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  • Lockheed Martin wants to use its unmanned helicopter--the K-Max--as a firefighting tool. Check out the drone in action in video courtesy of Lockheed.

  • Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City. Marc Roberts, of Santaquin, said there are serious questions about privacy and surveillance surrounding the center, and several Utah...

  • US Air Force cleared to purchase civilian jet fuel Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:16 PM ET
    A KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., refuels a B-1B Lancer during a training exercise Sept. 23, 2014, over South Dakota.

    The US Air Force just completed an initiative to convert all of its bases from military-specific grade jet fuel to a civilian grade.

  • Senate blocks NSA phone records measure Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance. The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. The revelation that the spying agency had been collecting and...

  • Toxic plume spreading at defense plant, tests show Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    Officials revealed this month that the 4.5 mile by 3.5 mile plume of underground contamination in Bethpage is moving deeper than ever. The contamination is emanating from a 600- acre property that was once home to Grumman Aerospace Corp., the U.S. Navy and other associated defense industries. The company says it has spent $120 million and the Navy another $80...

  • Space junk or Russian satellite killer? Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET
    File photo of a Russian booster rocket at a launching pad of the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

    The Russian military has launched a mysterious object that Western space agencies are monitoring for signs of destructive intent. FT reports.

  • Navy secretary racks up 930K miles in world travel Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost the taxpayer more than $4.7 million. Ray Mabus, the former Mississippi governor, has taken at least 40 trips outside the U.S as of July 2014, meeting officials and visiting sailors and Marines in more than...

  • What's stalling the Wall Street rally?     Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 6:18 PM ET

    With U.S. stocks nearly 2 percent overvalued, investors are worried that markets will see another correction, says Hugh Jackson, Chairman of Hugh Johnson Advisors.

  • NYC adds $140M for transforming Brooklyn Navy Yard Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting a $140 million infusion of city money to upgrade a massive building from storage space to a workplace for 3,000 employees at companies ranging from a medical diagnostic laboratory to a motorcycle design startup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. The new investment in Building 77 will add windows, more elevators...

  • Prosecutors troubled by extent of military fraud Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Fabian Barrera found a way to make fast cash in the Texas National Guard, earning roughly $181,000 for claiming to have steered 119 potential recruits to join the military. Barrera's case, which ended last month with a prison sentence of at least three years, is part of what Justice Department lawyers describe as a recurring pattern of corruption...

  • But with budgets already under pressure and deeper cuts looming in fiscal 2016, it remains uncertain if the Pentagon can win support in Congress to speed up the acquisition process and turn the new technologies into game-changing weapons. They are also urging Pentagon officials to keep slashing back bureaucracy, ease barriers for arms exports, and...

  • Hagel: US needs game-changing military innovation Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 12:58 AM ET

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif.— Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war. He described a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen American's military edge in...

  • Hagel: US needs game-changing military innovation Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif.— Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking and creative ideas about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war. He described a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen...

  • Greenpeace: 4 activists hurt off Canary Islands Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    MADRID— Spain's navy rammed into a Greenpeace dinghy during a protest in the Atlantic Ocean against oil exploration near the Canary Islands on Saturday, injuring four of its activists, one of them seriously, the environmental organization said. The navy said it dispatched two boats from one of its ships in the area to prevent Greenpeace from boarding a large oil...

  • Correction: Security Clearance-Hacking story Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a story Nov. 13 about former Department of Homeland Security official Christopher Cummiskey's remarks about a computer breach at U.S. Investigations Services LLC, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Cummiskey said a DHS contract with the firm specified rigorous computer security and data-management practices.

  • ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ, Nov 13- The U.S. Navy version of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet made its first night flight off an aircraft carrier on Thursday as it neared the end of two weeks of sea-based testing aboard the USS Nimitz, Navy and Pentagon officials said. Two F-35 C-model jets on board the carrier have already met 95 percent of the requirements for the...

  • Ex-DHS official warns of more USIS breach victims Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A massive cyberbreach that compromised the private files of more than 25,000 Department of Homeland Security workers earlier this year also exposed data belonging to numerous workers at other federal agencies, a former senior DHS official said Thursday. Cummiskey said that officials found similarities between the techniques used by...

  • Stopping predatory lenders who target military     Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 4:31 PM ET

    Ohio state legislator Connie Pillich joins "Closing Bell" to discuss efforts to stop the many predatory lending tactics which target military personnel.

  • Hiring vets a virtuous cycle     Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 4:28 PM ET

    CNBC's Dominic Chu reports on companies helping to put veterans into their workforce.

  • Col. Jacobs: Vets best workers you could find     Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 12:51 PM ET

    Retired U.S. Army Colonel and Medal of Honor recipient Col. Jack Jacobs discusses if our society is doing enough to help veterans transition from the battlefield to boardrooms. Col. Jacobs also weighs in on Bob McDonald at the VA.