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  1. US President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shake hands during a press conference to announce Hagel's departure at the White House on Nov. 24. Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Step Down

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned Monday, leaving unclear who will lead the Pentagon over the final two years of the Obama administration.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  2. Louis Chenevert, chairman and CEO of United Technologies, is retiring effective immediately, according to a company statement released Monday. Thos Robinson / Getty Images for USO of Metropol

    United Technologies CEO To Retire

    Louis Chenever, chairman and CEO of United Technologies, plans to retire, according to a company statement released Monday.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  3. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's MOIRE folding space telescope would use Fresnel lenses instead of heavier glass mirrors or lenses, and could help redefine how orbital telescopes are built, launched and used. US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    DoD Shifts Acquisition, Tech Efforts Toward Major Powers

    After spending 13 years fighting non-state actors in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the US Defense Department is shifting its institutional weight toward developing a new acquisition and technology development strategy that focuses more on major state compe

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  4. Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for military aircraft Domingo Ureña Raso said a partnership with Lockheed or Boeing is worth considering. Getty Images

    A NATO Fighter?

    Just imagine it: Airbus teams up with Lockheed Martin or Boeing on a program to build a NATO fighter.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  5. A US Air Force officer speaks to members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police in 2012 during a routine mission in Kajaki, Afghanistan. Sgt. Sara Csurilla / US Air Force

    Afghan Lower House Approves Foreign Troops Staying

    Afghanistan's lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  6. US Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Biden Leaves Turkey Without Breakthrough on Syria

    US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  7. US soldiers await the order to march in the Latvia Day Parade on Nov. 18 in Riga, Latvia. Staff Sgt. Kenneth C. Upsall / US Army

    General: US Troops To Stay in Poland, Baltics Through 2015

    US troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 'to deter Russian aggression,' the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Afghan security forces inspect the site of suicide car bomb at the gate of Green Village compound, a large fortified complex where many foreign employees live and work in Kabul, on November 19, 2014. A Taliban suicide car bomb exploded close to a compound that houses many international contractors, officials said, the latest in a series of explosions to rock the Afghan capital in recent days.Police were unable to give details of possible casualties after the blast near the 'Green Village' compound.'A suicide car bomber has targeted the Green Village camp,' Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry, said. Only the attackers died in the assault. An AFP photographer said gunfire erupted shortly after the blast as security forces rushed to the scene in the east of the city. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) SHAH MARAI / AFP/Getty Images

    Report: Obama extends US combat role in Afghanistan

    Barack Obama has extended the combat role for US troops in Afghanistan for another year, in a classified order he signed in recent weeks, the New York Times reported Friday.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  10. All three F-35 variants fly in formation in a file photo from May 2014. The Pentagon and Lockheed have signed an agreement on LRIP 8 for the F-35. SSGT JOELY M SANTIAGO

    Pentagon, Lockheed Finalize 8th F-35 Lot

    The Pentagon today announced it has reached a final agreement with Lockheed Martin on the eighth low-rate initial production (LRIP-8) lot of F-35 joint strike fighters.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Everything Shipshape: The Nils Juel, above, cruises Chesapeake Bay after taking part in exercises with the US Navy. The ship was handed over to the Danish Navy in August. The frigate's spacious bridge, left, spans almost the full width of the ship. Christopher P. Cavas/ / staff

    Aboard Danish Frigate, Clean Lines and Room To Grow

    It is striking how the now-familiar smooth, angled architecture of today's warships, intended to reduce visual, heat and other signatures, is also somehow inherently Danish-modern.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Sailors aboard the USS San Diego (LPD 22) prepare to take on fuel from the USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) during a Nov. 14 replenishment-at-sea. MC3 Gerald Dudley Reynolds / US Navy

    US Navy Ships Collide in Gulf of Aden Without Injuries

    Two American naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden, off Yemen, Thursday but there were no injuries, the US Navy said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 'Our commitments have actually gone up in the last year,' says Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, who wants to redo a decision to cut the service's end strength from 490,000 to 450,000. US Army

    Odierno: With Commitments Up, US Must Rethink Cuts to Army End Strength

    The US Army's top general wants to redo a decision to cut end strength from 490,000 to 450,000, saying it was made before Russian aggression towards the Ukraine and Europe, the fight with the Islamic State group in the Mideast and deployments to Africa to

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  17. 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
  18. USAF Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said budget uncertainty has challenged the service and industry. Jim Gordon

    USAF Official: Budget Uncertainty 'Very Challenging'

    The uncertainty over whether Congress will pass a budget has been 'very challenging' for both the Air Force and its industry partners, the service's top military acquisitions official said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  19. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, military deputy for acquisition, says integration of the KC-46A has been a challenge. Chuck Schroeder/Boeing concept

    USAF Official: Boeing 'Challenged' by KC-46 Schedule

    The US Air Force's top military acquisition official says Boeing is being challenged by integration of its KC-46A Pegasus tanker, and warned that further slips may imperil key target dates.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  20. During a Senate committee confirmation hearing Nov. 19, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama's nominee for deputy secretary of state, did not offer a clear answer when asked if the administration would submit to Congress a draft of its request for authorization of use of military force against the Islamic State group. MANDEL NGAN/ / AFP

    White House Official Cryptic on Drafting, Submitting Islamic State War Measure

    President Barack Obama's pick for deputy secretary of state delivered a cryptic message to lawmakers Wednesday about whether the White House will draft the new war authorization it wants.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  21. Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast is president of US Air Force's Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast

    Lt Gen Steven Kwast took over as commander and president of Air University, the center of education for the US Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, on Nov 10.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  22. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says the US base defense budget needs to increase. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Dempsey Lays Groundwork for Larger 2016 Defense Budget

    The top US military official on Wednesday made the case for growing the base defense budget significantly over the $535 billion spending cap imposed by Congress for fiscal 2015.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  23. Building Protection: The Aegis Ashore missile defense complex in Romania is scheduled to be operational in 2015. US Army Corps of Engineers

    Poland, Romania Eye Intensified Cooperation With United States

    As the conflict in Ukraine continues to upset the security balance in Eastern Europe, the governments in Poland and Romania are increasingly eager to establish the US Aegis Ashore missile defense system and provide ballistic missile coverage against Russi

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  24. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, speaks as other representatives listen during a news conference March 1, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    GOP Steering Committee Selects Rep. Thornberry as Next HASC Chairman

    Top House Republicans want Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry to take over in January as House Armed Services Committee chairman, a move that would put a defense-sector ally atop the military oversight panel.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  25. 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
  26. An Afghan construction worker makes concrete tubes on the outskirts of Kabul. A U.S. inspector general is investigating Pentagon reconstruction efforts in the country. WAKIL KOHSAR/ / Agence France-Presse

    SIGAR: Pentagon's Economic Development in Afghanistan 'Accomplished Nothing'

    The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says he is investigating the Pentagon's efforts to spark that country's economic development, which cost between $700 million and $800 million and 'accomplished nothing.'

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  27. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, sits in the cockpit of the 50th JF-17 Thunder aircraft, co-produced with the support of China National Aero-technology Import and Export Corp. AAMIR QURESHI/ / AFP

    Pakistan Continues JF-17 Upgrades, Possible Interest in FC-31 Emerges

    Pakistan continues to proceed with improvements to its JF-17 Thunder jet fighter program, but the recent Zhuhai air show also revealed possible longer term ambitions to acquire stealth aircraft, namely the Shenyang FC-31.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  28. The fight over South Korea's KF-16 upgrade program has cost almost 200 employees their jobs at BAE's Fort Worth, Texas, facility. Senior Airman Taylor Curry/ / US Air Force

    KF-16 Fallout: BAE Cuts 191 Jobs

    BAE Systems has laid off 191 employees at a Fort Worth, Texas, facility as part of the continuing fallout from South Korea's cancellation of a contract to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighters.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  29. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., told C-Span's 'Washington Journal' that the US is paying 'right at $300,000 per hour in fighting [the Islamic State group].' Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    Rep. Jones on Islamic State Conflict: 'Tell Me How You Will Pay for It'

    The United States is spending $300,000 per hour bombing Islamic State group targets in Iraq and Syria, says one senior House Armed Services Committee member.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  30. Helping the US: One of 30 US Air Force stations on the Distant Early Warning Line that runs about 3,600 miles across North America. Canada is quietly figuring out how it could aid in missile defense. Tech. Sgt. Donald L. Wetterman/ / US Air Force

    Canada Rethinking Opposition to MD Systems

    Once cautious about involvement in missile defense, Canada's military and government are slowly, but steadily, moving to a position where they could play a role in both ground-based and maritime systems.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  31. The primary mission of destroyers and cruisers is to protect their aircraft carrier. Use of a layered approach to attack incoming missiles could use up all the ships' weapons in a short period, and one analyst suggests changing the strategy to set up a single defensive wall to conserve anti-missile weapons. MC1 David Mercil / US Navy

    Surface Ships Need More Offensive Punch, Outlook

    Commanders of Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers long have been confident in their ability to detect, engage and destroy incoming enemy missiles, often employing a layered strategy to hit threats at long, medium and short ranges.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  32. 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
  33. The Army awarded Sikorsky a $771.9 million contract modification that includes 41 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Sgt. 1st Class Jim Downen Jr. / US Army

    US Army, Navy Advance Multi-Year Sikorsky Deals Worth $1.3 Billion

    The US Army and Navy will go ahead with plans to buy 102 helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., for $1.3 billion in fiscal 2015, according to Defense Department contract announcements released Monday.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  34. Contractor Switch: South Korea is taking steps to bring in Lockheed Martin to upgrade its KF-16 fleet. SrA Taylor Curry/ / US Air Force

    S. Korea Moving Closer To Lockheed F-16 Deal

    South Korean officials are expected to approve a plan this week paving the way for Lockheed Martin to take over its F-16 upgrade program.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  35. '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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. A leaked US document has put the Canadian government under fire over the proposed F-35 purchase. Lockheed Martin

    US Document Riles Critics of Proposed Canadian F-35 Buy

    A leaked US document has raised new questions about Canada's involvement in the F-35 program and given critics of the fighter jet as well as opposition members of Parliament new ammunition to accuse the Canadian government of misleading the public about t

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  40. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters at the US Capitol building on Nov. 12. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Column: McCain's Shadow War Cabinet

    Second-term presidents — lame ducks at home — spend ample time on foreign policy matters. Notch some trade deals, negotiate a cease-fire or two, take out some bad guys, isolate a US foe.

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  41. 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
  42. Unmanned and Ready: The US Army is refurbishing a portion of its robot fleet, including the Talon IV, by QinetiQ. Maj. Penny Zamora/ / US Army

    US Army Works Toward Single Ground Robot

    The US Army is pruning 40 percent of its ground robotics fleet, removing obsolete or excess robots before it goes to a single ground machine, according to Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS).

    • Nov. 15, 2014
  43. Cross-talk: A US Air Force claim that it needs to retire the A-10 for its maintenance teams has reignited deep mistrust between the service and the Hill. Senior Airman Ashley Taylor/ / US Air Force

    Fight Over A-10 Re-opens Hill, US Air Force Divide

    After a relatively quiet summer, the battle for the future of the A-10 Warthog exploded in the last two weeks, reopening deep fissures between Congress and the US Air Force that seem to show the two sides at a total stalemate.

    • Nov. 15, 2014
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