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  • PHUKET, Thailand— An Australian journalist and his Thai colleague were acquitted Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed by Thailand's navy over an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar. Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian were facing up to seven years in prison over a report in their online news website "Phuketwan" saying...

  • TOKYO— Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China. Abe's government says Japan needs to bolster its military role amid China's growing territorial assertiveness and the rising risk...

  • Tests show F-35s can share data with older aircraft Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 28- Two weeks of joint testing of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet at a California air base by the Royal Netherlands Air Force showed that the new stealthy jets are able to share a significant amount of data with older warplanes, the pilot in charge of Dutch F-35 testing told Reuters. Colonel Albert De Smit, commander of the Netherlands...

  • BEIJING, Aug 28- From ballistic missiles to fighter jets, China has rolled out a host of high-tech weaponry ahead of a parade next week commemorating victory over Japan in World War Two, in a signal of Beijing's growing confidence in its military might. China has poured capital into developing its home-grown weapons industry with an eye toward export markets as...

  • Pentagon funding new high-tech venture Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 6:02 AM ET

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. He told the Silicon Valley leaders that he is "here to engage. Under the new plan, the Pentagon will provide $75...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 26- Oshkosh Corp will dominate the U.S. military's wheeled vehicle market after winning a $6.75 billion deal to build 17,000 armored trucks to replace the U.S. Army and Marine Corps' aging fleet of 140,000 Humvees, analysts said on Wednesday. The Army said Tuesday that Oshkosh beat AM General, the privately held maker of the original Humvees, and a...

  • Pentagon probing alleged distorting of war intelligence Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Pentagon's inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant group, a defense official said Wednesday. The investigation was first disclosed by The New York Times.

  • 1st enlisted female sub sailors start training in Groton Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    The barracks at the Navy base have been reconfigured for privacy, but officials say the first co-ed class of enlisted recruits is not being received differently from any others. The Navy ended a ban on women serving aboard submarines in 2010. It began integrating crews by introducing female officers, who already have been assigned to ballistic-missile and...

  • INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION' FOCUSED ON NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND IS AS NARROWLY TAILORED AS POSSIBLE'- WHITE HOUSE.

  • *But refuses to say if Japan will build vessels in Australia. ADELAIDE, Australia, Aug 26- Japan's effort to charm Australian politicians and the public over its bid for a A $50 billion submarine project appeared to stumble on Wednesday, with officials from Tokyo resisting pressure to commit to building the vessels in Australia. Once seen as the frontrunner to win...

  • ADELAIDE, Australia, Aug 26- Japan's effort to charm Australian politicians and the public over its bid for a A $50 billion submarine project appeared to stumble on Wednesday, with officials from Tokyo resisting pressure to commit to building the vessels in Australia. Once seen as the frontrunner to win the contract, the Japanese bid has since come under...

  • Oshkosh wins Army contract to replacement Humvees Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 8:06 PM ET
    Oshkosh entrant in JLTV bid war

    Oshkosh beat out a team made up of Lockheed Martin and Britain's BAE Systems, as well as a privately held company that built the original Humvees.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- U.S. specialty truck maker Oshkosh Corp has won a $6.75 billion contract to build 17,000 light tactical vehicles to replace the aging Humvees used by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, the U.S. Army announced Tuesday. Oshkosh beat out a team made up of Lockheed Martin Corp and Britain's BAE Systems Plc, as well as AM General, a privately held company...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- U.S. specialty truck maker Oshkosh Corp has won a $6.75 billion contract to build 17,000 light tactical vehicles to replace the aging Humvees used by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, the U.S. Army announced on Tuesday. Oshkosh beat out a team made up of Lockheed Martin Corp and Britain's BAE Systems Plc, as well as AM General, a privately held company...

  • OSHKOSH, Wis.— Wisconsin- based Oshkosh Corp. won a major contract Tuesday to build a new combat vehicle to replace a large share of the U.S. military's Humvee troop carriers. The Army and Marine Corps plan to buy as many as 55,000 JLTVs by 2040. Nearly 49,100 would be built for the Army with 5,500 going to the Marines. Pentagon officials declined during a briefing for...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 25- U.S. specialty truck maker Oshkosh Corp has won a multibillion-dollar competition to build a new light tactical vehicle for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to replace their aging fleet of Humvees, sources familiar with the decision said Tuesday. Oshkosh beat out a team made up of Lockheed Martin Corp and Britain's BAE Systems Plc, as well as AM...

  • Industry executives and defense officials said they expected the Army to announce an initial contract valued at up to $9 billion late on Tuesday for 17,000 of 55,000 vehicles to be built for the Army and Marine Corps in coming years,. The Pentagon's Defense Acquisition Board, led by chief arms buyer Frank Kendall, met on Tuesday to review the acquisition...

  • WASHINGTON— National Security Adviser Susan Rice is headed for China to help lay the groundwork for President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington next month. The White House said Tuesday that Rice will meet with senior Chinese officials including State Councilor Yang Jeichi on a range of issues that affect the two nations, regional dynamics and global matters.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 24- U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on Monday said a contract for a new long-range bomber would be awarded soon, and the project would not be considered a "new start" program that could be halted if Congress fails to pass a budget for fiscal 2016.. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against a team made up of Boeing Co and...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 24- U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday no decision had been made yet on awarding a contract for a new long-range strike bomber. "The long-range strike bomber contract is to be awarded soon," she said at a news conference. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against a team made up of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin...

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