• Prosecutor: Guns were smuggled aboard US airliners Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A brazen scheme in which guns— even an AK-47 rifle— were taken onto passenger jets for years in carry-on luggage was described by a Brooklyn prosecutor Tuesday as a terrorism threat that should cause the airline industry to end the practice of letting some workers enter airports without security screening. Thompson's comment came as he described a...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 22- The Pentagon's internal watchdog on Monday questioned whether the U.S. government is paying United Technologies Corp too much to maintain the F117 engines that power Boeing Co's C-17 cargo plane, and it urged greater oversight. The Pentagon's inspector general faulted the Air Force for buying $1.54 billion worth of maintenance and repair...

  • Putin: Russia military modernization to go ahead Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    Speaking at a meeting with Russia's top military brass, Putin said the nation's nuclear forces are a "major factor in maintaining global balance," adding that "they effectively preclude the possibility of a large-scale aggression against Russia." The huge military buildup is continuing despite the country's economic woes, triggered by a combination of...


  • The one smart way to retaliate against North Korea Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:27 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to workers during a visit to the Pyongyang Children's Foodstuff Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 16, 2014.

    Now that many are blaming North Korea for the cyberattack on Sony, what will the U.S. government do about it?

  • How Kim Jong Un's scrappy cyberarmy operates Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:23 PM ET
    File photo of students at the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, in Pyongyang, North Korea, work on computers.

    How does a poverty-stricken country like North Korea obtain cyber-capabilities to level a corporation the size of Sony?

  • Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure. The U.S. and Europe have sought to present a united front against Russia over Moscow's provocations in Ukraine. Obama has told Russian President Vladimir Putin he would roll back U.S....

  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    KITTERY, Maine— Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring more than 700 workers to deal with an increase in work as the Navy aims to reduce maintenance delays, particularly on nuclear submarines, officials say. The Navy is also hiring at its three other public shipyards, with about 1,520 workers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, about 850 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and...



  • AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:28 PM ET

    The unidentified hackers had demanded that Sony cancel its release of the movie "The Interview," a comedy that included a gruesome scene depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader. Sony on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release, citing the threats of violence at movie theaters that planned to show the movie, and later said there were no further plans to...

  • The US Navy just tested a robotic shark drone Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:54 PM ET
    The US Navy's GhostSwimmer drone

    The Navy's Silent NEMO suggests the best engineer for effective machines might be mother nature.

  • NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security.

  • Global defense industry set for bleak 2015 Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 9:50 PM ET

    The year ahead looks bleak for the global defense industry as governments in major markets cut back on spending, new analysis shows.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- Northrop Grumman Corp has won a $657.4 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide South Korea with four RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, the company and the Defense Department said on Tuesday. The contract, which includes two spare engines and ground control components, "will provide critically needed wide-area...

  • The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security. Carmike Cinemas, which operates 247 theaters across the...

  • Police find no explosives after Amazon HQ threat Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 PM ET

    Seattle police searched for explosives at Amazon.com's headquarters after a threatening letter was found at a company building, but found nothing, authorities said on Monday.

  • The bill approves a Pentagon base budget of $496 billion, in line with Obama's request, plus nearly $64 billion for conflicts abroad including the war in Afghanistan. The measure increases co-pays on most prescription drugs by $3, reduces the military housing allowance by 1 percentage point and remains silent on military pay hikes, thus allowing the Pentagon...

  • Judge questions Remington rifle settlement Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:51 PM ET
    A shooter takes aim with a Remington Model 700 SPS Varmint rifle at the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Jan. 28, 2013.

    The federal judge considering a proposed settlement with Remington's iconic 700 series rifles has no intention of rubber-stamping the deal.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- The U.S. Air Force general who runs the F-35 fighter jet program on Thursday said the total value of maintenance work on the new warplane could amount to "hundreds of billions of dollars" globally over the next 50 years. Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan on Thursday announced that Italy and Turkey would take the lead for airframe and engine...

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