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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Congress added funding for 15 more EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft from Boeing, top, and an eleventh Joint High Speed Vessel from Austal USA. MCC Edward Kessler / U.S. Navy

    Navy Gains a Ship, 15 Growlers in Defense Bill

    The US Navy's portion of the massive government spending bill apparently headed for approval settles several questions that had loomed since the fiscal 2015 request was first introduced last winter.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  17. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., at the White House December 5, 2014. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Senate Sends Massive $560 Billion NDAA to Obama's Desk

    The US Senate on Friday passed, 89-11, a massive Defense Department policy bill, sending to President Barack Obama a bill crafted in secret that would clear the military to spend $559.2 billion in fiscal 2015.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  18. Billed as filling the gap between legacy Humvees (pictured) and the larger, less mobile Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle fleet, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is intended to restore light tactical mobility. Staff file photo

    US Army Releases RFP for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

    After releasing several draft requests for proposals for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the US Army released a final version on Friday, clearing the way for contenders AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense to submit proposals.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  19. Bidding for the Humvees started at $10,000 a couple of weeks ago, and pent up demand has yielded bids on nearly all of the vehicles  selling for off-road use only. Army

    Surplus Humvee Auctions to Public a First for DoD

    What in the world is the US military going to do with all of its surplus Humvees? For the first time, it will auction off as many as 4,000 of the workhorse vehicles for sale to the public, instead of scrapping them.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  20. A plan is in the works that essentially divides the F-35 customer base into the US, Europe and the Pacific, with regional centers filling different sustainment missions. AFP Photo

    Italy, Turkey Selected for F-35 European Maintenance

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

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  21. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said he believes Sen. Tom Coburn, R.-Okla., will require the chamber to use all 30 hours of debate time on the defense bill. MANDEL NGAN/AFP Photo

    Levin Sees Senate Taking Up NDAA Before 'Cromnibus'

    The US Senate is now more likely to finish work on a Pentagon policy before taking up a massive government-wide spending bill.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  22. 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
  23. The House narrowly approved a $1 trillion governmentwide spending bill. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    After Dramatic Day, House Approves $554B for Pentagon

    The US House on Thursday narrowly approved a $1 trillion government-wide spending bill, but only after shouting on the floor, the changing of votes and arm-twisting behind closed doors.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. Mike Petters, chief executive of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., insisted that he was committed to taking a a longer-term view. Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

    CEO: Focus on Short-Term Dividends Could Blind Defense Industry to Long-Term Viability

    While market pressures have been discouraging companies in the defense sector from making long-term investments in favor of initiatives that can help boost their share value in the short-term, Mike Petters, chief executive of Huntington Ingalls Industries

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  30. Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on July 28, 2014, in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Senate Panel Sends Blinken Nomination for Deputy State Sec. to Senate Floor

    A Senate committee on Thursday approved the nomination of a senior White House official to become the No. 2 leader at Foggy Bottom.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
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