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  • PALO ALTO, Calif.— Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon is still not where it needs to be in its ability to detect insider threats to its computer networks, nearly two years after former National Security Agency systems administrator Edward Snowden leaked classified documents about government surveillance to reporters. Carter was speaking to...

  • MANASSAS, Va.— Michelle Obama announced Thursday that the technology industry has promised to hire and train 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years— the latest private-sector commitment to her campaign to help veterans. Microsoft Corp., Cisco and Oracle are among firms making the commitment, she said. Obama said at Micron Technology, a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill that extends liability protection for companies that share information about cyber attacks, if they give the data to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The legislation must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to become...

  • US killed Americans held by, working with al-Qaeda Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:24 AM ET
    President Barack Obama press conference addresses the killing of two hostages conducted by U.S. Special Forces.

    President Obama said he takes full responsibility for the killing of innocent hostages, and that he "profoundly" regrets what happened.

  • NATO cyber war drills to focus on Russia: Expert Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:01 AM ET
    Hacking hacker cyber security

    NATO cyber security drills in Estonia this week are likely to mimic attacks launched by Islamic State extremists and Russia, one expert told CNBC.

  • Raytheon sales fall amid weak U.S. defense spending Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 7:06 AM ET

    April 23- U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co, the maker of Tomahawk and Amraam missiles, reported a 4 percent fall in quarterly sales as U.S. defense spending remained weak. Net income attributable to Raytheon fell to $551 million, or $1.79 per share, in the first quarter ended March 29, from $596 million, or $1.89 per share a year earlier. Raytheon said on Monday that it...

  • FRANKFURT, April 23- Airbus has started approaching potential buyers for electronics and other assets it wants to sell to focus its defence division on warplanes, missiles, launchers and satellites, three sources familiar with the matter said. Europe's defence industry is struggling as cash-strapped governments cut military spending, and the asset sales...

  • New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif.— A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. And on Thursday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed for the first time that the Pentagon uncovered a breach by Russian hackers into an unclassified defense computer network...

  • Judge won't dismiss sex claims against military academy Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:10 PM ET

    The woman, who resigned after two years at West Point, claimed in her 2013 equal-protection lawsuit that West Point administrators and faculty openly joked with male cadets about having sex with female cadets, lamented the lack of "sexual opportunities" at the school and advised male cadets to "seize any chance to have sex." "All she asks for is the dignity of...

  • The GOP lawmakers have tried the two policy "riders" before, but such provisions were stripped under the threat of a veto by the White House. Democrats on the committee also protested spending limits on domestic agency budgets as President Barack Obama's budget office weighed in for the second day in a row about the flaws it sees in the GOP spending plan.

  • WASHINGTON— Weeks before a key surveillance law expires, Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American. The measure by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr would bypass Senate committees and...

  • German defense minister: widely used rifle has no future Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 9:12 AM ET

    BERLIN— A widely used assault rifle has "no future" with the German military in its current form, Germany's defense minister said Wednesday, escalating a dispute over the weapon's alleged shortcomings. Germany also has supplied some 8,000 of the rifles to Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group in northern Iraq. Von der Leyen herself has faced questions...

  • OTTAWA, April 21- Canada's Conservative government pledged new cash in the federal budget on Tuesday to help pay for its mission against Islamic State forces and promised billions more for defense that the military will not see for several years. Defense Minister Jason Kenney said on April 1 that Ottawa's decision to extend its military operation against...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 21- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the final stages of planning to set up a satellite office in California's Silicon Valley, aiming to build relationships with the technology industry and scout for talent there, the department's secretary said on Tuesday. "We want to convince some of the talented workforce here in Silicon...

  • NATO to hold major cyber defense drill in Estonia Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 11:22 AM ET

    TALLINN, Estonia— About 400 computer experts will participate in a major cybersecurity drill in Estonia this week as part of NATO's efforts to upgrade its capability to counter potentially debilitating hacker attacks. The drill comes at a time of heightened tensions in Eastern Europe, where NATO military forces are exercising almost continuously to deter...

  • Russian defence industry grows despite sanctions - PM Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 6:17 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 21- Russian state defence orders topped 1.9 trillion roubles in 2014, helping the defence industry grow despite Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday. Medvedev told the lower house of parliament that Russia had sold $15 billion worth of military equipment abroad last year- some 3.2 percent of...

  • President Vladimir Putin says Russia expects France to return the advance payment if it fails to deliver a warship built for the Russian navy. He said France's failure to deliver the warship wouldn't damage the Russian navy capability, adding that Russia had placed the order in a bid to strengthen relations with France. President Vladimir Putin says the West...

  • Navy officer pleads guilty in Asian bribery scandal Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:28 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO— A Navy lieutenant commander became the eighth person to plead guilty in a bribery scandal Wednesday, admitting he accepted hotel accommodations, cash-stuffed envelopes and a prostitute from a contractor in exchange for classified shipping schedules and other information. Todd Dale Malaki, 44, acknowledged taking gifts from Singapore- based...

  • CANBERRA, Australia— Australia's biggest supermarket chain on Wednesday apologized and pulled down a website that has been widely criticized of commercializing the centenary of the country's Veterans' Day. ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, which was part of a disastrous British-led ground invasion of Turkey's Gallipoli...

  • Ex-Indian Fin Min: Fighter jet deal not an issue   Sunday, 12 Apr 2015 | 6:31 PM ET
    Ex-Indian Fin Min: Fighter jet deal not an issue

    Palaniappan Chidambaram, former finance ministers of India, says India's government budget can accommodate the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter-bombers from France's Dassault Aviation.

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