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  • *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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Inside North Korea's international money machine Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    Beyond sanctions, U.S. officials are hoping to further target and isolate North Korea's international finance machine.

  • Jan 12- The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids. Central Command Twitter feed, using an acronym for the hardline Islamist group, which has taken control of...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The Twitter feed for the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East was hacked on Monday by people claiming sympathy to the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids. The White House said it was monitoring the extent of the hacking incident. The Twitter account published a list of generals...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- Images published during the hack of a U.S. military Twitter feed on Monday did not appear to include any classified information or pose a security threat, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts were apparently hacked by supporters of Islamic State, which...

  • US CENTCOM TWITTER FEED HACKERS PUBLISH APPARENT INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE OF CHINA MILITARY POSITIONS.

  • US CENTCOM TWITTER HACKERS PUBLISH INFORMATION ON NORTH KOREA, CHINA MILITARY PLANS.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The U.S. The Twitter account published a list of generals and addresses associated with them, titled " Army General Officer Public Roster 2 January 2014.". The apparent infiltration came as President Barack Obama prepared to outline new proposals to protect the country's Internet systems from cybersecurity threats.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- U.S. Air Force reservists who did maintenance on C-123 aircraft used during the Vietnam war to spray the defoliant Agent Orange could have been exposed to harmful levels of dioxin even long after the conflict, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences said on Friday. A panel from the Institute of Medicine acknowledged the poor quality...

  • Why Kim Jong Un is smiling on his birthday Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 5:33 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks through a pair of binoculars during an inspection of the Hwa Islet Defence Detachment standing guard over a forward post off the east coast of the Korean peninsula.

    A look at North Korea's growing, not-so-isolated economy, and key reasons Kim Jong Un is feeling good after three years in power.

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