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  1. A court decision in mid-July could lead to greater transparency from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Paul J. Richards / AFP

    Court: US Must Explain Why It Rejects Foreign Deals

    Since its inception in 1975, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has decided whether foreign acquisitions or investments in US companies could raise national security concerns.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  2. An MQ-9 Reaper UAV taxies after landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. US, Iranian and Iraqi unmanned vehicles share airspace over Iraqi skies. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson / US Air Force

    US, Iranian Drones Crowd Iraqi Air Space

    Despite a years-long history of intermittently sniping at one another's drones in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf, the United States and Iran have for the most part avoided each other in the air.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  3. A Delta IV rocket carrying the first two satellites for the GSSAP program awaits launch on July 25. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Ready for New Geosynchronous Overwatch

    The US Air Force will soon have new spy satellite capability that will provide oversight over other objects in space.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  4. Lessons From Libya: A Canadian CF-18 fighter lands at an airbase in Sicily after a mission in Libya in March 2011. Concern over civilian deaths during the Libyan campaign has made low collateral damage weapons a priority for the Royal Canadian Air Force. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/ / AFP

    Aiming To Cut Collateral Damage, Canada Eyes Smarter Weapons

    The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking at acquiring new weapons to reduce collateral damage, a key recommendation that emerged from the service's war in Libya.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  5. Under Development: Boeing officials have long said they do not expect to profit on the KC-46A tanker before it enters production. boeing

    Boeing Discloses KC-46 Design Flaw as Companies Report Mixed Earnings

    Boeing said it would eat $272 million in the development of the new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker after discovering wiring issues in test aircraft.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  6.  Mike Morones/Staff

    Interview with Bennett Croswell, President of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

    On June 23, an F-35A gearing up for a flight caught fire.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  7. Advisers to DoD: Help Private-Sector Innovators Help You

    It's well past time for the Pentagon to revamp its acquisition processes so the private sector can boost its role in technology development, a key Pentagon advisory panel said on Thursday.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  8. In a statement supporting additional US funding for Israel's Iron Dome system, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for Democrats to support 'a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly'  signaling apparent opposition to Democrats' emergency spending bill plan. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    McConnell Endorses Extra Iron Dome Funds, but Not Democratic-Written Supplemental

    The Senate's top Republican supports doubling US funds for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense program, but just how the extra $225 million passes the chamber remains unclear.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  9. The first KC-46A test aircraft in development at a Boeing facility near Seattle. Aaron Mehta/Staff

    Boeing Takes $272 Million KC-46 Hit

    Boeing is taking a $272 million hit to its KC-46A tanker contract after discovering a wiring issue that will require fixing on a test aircraft.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  10. Elana Broitman served as the principal contact between the Pentagon and defense industry leaders. US Defense Department

    Broitman Resigns DoD Industrial Policy Post

    The US Defense Department's industrial policy chief Elana Broitman announced that she will step down next month after only five months on the job, Defense News has learned.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  11. Although the Navy has not asked for the ship, Congress is working to fund a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious ship. Here, the John P. Murtha, 10th ship in the class, is under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Money For New US Navy Amphib Falls Far Short

    Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the US Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  12. US Rep. Mike Turner has been active in urging US action to support the Ukrainian government. Courtesy

    Turner to Obama: Arm Ukraine To Take Out Anti-Air Systems

    US Rep. Mike Turner continues to focus on America's response to global crises while his rivals for the House Armed Services Committee gavel continue to work on acquisition reform and shipbuilding.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  13. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to Conduct Test of Norwegian Missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  14. US Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell was confirmed July 24 as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Army Vice Chief Campbell Confirmed for ISAF Post; Votel Goes to SOCOM

    The US Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  15. The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), left, Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9), and ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, moored June 19 at Fleet Activities in Sasebo, Japan. MC2 Michael Achterling / US Navy

    Naval Ships From US, India and Japan To Start War Games

    The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  16. The MNCS Toronto will join the NATO fleet in the Mediterranean. Wikipedia

    Canada Sends Warship to Mediterranean To Join NATO Fleet

    A Canadian warship with a crew of 250 headed Thursday to the Mediterranean where it will join a NATO fleet providing increased security in Eastern Europe amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  17. A missile is launched by an Iron Dome battery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding to speed production of components for the anti-missile system. David Buimovitch / AFP

    Pentagon Supports Emergency $225M for Israel's Iron Dome

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to congressional leadership on Tuesday requesting $225 million in additional US funding to accelerate production of Iron Dome missile-defense components to ensure Israel will have adequate stockpiles to prote

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  18. Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraqi Army to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Administration Official: ISIL 'No Longer a Terrorist Group,' Now a 'Full-Blown Army'

    Obama administration officials made clear Wednesday the White House remains reluctant about launching a new military intervention in Iraq.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  19. An armed pro-Russia militant stands at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget/ / AFP

    On Capitol Hill, a Cold War Aura Returns

    It's suddenly 1980-something again on Capitol Hill as a Cold War aura fills the halls of Congress.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  20.  David McNew / Getty Images

    Boeing Boosts 2014 Profit Forecast After Strong Q2

    US aerospace and defense giant Boeing on Wednesday raised its full-year profit forecast after earnings soared 52 percent in the second quarter, lifted by increased jetliner deliveries.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  21. Peru has acquired the Dutch replenishment ship Amsterdam. AFP

    Peru Acquires Dutch Replenishment Ship

    The Peruvian government has acquired the Netherlands' fleet replenishment ship HNLMS 'Amsterdam,' which will be delivered to the South American country in December, a move signaling an effort to boost naval capabilities.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  22. The Typhoon is one of the competitors to replace the Danish Air Force's F-16 fleet. GEOFFREY LEE/ / Eurofighter

    Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Announce Bids on Danish Fighter Competition; Saab Withdraws

    Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin have confirmed they have submitted bids to replace the Royal Danish Air Force's aging F-16 combat jet fleet but Saab has withdrawn from the competition.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  23. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, leaves March 5 for her first trial. Frank Perry / AFP

    US: Transfer of French Warships to Russia 'Inappropriate'

    The delivery of French Mistral-class warships to Russia would be 'completely inappropriate' given the West's misgivings about Moscow's role in Ukraine, the United States said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  24. After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines  surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare. US Air Force

    Air Force Refocuses on Training as Wars Wind Down

    After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  25. 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
  26. The US should develop a new engine for the Atlas V launch vehicle, said the outgoing head of the US Air Force Space Command. United Launch Alliance

    USAF Space Head: Time Right for New Engine

    The outgoing head of the US Air Force Space Command said the time is right for a new rocket engine to be developed in the United States, regardless of whether current engine sales are cut off by Russia.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Chinese military hospital ship Peace Ark. Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, near where Chinese vessels are taking part in a US-led naval exercise for the first time, reports said Monday. STR / AFP

    China Says Spy Ship Operations at RIMPAC 'In Line With International Law'

    Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, near where Chinese vessels are taking part in a US-led naval exercise for the first time, reports said Monday.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. Looking Skyward: Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Boeing have teamed up to compete for the XS-1 space plane program. David Ryde/ / Getty Images

    Civil Firms Looking to Military Space

    Some of the biggest names and deepest pockets in Silicon Valley are looking to space as their next big investment opportunity, and while the targets of their investment are primarily commercial, the Pentagon's in-house tech think tank is also drawing thes

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  37. 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
  38. 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
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