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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded a $383 million contract for more launch services to United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, bringing the total value of the contract to $4.08 billion. The Air Force said it was adding three pre-priced launches to the existing contract, including the launch of a...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday it would use Boeing Co's commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of two Air Force One presidential aircraft, one of the most visible symbols of the United States. Boeing welcomed the Air Force's decision to skip a competition and opt for the 747-8, citing its 50- year history of building...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The U.S. Air Force plans to announce on Wednesday that it has decided to use Boeing Co's commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft, two sources familiar with the decision said on Wednesday.

  • Air Force probing alleged 'treason' remark by general Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 1:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Air Force is investigating allegations that the No. 2 commander at its prestigious Air Combat Command told lower-ranking officers that talking to members of Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason. James Post has stirred concern in Congress about the Air Force muzzling officers in violation of...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- Officials from Boeing Co and the U.S. Army said on Wednesday they had begun discussions about a multiyear agreement to buy about 240 AH-64 Apache helicopters from fiscal 2017 to 2021, a deal that analysts say could be worth around $4 billion. U.S. Army acquisition chief Heidi Shyu recently signed a document allowing both sides to begin work on a...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- An employee of a U.S. spy agency has confessed to operating a small drone that crashed on the grounds of the White House, the agency said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents that raised questions about the president's security. A spokesman for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency said that an off-duty employee had told the U.S.

  • Jan 27- Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's largest arms supplier, reported a better-than-expected 8.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher demand for its F-35 fighter jets. The Pentagon is trying to cut about $1 trillion in projected spending from its budget over a decade as required by a 2011 law. Lockheed, which also makes satellites and...

  • PARIS, Jan 27- Airbus Helicopters is betting on military deals with Poland, Qatar and Kuwait to boost orders this year as the plunge in the price of crude pressures civil demand from oil exploration companies, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Whilst total deliveries fell last year, they included a record 101 heavyweight helicopters- 53 NH90s and 48 Super Pumas-...

  • Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 AM ET

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he led an array of current and former American statesmen in paying respects Tuesday following the death of King Abdullah. New King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud...

  • ARGENTINA'S PRESIDENT FERNANDEZ SAYS GOVERNMENT WILL DRAFT LAW TO DISSOLVE DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.

  • Thomas Pickering, Former U.S. Ambassador to India from 1992-1993, discusses the significance of U.S. President Obama's visit to India and the breakthrough in a stalled nuclear deal.

  • BERLIN, Jan 23- Germany's defence minister has criticised Airbus over new delays in the delivery of A400M military transport planes, saying the company had a serious problem with product quality. However, the defence ministry said last week there were signals from European defence equipment agency OCCAR, which is negotiating with Airbus on behalf of...

  • BERLIN, Jan 23- Germany's defense minister has criticized Airbus over new delays in the delivery of A400M military transport planes, saying the company had a serious problem with product quality. However, the defense ministry said last week there were signals from European defense equipment agency OCCAR, which is negotiating with Airbus on behalf of...

  • 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.

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