• TOKYO, July 3- Japan's Mitsubishi Electric has agreed to take the first step towards a partnership with European missile maker MBDA to develop a medium-range air-to-air missile for the F-35 stealth fighter, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

  • Is a less pacifist-Japan on collision with China? Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 7:02 PM ET
    A Buddhist monk (R) holds a placard while joining other protesters as they shout slogans against the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo.

    Japan's departure from a pacifist constitution does not put it on a collision course with China, but relations between the two may not improve soon either.

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- U.S. and British military officials are working on a joint directive to require mandatory inspections of engines on all Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, after an Air Force F-35A caught fire at a Florida air base last week, said sources familiar with the situation.

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- A fall in demand for military equipment spurred a drop in new orders for U.S. factory goods in May, but signs of a healthy appetite for investment in the private sector pointed to broader strength in the economy. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday new orders for manufactured goods decreased 0.5 percent.

  • NASA launches carbon satellite after 2009 failure Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California— A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming. NASA tried in 2009 to launch a satellite dedicated to studying carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

  • New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, Robert McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department. "Procter& Gamble is going to feel like a Ferrari compared to the VA," said Paul Rieckhoff, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

  • A thumbs-up for NSA Internet spying on foreigners Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    At issue is a spying regime, first definitively disclosed in Snowden documents last year, under which the NSA is using court orders to obtain foreign customers' emails, chats, videos and texts from Google, Facebook and other U.S. tech companies under a program known as PRISM.

  • Privacy board: NSA's Internet monitoring is legal Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 9:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency programs that collect huge volumes of Internet data within the United States pass constitutional muster and employ "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans, an independent privacy and civil liberties board has found.

  • CHICAGO, June 30- Rising flood waters were expected to make 11 locks and dams impassable on the mid- and upper- Mississippi River and force the closure of the river later on Monday from Bellevue, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. Near-record rains caused extensive flooding last week in parts of Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas.

  • French bank BNP guilty of US sanctions violations Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— France's largest bank, BNP Paribas, has agreed to pay nearly $9 billion to resolve criminal allegations that it processed transactions for clients in Sudan and other blacklisted countries in violation of U.S. trade sanctions, the Justice Department announced Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The U.S. government on Monday published another big batch of changes to export control laws affecting military electronics, and said it was on track to finish reviewing remaining categories for possible streamlining by the end of the year.

  • Starbucks chair co-writing book on military vets Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz is collaborating on a book about veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice" will be released by Alfred A. Knopf on Nov. 4. The book will be co-written by Washington Post correspondent and editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

  • Bio of Obama's choice for VA secretary Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | 7:32 PM ET

    BORN: June 20, 1953, Gary, Indiana. EXPERIENCE: Served as U.S. Army Captain from 1975-80; joined Procter& Gamble in 1980; served as CEO, president and chairman of the board from 2009-13.. EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in engineering from U.S. Military Academy, 1975; Master of Business Administration, University of Utah, 1978..

  • The initial contract covers development and delivery of four Combat Rescue Helicopters based on the company's workhorse UH-60 Black Hawk, and caps nearly 15 years of repeated unsuccessful efforts by the Air Force to replace its aging fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters.

  • The contract covers development and delivery of four new Combat Rescue Helicopters and caps over a decade of repeated unsuccessful efforts by the Air Force to replace its aging fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters.

  • WASHINGTON, June 26- The U.S. Air Force is expected on Thursday to award Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, a contract worth about $1.3 billion to develop a new combat search and rescue helicopter based on the company's workhorse UH-60 Black Hawk, according to sources familiar with the deal.


  • WASHINGTON, June 26- The U.S. Air Force widened a ban on flights of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 A-model fighter jets on Thursday as authorities continue to investigate a fire on one of the jets this week, but the Navy and Marine Corps stopped short of a similar blanket move ahead of the plane's international debut next month.

  • UNITED NATIONS, June 25- The United Nations on Wednesday issued an unusual call for military force, with a senior U.N. official saying the advance of Islamist militants throughout the north and east of Iraq must be dealt with militarily, though success will hinge on a broad political consensus.

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- Military rule in Thailand is likely to last longer than expected and has been more repressive than after the country's last coup in 2006, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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