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  1. Rear. Adm. Elizabeth Train has been nominated to replace Vice. Adm. Ted Branch as the director of naval intelligence. Navy

    Navy Nominates Replacement for Hamstrung 3-Star Intel Boss

    After a year in limbo, the Navy has decided to move ahead and replace the service's top intelligence officer, whose tenure has been hamstrung by suspected ties to a disgraced defense contracting firm.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  2. US Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, gives a press conference Nov. 26 in Kiev, Ukraine. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    NATO 'Very Concerned' By Russian Military Build-Up in Crimea

    NATO's top military commander warned Wednesday that Russia's 'militarization' of the annexed Crimea region could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  3. Bob Work is the US deputy defense secretary. Defense News With Vago Muradian

    Interview: Bob Work, US Deputy Defense Secretary

    America's adversaries are increasingly harnessing fast-moving, commercial and defense technologies to counter US capabilities.To stay ahead of rising adversaries, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently unveiled the Defense Innovation Initiative.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  4. US Vice President Joe Biden, right, meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Turkey's Erdogan Attacks US 'Impertinence' on Syria

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday slammed US 'impertinence' on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara days after his key meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  5. French President François Hollande is placing a hold on the delivery of a helicopter carrier to Russia due to the situation in Ukraine. Philippe Wojazer / AFP via Getty Images

    France Suspends Mistral Warship Delivery to Russia

    French President François Hollande has placed a hold on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia in view of the deadly conflict in east Ukraine, the president's office said on Tuesday.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  6. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Samuel Kubani / AFP

    Ukraine's NATO Hopes Still a Long Way Off

    For the first time, a majority of Ukrainians support the idea of joining NATO and the president this week spoke of putting the idea to a popular vote, but experts say it still remains a distant dream.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  7. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks down the Pentagon steps Nov. 24 in Arlington, Va. Earlier in the day, President Obama announced that he accepted Hagel's resignation. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    When Hagel Leaves, New SECDEF Faces Big Questions About The Military's Future

    US President Barack Obama's new pick to run the Pentagon will face a dizzying set of challenges affecting the Defense Department's mission, budget and culture.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  8. Michele Flournoy, whose name has been floated as a possible successor to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, is the former Defense Undersecretary for Policy. Getty Images

    White House Needs Strategic Thinker at Pentagon, and Quickly, Former Official Says

    Eyebrows were raised earlier this month when an unannounced but widely anticipated trip by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to Asia in early December was abruptly called off.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  9. US President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shake hands during a press conference to announce Hagel's departure at the White House on Nov. 24. Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Step Down

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned Monday, leaving unclear who will lead the Pentagon over the final two years of the Obama administration.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  10. An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State (IS) militants . Jm Lopez / AFP

    Turkey, US Agree to Train and Arm Syrian Opposition

    Turkey and the US have narrowed their differences and agreed to train and arm opposition fighters in Syria .

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  11. Chinese fishing vessels were anchored at Fiery Cross Reef (Kagitingan) in 2012 at the disputed Spratly Islands. Philippine Western Command / AFP

    China Blasts US Comments on Spratlys Project as 'Irresponsible'

    Beijing on Monday dismissed as 'irresponsible' US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  12. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, left, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speak after signing bilateral documents during a Nov. 24 meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Genya Savilov / AFP

    Lithuania Pledges Military Aid for Ukraine

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Monday promised military assistance for Ukraine as she slammed Russia's alleged 'terrorist' interference in a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  13. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's MOIRE folding space telescope would use Fresnel lenses instead of heavier glass mirrors or lenses, and could help redefine how orbital telescopes are built, launched and used. US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    DoD Shifts Acquisition, Tech Efforts Toward Major Powers

    After spending 13 years fighting non-state actors in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the US Defense Department is shifting its institutional weight toward developing a new acquisition and technology development strategy that focuses more on major state compe

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  14. Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for military aircraft Domingo Ureña Raso said a partnership with Lockheed or Boeing is worth considering. Getty Images

    A NATO Fighter?

    Just imagine it: Airbus teams up with Lockheed Martin or Boeing on a program to build a NATO fighter.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  15. US Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Biden Leaves Turkey Without Breakthrough on Syria

    US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  16. US soldiers await the order to march in the Latvia Day Parade on Nov. 18 in Riga, Latvia. Staff Sgt. Kenneth C. Upsall / US Army

    General: US Troops To Stay in Poland, Baltics Through 2015

    US troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 'to deter Russian aggression,' the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  17. Israeli soldiers stand at the Western Wall Plaza in the old city of Jerusalem, on Oct. 30. An internal document makes the case for Israel to overhaul the way it approaches deterrence. Gali Tibbon / Getty Images

    Internal Study: Israeli Deterrence Needs Overhaul

    Israeli deterrence is due for a wholesale overhaul, from basic theory and language to practical matters of intelligence targeting and operational planning up to the way the military fights and advises government leaders.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  18. A German Patriot missile launcher is deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey, in March. John Macdougall / Getty Images

    Turkey May Restart Missile Defense Program

    Turkey's procurement bureaucracy is rethinking a multibillion dollar program to build the country's first air and missile defense program, keeping 'all options open,' including scrapping the existing competition and merging it with a longer-range program

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  19. A Palestinian man walks between buildings destroyed during fighting between Hamas militants and Israel in the north of the Gaza Strip on Aug. 16. Roberto Schmidt / Getty Images

    Former Commander: Israel Made 'Strategic Mistake'

    Israel's latest Gaza operation illustrates the strategic consequences of crossing that Clausewitzian-inspired line of culminating deterrence, where tactical actions aimed at containing escalation ended up dragging it into an unwanted war of attrition.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  20. Front and Center: Air War College students learn about flash-bang non-lethal weapons this month. Air War College is one of the 10 branches under Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Donna L. Burnett / 42 ABW/PAM

    New Leader Tasked With Upping Profile Of Air University

    On Nov. 10, military officials, civic leaders and community notables from around Montgomery, Alabama, gathered to watch Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast take command of Air University, the center of education for the world's largest Air Force.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  21. India Invites Bids for $2.4 Billion Artillery Contract

    India on Saturday invited bids for a $2.4-billion artillery deal while deferring a decision on acquiring 106 Swiss Pilatus aircraft for fighter pilot training.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  22. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a picture during a break in fighting against the Islamic State group on Nov. 8. A US congressman wants to directly arm the Kurdistan Regional Government's Peshmerga forces. Ahmed Deeb / AFP

    House Republican Wants To Work Around Baghdad, Arm the Kurds

    As Washington weighs changes in its strategy to fight the radical Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, the head of the House's Foreign Affairs Committee has introduced a new wrinkle into the debate: providing weapons and military equipment directly to t

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  23. Palestinian members from the armed wing of Hamas take part in an anti-Israel rally in the Gaza Strip. The UAE's list of terrorist organizations did not include Hamas. Said Khatib / AFP

    Questions, Praise for UAE's Terrorist List

    Although the United Arab Emirates' list of designated terrorist organizations has raised questions about who it does and does not include, officials see the move as necessary for the Arabian Gulf sheikhdom.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  24. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Sources: Top Appropriators Focusing Solely on Omnibus, Have Had No CR Talks

    Capitol Hill's top appropriators have yet to discuss another short-term measure to keep the government running, focusing solely on a longer-term bill they hope to drop in early December.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  25. Pakistan's Minister for Defence, Water and Power Khawaja Asif. ( Justin Tallis / Getty Images

    Pakistan, Russia Sign 'Milestone' Military Cooperation Pact

    Pakistan and Russia signed a 'milestone' military cooperation pact on Thursday aimed at bringing peace and stability to the region, Islamabad's defence ministry said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  26. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second from right, and Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, right, visit the Amari air base that hosts the defense alliance's air policy mission over the Baltic states on Nov. 20 in Amari, Estonia. Raigo Pajula / AFP

    NATO Reports 400 Intercepts of Russian Aircraft in 2014

    NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  27. Russias President Vladimir Putin. Steve Holland / AFP

    Source: Syrian Team, Putin To Discuss Relaunching Peace Talks

    A high-level Syrian delegation will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday to discuss possibly relaunching peace talks to end the country's civil war, a senior Syrian official said Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  28. US Sen. John McCain is poised to seize the Senate Armed Services Committee gavel, and he is ready to pursue a sweeping pro-military agenda. MSNBC

    McCain Sees 'Good News' in Incoming Class of Military Hawks

    For US Sen. John McCain, reinforcements are on the way.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  29. A Chinese media depiction of the potential destructive effect of a MIRV-capable ICBM on Los Angeles.

    US Report: China's Nukes Getting Bigger and Better

    A new congressional-funded report paints a dark picture of China's nuclear weapons and missile modernization efforts.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  30. German soldiers pose during a show at Camp Marmal in Masar-i-Sharif in December 2013. Johannes Eisele / AFP via Getty Images

    German Cabinet OK's Plan To Keep Small Group of Soldiers in Afghanistan

    The German Cabinet approved a mandate on Wednesday to keep at least 850 soldiers in Afghanistan beyond the current NATO-led combat mission, which is due to end on Dec. 31.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  31. Major Maintenance: An artist's rendering of the new facility in the United Arab Emirates. AAR

    AAR Looks To Expand in the Mideast

    Global aerospace and defense contractor AAR is looking to expand its business in the Middle East after securing a deal with a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates giant Mubadala.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  32. Sen. Carl Levin says Senate and House leaders are still trying to agree to a 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Levin Says NDAA Conferees 'Not There Yet,' But Still Hopeful

    US House and Senate members hammering out a Pentagon policy bill are 'not there yet,' says one of the conference committee's leaders.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  33. Jordan's Queen Rania. Khalil Mazraawi / AFP

    Jordan Queen Says Anti-IS Fight Key To Saving Islam

    Jordan's Queen Rania on Tuesday urged support for US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group, saying the future of the Middle East and Islam was at stake.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  34. Honor guards of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic attend a Nov. 14 ceremony at the memorial of Russian revolutionary Fyodor Sergeyev known as Comrade Artyom in Donetsk. Menahem Kahana / Getty Images

    NATO Sees 'Very Serious' Russian Military Ukraine Build-Up

    Russia has launched a 'very serious' military build-up inside Ukraine and on their shared border, deploying troops and sophisticated equipment including air defense systems, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  35. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers urges his colleagues to pass an omnibus spending bill and avoid a government shutdown. Courtesy

    House GOP Approps Chair Lobbies for Omnibus, Warns Against Govt. Shutdown

    US House Republicans' top appropriator has a message for any member who might favor a government shutdown next month: The American people 'want action.'

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  36. 'A continuing resolution does not provide federal agencies with the flexibility to meet changing and urgent needs,' AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey writes in a letter to congressional leaders, pressing them to resist passing another short-term emergency funding bill. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    AIA's Blakey Pleads With Congressional Leaders for Full 2015 Defense Bill

    The head of the most powerful defense lobbying group is pressing Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to resist passing another short-term emergency funding bill.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  37. Newly elected Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga reads a morning paper Nov. 17 about the previous day's gubernatorial election. Jiji Press / AFP

    Analysts: Okinawa Vote a Blow To Japan-US Ties

    Voters in Okinawa have thrown a spanner into Japan's relations with the United States after electing a governor who wants the American military to downsize its presence at a time of alarm over China's territorial ambitions.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  38. 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
  39. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, is seen March 5 in Saint-Nazaire, France. Frank Perry / AFP

    Ukraine Expects France To Wriggle Out of Russia Warship Delivery

    France must find a way to avoid the controversial delivery of two state-of-the-art warships to Russia, Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Monday, adding that the sale would damage international security if it goes ahead.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  40. Top military leaders are pressing for a fiscal 2016 base budget that is $60 billion over spending caps. Here, a US sailor drives a boat past the aircraft carrier George Washington in the South China Sea. MCSN Everett Allen / US Navy

    2016 US Defense Budget Could Be $60B Over Spending Caps

    As the White House and Pentagon pass drafts of the fiscal 2016 defense budget back and forth before submitting it to Congress early next year, the base budget request possibly could exceed congressionally mandated spending caps by as much as $60 billion,

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  41. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks Nov. 15 at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, Calif. Mark Ralston / Getty Images

    Hagel Launches Plan To Maintain High-Tech Military

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled an ambitious new plan for maintaining the military' technological edge in a time of tightening budgets.

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  42. Spanish and US soldiers prepare to board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Bala Murghab Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan. NATO

    NATO Industry Forum Highlights Capability Divide

    During last week's NATO Industry Forum, a sharp contrast emerged between a wish for simple allied access to command-and-control (C2) information, and the high-tech capabilities in the pipeline for US forces.

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  43. Growing Ties: French President François Hollande, right, shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following a joint statement at the Elysee Palace on Oct. 31. ALAIN JOCARD/ / AFP

    Politics Pushing French Comeback to Turkish Market

    In the early 2000s, French manufacturers, once big players on the Turkish market, were 'red-listed' by Ankara in retaliation for a French parliamentary resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide of 1915-1919.

    • Nov. 15, 2014
  44. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced increased funding requests for the nuclear mission following a review that found poor morale and aging infrastructure. US Defense Department

    Hagel Directs Leadership Changes, New Funding for Nuclear Community

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed the Air Force to elevate its top nuclear missile leadership, and authorized the Defense Department to request a 10 percent increase in funding for its nuclear enterprise every year for the next five years to a

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  45. Congressional supporters continue to block US Air Force efforts to retire the A-10. Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel / US Air Force

    Congress Likely To Reject A-10 Partial Retirement Plan

    A plan by the US Air Force to partially retire the A-10 Warthog fleet appears to be dead on arrival, based on comments made by top Senate and House members Thursday.

    • Nov. 13, 2014
  46. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi AFP

    Islamic State Releases Audio of Leader After Death Rumors

    The Islamic State group released a defiant audio recording Thursday it said was of chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, after air strikes on jihadist leaders in Iraq sparked rumours he had been wounded or killed.

    • Nov. 13, 2014
  47. Islamic State militants fire rockets at Kurdish positions in the city of Kobane in Syria on the Turkish border. A US senator is pushing to renew the authorization for use of military force. ARIS MESSINIS/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Sen. Kaine: New AUMF Needed To Continue Islamic State Fight

    If Congress declines to formally authorize US strikes against the Islamic State, one key senator predicts some members will try to end the military operations.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  48. Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP

    Moscow Denies 'Unfounded' NATO Claims That Russian Troops in Ukraine

    Moscow on Wednesday denied it was ramping up its military presence in neighboring Ukraine after NATO sounded the alarm over columns of Russian military equipment entering the ex-Soviet country over the past two days.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  49. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters on Nov. 6 after the mid-term elections gave Republicans in both houses the majority in Congress. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Analysts: Bipartisan Accord Won't Happen Fast — 'If At All'

    The Republican-controlled Congress and Democratic President Barack Obama have a shot at working together on defense issues, but experts caution against expecting quick results.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  50. Sedat Güldogan is deputy undersecretary of Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries. Alan Lessig / Defense News

    Interview: Sedat Güldogan

    As deputy undersecretary at Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, universally known as SSM, Sedat Güldogan is responsible for the country's defense industry, research and development, and international cooperation.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
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