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  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 18. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

    Russia's Financial Woes Could Impact Defense Spending

    Russia's financial woes, triggered by cheaper oil and Western sanctions imposed on the country following its military intervention in Ukraine, could affect Russian defense spending in the long-term, local analysts say.

    • Dec. 18, 2014
  2. Ash Carter smiles after being nominated for US Secretary of Defense Dec. 5 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Senior Republicans to McConnell: Move Carter Nomination Before AG

    Two senior Republicans want the incoming majority leader to take up Ash Carter's nomination before an expected more contentious one for US attorney general.

    • Dec. 18, 2014
  3. Movie posters for the premiere of the film 'The Interview' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014. - / AFP/Getty Images

    Sony Hack Could Mean New Senate Subcommittee

    Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco could become the focus of national security discussions on Capitol Hill next year.

    • Dec. 18, 2014
  4. Japan and Australia will handle heavy airframe maintenance for the northern and southern Pacific regions for the F-35. Lockheed Martin

    Japan, Australia Selected for Pacific F-35 Sustainment

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has selected Japan and Australia to provide heavy airframe and engine maintenance in the Pacific, the Joint Program Office announced Wednesday.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  5. Eye in Sky: Italian Air Force Reapers will be used to monitor crowds in Italian cities. IMPERI Roberto/ / Italian Air Force

    Italian Reaper Drones To Be Used for Crowd Monitoring

    As their deployment to Afghanistan comes to an end, unarmed Italian Reaper UAVs are to be used to monitor soccer games and demonstrations in Italy's cities, following a deal struck between the Italian Air Force and the country's police forces.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  6. Marion Blakey is in her eighth year as president and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    AIA Projects Small Defense Gains in 2015

    Despite concerns over the Budget Control Act, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) projects small gains in the defense aviation market.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  7. President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Tuesday. The bill appropriates $554 billion for the Defense Department for fiscal 2015 and gives the Veterans Affairs Department $160 billion. Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Air Force

    Obama Signs $1.1T Spending Bill Into Law

    President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Tuesday, officially ending any threat of a government shutdown over the holidays.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  8. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., outgoing chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wants Congress to update the War Powers Resolution to allow a president to attack 'non-state actors' unless Congress specifically prohibits such action. Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade/US Army

    Levin Wants Next Senate To Update Its War Powers

    The retiring chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill that would shift Congress' role from granting permission to holding veto power over any military action against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  9. An Israeli Defense Ministry official on Wednesday characterized a test conducted the previous day of the new Arrow-3 as a 'no test,' given that 'conditions did not allow for' actual launch of the intercepting missile. Boeing

    'No Test' Declared for Arrow-3 Interceptor

    An Israeli Defense Ministry official on Wednesday characterized a test conducted the previous day of the new Arrow-3 as a 'no test,' given that 'conditions did not allow for' actual launch of the intercepting missile.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  10. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, center, chats with an injured student a day after militants attacked an army-run school, as army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif looks on. AFP

    Pakistan Army Chief, Afghan President Vow To Fight Militants

    Pakistan army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif and Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani vowed Wednesday to fight 'terrorism and extremism' together, a day after Taliban militants killed 148 people at a Pakistani school.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  11. A handout photo released on Dec. 11 by the Dutch Defence ministry shows one of the two Russian SU-34 'Fullback' bombers being intercepted by Dutch F-16's over the Baltic Sea on Dec. 8. The two bombers were flying in international airspace in the direction of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, wedged between Poland and the Baltic states. AFP

    Russia Blames Hash For Sweden's Report Of Fighter Near-Miss

    Russia's ambassador to Denmark on Wednesday made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  12. Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard on a deserted street Dec. 8 during a curfew in Srinagar. Rouf Bhat / AFP

    India Clears $700 Million Defense Purchase

    India's defense ministry cleared Wednesday proposals worth nearly $700 million to buy military equipment but deferred a key multi-billion dollar decision on replacing the country's aging air transport fleet.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  13. The Mistral-class assault warship Sevastopol docked on Nov. 21 at the western French port of Saint-Nazaire. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Shipbuilder: Russian Mistral Sailors To Leave France

    About 400 Russian sailors are returning home, French shipbuilder DCNS said Wednesday, as Paris weighs whether to deliver the Mistral-class warship to Russia amid the Ukraine crisis.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  14. Turkish tanks and aircraft take part in a parade marking the 91st anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara on Aug. 30, 2013. Adem Altan / AFP via Getty Images

    Turkish Arms Exports in Jan-Nov Up by 20%

    Turkey's defense exports in the first 11 months of 2014 rose by a sharp 20 percent from the same period in 2013, an umbrella group for arms exporters has said.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  15. The MoD said DSG's sale to Babcock includes a 10-year service provision contract with Babcock for the maintenance, repair, overhaul, and storage of current military platforms and light weapons like the Challenger 2 tank (pictured) and the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle. MoD

    UK MoD Sells DSG to Babcock

    Britain has sold the state-owned Defence Support Group (DSG) to Babcock for 140 million, the Ministry of Defence announced Wednesday.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  16. Boat Options: Taiwan is considering basing its next submarine on the Dutch design used for the Hai Lung sub. Wendell Minnick

    Taiwan Pressing On With Local Sub Build

    Taiwan Navy officials are committed to their submarine build plans and will not wait for the US government to fulfill a 2001 pledge to sell Taiwan eight diesel submarines, a senior Navy official said.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  17. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken has been nominated to be the deputy secretary of state. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    Few Options Left for Senate GOP to Block Blinken Nomination

    The White House's candidate for deputy secretary of state should sail to Senate confirmation on Tuesday evening.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  18. Soldiers based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., return to their Stryker vehicles during a Nov. 13 exercise. The Army is exploring concepts to replace vehicles in armored and Stryker brigades. Army

    US Army Researches Light Vehicle Concepts, Futures Chief Says

    The US Army is exploring concepts for future vehicles that would be lighter and faster, and still strong and lethal, according to Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who runs the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) and is chief of '

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  19. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Dec. 11. FINDLAY KEMBER/AFP/Getty Images

    India, Russia Take Small Steps on Fighter Deal

    India and Russia have agreed to settle their differences over the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program, which the countries are co-producing.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  20. Nigerian Defense Ministry Orders Assault Rifles From Poland

    The Nigerian Defense Ministry has ordered 1,000 assault rifles from Polish firearms maker Fabryka Broni Lucznik.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  21. Family Portrait: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell poses for photographers with newly elected GOP senators whose midterm victories helped the party take control of the US Senate. From left are David Perdue of Georgia, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Joni Ernst of Iowa, McConnell, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Steve Daines of Montana. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Issue Tracker: 2015 GOP Agenda

    As the holiday season approaches, so does the start of the Republican-run 114th Congress. Here are a few things GOP members have on their wish lists for the new session.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  22. South Korea's Samsung Techwin designed the K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer. Samsung Techwin

    South Korea To Export K-9 Howitzers to Poland

    South Korea will export 120 self-propelled howitzers developed by Samsung Techwin to Poland, officials from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and Techwin said on Tuesday.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  23. The US Army is planning to report a study to Congress next month that would impact the debate over ambulance and command variants for the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV), due to replace the M113 infantry carriers. Army

    US Army's AMPV Variants Report to Congress Due Soon

    The US Army is planning to report a study to Congress next month that would impact the debate over ambulance and command variants for the Armored Multipurpose Vehicle (AMPV), due to replace the M113 infantry carriers.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  24. Congressional committees tweaked nearly 10 percent of the money that the Pentagon requested for its fiscal year 2015 appropriations accounts before the 'cromnibus' spending bill was passed on Dec. 11  resulting in $4.4 billion in additional procurement and research and development projects  an analysis of the budget shows. AFP

    Analysis: Congress Reworks 10 Percent of DoD Procurement Budget

    Congressional committees tweaked nearly 10 percent of the money that the Pentagon requested for its fiscal year 2015 appropriations accounts before the 'cromnibus' spending bill was passed on Dec.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  25. People visit the 50th International Paris Air show at Le Bourget Airport in 2013. Eric Feferberg / Getty Images

    SIPRI Releases Top 100 Defense Company Data

    Sales of arms and military services by the world's 100 largest arms-producing companies declined for a third consecutive year to $402 billion in 2013, according to new data on international arms production by the Stockholm-based think tank SIPRI (Stockhol

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  26. Royal Navy submarines are to be equipped with an upgraded version of the Spearfish heavyweight torpedo in a 270 million deal announced Monday by the British Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems Maritime Services. BAE Systems

    Royal Navy Subs To Get Upgraded Spearfish Torpedo

    Royal Navy submarines are to be equipped with an upgraded version of the Spearfish heavyweight torpedo in a 270 million deal announced Monday by the British Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems Maritime Services.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  27. A handout photo released on Dec. 11 by the Dutch Defence ministry shows one of the two Russian SU-34 'Fullback' bombers being intercepted by Dutch F-16's over the Baltic Sea on Dec. 8. AFP

    Sweden and Denmark Summon Russian Ambassadors Over Air Incident

    Sweden and Denmark summoned Russia's ambassadors Monday in protest over a near miss between a Russian surveillance plane and a commercial aircraft, a further sign of rising military tensions in the Baltic.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  28. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Aselsan Launches Subsidiary in Jordan

    Turkish military electronics specialist Aselsan inaugurated Dec. 15 a joint venture production plant in Jordan, hoping to create a gateway to Middle Eastern and North African markets.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  29. House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, center, walks to the House chamber for a vote on a $1.1 trillion government funding bill on Dec. 11. Republicans will be under pressure in the next Congress to pass spending bills quicker. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    For Next Congress, Pressure Mounts for Faster Spending Bills

    For congressional Republicans, it's put up or shut up time.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  30. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomes new Republican senators-elect to his Senate office on Nov. 12. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Column: Preaching to the Choir

    The speakers spoke passionately, using words like 'must' and 'have to.' Audience members nodded in agreement. The more dire the rhetoric, the more ardent the nods.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  31. An interior view of a Google self-driving car is seen in Mountain View, Calif. Autonomy is one area in which the Pentagon may seek commercial technology. Glenn Chapman / Getty Images

    Time Frame Set for US Tech Initiative

    The long-range research-and-development initiative recently touted by top Pentagon leadership to help counter advances being made by potential adversaries is still taking shape, but now there is at least a tentative timeline.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  32. A security guard stands next to models of Chinese rockets on display at the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing on Sept. 24. The US and China have agreed to communicate directly on space safety issues. Mark Ralston / Getty Images

    China-US Space Relations See Small but Important Step

    China has taken a small, but potentially meaningful, step toward more normalized relations with the international space community, a top US general announced this month.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  33. Australia's air warfare destroyers are built in sections around Australia and in Spain, and assembled at the ASC Shipyard in Adelaide. The program is years behind schedule. Australia Department of Defence

    3 Firms Tapped To Fix Australia's Destroyer Program

    The Australian government announced new steps to fix its ailing Air Warfare Destroyer effort on Dec. 9, with the appointment of BAE Systems, Navantia SA and Raytheon Australia to take on increased roles in the program.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  34. The 166th ordinary meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at their headquarters in Vienna on Nov. 27. Oil producers are grappling with falling prices. Samuel Kubani / Getty Images

    Mideast Budgets Cushioned From Oil Price Drops

    Falling oil prices are hitting Middle Eastern defense budgets, but surplus funds accumulated in previous years should cushion the region's biggest spenders for some time.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  35. Michael Strianese is chairman, president and CEO of L-3 Communications. L-3 Communications

    Interview: Michael Strianese

    Michael Strianese, L-3 Communications' CEO since 2006 and chairman since 2008, has worked to grow the company into a $12.6 billion giant while wringing inefficiencies from a company that grew through mergers and acquisitions.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  36. Stalled: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the CyberTech 2014 international conference in January. Ambitious plans to create an operational authority for cyber defense have been hung up due to internal politics and coming elections. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Schedule Slips on Israeli Cyber Defense Command

    Israel's operational authority for cyber defense will debut at least a year later than planned due to election-driven budgetary limbo and lingering disputes over roles and missions, experts here say.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  37. Export Picture: French air chief Gen. Denis Mercier, second from left, and Indian counterpart Arup Raha, second from right, pose with pilots in front of a Dassault Rafale in India in June. India has agreed to wrap up negotiations to buy 126 Rafales by the end of March. STRDEL / AFP/Getty Images

    French Air Chief Confident on Rafale Exports

    France has a good chance of winning export sales for the Dassault Rafale fighter, which is needed to balance the defense budget books, French air chief Gen. Denis Mercier said on Dec. 11.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  38. Big Winner: The existing final assembly and checkout facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy has been selected to provide heavy airframe maintenance for all F-35s in Europe. Italian Air Force

    Italy, Turkey Win Big on F-35 Sustainment

    Italy and Turkey are the big winners in the first wave of F-35 global sustainment competition.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  39. The Capitol Building dome under scaffolding. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    The Senate on Saturday approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill and sent it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  40. WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for World War II era Civil Air Patrol members, on Capitol Hill, December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Sixty-five members of the Civil Air Patrol lost their lives in the line of duty during World War II. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Senate Passes Bill To Fund Government Through Wednesday

    The Senate passed a temporary spending bill Saturday, funding the government through Wednesday and giving legislators more time to consider a $1.1 trillion measure.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  41. Eurofighter Sale?: Britain has been in discussions with Bahrain over a Typhoon sale for years. Here, the jet is on display at the Royal International Air Tattoo in England in July. Tim Ireland/ / Getty Images

    UK-Bahrain Base Deal Could Lead to Typhoon Sales

    Hopes of Britain selling Typhoon combat jets and other defense and security equipment to Bahrain have been buoyed by a deal between the two countries to extend Royal Navy facilities at the Mina Salman naval base in the Arabian Gulf, industry executives an

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  42. A Russian T-72 tank without a license plate and coming from Donetsk airport area moves along a snow-covered avenue in the district of Kievsky in Donetsk, on November 26, 2014. NATO's top military commander jetted into Ukraine for high-level talks as fighting rumbled on between government forces and Kremlin-backed rebels in the east. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images) ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP/Getty Images

    Baltics Up Defense Spending As Russia Buzzes Borders

    Russia's meddling in Ukraine has delivered a wake-up call on defense spending to small Baltic states that spent half a century under Soviet occupation and now fear the Kremlin's territorial ambitions.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
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