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  • UPDATE 1-BP names former UK MI6 spy chief as director Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    LONDON, May 14- BP has appointed Britain's former MI6 spy chief and veteran diplomat John Sawers as a non-executive board member in a development highlighting long running links between the British establishment and the oil major. Sawers was the head of Britain's MI6 secret intelligence service from 2009 to 2014. He had previously served as Britain's...

  • Last year, the Navy also omitted EA-18G jets, or Growlers, from its base budget request, but later told Congress on an "unfunded priority list" that it wanted $2.1 billion to buy 22 more of the planes, given the growing threat of electronic attacks. Lawmakers ultimately funded 15 of them in the fiscal 2015 budget passed by Congress, which is expected to maintain...

  • Iraq beats back ISIS in key battle near Baghdad Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 | 4:27 PM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014.

    Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of a strategic town near Baghdad from ISIS, after heavy coalition air strikes.

  • US military tries to keep options in ISIS fight Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 5:26 PM ET
    ISIS ISIL Iraq

    President Barack Obama has ruled out a combat mission, but military officials say the reality of a protracted campaign may require US troops.

  • Robert Gates hits out at Obama foreign policy Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 10:32 PM ET

    Robert Gates, who served both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, delivers an icy assessment of his most recent boss and his foreign policy. The FT reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 11- Republican Mitt Romney would accelerate spending on new U.S. Navy warships, cut the Pentagon's civilian workforce and speed up development of new weapons systems if he wins the 2012 presidential election, two advisers said on Thursday.

  • Enlisted in the World of Airborne Spying Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 10:39 AM ET
    King Air 350i

    For four years, a doctor commuted between his clinics in Texas in a $5 million turboprop with jazzy metallic stripes and ruby stones embedded on the drink cabinet inside. The plane featured exotic wood veneers and polished chrome, and his daughter’s initials were in the tail number. The New York Times reports.

  • Obama To Set Course for Drawing Down Afghan War Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 | 8:15 AM ET
    Cityscape at sunrise, Kabul, Afghanistan

    President Barack Obama will set the course for drawing down the U.S. war in Afghanistan on Wednesday, when he is expected to announce plans to bring roughly 10,000 American troops home in less than a year.