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  • WASHINGTON, June 2- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Tuesday urged budget cutters to target what he called duplicative and ineffective agencies such as the Pentagon's payment services arm instead of cutting needed weapons programs. "If you want to look at real money, 20 percent of the Pentagon's budget- one dollar out of every five- is spent on... the Office of the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, marking another milestone for the Pentagon's largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday. The exercise includes about 5,000 U.S. military personnel with land, sea and ground forces all working together to...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, marking another milestone for the Pentagon's largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday. The Air Force has used aircraft equipped with F-35 sensors in past exercises, but this will be the first time that...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet will drop weapons and take part in a major U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, another milestone for the Pentagon's largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday. The Air Force has used aircraft equipped with F-35 sensors in past exercises, but this will be the first time that...

  • Russia faked MH17 images: Report Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 9:38 AM ET
    Satellite images delivered to the press by Russian Defense Ministry.

    Russian authorities doctored satellite images it used to try peg the downing of flight MH17 on Ukraine, an independent report has claimed.

  • NSA's phone record spy program lapses Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 6:45 AM ET
    National Security Agency headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

    The agency lost its authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the program.

  • UK defense minister: keeping nuclear weapons Sunday, 31 May 2015 | 6:31 PM ET
    UK defense minister: keeping nuclear weapons

    Every British government has kept its nuclear deterrents because you can never be sure there are no more threats, says Michael Fallon , the U.K.'s Defense Minister.

  • The U.S. Defense Secretary warned on Saturday that Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific.

  • *Boko Haram firmly in new leader's sights. ABUJA, May 29- New Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari promised on Friday to eradicate the "mindless, godless" militants of Boko Haram and rescue hundreds of women and children held captive, including 200 girls taken from the town of Chibok a year ago. In his inaugural address as elected leader of Africa's most populous...

  • *Boko Haram firmly in new leader's sights. ABUJA, May 29- New Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed on Friday to eradicate the "mindless, godless" militant group Boko Haram and rescue hundreds of women and children held captive, including 200 girls taken from the town of Chibok a year ago. In his inaugural address as elected leader of Africa's most populous...

  • How the US can help defeat ISIS in Iraq Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 1:18 PM ET
    ISIS ISIL Iraq Syria islamic militants

    There's one group of fighters in Iraq who deserve more support from the US, says David Phillips.

  • WASHINGTON, May 27- The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had signed a deal with Japan to buy components from two decommissioned, U.S.-built MH-53E heavy-lift helicopters operated by the Asian country, and other spare parts to help service its own aging fleet of H-53 aircraft. The deal is small, valued at just over $67,000, but marks the first time that Naval Air Systems...

  • Robots learn to adjust to damage like animals do Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    A robot automatically learns to keep walking after damage via a newly invented "Intelligent Trial & Error'" algorithm.

    Robots are useful, but fragile. To work out in the field, they have to learn how to function when damaged. Some scientists may have found a way.

  • Poland says Airbus utility helicopter passed army tests Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 5:08 AM ET

    POWIDZ Air Base, Poland, May 27- The Airbus utility helicopter, preliminarily selected by Poland in a $3 billion tender, has passed army tests, a prerequisite for opening formal negotiations for the purchase, the Polish army said on Wednesday. "The presented helicopter has met the requirements set by the armed forces as well as those described by the producer,"...

  • *Turkey believes robust military vital for regional role- analyst. *China weapons deal has raised concern among NATO members. ANKARA, May 27- For years Turkey has boasted NATO's largest army, bar only the United States, and now President Tayyip Erdogan wants a defence industry to match.

  • Behind the rise in Asia's military spending Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 8:45 PM ET
    Behind the rise in Asia's military spending

    Asia's defense market is seeing significant growth of 6-7 percent on-year due to a rise in geopolitical tensions, says Mark Burgess, senior customer business director, Asia Pacific, Defense & Space at Honeywell Aerospace.

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday said it has certified privately held SpaceX to launch U.S. military and spy satellites, ending a monopoly held by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, since its creation in 2006.. The decision follows two years of discussions and reviews by the U.S. Air Force and Space...

  • Much of this equipment is likely to be used in and around the South China Sea, where Beijing's creation of artificial islands has alarmed some Asian countries and stoked tension between China's navy and the U.S. air force. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims. The interest in beefing up maritime capabilities was...

  • Air threats lead to four plane searches Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:15 PM ET
    Passengers make their way in a security checkpoint at the International JFK airport in New York October 11, 2014.

    Authorities say U.S. military jets have escorted an Air France airliner to Kennedy Airport after a threat was made against the flight.

  • NEW YORK, May 25- An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by two U.S. Flight 22 from Charles de Gaulle Airport landed safely in New York, an airport official said. Air Force F-15 fighters were launched as precautionary measure to monitor the flight as it returned to New York, said Navy Lieutenant Commander Richlyn Ivey, a spokeswoman for U.S.

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