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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., during a Sept. 9 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeon Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    As Shutdown Nears, It's Coburn's Move

    Whether the Senate passes two massive Pentagon bills on Thursday depends largely on one senator and whether he releases his hostage: one of those defense measures.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  14. US Senator Robert Menendez, D-N.J. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Senate Committee Approves Islamic State AUMF

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrats on Thursday sent a measure to the floor authorizing military operations in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  15. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev. David Becker / Getty Images

    Iraq War Vet To Take Over HASC Personnel Panel

    A leadership round of musical chairs has put an Iraq War veteran in charge of the House Armed Services Committee's personnel panel for the first time, and South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson in charge of the intelligence subcommittee.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  16. A growing number of top Democrats are voicing opposition to a $1 trillion spending bill because of provisions tucked into the 1,603-page bill that would affect banks and campaign-finance laws, among other concerns. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Top US Democrats Oppose $1 Trillion Spending Bill

    A growing number of top Democrats are voicing opposition to a $1 trillion spending bill because of provisions tucked into the 1,603-page bill that would affect banks and campaign-finance laws, among other concerns.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  17. A column of Russia's Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launchers rolls through Red Square in 2013 in Moscow during the Victory Day parade. Yuri Kadobnov / Getty Images

    US Readying Military, Economic Options to Russian Missile Treaty Violation

    Pentagon and State Department officials are reviewing what military and economic options they can employ if Russia continues development of a cruise missile it has tested in violation of a cornerstone nuclear weapons treaty between Washington and Moscow,

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  18. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Mandel Ngan / AFP

    As Shutdown Nears, It's Coburn's Move

    Whether a frantic day Thursday on Capitol Hill turns chaotic depends largely on one senator and whether he releases his hostage: a defense policy bill.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  19. DARPA Sees Future of Cybersecurity in Transparent Computing

    Research agency is soliciting proposals for a holistic, adaptive approach to securing networks.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  20. A vulnerability in a Mobile Device Management system used by government agencies could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code. US Army photo

    Bug in IBM Mobile Device Manager Opens Critical Security Gap

    Vulnerability could give attacker access to all devices on managed network.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  21. An Iron Dome battery, a short-range missile defence system, on July 3 in Ashod, Israel. Jack Guez / AFP

    House Bill Would Add Funds to Several Israeli Missile Programs

    The defense appropriations bill agreed to by lawmakers this week calls for US funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system to double, bringing Washington's investment in the program to over $1.2 billion since 2011.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  22. Christmastime is here  and so is the 'cromnibus,' a massive spending bill needed to keep the government running through FY2015. The spending measure must pass by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. (EST) to avert a government shutdown. Pete Marovich / Getty Images

    Congress Inserts $554B for DoD in 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill

    The massive spending bill unveiled Tuesday evening by congressional leaders includes $554 billion for the Pentagon, including base-budget growth.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  23. The Defense Information Systems Agency's command center at Fort Meade, Maryland. DISA will no longer be the Pentagon's sole broker for cloud computing services as private companies expand their role. John Kandrac / US Army

    The 'Way Forward' to the Cloud

    The US Defense Department's is poised to release a new cloud computing policy, opens the door for commercial firms to host military data and applications, and allows the services and combat support agencies to procure cloud services themselves.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  24. Federal employees gave their agencies a C-plus average on digital strategy efforts, according to a recent survey. Acquia/Government Business Council

    Feds Give Agencies C-plus on Digital Strategy

    Survey finds gains in IT driven by policy mandates, not mission.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  25. For the first time, an intelligence agency is planning to store data in a commercial cloud. Staff

    Amazon Commercial Cloud Tapped for GEOINT

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency becomes the first intelligence agency to host an operational capability on Amazon.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  26. Airbus Group has sold its minority stake in Finnish defense company Patria, which manufactured the XA-360 armored modular vehicle seen here in Sweden in November. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP/Getty Images

    Finland Begins Search For Industrial Owner For Patria

    Finland is planning to find a new industrial partner for state-controlled defense group Patria after minority owner Airbus Group sold its 26.8 percent equity holding in the company back to the Finnish state.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  27. US Secretary of State John Kerry urged senators on the Foreign Relations Committee not to pass a force authorization measure that limits deployment of US ground forces. Jim Watson / AFP

    Kerry, Senators Clash Over Proposed Limitation of US Ground Forces Vs. Islamic State

    US Secretary of State John Kerry clashed Tuesday with senators over using US ground combat forces in the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  28. US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Dec. 9 in Baghdad. Mark Wilson / AFP

    Iraqi PM Appeals To US For More Air Raids, Weapons

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appealed to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday for more air raids from Western warplanes and more arms to take on the Islamic State group.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  29. Analysts have said the design of the Chinese J-31 stealth fighter, here performing at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai on Nov. 11, resembles the Lockheed Martin F-35. Johannes Eisele / Getty Images

    Industry Fears Massive Losses Through Espionage

    To see the impact of cyber attacks on US industry and its Pentagon customers, one need look no further than last month's Zhuhai Airshow, where China's military showed off its J-31 stealth fighter and JY-26 'Skywatch-U' 3-D long-range air surveillance rada

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  30. Indian military leaders hope Indian Defence Manohar Parrikar will consider establishing a dedicated cyber command. Prakash Singh / Getty Images

    India Still Unsure on Need for Cyber Command

    The Indian Ministry of Defence remains undecided on whether to establish a dedicated cyber command despite a push by the three military services to improve defense against network attacks from China and to build offensive cyber capabilities, a senior Indi

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  31. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to US troops in Kuwait on Monday. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    4,600 International Troops Pledged to Train Iraqi Forces

    About 4,600 foreign troops will be available in Iraq to help train Iraqi and Kurdish forces, a senior US commander told reporters Monday in Kuwait.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  32. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Levin Expects $560B NDAA on Senate Floor by 'Late' Tuesday

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin expects a $560 billion Pentagon policy bill to hit the chamber floor on Tuesday.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  33. Army Gen. Mark Milley, commander of US Army Forces Command, tests out a simulated gun at the I/ITSEC show last week. Jules Clifford / I/ITSEC

    Industry Pivots From New Simulators to Services

    Amid a global downturn in defense spending, the training and simulation world is booming.

    • Dec. 7, 2014
  34. A JF-17 Thunder on display at the International Defence Exhibition And Seminar show in Karachi last week. Usman Ansari / Staff

    Pakistan Seeks To Prop Up Exports, Boost Industry

    Pakistan aims to deepen existing partnerships, attract new partners and build equipment at home, despite economic instability and insecurity.

    • Dec. 7, 2014
  35. Airmen install a new engine on a KC-10 Extender. A congressional move to block KC-10 retirements could create problems for the KC-46 program, which draws on existing maintainers. US Air Force

    Congressional Block on Tanker Retirements Could Delay KC-46

    The KC-46A Pegasus tanker is one of the three major recapitalization priorities for the Air Force. But with Congress moving to block retirement of older tankers, the Pegasus could find itself short on maintainers as it attempts to come online.

    • Dec. 7, 2014
  36. Taipei, Taiwan. Getty Images

    Former Chinese General Says Force An Option in 'Taiwan Problem'

    An army general has warned that China will not leave the Taiwan problem 'unresolved for a long time,' after the island's Beijing-friendly ruling party suffered a bruising election defeat, a state-run newspaper said.

    • Dec. 7, 2014
  37. The White House on Friday formally announced its nominee to run the Pentagon during the final months of the Obama administration, tapping Ash Carter, a well-known technocrat who is expected to 'hit the ground running.' Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/Defense Department

    Next SecDef: Familiar Face, Familiar Problems

    The White House on Friday formally announced its nominee to run the Pentagon during the final months of the Obama administration, tapping Ash Carter, a well-known technocrat who is expected to 'hit the ground running.'

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  38. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference on the second day of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ministerial meeting on December 5 in Basel. Lavrov warned France its reputation was on the line over the delivery of a warship to Russia, which has been delayed due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images

    Lavrov: France 'Must Fulfill Obligations' Over Warship Delivery

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday warned France its reputation was on the line over the delivery of a controversial warship to Russia, which has been delayed due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  39. Congress wants a plan from the Coast Guard on how the service intends to keep its medium endurance cutters operating until replacements come online starting in the late 2020s. Here, the cutter Escanaba undergoes an overhaul at Coast Guard Yard Curtis Bay, Md. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    House Passes US Coast Guard Bill

    The House voted overwhelmingly late Wednesday to approve a policy bill for the US Coast Guard, 413-3. The bill now moves to the Senate where, as of late Thursday, it has yet to be scheduled for floor action.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  40. As Deputy Defense Secretary, Ash Carter launched the Better Buying Power initiative, which focused on regulating Pentagon acquisition. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    For Ash Carter, a Complicated Relationship With the Defense Industry

    As Washington waits for the White House to nominate Ash Carter as the next defense secretary, questions remain as to how he would ultimately run the department, and how he would operate under an executive branch that famously likes to call the shots.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  41. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier holds a press conference Dec. 3 at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

    NATO Agrees To Keep Military Channels Open With Russia

    NATO said Wednesday it will keep military channels of communication with Russia open to avoid any misunderstandings over military activity, as the Ukraine crisis stokes tensions not seen since the Cold War.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  42. US-made F-4 Phantom fighter jets fly during the Army Day parade in 2010 in the Iranian capital Tehran. Behrouz Mehri / AFP

    US, Iranian Forces Operate In Separate Areas In Iraq, Officials Say

    Recent Iranian airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq took place in an eastern region where US warplanes do not operate, the Pentagon said Wednesday, reflecting an accommodation between the two traditional rivals in their fight against a commo

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  43. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addresses a Dec. 3 meeting of the Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum, attended by Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi, right, in Khartoum, Sudan. Ashraf Shazly / AFP

    Foreign Minister: Russia To Boost Military Ties With Sudan

    Russia plans to strengthen its military ties with Khartoum, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday during a visit to internationally isolated and sanctions-hit Sudan.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  44. US Africa Command (AFRICOM) Commander Gen. David Rodriguez speaks during an Oct. 3 briefing at the White House. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    AFRICOM Chief: IS Group Has Training Camps In Libya

    The Islamic State group, which overran large areas of Iraq and Syria, has set up training camps in eastern Libya and the American military is closely monitoring, a top US general said Wednesday.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  45. China's President Xi Jinping, left, and Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott are pictured on stage Nov. 19 after they both addressed the Australia-China state and provincial leaders forum in Sydney. Jason Reed / AFP

    Report: China, Australia Agree To Boost Defense Ties

    Beijing and Canberra have agreed to enhance military ties, Chinese state media reported, lauding defense relations between them even as Australia strengthens cooperation with the United States and Japan.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  46. The latest version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill bars the transfer of Apaches to the active force in 2015. US Army

    NDAA: US Army Apache Consolidation Blocked Until 2016

    Congress would authorize the active-duty Army to begin absorbing the Army National Guard AH-64 Apaches as part of the Army's aviation restructuring proposal, but not until 2016, according to compromise National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) language re

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  47. An Iranian man looks at newspapers displayed outside a kiosk in Tehran on Nov. 25, a day after Iran and world powers announced that talks on a comprehensive nuclear agreement had been inconclusive. US Republican lawmakers are vowing that, when they control Congress in January, they will push for tougher sanctions to punish the Iranian regime for not giving up its nuclear arms program. (Atta Kenare/AFP) Atta Kenare / AFP

    GOP's 2015 Agenda Includes Passing Tougher Iranian Sanctions

    Republican lawmakers are vowing to take a much harder line against Iran when they take control both chambers in January, eyeing stricter sanctions against Tehran.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
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