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  1. Gen. William Shelton, commander of the US Air Force Space Command in 2013. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

    Shelton: Russia's Doubt Over US Satellite Capabilities Shows 'Desperation'

    Russian statements expressing skepticism that the US can produce satellite images showing a surface-to-air missile shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17 shows 'desperation' on Russia's part, the top Air Force space official said today.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  2. The doors to the Senate Chamber inside the US Capitol. SASC Chairman Carl Levin has given his approval for preliminary talks about a compromise version of the national defense authorization act. The 'pre-conferencing' tactic has been used before to pass defense legislation when the Senate has been unable to get its own bill done. JIM WATSON/AFP

    Sen. Levin Green-Lights Work on 'Fallback' Bill Should Senate Fail on NDAA

    US Senate staffers have the 'green light' to start preliminary talks about a compromise version of a Pentagon policy bill that could quickly pass both chambers later this year.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  3. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Samuel Kubani / AFP

    Austria FM: EU to Prepare Defense-Sector Sanctions Against Russia

    The European Commission will shortly begin work on defense sector sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  4. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is one of the senior US lawmakers calling for European powers to hold Russia accountable after the downing of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine last week. Brendan Smialowski/ / AFP

    In Washington, Spotlight Shifts to European Response to Malaysian Airliner Shootdown

    Senior US lawmakers are increasingly saying European powers must act to punish Russia for its role in the shootdown of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  5. Yemeni soldiers fire a rocket during an offensive against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in May. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul says al-Qaida still has plans to target airliners. STR/ / AFP

    US Official: Al-Qaida Still Wants to 'Blow Up Airplanes,' Eyes Non-Metallic Bombs

    Al-Qaida remains intent on attacking airliners and is developing explosive devices capable of eluding airport metal detectors, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  6. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Lithuania Slams French Warship Deal With Russia During Ukraine Crisis

    Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said Tuesday the European Union was compromising its values to protect trade ties with Russia, pointing to a French warship agreement with Moscow.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  7. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Janek Skarzynski / AFP

    Poland: NATO Must Beef Up Eastern Flank

    Presidents from nine ex-communist NATO members met in Warsaw on Tuesday for talks on how to re-enforce the alliance's eastern frontier as it faces a resurgent Russia.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  8. British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street for Parliament on July 21 in London. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    Britain's Cameron Urges Military Sanctions Against Russia

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday urged the EU to hit Russia with tougher sanctions over the downing of flight MH17, calling for a ban on military sales and criticizing France's deal to build two warships for Moscow.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  9. Shiite Muslim volunteers join the Iraqi Army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Iraq's ambassador to the US has urged the US to begin airstrikes against ISIL. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraqi Ambassador: US Should Begin Airstrikes in Iraq Now

    The Iraqi ambassador to the United States explicitly called for ramped up American military involvement in his country on Monday, asking the United States to launch air strikes against positions being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  10. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, middle, testifies before the House Budget Committee July 17 about the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget request. MCS2 Sean Hurt / US DoD

    Despite Opposition, US War Funding Likely To Pass

    Republicans and Democrats showed a rare display of bipartisanship last week when members of both parties criticized the Pentagon's $58.6 billion war budget request, but experts say Congress will likely approve the measure.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  11. A pro-Russia militant holds up a stuffed animal as others look on at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 18. Dominique Faget / Getty Images

    Airliner Strike Intensifies Urgency for E. European Procurement, Cooperation

    The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger aircraft over eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are fighting against Ukraine's pro-government troops, is likely to further contribute to security concerns in Eastern Europe, where NATO all

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  12. Finmeccanica's familiar bubble chalet returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year, but inside, new CEO Mauro Moretti was figuring out ways to cut costs. Leon Neal / Getty Images

    New Finmeccanica CEO Eyes Shake-ups

    Finmeccanica returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year with its hard-to-miss white bubble pavilion, but in his first air show appearance, new CEO Mauro Moretti promised that just about everything else at the Italian group is due for a ra

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  13. A US Senate panel is calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reassess the value of an alternate power plant, such as the General Electric-Rolls-Royce F136 pictured here, for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. US Air Force

    Experts: Don't Bet on Revival of 2nd F-35 Engine

    The revival of the Pentagon's storied F-35 alternative engine program is unlikely despite a US Senate panel raising that possibility, experts say.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  14. India's Light Combat Aircraft is expected to miss its 2014 deadline for final operational clearance. AFP

    India's 20-Year Late LCA Faces Fresh Delays

    India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark-1, already 20 years late, likely will miss its final operational clearance (FOC) deadline set for the end of 2014, an Indian Air Force source said.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  15. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Evaristo Sa / Getty Images

    Report: India Clears Defense Procurement Worth $3.5B

    India's new Hindu nationalist government cleared Saturday proposals worth nearly $3.5 billion to modernize the nation's aging Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defense industry, a report said.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  16. A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field July 20 near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

    Report: US Believes Russia Gave Rebels Missiles That Downed Airliner

    The United States believes Moscow provided Ukrainian rebels with the missile launchers that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and moved them back into Russia after it was hit, US newspapers reported late Saturday.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  17. Working the Show: Frank Kendall, US undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks July 14 during a press briefing on the F-35 at Farnborough. CARL COURT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    US Doubles Down on Foreign Military Sales

    The United States military-industrial complex, battered by budget cuts and drops in domestic procurement, made it clear at this year's Farnborough International Airshow that it is targeting the world market as never before.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  18. Gen. Charles Jacoby is commander of US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Tech. Sgt. Thomas Doscher/US Defense Department

    Interview: Gen. Charles Jacoby

    The Pentagon has placed an emphasis on defense of the US, and Army Gen. Charles Jacoby has been in charge of aligning US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) with those priorities.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  19. Arrested: This photo of Su Bin, a citizen of China and permanent resident of Canada, was taken at a US border crossing during a trip he made in 2011. US criminal court complaint June 27, 2014

    Chinese Businessman Charged With Hacking Boeing, Other Arms Companies

    Boeing was hit hard by a Chinese cyber intrusion into one of the US company's most protected files on the C-17 Globemaster program, according to a 50-page criminal complaint filed by the FBI in a June 27 affidavit that revealed the extent of a three-man g

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  20. Numerous questions have emerged over President Barack Obama's proposed counterterrorism proposal. JEWEL SAMAD/ / AFP

    Senate Panel: Obama Seeks 'Broad Exemptions From Current Laws' on Counterterrorism

    The first congressional panel to take action on a White House-proposed counterterrorism program breathed life into the effort but also raised a slew of questions the Obama administration is struggling to answer.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  21. An armed pro-Russia militant stands guard at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 18. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty Images

    Obama Rules Out Military Response To Downing of Passenger Jet

    The US will not take military action in response to the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine, President Barack Obama told reporters Friday.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  22. An Israeli missile hits Palestinian buildings in Gaza City on July 17. Israel launched a ground operation in Gaza on the 10th day of an offensive to stamp out rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave, the army said. Thomas Coex / Getty Images

    Israeli Military Launches Ground Offensive in Gaza

    Israeli forces launched a ground operation into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip following several hours of heavy rocket fire into southern and central Israel by Gaza militants.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  23. US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, middle, testifies before the House Budget Committee July 17 about the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget request. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt/

    DoD: New Counterterror Account Needed for Helicopters, ISR

    The Pentagon could use a new $5 billion counterterrorism fund, strongly opposed by the US Congress, to purchase new intelligence gear and aircraft for American and partner militaries, a Defense Department official said.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  24. The Finnish vessel Hamina leaves the Frederikshavn Harbour to take part in a German-led naval exercise. Finn leaders are reaching consensus about increasing the military budget. Henning Bagger / AFP

    Cross-Party Support Grows in Finland To Boost Defense Spending

    The crisis in the Ukraine has united cross-party political consensus to strengthen defense spending in Finland, after six years of near static growth in the military budget.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  25. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yoshikazu Tsuno / Getty Images

    Japan, Britain To Launch Joint Missile Research

    Japan said Thursday it would join forces with Britain to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while also moving to export Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  26. Marines fire the 81mm mortar system June 19 during a weapons competition aboard Mount Bundey Training Area, Australia. Cpl. James Gulliver / US Marine Corps

    China To Join Military Exercise With US, Australia

    China's military will take part in an infantry exercise for the first time with Australian and US forces in October, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  27. Sgt. 1st Class Grady Hyatt, with US Army Africa, leads an after-action review with soldiers of the Ghana Army. US Army

    Obama's New CT Program Meets Bipartisan Resistance on Capitol Hill

    US House Armed Services Committee leaders struck a skeptical and bipartisan tone about a $5 billion counterterrorism program proposed by President Barack Obama.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  28. An air defense rocket system is displayed at MILEX-2014 in Belarus. A delegation of Pakistani officials attended the exhibition. Viktor Drachev / AFP

    Belarus, Pakistan Seek Closer Defense Industry Cooperation

    Belarus and Pakistan have expressed an interest in pursuing closer defense industrial relations, but the likely path forward is uncertain at this early stage of talks, say analysts.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  29. An F/A 18E Super Hornet takes off from the flight deck of US nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington on July 16 during a joint naval exercise off the southern port of Mokpo. South Korea and the United States launched a five-day joint naval exercise in the face of angry North Korean protests and warnings backed by missile tests. AFP

    South Korea-US Naval Drill Begins Despite North's Anger

    South Korea and the United States on Wednesday launched a five-day joint naval exercise in the face of angry North Korean protests and warnings backed by missile tests.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  30. Britain's new Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street in London on Tuesday. Philip Hammond, named Britain's new foreign secretary, is an arch-eurosceptic who wants to leave the European Union unless London retakes significant powers from Brussels. Ben Stansall / AFP

    Hammond A 'Quiet Man' Who Could Make Noise in Europe

    Philip Hammond, named Britain's new foreign secretary on Tuesday, is an arch-eurosceptic who wants to leave the European Union unless London retakes significant powers from Brussels.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  31. Gen. John Campbell Thomas Brown/Staff

    ISAF Nominee's Telling Sidestep About Taliban Threat

    It's not always what senior officials say. Oftentimes, it's what they choose not to say. And, increasingly, the Taliban is a prime example.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  32. An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. A Senate subcommittee added $1.3 billion for a dozen of the aircraft. MC2 John Philip Wagner/ / Navy

    US Senate Panel Proposes Keeping A-10, 11 Aircraft Carriers With $547.9B Defense Bill

    A US Senate panel on Tuesday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending as part of a bill that would keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  33. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., says the Pentagon needs to migrate its overseas contingency operations budget into its base spending accounts. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    US Congressman: DoD Needs To Put War Money in Base Budget

    A US congressman called on the Pentagon Tuesday to shift dollars from its war spending accounts back into its base budget.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  34. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    US Admiral in China for Top-Level Navy Talks

    The chief of the US Navy met his Chinese counterpart Tuesday for talks aimed at improving cooperation between their fleets following concerns over regional territorial disputes and potential armed conflict.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  35. An S-300 anti-aircraft missile launches during a Greek Army exercise on the island of Crete. Russia has ordered four of the systems for neighboring Belarus. Costas Metaxakis / AFP

    Russia To Bolster Air Defense in Belarus With S-300 Systems

    The Russian Defense Ministry has ordered four S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to be supplied to neighboring Belarus. The systems, made by local defense company Almaz-Antey, will have a range of 300 kilometers.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  36. A National Defense University spokesman confirms that Sen. Rand Paul will deliver an address at the National War College in mid-October but that it is 'closed and off-the-record.' The Kentucky Republican recently told two reporters they would be welcome to attend his foreign policy speech there. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Rand Paul's 'Big' Foreign Policy Speech Set for Mid-Oct., But It's Off-the-Record

    Sen. Rand Paul's self-described 'big foreign policy speech' will be held in mid-October here at the National Defense University but the public won't be able to see it.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  37. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff talk July 14 at Planalto Palace in Brasilia . Evaristo Sa / AFP

    Rousseff: Brazil Interested In Russian Air Defenses

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday that Brasilia was keen on obtaining air defenses from Moscow and cooperating on nuclear energy.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  38. Mubadala Development, Tawazun and Emirates Advanced Investments are considering a merger within the next six months, sources said. Tawazun

    Major UAE Merger Likely in 6 Months

    A merger between United Arab Emirates defense giants Mubadala Development, Tawazun and Emirates Advanced Investments could be completed within the next six months, according to sources close to discussions.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  39. A section of an oil refinery is guarded July 14 at the Kawergosk Refinery near Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Safin Hamed / AFP

    Pentagon: US Teams Complete Assessment of Iraqi Forces

    US military teams have completed an assessment of Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon said Monday, amid reports the American officers came away with bleak conclusions.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  40. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, inspects the construction site of the new terminal building of the Pyongyang International Airport on July 11 in Pyongyang. AFP

    North Korea Fires 100 Artillery Shells Into Sea

    North Korea fired 100 artillery shells into the sea Monday in a live-fire drill near the eastern maritime border with South Korea that followed a recent series of missile tests.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  41. The US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington arrives July 11 at the southeastern port city of Busan, South Korea. North Korea reacted angrily to the arrival of the 97,000-ton supercarrier for a joint salvation exercise with South Korea and Japan off the Korean Peninsula, calling it a serious provocation. Jung Yeon-Je / Getty Images

    North Korea Fires 2 More Missiles Into Sea

    North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Sunday, Seoul's military said, in an apparent show of anger at an upcoming joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  42. Turkey's Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to hold onto power  including defense procurement  if elected next month. Ozan Kose / AFP

    Erdogan On Track To Keep Power Over Procurement

    Major actors in Turkish politics will be reshuffled in the next few months, but defense and political analysts say Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's 'almost one-man show' in procurement matters will likely remain.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  43. Yemeni anti-government protesters hold portraits of Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi during a demonstration demanding the government resign on Feb. 10 in the capital Sanaa. Mohammed Huwais / AFP

    Yemen President Sacks 2 Top Army Commanders

    Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has sacked the military chiefs of two regions following sweeping advances by Shiite rebels and a surge in al-Qaida attacks, state media reported Sunday.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  44. Malian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mahamane Toure, right, and French Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, center, review troops on Feb. 27 at the Defence Ministry in Bamako, Mali. Habibou Kouyate / AFP

    France Ends Mali Offensive, Redeploys Troops To Restive Sahel

    France said Sunday its military offensive that freed northern Mali from the grip of Islamists would be replaced by an operation spanning the wider, largely lawless Sahel region to combat extremist violence.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  45. Three drones are seen during a July 9 live-fire military missile drill at a military base in Chiupeng, in Taiwan's southern Pingtung county. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Reports: Taiwan Starts Using Drones To Spy on China

    Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of Chinese missiles, media reported Sunday.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  46. Emirati citizens walk past a US-made F-15 Eagle fighter jet displayed at the Dubai Airshow. With continuing upgrades and sustainment business, aircraft such as the F-15 and F-16, which have large customer bases, remain a viable market. Karim Sahib / AFP

    Market Still Flat, But Signs of Hope

    Military and industry leaders gathering this week at the Farnborough International Airshow likely will bring a more positive business outlook than they had two years ago, when budget uncertainty hung over the show like a proverbial cloud.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  47. US companies want the State Department to loosen its interpretation of the Missile Technology Control Regime, which governs UAV exports. A US-built Reaper, above, flies with the UK Royal Air Force. Officials from US-based Insitu, which makes the ScanEagle, right, are pushing for more exports. UK Ministry of Defence

    UAV Firms Seek Easier Exports

    For years, the United States has maintained a technological edge in the world of unmanned systems.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  48. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery on July 11 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. Three Gaza rockets were shot down over the Tel Aviv area as Hamas militants claimed they had fired M75 missiles at the Israeli city's airport. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Israel Readies First US Co-Production Order for Iron Dome

    Israel fielded its seventh Iron Dome intercepting battery under fire last week in an operational debut that destroyed five Gaza-launched rockets headed for the nation's economic and cultural heart of Tel Aviv.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  49. Lower Numbers: Arun Jaitley, India's finance and defense minister, leaves his office to table the budget in Parliament in New Delhi on July 10. The proposed defense budget is well under expectations. AFP/Getty Images

    India's Promise of Defense Funding Boost Fizzles

    Despite the new administration's plans to hike defense spending by 20 percent, funding will rise by only 2.3 percent above proposals announced by the outgoing government due to India's sluggish economy.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  50. Helo Swap: Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence, above, briefs Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Army's helicopter restructure plans at Fort Rucker, Alabama, on Thursday. A US Army UH-72A Lakota, left, lifts off at Fort Rucker. Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz/US DoD

    US Army General: Black Hawks Better Suited for Guard Mission

    The US Army's plan to shift National Guard AH-64 Apaches into the active duty in exchange for UH-60 Black Hawks will allow governors to better respond to state disasters, the general in charge of training the service's helicopter pilots said.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
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