• WASHINGTON, Dec 9- A spending bill agreed by lawmakers from the U.S. House and Senate provides $554.2 billion in funding for the U.S. military in fiscal 2015, including $1.46 billion for 15 EA-18G electronic attack jets built by Boeing Co. Boeing lobbied hard for funding to extend its St. Louis production line for EA-18G Growlers, which had been due to end at the end...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- A former Connecticut resident and Chinese citizen who allegedly worked on the F135 engine was charged with trying to take sensitive documents about military technology to China, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday. Yu Long was en route to China in November via Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey where...

  • Air base prepares in case F-35 can't take hot fuel Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 5:55 PM ET
    Lockheed Martin and 33rd Fighter Wing maintainers work with 96th Fuels Flight Airmen during a dual hot pit session at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

    In the long bumpy road toward the F-35 fighter's deployment, nothing may be stranger than the story about hot fuel.

  • Charges in theft of US military aircraft documents Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn.— An engineer who worked for a defense contractor has been charged with attempting to travel to China with stolen documents on the development of advanced titanium for U.S. military aircraft, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. He was arrested Nov. 7 at an Ithaca, New York, home, two days after he allegedly attempted to fly to China from Newark, New...

  • Food service firms admit cheating US military Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 1:20 PM ET

    The case involves Supreme Group B.V., a privately held Dutch corporation, and its subsidiaries, Supreme Foodservice GmbH of Switzerland and Supreme Foodservice FZE of United Arab Emirates. "Supreme Group accepts full responsibility for, and deeply regrets our actions that led to this situation," Emma Sharma, a Supreme Group attorney and ethics officer, said in a...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- Graphic details about sexual threats and other harsh interrogation techniques the CIA meted out to captured militants will be detailed by a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the spy agency's anti-terror tactics, sources familiar with the document said. "There are some indications that the release of the report could lead to greater...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 6- President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned the "barbaric murder" by al Qaeda of U.S. hostage Luke Somers in Yemen during a rescue attempt by U.S. forces. "As this and previous hostage rescue operations demonstrate, the United States will spare no effort to use all of its military, intelligence and diplomatic capabilities to bring Americans home...

  • Orion hopes to launch Friday—if rocket works Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 1:52 PM ET
    The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft is seen at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37, Dec. 3, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    Thursday's planned maiden voyage was scrubbed after delays caused booster rocket fuel valves to get cold and sluggish.

  • OUAGADOUGOU, Dec 4- When Colonel Isaac Zida swapped his military fatigues for a blue suit to chair his first cabinet meeting as prime minister of Burkina Faso, his intended audience may have been the West and its African allies. While some diplomats have voiced unease about the military's role in politics since protests toppled long-time ruler Blaise Compaore...

  • International Business Machines Corp, Raytheon BBN Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corp won the contracts, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity said Wednesday, without disclosing financial details. According to ComputerWorld magazine, competition from Europe, Japan and China, which has the world's fastest computer, is spurring U.S....

  • EU, US present Russia with united sanctions Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 4:13 AM ET

    U.S. and EU leaders plan to work together on sanctions and strengthening Europe and Ukraine's energy security in an united front against Russia.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- A compromise defense policy bill in Congress would bar the purchase of more Russian-made rocket engines to launch U.S. military satellites, clearing the way for competitive bids for 14 future launches, senior congressional aides said on Tuesday. It also authorizes $63.7 billion in spending for U.S. wars overseas, mainly Afghanistan and the...

  • Carter would replace former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel who, like his predecessors Roberta Gates and Leon Panetta, complained about White House micromanaging of the Pentagon and felt he had a lack of influence over decision-making, according to sources familiar with Hagel's tenure. The next defense chief will join a national security team facing crises...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- Congressional negotiators have finalized a compromise version of the annual U.S. defense policy bill for 2015 that would authorize a $521 billion Pentagon base budget and $63.7 billion for military operations overseas, senior aides said. Following are some of the changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act that differ from...

  • Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, would have the task of breaking into the tight-knit White House inner circle that President Barack Obama has leaned on to run national security policy. The White House had no comment on the selection, but spokesman Josh Earnest had glowing praise for Carter. Carter performed "very, very ably" in his...

  • Ex-Pentagon official may return as No. 1 Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 12:56 PM ET
    Ashton Carter

    Ashton Carter may be President Obama's top defense secretary nominee among other candidates.

  • Obama selects Ashton Carter as next Pentagon chief  Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports President Obama has chosen Ashton Carter to be the Defense Secretary nominee.

  • China's Xi tones down foreign policy rhetoric Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | 4:54 AM ET
    Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama listen to their national anthems during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

    China's President Xi Jinping ratcheted down Beijing's heated rhetoric and called on the government to expand its foreign agenda through cooperation.

  • Slower growth times ahead favor these stocks Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 10:50 AM ET
    A backdrop is installed ahead of a press briefing on the Lockheed Martin BST F-35 at the Farnborough air show in Farnborough, Hampshire on July 14, 2014.

    As the U.S. economy settles into tepid growth, investors should buy stocks whose revenues are not dependent on the economic cycle, history shows.

  • Behind Hagel's exit from Pentagon  Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 6:31 PM ET

    Thomas Henriksen, Senior Fellow at Hoover Institution, discusses possible factors behind Chuck Hagel's resignation as U.S. Defense Secretary on Monday.

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