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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 22- President Barack Obama's administration has quietly abandoned a proposal it had been considering to put raw U.S. telephone call data collected by the National Security Agency under non-governmental control, several U.S. security officials said. Obama promised changes in the government's handling of such data in a speech a year ago after...

  • House committee passes border security bill Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:26 PM ET

    House GOP leaders scheduled the bill for a floor vote next week, as Republicans sought to demonstrate that they can chart their own course on immigration— not just oppose President Barack Obama. Michael McCaul of Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Conservatives who have scuttled past attempts by GOP leaders to deal with immigration...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Even in an era of shrinking U.S. military spending, the U.S. Defense Department remains reluctant to see further consolidation among big U.S. weapons makers, Northrop Grumman Corp Chief Executive Wes Bush said on Wednesday. "I haven't seen any evidence that the department is thinking about things differently, but it will always come down to the...

  • Ohio air force base to get 'monster' $30 million computer Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:15 AM ET

    The SGI Ice X supercomputer is expected to be one of the 10 fastest in the world once the Air Force Research Laboratory installs it at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. Jeff Graham, director of the lab's Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center, tells the Dayton Daily News for a story Wednesday that each second the computer can calculate...

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— Staying hidden behind sea ice and large waves, sailors aboard a navy patrol boat from New Zealand sneaked up on three suspected poaching ships, then took photos and video of the fishermen hauling in prized fish in banned nets from the ocean near Antarctica. It is a huge illegal business: Each of the ships could hold more than $1 million worth...

  • DVORKOVICH SAYS RUSSIA CAN CUT ALL BUDGET SPENDING EXCEPT SOCIAL, SEES NO NEED TO CUT MILITARY SPENDING AT THE MOMENT.

  • Ukraine says Russian troops launched new assaults Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 12:53 PM ET
    Local residents inspect their home, which was damaged by last night's shelling in the village of Sartan, near Mariupol January 20, 2015.

    Ukrainian forces came under attack by Russian regular forces north of the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine.

  • *Budget faces $46 billion shortfall at $50 oil price. MOSCOW, Jan 15- President Vladimir Putin's insistence on huge defense spending makes it hard to see how a government plan to make deep budget cuts will see Russia through a deepening economic crisis. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov called on Wednesday for a 10 percent cut in planned expenditures, warning that...

  • Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh told a separate news conference at the Pentagon that he was confident the Air Force would meet its target date of declaring the F-35 A-model ready for initial combat use by August to December 2016. He said the Air Force had found a way to maintain its initial detachment of operational F-35s despite a shortage of...

  • A Jan. 5 memorandum signed by top Navy and Marine Corps officials described plans to use the V-22, built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit, instead of opting for a new plane, or upgrading the existing C-2As. Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley declined to confirm the Navy had decided to use the V-22 for the carrier on-board delivery mission, but he...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The U.S. Navy plans to award contracts before the end of the first quarter to Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal for its next three Littoral Combat Ships as well as money to buy materials for a fourth, Navy officials said Thursday. Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley told reporters the Navy was in talks with both companies and...

  • He said the Navy still expected to declare the F-35 C-model, which is designed for use on aircraft carriers, ready for combat use by the end of the decade, as planned. Mabus said the Navy was also looking at whether it needed additional EA-18G Growler electronic attack planes built by Boeing Co, since it was now the only military service providing that electronic...

  • Putin's defence fixation deepens Russian budget problems Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 12:25 PM ET

    *Budget faces $46 billion shortfall at $50 oil price. MOSCOW, Jan 15- President Vladimir Putin's insistence on huge defence spending makes it hard to see how a government plan to make deep budget cuts will see Russia through a deepening economic crisis. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov called on Wednesday for a 10 percent cut in planned expenditures, warning that...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build as frigates, given their enhanced capabilities. The Navy's top civilian official told reporters after his speech that the change was not meant to deemphasize the importance of the smaller warships for operations in...

  • Science panel: no alternative to bulk collection Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A committee of scientific experts has concluded that there is no viable technological alternative to bulk collection of data by the National Security Agency that allows analysts access to communications whose significance only becomes clear years later. An 85- page report by the National Research Council, commissioned last year in the wake of...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James on Wednesday mapped out a series of initiatives aimed at lowering the cost of key weapons systems and getting them fielded sooner, saying that leaner budgets and growing threats made action imperative. James said the initiatives are part of a broader push by the Air Force to be more flexible, adaptable and...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— World sea piracy fell to its lowest level in eight years in 2014, but ship hijackings rose due to attacks against small tankers off Southeast Asia's coasts, a global maritime watchdog said Wednesday. Pirates hijacked 21 ships last year and took 442 crew members hostage, up from 12 vessels and 304 crew members in 2013, the London- based...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Marine Corps will insist on competition for the next U.S. amphibious warship despite a decision last year to base the ship on the LPD-17 ship designed by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, Major General Robert Walsh said on Tuesday. Navy officials had no immediate comment on the expected terms of the competition, which are likely to...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Navy plans to buy V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit to replace the older C-2A turboprop aircraft it now uses to ferry passengers and cargo to aircraft carriers, two people familiar with the issue said late Tuesday. The sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed that top...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The U.S. Navy plans to buy V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit to replace the older C-2A turboprop aircraft it now uses to ferry passengers and cargo to aircraft carriers, two people familiar with the issue said late Tuesday. The sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed that top...

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