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  1. A man waves a Ukrainian flag during a pro-Ukrainian rally Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. The Obama administration is sending nearly $10 million in new 'security assistance' to Ukraine as that country stares down Russian forces, but one senior Republican lawmaker says more must be done. Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

    White House to Send $8M in Non-Lethal Items to Ukraine

    The Obama administration is sending nearly $10 million in new 'security assistance' to Ukraine as that country stares down Russian forces, but one senior Republican lawmaker says more must be done.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  2. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak Mike Morones/staff

    Interview: Tomasz Siemoniak, Poland's Minister of Defense

    Tomasz Siemoniak came to Washington last week at a tense time as Poland watched Russia's military movements near the Ukrainian border and on the Crimean peninsula.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  3. Good News, Bad News: Joint strike fighters perform an aerial refueling mission. The estimated cost of the fighter has gone up and sustainment price estimates have declined. Master Sgt. Donald Allen/US Air Force

    For US, F-35 Engine Cost Up, Sustainment Down

    Buying in bulk is key to lowering the cost of the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, the general in charge of the effort said.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  4. David Lo, spokesman of Taiwan's Defense Ministry, gestures during a March 26 press conference in Taipei. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Pay Raise Helps Taiwan Make Progress Toward Volunteer Military

    Efforts to make Taiwan's military an all-volunteer and more professional service which suffered a setback after the death of a young corporal have regained momentum following a pay rise, officials said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  5. A Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen fighter prepares for take off during an April 1 Lithuanian-NATO exercise near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia . Petras Malukas / Getty Images

    Sweden To Boost Military Spending Over Ukraine Crisis

    Sweden announced Tuesday that it will increase its annual defense spending over the next 10 years, citing the crisis in Ukraine and an 'unsettling' development in Russia.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, left, inspects a flight training of Korean People's Army (KPA) Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 188 on April 21 at an undisclosed place in North Korea. AFP

    US 'Closely Monitoring' North Korea for Nuclear Test

    The United States said Tuesday it was watching North Korea 'very closely' following South Korean warnings that Pyongyang may be preparing a fourth nuclear test ahead of a visit to Seoul by President Barack Obama.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. Mexico plans to purchase 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, according to a Pentagon announcement. US Army

    US Clears Black Hawk Sale to Mexico

    The US government has cleared the sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico, according to an announcement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. Poland, which has acquired F-16 fighter jets, wants a stronger NATO presence in Europe Polish Ministry of Defense

    Polish DM: NATO Must Focus on Historic Mission

    The NATO alliance should focus on its historic mission of deterring Russian aggression in Europe as members wrap up their mission in Afghanistan, Poland's defense minister said.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  9. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush signs the book 'Immigation Wars' at a book signing during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

    Would Jeb Bush's Defense Policy Look More Like His Father's or Brother's?

    Jeb Bush, the flavor-du-jour in Republican circles, likely would put forth a defense and foreign policy vision that closely resembles that of his father and the one pitched by Mitt Romney in 2012, analysts and GOP insiders say.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  10. Mauro Moretti, the new CEO of Finmeccanica, previously ran Italy's state railway company. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

    Will CEO Change Slow Other Changes at Finmeccanica?

    The arrival of a new CEO at Italian defense group Finmeccanica has left analysts fretting over whether plans to dump the group's loss-making transport activity will be delayed.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  11. The Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) will help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday. MC3 Sean Furey / US Navy

    US Sends Salvage Ship To Help With South Korea Ferry Disaster

    The United States is sending a Navy salvage ship to help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  12. Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Chief of Staff Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano. AFP

    Japan Warns China Over Ship Seizure

    Tokyo warned Monday that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-war debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the very basis of their diplomatic relationship.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  13. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, attends an April 17 photo session with the participants in the first meeting of 'airpersons' of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang. KNS / AFP

    North Korea Slams Obama's 'Dangerous' Asia Tour

    North Korea warned Monday that an upcoming Asian tour by US President Barack Obama could escalate military tensions, as South Korean media cited intelligence reports of increased activity at the North's main nuclear test site.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  14. A sacred branch with red ribbons, offered by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is seen in the main shrine of the controversial Yasukuni war shrine on April 21 in Tokyo. Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP

    Reports: Japan PM Makes Gift To Controversial War Shrine, Skips Visit

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated a tree to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, but did not visit the memorial which is seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan's militarist past.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  15. The 2015 budget request includes an extra $113 million for the Army's WIN-T battlefield network systems, part of DoD leaders' effort to finish work on large systems near the end of the Pentagon's developmental pipeline. US Army

    Special Report: Top US R&D Programs

    Defense budgets had been in decline for a decade when soon-to-be-president George W. Bush laid out his vision for the US military. In a 1999 speech, Bush argued that it was time for military research and development efforts to pursue big leaps, not incremental improvements.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  16. The 2015 budget request includes an extra $113 million for the Army's WIN-T battlefield network systems, part of DoD leaders' effort to finish work on large systems near the end of the Pentagon's developmental pipeline. US Army

    DoD Reshapes R&D, Betting on Future Technology

    Defense budgets had been in decline for a decade when soon-to-be-president George W. Bush laid out his vision for the US military. In a 1999 speech, Bush argued that it was time for military research and development efforts to pursue big leaps, not incremental improvements.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  17. Ismail Demir

    New Procurement Management To Broaden Turk PM's Power

    The signature policy of Turkey's outgoing procurement chief of 'aggressively going national as much as possible' may gain pace under his successor, but Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authority on major decisions likely will also rise, officials, an

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  18. Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera delivers a speech during an April 20 ceremony to launch the squadron of four E-2C early warning planes at an air base of the Self-Defence Forces in Naha, on the southern island of Okinawa Prefecture. Jiji Press / AFP

    Reports: Japan Steps Up Surveillance Posture Against China

    Japan bolstered its military surveillance capabilities in the southern island region of Okinawa over the weekend, reports said, as territorial tensions with China simmer.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  19. New Challenges: A US soldier participates in the Shared Accord military exercise with South African troops. US Army Africa

    In Shift to Africa, US Troops Find Complicated Relationships

    Lt. Col. Lee Magee had been on the ground in Africa for less than four days when the call came in to gather his troops and get on a plane to South Sudan.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  20. Needing Help: A navigational radar on Indonesia's national search-and-rescue boat shows details during a search in the Andaman Sea for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Malaysia has had to rely on other countries for satellite data and analysis. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP

    Hunt for Airliner Shows Limits of Satellite Imagery

    The big question on the minds of industry executives and others attending the Defense Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in the Malaysian capital last week was what effect would the crash of flight MH370 have on defense spending priorities here.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  21. Israel's Elbit Systems will transfer thermal imaging system technology to an Indian factory that will supply artillery, armored and paramilitary forces. Agence France-Presse

    Overseas Companies Seek Tie-Ups Through India's OFB

    A new Indian procurement policy that gives priority to state-owned defense companies has prompted Elbit Systems and Thales to forge ties with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which administers 41 weapon factories, and promise to transfer high technology

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  22. Joint strike fighters perform an aerial refueling mission. Estimated cost of the fighter has gone up although sustainment price estimates have declined. Master Sgt. Donald Allen / US Air Force

    F-35 Engine Cost Up, Sustainment Down

    Buying in bulk is key to lowering the cost of the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, the general in charge of the effort said.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  23. Sen. Mitch McConnell has urged the Obama administration to send weapons to Ukraine. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    McConnell Calls for US to Arm Ukraine, Blames Obama for Russian Invasion

    The US Senate's top Republican on Thursday said America should send weapons to the Ukrainian military as that country teeters on the brink of war with Russia.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  24. Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade April 7 at the Donetsk regional council office building in eastern Ukraine. US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of US European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Alexander Khudoteply / AFP

    USAF 4-star: Armed Attackers in Ukraine Are Russian Troops in Disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  25. Pakistan acquired the Perry-class frigate Alamgir in 2011, but hopes to obtain additional ships have been unrealized. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    US Congress Stymies Pakistani Naval Modernization Efforts

    Despite close defense ties with China, Pakistan still relies on the US to help it upgrade key defense areas. However, hostility from US lawmakers has effectively halted progress in some areas with Pakistan's Navy particularly hard hit.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  26. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    Diplomats Demand End To Violence in Ukraine

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  27. CF-18 Hornet fighter jets belonging to the Canadian 410 'Couger' Squadron are seen in 2009 under shelters on the tarmac at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. David McNew / Getty Images

    Canada Sends Fighter Jets To Eastern Europe

    Canada is deploying six CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe as part of NATO's response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  28. Foreign delegations will attend a conference at the Eurosatory trade show that will focus on combat helicopters. Anthony Pecchi / Airbus Helicopters

    Foreign Delegations Invited to Eurosatory Conference on Helos

    The French Army Air Corps has invited some 20 foreign delegations to attend a three-day visit, with a focus on combat helicopters, at the Eurosatory trade show, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  29. Factory Fresh: A new factory in Mozambique operated by DynCorp International and its partner OTT Technologies Mozambique has rolled out its first Puma M36 4x4 armored personnel carriers. OTT Technologies

    Foreign Firms Chase African Deals With New Facilities

    In just the past three months, five global defense companies have announced plans to open factories, maintenance facilities and marketing offices in four southern and east African countries.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  30. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and US presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland Wants Larger US, NATO Troop Presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger US and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  31. Armed men wearing military fatigues gather around armored personnel carriers as they stand guard outside the regional state building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16. GENYA SAVILOV/Agence France-Presse

    Stronger US Economic Sanctions Urged Against Russia

    The Obama administration should enact stiffer economic sanctions on Russia, but it's unclear whether such moves will lead Vladimir Putin to stand down in eastern Ukraine, say several former US officials.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  32. A US F15C Eagle jet fighter takes off April 16 near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia, deployed on NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO To Deploy More Forces in Eastern Europe

    NATO said Wednesday it will deploy additional air, sea and land forces in Eastern Europe in response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine and take further action if needed.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  33. US Defense Department proposed budgets will prioritize military need, not budget caps, said Frank Kendall, Pentagon acquisition chief. Jim Watson / Agence France-Presse

    Kendall: Pentagon Will Tie Budget Proposals To Needs, Not Budget Caps

    The US Defense Department will continue sending Congress budget proposals that do not adhere to federal spending caps and will instead opt to develop budgets it believes are appropriate to defend the country, a senior Pentagon official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  34.  Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Malaysia Advances With 8-Wheeled Armored Vehicle

    Malaysia's top armored vehicle manufacturer, Deftech, has begun the qualification stage for its eight-wheel-drive AV-8 armored wheeled vehicle and will produce 257 units with 12 variants for the country's Army when tests are concluded, said Deftech CEO Am

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  35. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks Tuesday at the Ecole Militaire in Paris after receiving a report on harassment and sexual violence in the French military. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/Agence France-Presse

    French Women To Crew Ballistic Missile Sub Fleet

    The French Navy plans to send three women officers to sail in the ballistic missile submarine fleet, a first for the French service, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said April 15.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  36. The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class helicopter carrier ordered by Russia, leaves for its first sea trial on March 5. Russia ordered two carriers with an option for two more. Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Treads Carefully on French Deal With Russia

    France has the right to decide whether to deliver a controversial helicopter carrier to Russia, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. But the opinions of allies also count.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  37. Members of the Afghan National Police Crisis Response Unit prepare to be extracted by an Mi-17 helicopter during training in Surobi, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/US Air Force

    US Lawmakers Press for End to NATO Cooperation With Russia

    Eleven members of Congress sent another letter to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning urging the United States to push its NATO allies to 'cease all trade involving military equipment with Russia' in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and co

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  38. Flying a Different Flag: The Turkish frigate Gelibolu, the ex-Reid, approaches Doha, Qatar, on March 24. A number of foreign navies are eager to acquire ex-US Navy frigates, but politics is preventing some allies, like Turkey, from receiving any more. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    New US Frigate Transfer Bill Advances

    The US Navy's frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy would love to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  39. Ismail Demir THY Teknik

    Turkey Appoints New Procurement Chief

    The Turkish government has appointed an aviation expert as new chief official for defense procurement, according to a government decree.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  40.  Sgt. Pete Mobbs/UK Ministry of Defence

    Interview: Chris Bernhardt

    US defense support services provider DynCorp International opened for business in the United Kingdom last month as part of a strategy aimed at putting the fizz back in the performance of a company buffeted recently by the drawdown of forces in Afghanistan

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  41. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, has been nominated as the Air Force's top military acquisition official. Air Force

    US Air Force Names New Acquisition, Mobility Leaders

    The US Air Force is shuffling the command of several key programs, including missile systems and its new tanker plane, the service announced Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  42. Mauro Moretti is the new CEO of Finmeccanica. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

    Moretti New Finmeccanica CEO

    As part of a management reshuffle involving Italy's large state-controlled firms, the Italian government appointed Mauro Moretti as the new CEO of Finmeccanica on Monday, replacing Alessandro Pansa, who has been CEO since February 2013.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  43. The Italian Navy frigate Maestrale brings aboard 76 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in October during Operation Mare Nostrum. Italian Defense Ministry

    Italy Copes With 'Biblical Exodus' of Migrants in Mediterranean

    The Italian Navy opened fire on human traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea last fall as thousands of migrants, including sub-Saharan Africans and Syrians, made desperate bids to sail to Italy.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  44. US military personnel works with a contractor to align a mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle on a trailer in 2011 at Forward Operating Base Warrior to haul equipment out of Iraq to meet the deadline for the US military transition from Iraq. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen / US Air Force

    SIPRI: Global Military Spending Drops, Led By US

    World military expenditure fell in 2013 as the United States and other Western countries cut back, but spending in emerging economies grew, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  45. Indian Army personnel keep vigilance at Bumla pass at the India-China border. Raising a new Mountain Corp for the Chinese border is part of India's plans to close its military gap with China. Biju Boro / Agence France-Presse

    Official: India Will Need To Hike Defense Spending by 30% To Narrow Gap With China

    Indian defense planners will need to hike defense spending by at least 30 percent for about 10 years to narrow the military differences between India and China, said an Indian Army official.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  46. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon Condemns 'Provocative' Russian Military Action Against US Navy Ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the US Navy destroyer Donald Cook while it was steaming in the Black Sea, heightening Cold War-style tensions that have continued to escalate for weeks, a defense official said.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  47. Lithuanian soldiers operate during a multinational exercise for Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian troops near Vilnius. Events in Ukraine have prompted Lithuania to procure three radars for its border with Belarus. Petras Malukas / Agence France-Presse

    Lithuanian Military To Deploy New Radars to Belarus Border

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense is planning to deploy three new radars to Lithuania's border with Belarus to bolster the military's air surveillance capacity.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  48. Join the Table: Ministers attend a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Kuwait City in November. Published reports say the council has invited Jordan and Morocco to form a military alliance. AFP/Getty Images

    GCC Seeks To Form Military Bloc With Jordan, Morocco

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has invited Jordan and Morocco to form a military alliance to resolve the bloc's manpower issues.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  49. Savings Questioned: The US Navy plans to cancel the purchase of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016, but the cancellation fees could total as much, or more, as the purchase itself. MC3 Chris Cavagnaro/US Navy

    Industry: Bad Precedent Set if DoD Cancels Multiyear Helo Buy

    The US Navy, in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, said it wants to cancel a planned buy of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  50. A Taiwan Navy Kidd-class destroyer launches an SM-2 surface-to-air missile during 2013 drills. Recent difficulties in purchasing certain weapons have made Taiwan look more toward indigenous development. Getty Images

    Growing Muscle: China's Neighbors Gear Up for a Fight

    The Asia-Pacific naval market is heating up, with massive quantities of new ships to boost regional navies in coming years.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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