by the country's ruling Justice and Development Party. Davutoglu will also become the party's chairman.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  33. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Report: Japan Mulls Building Its Own Fighter Jets

    Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  34. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders Want To Expand Iraq Airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  35. Los Angeles County Sheriff's SWAT team members ride an armored car in 2013. Kevork Djansezian/ / Getty Images

    Hunter: 'Difficult to Comprehend' Why Local Cops Need Combat Gear

    Some items built for combat but often transferred to local law enforcement has no business on American streets, a House Armed Services Committee member who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is telling Pentagon leaders.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  36. US freelance reporter James Foley, left, is seen in a 2011 file photo in Libya. Jihadist group the Islamic State claimed Aug. 19 to have executed Foley in revenge for US airstrikes against its fighters in Iraq. Aris Messinis / AFP

    US Attempted Rescue of American Hostages in Syria

    US personnel recently tried to rescue American hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State (IS) but failed, the Pentagon and White House said Wednesday, a day after the militants released a video of a US reporter being beheaded.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  37. A loadmaster counts halal meals inside a C-130 Hercules on Aug. 13 prior to a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. / US Air Force

    US Weighs Sending Up To 300 Troops To Iraq for Security

    The United States is weighing sending up to 300 troops to Iraq to reinforce security at American diplomatic installations, a senior US official said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  38. An armed pro-Russian militant checks passing cars May 20 near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Viktor Drachev / AFP

    NATO Eyes 'Alliance Assurance' Force

    In response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, NATO leaders are examining the need to enhance the readiness of deployable military forces to reassure allies and deter threats to the alliance.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  39. 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
  40. Smoke billows after a US air strike Sunday near the Mosul Dam. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    US, UK Leadership Warn Iraq Mission Won't be Quick; US Escalates Air Offensive

    In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Aug.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  41. Trade visitors stand in front of a Raytheon booth during the Singapore Air Show on Feb. 11. Raytheon will receive a substantial payout from the British government over a canceled border protection program. Roslan Rahman / Getty Images

    UK Required To Pay Raytheon Over Border Security Program Termination

    Britain will make a hefty payout to a US defense company after a tribunal found London had unlawfully terminated a contract to provide the country's electronic borders program.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  42. A South Korean soldier takes position during an anti-terror drill on Aug. 18 as part of an annual joint military drill called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), outside a tunnel in Seoul. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

    South Korea, US Start Military Drill Despite North Threats

    South Korea and the United States on Monday launched an annual military drill, Seoul's defense ministry said, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a 'merciless' retaliatory strike.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  43. India has removed Denel, a competitor to provide 155mm/52 caliber artillery guns, from a blacklist. Denel

    India Lifts Ban on Denel

    India has removed South Africa's Denel from a blacklist, allowing the company to again do business here after nine years of investigations failed to prove corruption charges related to a rifle purchase.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  44. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., campaigns in eastern Kentucky Aug. 7. McConnell is locked in a tight race against Democratic challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    GOP: Senate Takeover Would Break Gridlock

    US Republican lawmakers and insiders are banking that a GOP takeover of the Senate would break the chamber's years-long deadlock. But the party must first win several key races.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  45. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, inspects a test firing of a newly developed high-performance tactical rocket on Aug. 15 at undisclosed location in North Korea. AFP

    North Korea Threatens 'Merciless' Strike Against US-South Korea Drill

    North Korea warned Sunday of a possible 'merciless' pre-emptive strike as it blasted an upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercise as a rehearsal for nuclear war.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  46. US President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about ongoing military actions and humanitarian drops in northern Iraq on Aug. 9. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    The Evolving Obama Doctrine: Limited Bombing Raids, Stronger Partnerships

    Iraq again has descended into sectarian violence and political chaos. An Islamic extremist group controls more land than al-Qaida ever has. Vladimir Putin appears poised to invade eastern Ukraine.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  47. This picture, taken on May 14 from a Vietnamese Coast Guard ship, shows a Chinese Coast Guard vessel, left, sailing near China's oil drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea. Vietnam was experiencing its worst anti-China unrest in decades following Beijing's deployment of an oil rig to disputed waters, with at least one Chinese worker killed and more than 100 injured. Hoang Dinh Nam / Getty Images

    Fishing Vessels in China Serve as Proxy Enforcers

    China's use of swarming tactics with fishing vessels to project and protect Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea appears unstoppable, experts say.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  48. Networked Fire: IDF self-propelled artillery in action during Protective Edge Gaza operation. Israel Defense Forces

    Israel Lauds New Capabilities in Gaza

    On July 8, the first day of Operation Protective Edge, five Hamas frogmen attempted an amphibious assault on an Israeli military base bordering northern Gaza.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  49. Closer Relations? Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, left, walks with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toward a welcome ceremony in New Delhi. RAVEENDRAN/ / AFP

    Too Early To Assess Indo-US Defense Ties

    Although no defense projects were established during US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's recent visit to India, US-Indo defense ties are developing and announcements on new initiatives are anticipated next month, Ministry of Defence officials and defense a

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  50. Homegrown Plane: Japan reportedly plans to test fly its next-generation indigenous fighter — its first locally built fighter since the F-2, here — in January. Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt/ / US Air Force

    When Will Japan's Prototype Fighter Fly?

    When will Japan's ATD-X indigenous stealth fighter prototype make its first flight? Hard to tell.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
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