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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Oct. 16 in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Vasily Maximov / AFP

    NATO Says No Sign of Major Russian Pullback from Ukraine Border

    NATO said Thursday it saw no sign of any significant Russian pullback from Ukraine's border, despite President Vladimir Putin ordering thousands of troops to withdraw ahead of truce talks.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  19. The NATO flag. US Army Europe

    Poll: Support for NATO Membership Grows In Ukraine

    The number of Ukrainians in favor of joining the NATO alliance has risen sharply during Kiev's drawn-out conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, a poll showed Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  20. Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy is leaving the defense electronics firm and will take the top spot at electricity utility Electricité de France Miguel Medina / AFP

    Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy to Leave

    The French government has selected Jean-Bernard Levy, chairman of Thales, to be the next head of the state-owned electricity utility Eléctricité de France (EDF), a source at the defense electronics company said on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  21. A Marine checks the temperature of Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, chief of U.S. Army Africa, before Williams boarded an MV-22 Osprey on Oct. 15 in Liberia. Williams visited the site of the first of 17 Ebola treatment centers being constructed by Liberian forces under U.S. supervision as part of Operation United Assistance to combat the Ebola epidemic. John Moore / Getty Images

    US Ebola Force Continues To Build in West Africa

    Before entering the US Embassy in Monrovia to brief soldiers and reporters on the US military response to the Ebola epidemic, Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams washed his hands in chlorine bleach and had his temperature taken.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  22. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby listens during an Oct. 15 media briefing at the Pentagon. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Report: US Hid Troop Exposure To Chemical Agents in Iraq

    The US government has tried to hide the extent to which its troops were exposed to chemical weapons in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing intelligence documents and former soldiers.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  23. Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 11 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Campaign Against Islamic State Named 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

    The war against the Islamic State now has a name: 'Operation Inherent Resolve.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  24. Kuwaiti Navy Um Al Maradim-class missile attack ship Al Fahaheel participates in an exercise with Combined Task Force 523 during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2013. Gulf Cooperation States are proposing establishment of a joint naval force. Gary M. Keen / AFP

    Kuwaiti Official: Gulf States Plan Joint Naval Force

    Arab states in the Gulf plan to launch a joint naval force, a top Kuwaiti defense official said on Wednesday, in a bid to protect waters shared with neighboring Iran.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  25. Combating the Islamic State group 'should unite the world,' Sen. Carl Levin, soon-to-retire chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Sen. Levin Has Critical Words for IS, Pakistani Leaders and US Media

    Carl Levin used one of his final public appearances as a sitting US senator to deliver stern words to the Islamic State group, Pakistani leaders — and the American media.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  26. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, left, and Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, speak at an Oct. 14 press conference at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army in Washington, D.C. Mike Morones / Staff

    Army's Materiel Command Chief: Science and Tech Funding Key to Technical Edge

    There are few sacred cows left in the world of Army acquisition, as the service showed earlier this year in slashing the Ground Combat Vehicle from its list of development programs, even after chief of staff Gen.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  27. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno speaks at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. Mike Morones/ / Staff

    At Conference, Odierno Describes an Army Busier and More Far-Flung

    At his final AUSA conference as Army chief of staff, Gen. Raymond Odierno called on the Army to be ready for an era when the 'velocity of instability is ever increasing around the world,' and that time is now.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  28. US Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens with others on Oct. 14 while US President Barack Obama makes a statement at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Obama and Dempsey met with foreign military leaders from 21 countries to discus solutions for dealing with the Islamic State militant threat. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Fears for Kobane as Obama Meets Coalition Commanders

    US-led aircraft will continue bombing near the Syrian town of Kobane and in western Iraq, President Barack Obama said Tuesday after talks with military leaders from an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  29. A gunman who shot and killed an American and wounded another on Oct. 14 in Riyadh was a disgruntled former employee of defense contractor Vinnell Arabia and a US-Saudi citizen, a US diplomat said. The victims of today's shooting at a gas station in the Saudi capital also worked at Vinnell Arabia, said the diplomat, ruling out terrorism as a possible motive for the attack. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

    Former Colleague Shoots US Contractors in Riyadh, 1 Dead

    A former employee of a US defense contractor shot dead one American colleague and wounded another in the Saudi capital Tuesday, officials said, in a rare attack on Westerners in the kingdom.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  30. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un finally resurfaced Oct. 14 with the help of a walking stick after an unexplained and prolonged absence that fueled rampant speculation about his health and even rumors of a coup in the nuclear-armed state. Rodong Sinmun / AFP

    North Korean Leader Reappears in Public — With Cane

    With that unique haircut, and familiar wide smile, North Korea's young dictator resurfaced Tuesday in the traditional style of his tightly controlled nation: state media reports that showed Kim Jong Un offering 'field guidance,' surrounded by his usual en

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  31. Sought by India: A 155mm M777 ultra lightweight howitzer fires during US Army exercises in Fort Riley, Kansas. The Indian Army has been waiting several years to acquire the howitzers. Sgt. Gene A. Arnold/US Army

    Indian Analysts Rap Plan To Buy Homemade 130mm Artillery Gun

    Indian Army officers and defense analysts here criticized as irrational a Defence Ministry decision to spend nearly as much buying homemade 130mm Arjun Catapult artillery systems as it would have on advanced 155mm howitzers.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  32. Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soereide. Odd Andersen / AFP

    Norway Extends Military Conscription To Women

    Norway on Tuesday voted to extend military service to women, saying the step was meant to expand the talent pool for its armed forces.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  33. Ukraine's Defence Minister Valeriy Geletey was forced to resign on Oct. 12 as Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko dismissed his third defence minister this year, citing security failures that have seen government forces suffer daily losses to pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east. Genya Savilov / AFP

    Ukraine Turns To New Defence Chief Ahead of Russia Talks

    President Petro Poroshenko was set on Monday to name Ukraine's fourth defence minister of the year as he positions himself for a crunch general election and high-level talks with Russia.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  34. Maj. Gen. Jonas Vytautas Zukas, chief of defence of Lithuania. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Lithuania Creates Response Force To Prevent Ukraine Scenario

    Lithuania on Monday announced a new rapid reaction force designed to meet what it termed new unconventional security threats highlighted by the Ukraine crisis.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  35. A Turkish armored vehicle patrols at a Turkish-Syrian border area on Oct. 13. Kurdish fighters engaged in fierce clashes with jihadists on the Turkish border near Kobane as Washington pressed Ankara to play a stronger role in the campaign against the Islamic State group. Aris Messinis / AFP

    Turkey Denies Deal With US on Anti-IS Strikes

    Turkey on Monday denied it struck a deal with Washington allowing US forces to use Turkish air bases for bombing raids against Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria but confirmed it had agreed to help train Syrian rebels.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  36. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seen in a 2013 file photo. AFP

    North Korean Leader Reappears In Public

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in more than a month, the state news agency reported early Tuesday.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  37. The US and Japan are working toward new defense cooperation guidelines, but sources say Japan thinks the US is asking for too much. Here, US President Barack Obama meets with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April. Junko Kimura-Matsumoto / AFP

    US-Japan Accord Vague, Lopsided, Analysts Claim

    American and Japanese officials are at loggerheads in discussions toward completing their 'vision statement' updating their 17-year-old defense cooperation guidelines, according to Japanese experts.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  38. Mauro Moretti, CEO of Finmeccanica, says he wants to restore the firm's reputation after its former CEO was cleared of corruption charges. Andreas Solaro / Getty Images

    After Verdict, Finmeccanica Seeks To Restore Reputation

    Finmeccanica is considering repitching its AW101 helicopter to India, now that a corruption case concerning the 2010 deal to sell the aircraft there has been dropped, the firm's CEO said.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  39. German Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Odd Andersen / AFP

    Germany Regrets 'Mistakes' in Afghanistan Mission

    Germany's foreign minister said Sunday that Berlin had made serious mistakes in its military engagement in Afghanistan since 2001 and warned against a hasty withdrawal.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  40. Gen. Martin Dempsey Getty Images

    Future Ground Role for US Military Advisers in Iraq Likely, Says Joint Chiefs Chairman

    US military advisers are likely to take a more direct role in the ground campaign against jihadists in Iraq once Iraqi forces are ready to go on the offensive, the top US officer said in comments aired Sunday.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  41. A pro-Russian separatist soldier checks a burnt-out bus Oct. 1 after a shell exploded near a bus stop in Donetsk. John Macdougall / AFP

    Kremlin: Putin Orders Troop Pullback From Ukraine Border

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defence minister to pull thousands of troops from the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin said ahead of key talks on a fragile truce in the ex-Soviet country.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  42. A group of moderate House Democrats wants to require military program managers be versed in the weapon programs they would be overseeing prior to taking office. Karen Bleier / AFP

    House Democratic Group: 'Professionalize' Pentagon's Troubled Acquisition System

    A group of moderate House Democrats wants to require military program managers be versed in the weapon programs they would be overseeing prior to taking office.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  43. New Life for Hornets: The service life of Canadian CF-18s will be extended under a new plan that is expected to push back the purchase date of F-35 joint strike fighters. US Navy

    Canadian Jet Extension Plan Will Delay F-35 Buys

    Canada plans to conduct yet another modernization of its CF-18 fighter jets, an effort that will further delay purchases of the F-35 joint strike fighter.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  44. Sweden sent two additional Gripen aircraft in August to its most strategic forward military base in the Baltic Sea, a move prompted by conflict in Ukraine. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

    Sweden And Finland Pursue 'Special Relationship' With NATO

    Finland and Sweden are increasing their military cooperation dialogue with NATO covering development of a 'special relationship' with the Western alliance.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  45. A Transall aircraft flies at the NATO airport in Hohn, northern Germany, on Sept. 19. German soldiers were flying to the Kurdish city of Erbil to start training Kurdish fighters. DANIEL REINHARDT / AFP

    Agenda Aims To Improve German Military's Arms Procurement

    The German Defense Ministry has published on its website six points that will form the basis of an agenda to improve defense project management and transparency.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  46. An F/A-18F Super Hornet prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf on Oct. 3. The air wing is supporting operations over Iraq and Syria. MC3 Joshua Card / US Navy

    Column: Does The War Machine Have Brakes?

    Checks and balances. Remember those?

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  47. Smoke from an airstrike is seen near a border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border Oct. 3. Getty Images

    US Pushing Turks to Join Anti-IS Coalition

    A team of top US officials has arrived in Ankara, Turkey for two days of talks in an attempt to prod the Turkish government into taking an active role in fighting the Islamist State group in northern Syria.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  48. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle taxis in a 2010 test. Air Force

    NASA: Secret X-37B Space Plane Will Use Shuttle Hangars

    NASA today confirmed long-known plans for a secretive military space plane program to take over the use of two former shuttle hangars at Kennedy Space Center.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  49. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Boozer, second from left, commander of U.S. Army Japan, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Koichi Isobe, center left, the commanding general of the Eastern Army, receive a briefing Sept. 5 during Rising Thunder 2014 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington. Sgt. Cody Quinn/US Army

    Tokyo and Washington Writing New Guidelines for Military Partnerships

    American and Japanese officials are in talks to complete a 'vision statement' for how the two allies might work together in the security arena of their 1997 Defense Cooperation document, according to a senior Pentagon official.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  50. An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron 139 launches off the flight deck of carrier Carl Vinson. The carrier strike group is en route to 5th Fleet, where it will replace the George H.W. Bush carrier strike group. The chief of naval operations says it is unlikely there will be a need to maintain two carriers in the region. MC2 Scott Fenaroli/Navy

    US Navy Chief: Two Carriers in The Gulf Region is Unlikely

    The Navy's top officer said Tuesday he would oppose sending a second carrier to the Persian Gulf region.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
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