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  1. US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is seen with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. While reports have surfaced that some 4,000 troops capable of moving in 48-hours notice will encompass the NRF's rapid-reaction force, the numbers have yet to be set in stone, Breedlove said Aug. 2. NATO

    Breedlove: Size of NATO Response Force Still Up for Debate

    NATO leaders heading to Wales this week will discuss how to best enhance the NATO Response Force.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  2. British soldiers attend the Estonian Defense Forces annual Spring Storm training exercises in May. The UK has proposed a NATO expeditionary force to work with the Baltic nations and the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark. RAIGO PAJULA/ / AFP

    UK Proposes Joint NATO Expeditionary Force

    Britain expects to sign at the upcoming NATO summit meeting a letter of intent with six partner nations to form a joint expeditionary force, separate from the alliance's plan to forge a very high readiness force to act as spearhead for the NATO response f

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  3. New EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini of Italy speaks on Sept. 2 during an interview by the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament in Brussels. John Thys / AFP

    NATO States Near Russia Need Security Boost, Incoming EU Official Says

    NATO countries bordering Russia need reassurance that they will be defended by the alliance in the face of the spiraling Ukraine war, incoming EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  4. Above is the Milan extended range system. MBDA

    Germany To Provide Anti-Tank Missiles, Other Equipment to Peshmerga Fighters

    Germany will deliver weapons, vehicles and non-lethal equipment to the Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq to support their struggle against the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  5. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's stop in Turkey will come near the end of a six-day international trip which begins Wednesday. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Turkey Caught Between Allies, Jihadists

    As US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel prepares to visit Turkey and the US government tries to build a 'coalition of the willing' to take on Islamic militants in Syria, the Turkish government ponders how to cooperate without further antagonizing the jihad

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  6. 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
  7. MAIDEN VOYAGE: The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Royal Air Force has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN15, took off from Seville, Spain, at 14:25 local time (GMT+1) on 30 August and landed back on site 5 hours and 5 minutes later. Media Airbus Defence And Space

    Royal Air Force A400M Makes Its Maiden Flight

    The Royal Air Force's first Airbus A400M has made it's maiden flight moving Britain closer to becoming the third operator of the new European airlifter.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  8. The United Arab Emirates is seeking tech transfer as part of talks on purchasing two Pleiades-type satellites. CNES artist's conception

    France, UAE Close In on Spy Sat Deal

    The United Arab Emirates and France are expected to finalize the Falcon Eye spy satellites deal within the coming weeks while looking into the purchase of 40 Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  9. NATO Leaders to Discuss High Readiness Task Force

    BRUSSELS NATO leaders meeting at the NATO summit in Wales on September 4 and 5 will be discussing the option of adding a 'high readiness joint task force' or 'spearhead force' to the existing NATO Response Force (NRF) capable of reacting to threats to N

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  10. French, Polish Defense Ministers Discuss Industry Cooperation, Air Defense Tender

    France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak have unveiled plans to further develop defense industry cooperation between the two countries at a joint conference in Kielce, Poland.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  11. Members of a Polish Army unit march to assemble prior to the arrival of US soldiers at a Polish Air Force base. Poland is accelerating its modernization programs. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    E. Europe Security, Ukraine To Dominate MSPO Show

    This year's edition of the MSPO, Poland's annual defense industry show and exhibition hosted in Kielce, is likely to attract a record of some 13,000 visitors and 500 companies, organizers say, but the ongoing military crisis in Ukraine will be a dominant

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  12. Two JAS 39 Gripen, lightweight single-engine multirole fighters fly on March 23, 2013, above the town of Falun, Sweden. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden military HQ raises readiness level over Ukraine

    The Swedish military said Saturday it had increased intelligence gathering and called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine, as the prime minister compared Russia's current behavior with the Cold War.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  13. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new government in Ankara on Friday. ADEM ALTAN/ / AFP

    New Turk PM Announces Cabinet; Defense Minister Remains

    New Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Friday announced a ministerial line-up with only four changes from President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's former Cabinet.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  14. Directed Energy: US Navy officials observe a solid state laser beam director and tracking mount in Virginia in March. The UK is preparing to launch a competition that could lead toward a laser technology demonstrator for its warships. John F. Williams/ / US Navy

    UK To Launch Laser Competition

    Britain's Defence Ministry will boost its investment in laser research and is preparing to launch a competition that could lead to a technology demonstrator, according to officials.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  15. Workers at the Saab Gripen factory build a Saab Gripen fighter jet on May 5 in Linkoeping, Sweden. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden to Buy Next-Generation Jets Despite Swiss Pullout

    Sweden said Friday it would go ahead with the purchase of a new generation of Saab Gripen fighter jets, despite Switzerland pulling out of a major co-financing deal.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  16. 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
  17. The solar-powered Zephyr UAV demonstrated the ability to conduct an extended flight during times of limited sunlight. Airbus

    Zephyr Solar UAV Operates 11 Days in Winter Conditions

    Airbus' Zephyr 7 solar-powered UAV has recorded an 11-day, non-stop flight in winter weather conditions, the company said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  18. Bystanders watch a fire consuming a school in downtown Donetsk on Wednesday after being hit by a shelling. Several civilians died when their car was completely burned after being hit by shell fragments in central Donetsk, the rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine. FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP/Getty Images

    Ukraine President: Russian Forces Have Invaded

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared Thursday that 'Russian forces have entered Ukraine' and called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council to respond to what he said was a 'sharp aggravation' in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian arm

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  19. Ahmet Davutoglu waves during a congress of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara. He was selected as the country's new prime minister. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turkey's Ruling Party Elects Davutoglu Prime Minister

    Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday officially elected Ahmet Davutoglu, foreign minister, as the party's new leader and the country's new prime minister.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  20. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an Aug. 15 meeting. Niels Ahlmann Olesen / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO Prepares East Europe Rapid Response To Dissuade Russia

    NATO is preparing a rapid response to the Ukraine crisis that would allow it to deploy troops swiftly to reinforce eastern Europe and dissuade Russia from further destabilising the region, the alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  21. A Patriot missile system is seen in 2013 at a Turkish military base in Kahramanmaras.. AFP

    Holland To Terminate Patriot Mission in Turkey

    The Dutch defense ministry announced Aug. 26 that the Netherlands no longer had the resources to maintain the Patriot batteries deployed in southern Turkey, prompting Turkey to seek a replacement.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  22. German Patriot missile launchers are deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey on March 25. Turkey is seeking to purchase its own air defense system. JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Extends Deadline in Disputed Air Defense Contract

    For a fifth time since September, Turkey's procurement authorities extended a deadline for all three bidders in a disputed air defense contract to submit their renewed proposals.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  23. A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies a Humvee during sling load training. US Army

    Croatia Eyes Acquiring US Helos, Supplying Copters to Ukraine

    The Croatian Ministry of Defense has announced plans to acquire 20 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the US military, and provide 14 of its Mil Mi-8MTV-1 transport helos to Ukraine's armed forces to support Kiev's ongoing military operation against Russia

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  24. A Finnish soldier patrols a military checkpoint near Ulm, Germany. Under a new deal, Millog Oy will provide more extensive maintenance support to Finland's Army and Navy. Andreas Rentz/ / Getty Images

    Finnish Armed Forces Broadens Outsourcing Deal With Millog

    Finland's Armed Forces Command (AFC) has broadened its outsourcing arrangement with Millog Oy, the Finnish private sector company jointly owned by defense groups Patria and Insta.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  25. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel addresses an Aug. 19 press conference in Berlin. Stephanie Pilick / AFP

    Germany Approves Algeria Tank Factory Contract

    German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has given the go-ahead for defense technology company Rheinmetall to build an armored vehicle factory in Algeria, the weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
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