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  1. Much to Discuss: A man throws a projectile and people watch as captured Ukrainian soldiers walk on Lenin square on Aug. 24 in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Turmoil in Ukraine, Iraq and Libya have complicated what was expected to be a relatively quiet NATO summit in Wales in early September. MAX VETROV/ / AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Leaders Face Expanding Agenda

    This spring, US officials and policy experts were preparing for a typical NATO summit in Wales. The main focus of the summit was to be troop levels in Afghanistan.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  2. Gen. Paul Selva is head of US Transportation Command. Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner/ / US Air Fo

    Interview: Gen. Paul Selva

    As US operations in Afghanistan wind down, Gen. Paul Selva is responsible for getting military equipment back to the United States.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  3. SHOWING SUPPORT: A delegation of US House lawmakers meets with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Monday in Tel Aviv. Israel Ministry of Defense

    US Lawmakers Flag Bipartisan Support for Israel

    Flagging their unflinching bipartisan support for Israel, leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee pledged strengthened cooperation in countering common strategic threats.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  4. Recently installed LED lighting aboard the destroyer Gonzalez was simple and threw more light in space, the crew said. USS Gonzalez

    LED Lighting Making a Mark on US Navy Ships

    Few things are more ubiquitous aboard a US Navy ship than fluorescent lights. They're in virtually every space topside too emitting that familiar, sometimes-flickering white light.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  5. US President Barack Obama discusses foreign policy with members of Congress July 31. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    Could Global Threat Picture Restore US Defense Increases?

    President Barack Obama put the Islamic State terrorist group on the 'varsity' team of US foes. America's top general, Martin Dempsey, has spoken of the group's 'apocalyptic' visions.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  6. This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Incident with US P-8 Sparks Debate on Pacific Posture

    When a Chinese J-11 fighter intercepted and flew within 20 feet of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon on Aug.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  7. City Wars: US soldiers conduct urban training at Camp Blanding, Florida. Army planners believe future battles will be fought in 'megacities' of 20 million or more people. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell/ / US Army

    US Army Sees 'Megacities' As the Future Battlefield

    When the US Army looks to the future, it sees cities.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  8. 'No Drama': The littoral combat ship Independence is seen here on plane guard duty with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan during the Rim of the Pacific exercise in July, marking the first time a ship of this class operated extensively with a flattop. MC1 Dustin Kelling/ / US Navy

    RIMPAC Exercise Puts LCS Through Paces

    It was the middle of May, and the littoral combat ship Independence was operating out of San Diego, testing components of the mine warfare mission package.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  9. Changes Coming: Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States Conference Aug. 24 in Chicago. Sources are concerned that an accelerated internal review could result in hasty decisions. Illinois National Guard

    Concern Over Speed of Air Force Process

    The US Air Force's top general said he wants to figure out the balance between the active, Guard and reserve components for the vast majority of his service's programs in time to drive fiscal 2016 decisions.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  10. A US Air Force KC-135 refuels a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 over Iraq Aug. 21. US Defense Department

    US Ops in Iraq Have Cost $550 Million Since June

    Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  11. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF Chief: Pratt Close To Developing F-35 Engine Fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  12. With midterm elections approaching, US legislators have limited time to deal with a Syria strikes resolution plus a Pentagon spending bill. US Government

    Work on Syria Strikes Resolution Would Delay or Kill Pentagon Policy, Spending Bills

    With only about a dozen legislative days left before November's midterm elections, a US congressional debate and vote on a Syria strikes authorization measure could further delay work on two defense bills.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  13. US soldiers get equipment from the European Activity Set (EAS) during an exercise in May in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Markus Rauchenberger / US Army

    US Military To Send Tanks To E. Europe for Drills

    US Army troops equipped with tanks will head to Eastern Europe soon to reassure NATO allies anxious over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  14. Allies may join the US in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, according to a US congressman. Above is a UK Tornado GR4, which performs strike and attack roles. RAF image/ / Crown Copyright

    US Lawmaker Sees UK, Australia, Turkey Joining Strikes on Islamic State

    The American military may be joined by some familiar allies in its fight against a violent Sunni group in Iraq, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  15. Provocative Act: This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Defense Ministry Tells US To Stop 'Close-in' Surveillance

    China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to 'undesirable accidents.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  16. Tobias Naegele, vice president and general manager of Defense News, announced Wednesday that he is leaving Gannett Government Media after more than 22 years. Mike Morones/Staff

    Longtime Newsroom Leader Tobias Naegele Leaving Gannett Government Media

    Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  17. US President Barack Obama meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other members of Congress on July 31. Legislators from both parties have said in recent days that the president needs Congressional authorization for any strikes inside Syria. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama Feels Pressure to Get Congressional OK Before Ordering Strikes Inside Syria

    Pressure from the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue is mounting on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before launching military strikes inside Syria.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  18. Rep. Duncan Hunter: '[Islamic State] in Iraq is not an existential threat to us. They're not going to harm the United States. They're bad guys, yes. If you're there.' Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Rep. Hunter: Islamic State Just 'Guys in Pajamas,' Not an 'Existential Threat'

    A GOP House member who served in Iraq says the Islamic State is not an 'existential threat' to the United States, striking a different tone than other Republicans.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  19. Airmen prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The 3DELRR program will replace the AN/TPS-75 system. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/US Air Force

    US Air Force 3DELRR Contract Expected Soon

    The US Air Force could award the contract for its Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program as early as next week, sources tell Defense News.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  20. An F-15C assigned to Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., is seen in 2013. US Air Force

    USAF F-15C Crashes, Pilot's Status Unknown

    A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C crashed at about 9 a.m. in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The pilot's status is unknown.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  21. An E2-C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 16 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US: No Plans To Coordinate With Syria On Fighting Islamic State

    The United States said Tuesday it would not coordinate with the government of President Bashar al-Assad on targeting Islamic State militants on Syrian territory, as preparations for possible air strikes gathered pace.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  22. Seeking New Markets: Textron AirLand is planning to develop a trainer variant of its Scorpion aircraft to compete for the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement competition, as well as international markets. Textron AirLand

    Textron AirLand Developing Scorpion Trainer Variant

    Textron AirLand plans to enter a modified version of its Scorpion aircraft into the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement competition, a top company official said.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  23. Sen. Bob Corker is urging the Obama administration to come to Congress and request authority before launching strikes inside Syria. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Sen. Corker: Use Syria Strikes Authorization To Reform Post-9/11 AUMF

    US President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval before launching strikes inside Syria, and Congress should answer by amending a key post-9/11 measure, says the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Republican.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  24. An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory on Aug. 24 at the entrance of Tripoli international airport. Mahmud Turkia / Getty Images

    US Says UAE Bombed Libya Islamists as Turmoil Deepens

    UAE warplanes secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya, apparently catching Washington off guard, as turmoil in the North African country deepened with the Islamists naming a rival premier.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  25. A test flight of the US Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed Monday morning. The weapon had a successful test flight in November of 2011, seen here. US Army

    US Army's Hypersonic Missile Fails During Test

    The US Army's new Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed during an early morning test Monday, the Pentagon announced.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  26. US President Barack Obama makes a statement Aug. 20 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    White House: Obama Has Taken No Decision on Syria Airstrikes

    The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama had so far made no decision on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  27. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh stressed in his Aug. 23 speech at the General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) that each component of the service has a important role to play and that all three arms of the Air Force should work together seamlessly. Facebook

    USAF Chief: Expect Further Integration of Guard, Active

    The US Air Force's top uniformed official expects to see the lines between the active, guard and reserve components continue to come down as the service looks for ways to operate effectively under limited budgets.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  28. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks to reporters July 8 after a closed meeting on Iraq and Afghanistan on Capitol Hill. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Sen. Graham Hints at Future Strikes Against Islamic State

    As the Obama administration weighs further action against the Islamic State, one of the top defense voices on the Hill is sending clear signals he expects action soon.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
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