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  1. 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
  2. The F-35 will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo and will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

    The F-35 is heading for Britain in July to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Show.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. n U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., after flying a routine training mission. A new study found drone pilots believe there is a negative perception attached to their jobs. U.S. Air Force

    GAO to US Air Force: Improve morale, career opportunities for drone pilots

    The US Air Force's drone pilots believe there is a negative perception attached to their jobs, report low morale and receive insufficient training, a new government study found.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department report. AFP

    If DoD Spending Levels Remain, $66B Modernization Cut Would Follow

    The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department rep

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  5. 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
  6. An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter operates during a vertical replenishment aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. MCSN Andrew Johnson/US Navy

    DoD Looking for Ways Not To Break MH-60R Helicopter Deal

    The Pentagon will 'look at options' so it does not break a multiyear helicopter contract with Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin that includes about 90 aircraft, a senior US Defense Department official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  7. 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
  8. General Dynamics will not further protest the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program, which will replace about 2,900 M113 infantry carriers. US Army

    GD Declines Further AMPV Protest; Portion of Contract Pushed Back

    Just 10 days after having its protest rejected by the US Army Materiel Command, General Dynamics Land Systems announced today that it would not file a more formal protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) over its bid on the Army's Armored M

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  9. Despite deep across-the-board cuts scheduled over the next decade, the US federal deficit is projected to again hit $1 trillion in just eight years. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Could Another Debt-Level Spike Cause More Defense Cuts?

    Despite deep across-the-board cuts scheduled over the next decade, the US federal deficit is projected to again hit $1 trillion in just eight years.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12.  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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Smaller sets of US Army equipment, such as Bradley fighting vehicles, will be prepositioned around the world to speed time to deployment. Spc. Bryan Willis / US Army

    Fast and Light: US Army Overhauls Its Gear Strategy

    The US Army is putting the finishing touches on a bold new strategy for how it prepositions stocks of critical equipment around the globe, how it uses those stocks to speed deployments — and who pays for it.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  18. An Army AH-64D Apache attack helicopter lands aboard the afloat forward staging base Ponce in 5th Fleet in 2012. The Army is considering expanding operations off Navy ships. MC1 Jon Rasmussen / Navy

    US Army Explores Sea-Basing Helos

    The US Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  19. At Attention: The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer McCampbell enters port at Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa. The US plans to base more ships in the region. US Navy

    Pentagon Debates Policy To Strengthen, Disperse Bases

    The Pentagon is looking at new ways to disperse its forces throughout the Asia-Pacific as military planners explore alternatives to the large US super bases in the region vulnerable to cruise missile strikes.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  20. A Swedish Gripen, Norwegian F-16 and Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participate in the Iceland Air Meet 2014 in February. Stepped-up aerial patrols over eastern Europe are among NATO's options amid the crisis in Ukraine. NATO

    NATO Weighs East Europe Deployments

    Interim air, land and sea deployments, a review and exercises, and an increase in the readiness level of the NATO Response Force are among the range of options that NATO's supreme allied commander could present this month to reassure Eastern European nati

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  21. For the past decade, Canada has tried to replace is CC-115 Buffalo, pictured, and C-130 Hercules search-and-rescue aircraft. Canadian Forces

    Canada Overhauls Requirements For SAR Aircraft Replacement

    The Royal Canadian Air Force has jettisoned years of work on the purchase of a new fixed-wing search-and-rescue (FWSAR) aircraft fleet, but insists it will be ready in the coming months to accept proposals from bidders.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  22. Officials in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's administration may be open to pursuing more open relations with Saudi Arabia, an analyst says. Atta Kenare/Agence France-Presse

    Warmer US-Iran Ties Would Not Undermine Saudis

    Although Saudi Arabia is skeptical of a US-Iranian rapprochement and the kingdom faces lost oil revenue if sanctions are dropped against Tehran, it will remain a regional heavyweight, experts said.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  23. 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. Here, the Turkish frigate Gelibolu, ex-USS Reid, approaches Doha, Qatar, on March 24. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    US Frigate Transfer Bill Moves Out of House

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

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  24. Lawmakers want to halt the US purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan. Russia Helicopters

    US Lawmakers Press Lew, Kerry to Block Funds for Russian Helos

    Over three dozen US lawmakers are urging senior Obama administration officials to slap sanctions on the Russian firm that has been supplying helicopters to the Afghan military.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  25. Protecting the A-10: Lawmakers oppose removing A-10s from the US Air Force's fleet, but they will have to find a budget offset to keep the attack planes flying. Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur/US Air Force

    A-10 Proponents Seek Budget Offset to Keep Attack Planes Funded, Flying

    Flanked by pilots and proponents of the A-10 attack aircraft, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., revealed she will push amendments to defense legislation to reverse plans to retire the entire fleet.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  26. A leading Republican senator has criticized the US Air Force for proposed cuts, including to airborne warning and control system aircraft. Getty Images

    Top SASC Republican Blasts Proposed US Air Force Cuts

    The US Senate Armed Services Committee's top Republican on Thursday slammed the Air Force's 2015 spending plan, saying it 'increases risk to unacceptable levels.'

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  27. An artist rendition of a US Air Force KC-46 refueling a B-1B bomber. Boeing

    USAF Tanker Price Tag Projection Drops $1.8M Per Aircraft

    The projected price tag for the new Boeing KC-46 tanker has fallen $1.8 million per aircraft, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  28. China ambassador Cui Tiankai, seen here in a 2012 photo while he was vice foreign minister, said the United States is giving China a 'mission impossible' by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear program or face US consequences. Marty Melville / AFP

    Envoy: US has Given China a 'Mission Impossible' on North Korea

    The United States is giving China a 'mission impossible' by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear program or face US consequences, Beijing's ambassador said Thursday.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  29. Dozens of elephant tusks are piled at the main office of Chad's Zakouma National Park on Feb. 20 waiting for an audit that will catalog and register them before they are destroyed. Marco Longari / Getty Images

    US Marines Headed To Chad Park To Fight Poaching

    A small team of US Marines are to head soon to Chad's Zakouma National Park to train local forces in the fight against the poaching threatening the area's elephant herds.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  30. An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for a Max Thunder sortie Nov. 5 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. US Air Force

    South Korea, US To Hold Largest-Ever Joint Air Drill

    South Korea's military said Thursday it would hold its largest-ever joint air drill with the United States as tensions mount over a series of threats from North Korea.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  31. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, center-left, and Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene, center-right, participate April 10 in a signing ceremony of a joint vision statement at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulan Bator. Alex Wong / AFP

    Hagel Pushes US Military Ties With China's Neighbor Mongolia

    Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel Thursday endorsed stronger military ties with Mongolia as it seeks a US partnership as a counterweight to its powerful neighbors Russia and China.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  32. SINET's Robert Rodriguez John Todd / isiphotos.com

    Federal Government Still Facing Cyber Brain Drain

    The US federal government is losing talent in cyber fields, and the problem is only going to get worse, according to one expert.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  33. Bell Helicopter is pitching its 407GX to replace the US Navy's TH-57 training helicopter. Bell Helicopter

    Bell Pitches 407GX for Navy Trainer Helicopter Program

    Bell Helicopter is pitching its single-engine 407GX for the US Navy training helicopter replacement program, a company official said.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  34. Army Sgt. Gregory Rideaux fires an M4 Rifle during a live-fire exercise on April 18, 2013, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. Spc. Joshua Edwards / US Army

    NATO To Consider Options To Reassure Eastern European Members

    NATO's supreme allied commander will present options to the North Atlantic Council on April 15 on how the alliance will reassure eastern European members that NATO is committed to defending them, including military exercises, an alliance spokesman said.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  35. The US armed services have come to rely heavily on supplemental budgets to fund training and overseas operations, though some in Congress may be tiring of the tens of billions worth of extra funding. US Navy

    US Senator Warns Wartime Funding Might Not Be Coming

    A source of potential conflict arose during this morning's hearing with US Army leadership at the Senate Armed Services Airland subcommittee, when Sen.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  36. James Miller, former Pentagon policy chief, will join cybersecurity firm Endgame. Courtesy

    Former US Policy Chief Joins Cyber Firm's Board

    Endgame, the cybersecurity firm most famous for selling information about system vulnerabilities, has added former Pentagon policy chief James Miller to its advisory board, the company will announce today.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  37. The prototype of the winning vehicle for the Ground Mobility Vehicle program. General Dynamics

    AM General Lawsuit Against SOCOM Rejected; GD Starts Work on Special Ops Vehicle

    On April 7, the US Federal Claims Court rejected military vehicle maker AM General’s lawsuit against the US Special Operations Command over its decision to award a $562 contract to General Dynamics for the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV) program, Defense News has learned.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  38. It has been more than 24 months since an F-22 pilot experienced a hypoxia-like incident, Lt. Gen. Charles Davis said. Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso / Air Force Reserve

    All F-22s To Have Backup Oxygen Systems Within 12 Months

    Full installation of automatic backup oxygen systems on the F-22 fleet is expected to be complete by this time next year, , a top US Air Force acquisition officer said April 8. Raptors in Alaska have already begun using the system.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  39. The Navy is rolling out more robust hearing protection for flight deck sailors. MCSN Nicolas C. Lopez / Navy

    F-35 Forcing Navy To Develop New Hearing Protection For Flight Deck Crews

    The Navy is developing new hearing protection for flight deck crews to block out the roar of new and noisy jets.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  40. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert addresses attendees at the 2014 Sea-Air-Space Exposition's opening ceremony. Greenert has called for better communication and jointness among the services. MC3 Jules Stobaugh/Navy

    CNO: 'Take Jointness to Another Level'

    With tighter budgets the rule of the land, the military services need to seek support from each other, the US Navy's top officer said Tuesday night.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  41. The Navy's redesigned aircrew vest, in a new color and with better protection, will be distributed fleetwide by 2016 Navy

    Better Survival Vests Coming to Navy, Marine Aircrews

    Aircrews will soon be outfitted with safer aircrew vests.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  42. A B-52 Stratofortress launches July 2, 2013, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The Air Force will convert 30 B-52 bombers to a conventional-only role under the New START treaty. US Air Force

    DoD To Shrink Nuclear-Capable Bombers, Modify Subs to meet New START Obligations

    The Pentagon will shrink the number of its nuclear weapon-carrying bomber aircraft and reduce the number of submarine ballistic missile launch tubes as it modifies its force posture to meet the limits of the New START treaty with Russia, the US Defense De

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  43. The active US Army will receive National Guard Apache attack helicopters under a new plan. US Army

    US Army Guard Agrees to Controversial Apache Plan

    In a surprising move, the head of the US National Guard Bureau has given his blessing to the US Army's plan to move all of the Guard's Apache attack helicopters into the active force while receiving several hundred Black Hawk and Lakota multi-use helicopt

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  44. At its shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., Huntington Ingalls builds National Security Cutters for the US Coast Guard, including the James (pictured). Huntington Ingalls

    Shipbuilder HII Still Riding High – for Now

    With approximately 12,000 employees along the Gulf coast, Huntington Ingalls shipbuilding’s Ingalls operations are the largest employer in Mississippi and one of the largest employers in Alabama, shipyard President Brian Cuccias said April 8 during a press briefing at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition outside Washington.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  45. The Coast Guard could buy new Sikorsky H-60 helicopters to replace its fleet of MH-60 Jayhawks. Coast Guard

    Air Force Helo Purchase Could Help Coast Guard

    The Coast Guard could buy new Sikorsky H-60 helicopters or upgrade divested military aircraft to eventually replace its existing fleet of Jayhawk aircraft, the service's commandant said on Tuesday.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  46. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, and Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan, left, review a guard of honor during an April 8 welcome ceremony prior to their meeting at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing. Alex Wong / AFP

    Pentagon Chief's Visit Exposes US-China Divide

    Visiting US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chinese military chiefs traded warnings and rebukes Tuesday as they clashed over Beijing's territorial disputes with its neighbors, North Korea's missile program and cyber espionage.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  47. The USS Donald Cook docks Feb. 11 in the Spanish port of Rota. Getty Images

    US Could 'Re-Examine' Its Military Presence In Europe

    Russia's takeover of Crimea could prompt a review the US military presence in Europe, which has declined steadily since the end of the Cold War, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  48. Two senators say Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law. Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur / Air Force

    Lawmakers Say USAF Plans To Cut A-10 Flights and Training Are Illegal

    Two key senators say US Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  49. An AH-64 Apache assigned with the US Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade prepares for departure during a March 28 exercise. Gen. Frank Grass, the National Guard's top general, appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army. Spc. Glenn M. Anderson / Army

    US National Guard Chief: 'Decision Made' on Shifting Apaches to Active Army

    The National Guard's top general on Tuesday appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  50. Russian armored vehicles drive on the road between Simferopol and Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula. Agence France-Presse

    US Official: In Key Ways, Russian Military is 'Very Limited'

    Pentagon officials on Tuesday described a Russian military that possesses 'very limited' ability to punch outside its neighborhood due to poor logistics and 'aging equipment.'

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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