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  • WASHINGTON, May 19- The third of four key U.S. congressional committees on Tuesday approved funding for 12 additional Boeing Co fighter jets in fiscal 2016, increasing the prospects that the company will keep its St. Louis production line running past the end of 2017.. The committee followed the lead of the House and Senate armed services committees, which each...

  • Navy drone flies like tiny 'paper airplane' Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 1:55 PM ET
    The US Navy’s “CICADA”  drone program is producing lightweight disposable glider drones for field missions.

    The Navy has a new drone for spying that is small, cheap and completely disposable.

  • House panel unveils $578.6 billion for defense spending Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:38 AM ET

    The spending bill, which mirrors the broad defense policy bill the House passed last week, is to be considered Wednesday by the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. "This bill makes the most of a very tight budget, utilizing all resources to ensure that our military remains the best in the world and that they are ready and able to protect all...

  • LONDON— Britain's Royal Navy says a submariner who publicly challenged the safety of the country's nuclear fleet has been apprehended. A spokesman said Tuesday that Able Seaman William McNeilly is in military police custody at a facility in Scotland. A Royal Navy spokesman says the agency's program is safe and it disagrees with the submariner's "subjective...

  • HONOLULU— An investigation is underway after a U.S. military Osprey aircraft crashed during a weekend training exercise in Hawaii, killing a Marine and injuring 21 others. Ospreys are used by the Marines and Air Force, and have been deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Air Force Special Operations forces use Ospreys for especially risky missions like...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court will consider whether an advertising agency hired to boost recruitment for the U.S. Navy is immune from a lawsuit that claims it illegally authorized thousands of unsolicited text messages. The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from the Campbell-Ewald Company, which claims federal contractors can't be sued under...

  • WASHINGTON, May 18- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider advertising agency Campbell-Ewald Co's attempt to fend off a class action lawsuit over claims the company violated a federal consumer law by sending unsolicited text messages on behalf of the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy messages were part of a recruitment drive. Do it in the Navy. "

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- The U.S. Air Force on Friday said it is assessing what data rights it has to the Atlas 5 rocket built by United Launch Alliance after some companies expressed interest in swapping the rocket's Russian-built engine with a homegrown one. Assistant Air Force Secretary William LaPlante welcomed the initiative and said the government could also...

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- The U.S. Air Force is considering opening to competition future upgrades of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in the Pentagon's costliest arms project, the Air Force's top acquisition official said Friday. The Pentagon's F-35 program office is looking at how to structure Block 4, the first software upgrades scheduled after the F-35...

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- The U.S. Air Force's acquisition chief said on Friday he expects the Air Force to announce the winner of a hard-fought competition to build a new long-range strike bomber in one to two months. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against a team of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp to build 80 to 100 new LRS-B aircraft for the...

  • WASHINGTON— The House passed a nearly $612 billion defense policy bill Friday despite President Barack Obama's veto threat and Democratic worries that the measure opens the door to sharp cuts in domestic spending later this year. Adam Smith of Washington state, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, urged his colleagues to vote against...

  • NICOSIA, Cyprus— Cyprus' rival leaders on Friday vowed to "work tirelessly" for a swift peace accord, a United Nations envoy said, after relaunching talks aimed at ending the small Mediterranean island nation's four decades of division. In an echo of previous attempts to forge a peace deal, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the breakaway...

  • BERLIN, May 15- Germany's defense ministry has decided to buy MEADS, a successor to the Patriot missile defense system developed by European defense group MBDA and U.S. weapons maker Lockheed Martin Corp, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday. The newspaper, which did not identify its sources, said the Lockheed-lead MEADS consortium had...

  • A Philippine cove once opposed a major naval base, fearing it would bring bars and brothels, but fear of China means locals now approve.

  • BERLIN, May 15- Germany's defense ministry has decided to buy MEADS, the successor to the Patriot missile defense system from the firm MBDA, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday. The newspaper, which did not identify its sources, said MBDA, along with U.S. firm Lockheed Martin, would make the MEADS system ready for series production.

  • WASHINGTON— After the House's lopsided bipartisan vote to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records, the Senate is under considerable pressure to pass a similar measure. In the Senate, however, the legislation faces a 60- vote hurdle to begin debate. And the Senate majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, has expressed...

  • Top senator: Domestic surveillance needs to be ramped up Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he is shocked at how little information the National Security Agency is collecting through American phone records. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Wednesday that "it's beyond belief how little data is a part of the program." Senate leaders have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to...

  • May 13- Smiths Group Plc. *Smiths Detection Inc. announces $23 mln chemical detector order from the U.S. army. *U.S. Army contracting command- Aberdeen proving ground, in support of joint chemical agent detector program, exercised an option for a $23 million production order on an existing contract.

  • BEIJING, May 13- China is "extremely concerned" at a U.S. plan to consider dispatching military ships and aircraft to the disputed waters of the South China Sea, it said on Wednesday. Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, made the remarks at a regular briefing. The Pentagon is weighing the move to assert freedom of navigation around rapidly growing...

  • What's for sale as Japan eases military exports rule Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 2:07 AM ET

    Here are some export or technology transfer deals Japan is pursuing:. If the deal goes through it would be the first fully assembled military export from Japan in decades. SUBMARINE TECHNOLOGY: Australia has invited Japan to participate in developing a next generation submarine using its 2,950- ton Soryu-class diesel-electric propulsion system.

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