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  1. 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: ISIL 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Tight Security: Retired Army Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, industry chair of the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, addresses audience members in Huntsville, Ala., last week. Conference attendees were barred from talking to speakers and from taking pictures during the event. US Army Space and Missile Defense Command

    Essay: Censorship, Police Intimidation at Missile Defense Conference

    In the back of a dimly lit banquet hall, a member of a prominent Washington think tank sat taking notes and snapping pictures of speakers' briefing slides using his mobile phone.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  25. Military Posture? A police officer watches over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Scott Olson/ / Getty Images

    Did Congress Help Create an Environment for Crisis in Ferguson, Missouri?

    Local US police departments like the embattled one in Ferguson, Missouri, look more like elite military units, in large part because of the United States Congress.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  26. Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, is greeted Aug. 14 by Gen. Do Ba Ty, deputy defense minister and chief of general staff of the Vietnam People's Army, at the Defense Ministry in Hanoi. Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP

    Top US General Visits Wartime Foe Vietnam

    The most senior US military officer to visit Vietnam for decades held talks with Communist Party officials in Hanoi on Thursday, in the latest boost to ties between the former wartime foes.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  27. US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq on Aug. 14 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass.. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    Obama: 'We Broke the ISIL Siege of Mount Sinjar'

    US President Barack Obama declared Thursday that US airstrikes had broken the siege of an Iraqi mountain sheltering civilian refugees and that troops conducting reconnaissance there would be withdrawn.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  28. Protesters stage a rally on Aug. 14 at the gates of Camp Schwab, near the site of the new US military runways in Nago, Okinawa prefecture. Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Japan Protesters Rail Against US Military Base

    Demonstrators rallied in Japan's southern Okinawa island chain, calling for work to stop on the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  29. An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense Panels Hold Up $7M Funding Shift for Hellfire Missiles for Now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  30. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, arrives Aug. 13 for a weekly meeting of the German cabinet at the chancellery in Berlin. John MacDougall / AFP

    Report: Germany To Send Aid to North Iraq

    German air force planes will deliver humanitarian aid to northern Iraq on Friday, media reported, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin was also considering sending weapons to help the embattled country.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  31. Lebanese troops stand guard in a street on Aug. 9 in the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, on the border with Syria. AFP

    US Pledges Arms for Lebanon Army After Jihadist Clashes

    The United States will supply Lebanon's army with additional munitions and ordnance in a bid to bolster the force after clashes with jihadists, the US ambassador to Beirut said Thursday.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  32. A power plant worker cuts through twisted burned out metal near damaged fuel tanks in the south of Gaza City. Roberto Schmidt / AFP

    Despite Heavy Costs, Israel Struggles To Spin Success From Gaza War

    The latest Israel-Hamas truce expires at midnight on Wednesday and it's still unclear whether Operation Protective Edge, now in its 37th day, will resume with greater intensity or come to an end.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  33. Displaced Iraqi Yazidis, who fled a jihadist onslaught on Sinjar, gather Aug. 13 to collect bottles of water at the Bajid Kandala camp in Kurdistan's western Dohuk province. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraq Evacuation May Not Require US Troops on Mount Sinjar

    A review by US troops of conditions on Iraq's Mount Sinjar Wednesday has determined that the conditions of a religious minority seeking refuge there are better than believed and may not require a US-led evacuation, a Pentagon official said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  34. A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft takes off from the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) on June 20. Staff Sgt. Lukas Atwell / Marine Corps

    US Military Aircraft Operating In Northern Iraq

    US helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys are on the ground in northern Iraq and operating from a secure airfield protected by Kurdish forces, the latest sign of an expanding Iraq mission that now includes about 1,000 US troops, defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  35. Peshmerga forces hand out water bottles and show the way to displaced Iraqi families from the Yazidi community as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on Aug. 11. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    UK Joins International Effort To Aid Yazidis in Iraq

    Britain will be part of an international mission to rescue Yazidi refugees stranded in northern Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  36. French President Francois Hollande is greeted by a crowd on Aug. 4 in front the city hall in Liege, Belgium. Fred Dufour / AFP

    Hollande: France To Deliver Arms To Kurds in Iraq

    France will deliver weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  37. Western sanctions against Russia will not affect the country's multi-billion-dollar weapons sales, the state-owned arms export company said. AFP

    Russia Says Sanctions Won't Affect Arms Sales

    Western sanctions against Russia will not affect the country's multi-billion-dollar weapons sales, the state-owned arms export company said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  38. The inaugural minister for Taiwan's new Science and Technology Ministry, Simon Chang, speaks during a March 3 ceremony. Mandy Cheng / AFP

    Minister: China Launching 'Severe' Cyber Attacks on Taiwan

    Taiwan's science and technology minister said Wednesday that China is launching frequent cyber attacks on the island despite warming ties between the two former rivals.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  39. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes position on the front line on Aug. 12 in Bashiqa. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    Pentagon Official: 130 Advisers Heading To Northern Iraq

    The military has sent 130 advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamic militants, according to a senior Defense Department official.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  40. US sailors directF/A-18E Super Hornets on Aug. 1 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. So far, there has been no collective insistence from members of Congress that they should approve limited US airstrikes on Iraq, which began last week. Joshua Card / US Navy via AFP

    Unlike on Syria, No Groundswell From Lawmakers for Iraq Strikes Authorization Vote

    There is no groundswell from US lawmakers demanding President Barack Obama seek their approval for new airstrikes in Iraq, a sharp contrast from his flirtation with strikes in Syria.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  41. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during an Aug. 12 town hall meeting aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Lance Cpl. John Baker / Marine Corps

    SecDef Hagel: 130-Member Team To Assess Iraq's 'Squandered Opportunity'

    US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said a 130-member 'assessment team' that arrived in Iraq Tuesday is charged with making a full-evaluation of the increasingly violent situation in northern Iraq.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  42. A Standard Missile Three (SM-3) is launched from the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh during a joint Missile Defense Agency, US Navy ballistic missile flight test on June 22, 2006, while at sea in the Pacific Ocean. US Navy/Getty Images

    Don't Expect Major Changes in US Missile Defense Policy

    The Obama administration is not likely to make major changes to the US Defense Department's ballistic missile defense programs and will focus efforts over the next two years on implementing current plans, a senior Pentagon official said.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  43. A photo taken on June 11 and released by Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China shows a Japanese F-15 jet approaching a Chinese plane (out of frame) in a spot where the two countries' air defense zones overlap. PLA Defence Ministry / AFP

    Report: Japan To Test First Homegrown Stealth Fighter Jet

    A group of major Japanese firms are planning a test flight next year for the nation's first homegrown stealth fighter jet, a report said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  44. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, poses for a group photograph Aug. 12 with US Secretary of State John Kerry, 2nd left, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, center, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 2nd right, and Australian Defence Minister David Johnston in front of Australia's iconic Opera House. Dan Himbrechts / AFP

    US Reassures China as 2,500 Marines Head to Australia

    The United States stressed Tuesday it welcomes the rise of China and wants to work constructively with Beijing as it signed a deal to deploy 2,500 Marines to Australia as part of its 'rebalance' to Asia.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  45. Video of a US military F/A-18 Hornet strike in Iraq, Aug. 8 CENTCOM/

    Think Tank Lays Out Steps To 'Cap' Then 'Roll Back' Post-9/11 Military Force Resolution

    A group of US national security experts is pushing a piecemeal plan to update the measure authorizing the war against violent extremist groups for the first time since September 2001.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  46. A part of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel currently under construction for the Russian navy, arrives July 15 in Saint-Nazaire, France, from the Baltic. Jean-Debastien Evrard / AFP

    Official: Russia To Pay for French Warships Only Upon Full Delivery

    Russia will not pay for the Mistral warships being built by France until both ships have been delivered, an official said on Tuesday.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  47. Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visit the Black Sea Fleet's missile cruiser Moskva on Aug. 12 in the sea port of Sochi. Alexei Druzhinin / AFP

    Putin Vows To Boost Arms Sales To Egypt's Sisi

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday promised Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speed up the delivery of billions of dollars in arms and invited Cairo to forge free trade ties with a Moscow-led customs bloc.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  48. A mixed flight group of Strizhi and Russkie Vityazi (Russian Knights) perform Aug. 27 during the MAKS-2013, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, Russia. Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP

    Swiss Bar Russian Display Team from Air Show Over Ukraine Crisis

    Switzerland said Tuesday that it has decided to block the participation of Russia's air display team at a military show in the neutral nation due to the Ukraine crisis.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  49. A Palestinian family looks at the remains of homes that were destroyed in Jabalia, the Gaza Strip, where numerous cease-fires have failed. Roberto Schmidt / AFP

    Netanyahu Confronts Conflicting Pressures in Gaza War

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is confronting conflicting pressures at home and abroad over his government's prosecution of Operation Protective Edge, now in its 35th day.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  50. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter poses for a picture on the front line on Aug. 9 in Makhmur during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants. Safin Hamed / AFP

    Official: US Shipping Arms To Iraqi Kurds

    The United States has begun urgently shipping weapons to the Iraqi Kurdish forces battling an advance by extremist Islamic State militants, a State Department spokeswoman said Monday.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
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