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  • WASHINGTON, April 8- U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday they would include a ban on military contact with Russia and other measures to punish Moscow's aggression against Ukraine in the annual defense authorization bill, bringing their push for a more assertive U.S. reaction to a new front.

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The U.S. Air Force general who runs the F-35 fighter jet program for the Pentagon said he expected to reach agreement with both Lockheed Martin Corp and engine-maker Pratt& Whitney by the end of May for the next order of fighter planes.

  • CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.— Military: Marine in fatal NC shooting died of wound to chest after efforts to revive him.

  • Carter, Dole spouses join military families effort Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting a dose of high-profile support for their nationwide effort to help military families. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's wife at the White House on Friday to help call attention to the millions of people who care for ill or wounded service members and veterans.

  • US Navy wants to power warships with seawater Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 10:41 AM ET
    Guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (right), with a French anti-submarine frigate during exercises earlier this year.

    The U.S. Navy may someday be able to turn its back on fossil fuels thanks to an effort to turn seawater into fuel.

  • EU court ruling boost privacy rights of citizens Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union's top court on Tuesday dealt a blow to law-enforcement agencies' spying on phone and internet records, saying the lives of citizens should not be "the subject of constant surveillance."

  • Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 1:14 AM ET

    BEIJING— The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. And he said America will protect Japan, the Philippines and other allies locked in disputes with China, as laid out in U.S. treaty obligations.

  • The Defense Department decided it could skip further orders for Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jets and EA-18G electronic attack planes after concluding that a halt in their production would not jeopardize suppliers for other big weapons programs, said Elana Broitman, the Pentagon's top industrial base official.

  • U.S. military satellite launched after 15-year hold Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 3:27 PM ET

    United Launch Alliance is a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.. The $518 million satellite, known as DMSP-19 and built by Lockheed Martin, joins six other operational DMSP satellites already in orbit.

  • US defense weather satellite launched Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 10:48 AM ET

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California— A U.S. military weather satellite was successfully launched into orbit early Thursday, the Air Force said. The satellite, with two primary sensors provided by Northrop Grumman Corp., was built by Lockheed Martin Corp. The company said signals from the satellite were confirmed shortly after launch.

  • Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 12:55 AM ET

    IQUIQUE, Chile— Coastal residents of Chile's far north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes as major aftershocks continued Thursday following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that damaged several thousand homes and caused six deaths.

  • Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate Intelligence Committee's expected vote to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government's actions after the 9/ 11 attacks.

  • U.S. Marines aim to move ahead with new combat vehicle Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 9:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 2- The U.S. Marine Corps aims to kick off a competition for a new wheeled amphibious combat vehicle in coming months, with a formal request for proposals likely to follow in fiscal year 2015, a Marine Corps spokesman said Wednesday.

  • China has also put its own military build-up on full display, including dedicating high-resolution satellites and advanced warships to the hunt for the jetliner. But Malaysian authorities face heavy criticism, particularly from China, for mismanaging the effort, now in its fourth week, and holding back information.

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- Both the Lockheed Martin Corp and Austal versions of the U.S. Navy's new coastal warship performed well in a major war game last week and surprised some "enemies" with their capabilities, a top Navy admiral said on Tuesday.

  • SANTIAGO, April 1- Chile's navy says a tsunami has already hit some areas in the north of the country following a massive earthquake offshore.

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- The U.S. military is working closely with Lockheed Martin Corp and other suppliers to lower the per-plane cost of the F-35 fighter jet and improve its reliability, the chief weapons buyer for the U.S. Air Force said in interview on Monday.

  • BEIJING, March 31- China's Foreign Ministry on Monday it welcomed comments by the U.S. defence chief saying the United States would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace, but added Beijing hoped Washington would match its words with actual policy.

  • *China reveals growing military capabilities. While Malaysia has been accused of a muddled response and poor communications, China has showcased its growing military clout and reach, while some involved in the operation say other countries have dragged their feet on disclosing details that might give away sensitive defence data.

  • MOSCOW, March 29- Russia has no intention of sending its armed forces into Ukraine although it is ready to protect the rights of Russian speakers in the former Soviet republic, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview on Saturday. "We have absolutely no intention of- or interest in- crossing Ukraine's borders," Lavrov told a Russian television channel.

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