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  • 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.

  • Soldiers of the US Army's 23rd Chemical Battalion (background) wear protective gear to give a demonstration of their equipment as iRobot PackBot (front) moves during a ceremony to recognise their official return to the 2nd Infantry Division located in South Korea, at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, on April 4, 2013.

    In 25 years, military robots will operate with more freedom and begin to think for themselves.

  • Lockheed Martin Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite

    It's Frank Kendall's job to write checks for programs that will shape U.S. defense forces for the next quarter century.

  • The next 25 years in defense

    Peter Skibitski, Drexel Hamilton defense analyst, shares his thoughts on the future of the defense industry.

  • Future face of defense industry

    From drones to robot armies, CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at what the U.S. defense industry might look like in 25 years.

  • Flanked by members of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Howard P. 'Buck' McKeon (R-CA) (C) speaks during a news conference March 1, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    The House Armed Services Committee approved a bill authorizing a $496 billion Pentagon base budget but rejecting many attempts to cut spending.

  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, attached to the Dragon, a cargo-only capsule, lifts off from the launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida

    A court injunction prohibited two firms from proceeding with plans to buy Russian rocket engines used to send U.S. Air Force satellites into space.

  • Defense spending in the Middle East and North Africa is set to hit nearly $1 trillion over the next seven years, a new report shows.

  • Macro story for defense stocks: Pro

    How global unrest has impacted defense stocks, with Jim Iuorio, TJM Institutional Services.

  • Street awaits Lockheed Martin's earnings

    Lockheed Martin reports earnings Tuesday. CNBC's Jane Wells reports earnings are expected to rise 9 percent.

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