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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. '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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar signs a register after taking an oath during a swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on Sunday. Parrikar is India's new defense Minister. PRAKASH SINGH / AFP/Getty Images

    India Names New Defense Minister

    Manohar Parrikar, an engineer and entrepreneur known for his simple living with a reputation as an honest person, has been named India's new defense minister.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  33. Iraqi and U.S. flags fly over Al Asad air base in 2005 in Al Asad, Iraq. Scott Olson / Getty Images

    Pentagon: 50 US Troops Arrive in Western Iraq

    US troops have deployed to Iraq's frontline western province of Anbar for the first time in the fight against Islamic State jihadists, with 50 preparing the way for a larger contingent, the Pentagon said Monday.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  34. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. AFP

    Pentagon Can't Confirm Fate of Islamic State Leader

    The US military can not confirm reports that the Islamic State group leader may have been struck in an airstrike, but a Pentagon official suggested Monday that lower-level figures may have been hit.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  35. French President François Hollande, left, and Quebec Prime Minister Philipe Couillard toast on Nov. 3, part of Hollande's three-day state visit to Canada. Alain Jocard / Getty Images

    France to Canada: Buy Weapons From Us, Not From Americans

    France, concerned that US firms have the inside track on billions of dollars worth of future naval contracts, is lobbying the Canadian government to consider all options for its new surface fleet.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  36. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., campaigns for Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., on Oct. 13. McCain will likely become the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sean Gardner / Getty Images

    Column: Keep Calm and PowerPoint On

    A post-midterms message for defense professionals: Sen. John McCain is not coming to cancel your weapons program.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  37. The leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, addresses Muslim worshippers July 5 at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. AFP

    Iraq Investigating IS Leader's Fate After Airstrikes

    Iraq was on Sunday investigating whether Islamic State jihadist group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in airstrikes by US-led coalition warplanes targeting the group's leaders.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  38. The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class warship, is one of two ordered by Russia. A group of US lawmakers are urging NATO to buy the ships instead. JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/ / AFP

    US Lawmakers Press NATO Secretary General To Buy Ships Meant for Russia

    Eight US lawmakers are pressing NATO's new secretary general to purchase French warships currently bound for Russia.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  39. U.S. and Iraqi soldiers are seen patrolling together in Iraq in 2008. The president has authorized up to 1,500 more U.S. troops to join the advise and assist mission in Iraq. Army

    Obama Authorizes 1,500 More US Troops for Iraq

    President Obama on Friday authorized up to 1,500 more U.S. troops to join the training and advise-and-assist mission in Iraq against Islamic militants, the White House announced.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  40. New Sheriff: Sen. John McCain, the expected next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has a reputation for being tough on late and over-budget arms programs. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chairman McCain: Industry Girds for a 'Maverick' Armed Services Panel

    'He's coming for all of us,' said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  41. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is working to improve the image of the German military, following problems with defense equipment and procurement. Tobias Schwarz / AFP/Getty Images

    German MoD Works to Overhaul Image

    The German Cabinet has approved a draft bill of measures aimed at making the military one of the country's best employers.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  42. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven, left, welcomes Finn Prime Minister Alexander Stubb at the Nordic Council. The two countries are engaged in bilateral defense cooperation talks. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/ / AFP/Getty Images

    No 'Single Leap' for Sweden, Finland Into NATO

    Sweden and Finland, currently engaged in bilateral defense cooperation talks, have no plans to jointly attempt to join NATO.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  43. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, left, speaks during a Nov. 6 press conference as new NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg looks on at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Shah Marai / Getty Images

    NATO Chief Vows Afghan Support as Combat Mission Ends

    NATO's new chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged Thursday that Afghanistan would not be abandoned when the alliance's combat mission ends next month after 13 years of fighting against resilient Taliban insurgents.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  44. Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan load onto a KC-130 aircraft Oct. 27 on the Camp Bastion flightline. The Marine Corps ended its mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the day prior and all Marines, sailors and service members from the United Kingdom withdrew from southwestern Afghanistan. DVIDS

    Officials: US Could Delay Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

    US commanders are weighing a delay in the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan after the country's protracted election set back preparations for the transition, Washington defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  45. Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey is director of the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Alan Lessig / Staff

    Interview: Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey

    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is charged with advancing US security interests worldwide through collaborative agreements as well as arms sales. Last year, the agency sold more than $39 billion in weapons worldwide.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  46. US President Barack Obama speaks to reporters on Wednesday. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Obama Seeks Update to Military Force Rules

    President Barack Obama has invited the head of the US Central Command to brief congressional leaders at the White House on Friday afternoon — the first step toward updating the rules for the authorization to use military force (AUMF).

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  47. John McCain will likely become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yuriy Kirnichny / AFP

    After Election Day, Familiar Faces in New Places on Senate Defense Committees

    For the US national security sector, Tuesday mostly was a status-quo election — but with one glaring exception: Say hello to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  48. US President Barack Obama will seek a new authorization to use force against the Islamic State. Brendan Smialowski/ / AFP

    Obama Fills Up Lame Duck Agenda

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he wants this Congress in its final weeks to formally approve US strikes against the Islamic State group.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  49. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key delivers a national security speech Nov. 5 at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images

    New Zealand Rules Out Combat Troops To Fight Islamic State

    New Zealand will not send combat troops to battle the Islamic State (IS) group but is prepared to help boost the Iraqi military's capacity to fight the jihadists, Prime Minister John Key said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  50. Two T-50 aircraft perform over Seoul Air Base on Sept. 27, 2013. Kim Doo-Ho / AFP

    US Pressure Prompts South Korea Pullout of China Airshow

    South Korea on Wednesday scrapped its plan to send a pair of supersonic military jets to a Chinese airshow next week, citing pressure from the United States.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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