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  1. The Royal Air Force's 10 MQ-9 Reapers will be incorporated into the core equipment program after combat operations end in Afghanistan. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    Reapers To Join UK's Core Equipment Program

    The British Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is to take the Royal Air Force's fleet of 10 MQ-9 Reapers into its core equipment program following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  2. A British Challenger 2 tank rolls into Basra in Iraq. Challenger tanks will be among the armor the UK will send to a Polish military exercise in October. Essam al-Sudani/AFP

    UK Sending Troops, Vehicles to Polish Exercise

    Britain is committing nearly 1,500 troops to a major exercise in Poland later this year as part of wider measures to reassure nations in Eastern Europe and the Baltic of NATO's commitment to the region in the face of Russian aggression in the Ukraine.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  3. During a news conference at the Israeli Defense Ministry July 28, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Operation Protective Edge will not end 'without neutralizing the tunnels, the sole purpose of which is the destruction of our civilians and the killing of our children.' GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP

    Israel Intensifies Anti-Tunnel Campaign, Rejects Truce Calls

    Israel is expanding its anti-tunnel ground campaign in Gaza along with standoff air, sea and land attacks in a high-intensity bid to bolster the operational conditions to drive an eventual diplomatic truce with Hamas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  4. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery, a missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18. David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images

    Senior Dem: With Supplemental in Doubt, 'Another Approach' for Iron Dome May be Needed

    One senior House Democrat says including millions for an Israeli missile defense program in a broader spending bill could delay — or even kill — the funds.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  5. From left to right: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and their Polish counterparts Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and Foreign Ministers Radoslaw Sikorski address a joint press-conferance July 28 in Warsaw. Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

    Britain Plans Major Exercises in Poland Amid Ukraine Crisis

    Britain on Monday announced major joint maneuvers in Poland in October, part of a string of NATO exercises in the region aimed at reassuring eastern Europe members jittery over a resurgent Russia.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  6. Ex-Contractor Extradited from Iraq to US In Bribery Case

    A former defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face charges he tried to bribe US officials to secure lucrative government deals, authorities said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  7. Attendees visit the Smith & Wesson booth during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Houston, Texas. The US gunmaker was fined $2 million on July 28 for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Smith & Wesson Fined for Indonesia, Pakistan Bribes

    US gunmaker Smith & Wesson was hit with $2 million in fines Monday for bribing officials in Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries to gain sales deals.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Afghan local policemen fire their AK-47 rifles during a 2012 training session conducted by US Marines in Sangin in Helmand Province. Adek Berry / AFP

    Audit: US Weapons for Afghans May End Up With Taliban

    Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  9. Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends Navy Day celebrations on July 27 in Severomorsk. Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP

    Putin Defiant In Face of New EU Arms Sanctions

    President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged Russia's defense industry to swiftly cut imports as the EU looks set to impose a ban on the sale of weapons and technology over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seated July 28 during a performance given by the State Merited Chorus at the People's Theatre in Pyongyang. AFP

    North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on White House

    A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  11. Saab officials said the company chose to not bid on a Denmark fighter program and concentrate on other markets. Above is a Gripen E/F Test aircraft. Stefan Kalm/ / Saab

    Saab Eyes Other Markets After Dropping Denmark Bid

    Sweden's decision not to submit a formal bid for Denmark's $5.5 billion to $6 billion Fighter Replacement Program (FRP) was a 'strategic choice' supported by state partners and Saab, said Ulf Hammarström, the CEO of Sweden's Defense Export Agency (DEA).

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  12. A court decision in mid-July could lead to greater transparency from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    Court: US Must Explain Why It Rejects Foreign Deals

    Since its inception in 1975, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has decided whether foreign acquisitions or investments in US companies could raise national security concerns.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  13. An MQ-9 Reaper UAV taxies after landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. US, Iranian and Iraqi unmanned vehicles share airspace over Iraqi skies. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson / US Air Force

    US, Iranian Drones Crowd Iraqi Air Space

    Despite a years-long history of intermittently sniping at one another's drones in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf, the United States and Iran have for the most part avoided each other in the air.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  14. A Delta IV rocket carrying the first two satellites for the GSSAP program awaits launch on July 25. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Ready for New Geosynchronous Overwatch

    The US Air Force will soon have new spy satellite capability that will provide oversight over other objects in space.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  15. The indigenous Hsiung Feng 3 has been called a carrier killer. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    Chinese Threat, US Hesitance Drive Taiwan's Munitions Push

    Taiwan's efforts to develop and produce a variety of munitions spring from two fears: fear of China and fear that Washington will fail to live up to its promises to provide arms in the event of a Chinese invasion.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  16. The Norwegian government in May presented a bill in parliament that aims to secure completion of Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile and prepare it for integration on the F-35. Kongsberg

    Norway Eyes Greater Precision, Global Exports

    The ambitious private-state partnership behind Kongsberg Defence System's Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and Joint Strike Missile (JSM) programs is driven by government support for advanced precision strike weapons that can bolster Norway's defense sector and

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  17. Poland wants to acquire joint air-to-surface standoff missiles for its fleet of F-16s. Lockheed Martin via US Air Force

    Russian Actions Drive Poland's Acquisition Mood

    Poland, now more focused on strengthening its precision strike and deterrence capacity, is in talks with the US to acquire AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSMs) for its fleet of F-16 Block 52+ fighter jets.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  18. The Brimstone, seen here on a Tornado, is one of several missiles expected to experience large orders from Mideast air forces. MBDA

    Mideast, US Lead Sharp Rise in Munitions Market

    The global smart weapons market, valued at $3.6 billion in 2013, is expected to reach $5.3 billion by 2018, according to an industry report.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  19. A helicopter launches a Roketsan-developed Cirit laser-guided missile. Roketsan

    Turkey Shops Locally for Smart Munitions

    A host of regional symmetrical and asymmetrical threats, and their unusually swift rise in prominence, are leading the Turkish government to focus on smart munitions.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  20. Saab sees its upgraded RBS-70NG missile system as part of a possible solution to the Australian requirement. Saab

    Australia To Renew Ground-based Air Defense Capability

    Australia plans to include a replacement for its Saab RBS-70 very-short-range air defense missile system in its next Defence Capability Plan.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  21. Lessons From Libya: A Canadian CF-18 fighter lands at an airbase in Sicily after a mission in Libya in March 2011. Concern over civilian deaths during the Libyan campaign has made low collateral damage weapons a priority for the Royal Canadian Air Force. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/ / AFP

    Aiming To Cut Collateral Damage, Canada Eyes Smarter Weapons

    The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking at acquiring new weapons to reduce collateral damage, a key recommendation that emerged from the service's war in Libya.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  22. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, pays tribute to former presidents Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, his grandfather and father, on July 27 to mark the 61st anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. AFP

    North Korea Defies UN Censure To Fire Missile Into Sea

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  23. Gul

    Auditors: Turkish Industry 'Has Failed To Develop' Despite Reforms, Billions Spent

    Despite the government's optimism and ambitions for a robust Turkish defense industry, a first-of-its-kind state audit report has revealed that the sector has underperformed in the past years.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  24. Advisers to DoD: Help Private-Sector Innovators Help You

    It's well past time for the Pentagon to revamp its acquisition processes so the private sector can boost its role in technology development, a key Pentagon advisory panel said on Thursday.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  25. Seeking Consensus: Foreign ministers Frans Timmermans of the Netherlands, left, Poland's Radoslaw Sikorski and Italy's Federica Mogherini confer prior to a meeting of foreign affairs ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels last week. THIERRY CHARLIER/ / AFP

    Europe Struggles To Unify Its Response to Russia

    Europe will harden its line against Moscow after the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, but sniping between Britain and France shows that the road to political consensus will be long and hard, analysts said.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  26. In a statement supporting additional US funding for Israel's Iron Dome system, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for Democrats to support 'a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly' — signaling apparent opposition to Democrats' emergency spending bill plan. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    McConnell Endorses Extra Iron Dome Funds, but Not Democratic-Written Supplemental

    The Senate's top Republican supports doubling US funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense program, but just how the extra $225 million passes the chamber remains unclear.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  27. Elana Broitman served as the principal contact between the Pentagon and defense industry leaders. US Defense Department

    Broitman Resigns DoD Industrial Policy Post

    The US Defense Department's industrial policy chief Elana Broitman announced that she will step down next month after only five months on the job, Defense News has learned.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  28. US Rep. Mike Turner has been active in urging US action to support the Ukrainian government. Courtesy

    Turner to Obama: Arm Ukraine To Take Out Anti-Air Systems

    US Rep. Mike Turner continues to focus on America's response to global crises while his rivals for the House Armed Services Committee gavel continue to work on acquisition reform and shipbuilding.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  29. Russia began supplying military helicopters, including Mi-35 attack helicopters, pictured here in Afghanistan in 2009, and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said July 24. AFP

    Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

    Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  30. US Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell was confirmed July 24 as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Army Vice Chief Campbell Confirmed for ISAF Post; Votel Goes to SOCOM

    The US Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  31. A part of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel currently under construction for the Russian navy, arrives July 15 from the Baltic in Saint-Nazaire, France. Jean-sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Ukraine 'Disappointed' By French Refusal To Halt Russia Warship Sale

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he was 'very disappointed' by France's decision to go ahead with a deal to sell two warships to Russia, despite international condemnation of Moscow's role in the east Ukraine conflict.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  32. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding to speed production of components for the anti-missile system. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Pentagon Supports Emergency $225M for Israel's Iron Dome

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to congressional leadership on Tuesday requesting $225 million in additional US funding to accelerate production of Iron Dome missile-defense components to ensure Israel will have adequate stockpiles to prote

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  33. Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraqi Army to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Administration Official: ISIL 'No Longer a Terrorist Group,' Now a 'Full-Blown Army'

    Obama administration officials made clear Wednesday the White House remains reluctant about launching a new military intervention in Iraq.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  34. An armed pro-Russia militant stands at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget/ / AFP

    On Capitol Hill, a Cold War Aura Returns

    It's suddenly 1980-something again on Capitol Hill as a Cold War aura fills the halls of Congress.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  35. Lithuania plans to replace its M113 armored personnel carriers. An M113A3 version is shown here. Canadian Master Corporal Karl McKay

    Lithuania To Acquire New Infantry Fighting Vehicles

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced plans to acquire new infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to replace the country's M113 armored personnel carriers.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  36. Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Britain Still Exporting Arms to Russia

    Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  37. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, leaves March 5 for her first trial. Frank Perry / AFP

    US: Transfer of French Warships to Russia 'Inappropriate'

    The delivery of French Mistral-class warships to Russia would be 'completely inappropriate' given the West's misgivings about Moscow's role in Ukraine, the United States said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  38. Volounteers who joined the Iraqi army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State brandish their weapons July 23 as they come as backup at a checkpoint in the city of Diyala. Amer Al-Saadi / AFP

    Iraq MPs Stall Presidential Vote as Violence Rages

    Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while airstrikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  39. After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines — surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare. US Air Force

    Air Force Refocuses on Training as Wars Wind Down

    After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines — surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  40. A bill awaits the signature of Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan that will toughen terrorism laws. Dan Kitwood / AFP

    UAE Toughens Counterterrorism Laws

    The United Arab Emirates has revised its 10-year-old counterterrorism law to respond to evolving threats.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  41. Gen. William Shelton, commander of the US Air Force Space Command in 2013. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

    Shelton: Russia's Doubt Over US Satellite Capabilities Shows 'Desperation'

    Russian statements expressing skepticism that the US can produce satellite images showing a surface-to-air missile shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17 shows 'desperation' on Russia's part, the top Air Force space official said today.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  42. The doors to the Senate Chamber inside the US Capitol. SASC Chairman Carl Levin has given his approval for preliminary talks about a compromise version of the national defense authorization act. The 'pre-conferencing' tactic has been used before to pass defense legislation when the Senate has been unable to get its own bill done. JIM WATSON/AFP

    Sen. Levin Green-Lights Work on 'Fallback' Bill Should Senate Fail on NDAA

    US Senate staffers have the 'green light' to start preliminary talks about a compromise version of a Pentagon policy bill that could quickly pass both chambers later this year.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  43. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Samuel Kubani / AFP

    Austria FM: EU to Prepare Defense-Sector Sanctions Against Russia

    The European Commission will shortly begin work on defense sector sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  44. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is one of the senior US lawmakers calling for European powers to hold Russia accountable after the downing of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine last week. Brendan Smialowski/ / AFP

    In Washington, Spotlight Shifts to European Response to Malaysian Airliner Shootdown

    Senior US lawmakers are increasingly saying European powers must act to punish Russia for its role in the shootdown of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  45. Yemeni soldiers fire a rocket during an offensive against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in May. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul says al-Qaida still has plans to target airliners. STR/ / AFP

    US Official: Al-Qaida Still Wants to 'Blow Up Airplanes,' Eyes Non-Metallic Bombs

    Al-Qaida remains intent on attacking airliners and is developing explosive devices capable of eluding airport metal detectors, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  46. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Lithuania Slams French Warship Deal With Russia During Ukraine Crisis

    Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said Tuesday the European Union was compromising its values to protect trade ties with Russia, pointing to a French warship agreement with Moscow.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  47. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Janek Skarzynski / AFP

    Poland: NATO Must Beef Up Eastern Flank

    Presidents from nine ex-communist NATO members met in Warsaw on Tuesday for talks on how to re-enforce the alliance's eastern frontier as it faces a resurgent Russia.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  48. British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street for Parliament on July 21 in London. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    Britain's Cameron Urges Military Sanctions Against Russia

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday urged the EU to hit Russia with tougher sanctions over the downing of flight MH17, calling for a ban on military sales and criticizing France's deal to build two warships for Moscow.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  49. Shiite Muslim volunteers join the Iraqi Army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Iraq's ambassador to the US has urged the US to begin airstrikes against ISIL. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraqi Ambassador: US Should Begin Airstrikes in Iraq Now

    The Iraqi ambassador to the United States explicitly called for ramped up American military involvement in his country on Monday, asking the United States to launch air strikes against positions being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  50. 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
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