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  • A woman protests the surveillance of U.S. citizens by the NSA outside the Justice Department, January 17, 2014.

    The Pentagon has recorded and analyzed social media activity on sites like Twitter to better use and understand its influence.

  • NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Mikhail Koval

    Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea has provided a "wake up" call for NATO and drastic cuts in defence spending, need to be addressed.

  • A Buddhist monk (R) holds a placard while joining other protesters as they shout slogans against the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo.

    Japan's departure from a pacifist constitution does not put it on a collision course with China, but relations between the two may not improve soon either.

  • The annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Colorado is trying to outbid rival states like Florida and New Mexico for a bigger slice of the commercial aerospace industry pie.

  • Alex Karp, co-founder of Palantir Technologies

    This data-mining software company has landed several government contracts, transforming mounds of data into key intelligence.

  • President Barack Obama speaks about military troop pullout from Afghanistan at the White House on May 27, 2014 in Washington, DC.

    President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year.

  • A patient find his room at the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.

    Controversy continues to swirl around the VA's oversight of hospitals dedicated to caring for America's veterans.

  • Flags of the United States and China

    US technology companies will likely bear the brunt of soured ties between Beijing and Washington over Internet security.

  • National Defense Academy of Japan (NDA) cadets march to class at the NDA campus in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on Monday, April 21, 2014.

    Japan has an "innate right" to defend itself, an advisor to PM Shinzo Abe said, following its steps to move Japan away from its pacifist constitution.

  • Maintenance personnel check a Predator drone operated by U.S. Office of Air and Marine, before its surveillance flight near the Mexican border in March 2013 from Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

    The Defense Department has approved the international sale of drones with an operating system that works on other drones.

  • Living the Dreamhammer

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports one trend in defense is to operate all systems on one platform. Now some new predator UAVs can be bought with an open operating system created by a tech startup in "Silicon Beach."

  • A new way to launch microsatellites and space payloads is on the horizon. Boeing is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to produce this innovative 24-foot (7.3-meter) launch vehicle and conduct flight testing.

    As companies like SpaceX aggressively seek to drive down the cost of space access, new opportunities—and new threats—are emerging in orbit.

  • Virtual reality gets real

    Celebrating CNBC's 25th anniversary, CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at how the defense sector will innovate over the next 25 years.

  • Defense testing 'robot soldiers'

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports the defense department is testing unmanned machines, including the possibility of armed robots which could provide cover for soldiers and marines.

  • CNBC.com hot list: US jet fighter

    CNBC.com Managing Editor Allen Wastler reports which stories are leading the site, including Jane Wells' piece on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet.

  • Defense in 2039

    Celebrating CNBC's 25th anniversary, CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at how the defense sector will innovate over the next 25 years.

  • An F-35A Lightning II from the 33rd Fighter Wing streaks across the sky above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. while coming in for landing after a training sortie.

    Technology is important for an aircraft the U.S. and its allies hope will be the backbone of air defense for the next half century.

  • The next 25 years in defense

    In honor of CNBC's 25th anniversary, Peter Arment, Sterne Agee, looks at the innovation of the F-35 and how it will impact the defense sector in the future. CNBC's Jane Wells provide prospective.

  • Future of defense: F-35

    CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at how the defense sector will change over the next 25 years.

  • Rise of robot military

    What will our military look like in 25 years? CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at how the military plans to deploy robots into action.

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