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  • ISIS and Russia threaten—and NATO cuts spending Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 6:14 PM ET
    An Italian sailor from the frigate "Alieso" removes a cover from a cannon in the Black Sea port of Varna, Bulgaria, March 9, 2015.

    NATO is more relevant now than it has been since the end of the Cold War with threats from both Russia and ISIS, but funding is an issue.

  • Air Force officials are due to meet with Pentagon chief arms buyer Frank Kendall on Wednesday to map out an acquisition strategy for the new program, David Madden, executive director of the Air Force's Space and Missiles Systems Center told a breakfast meeting hosted by the nonprofit Mitchell Institute. Lockheed Martin Corp is under contract to build the...

  • The Navy's top uniformed officer told Reuters he expected to finalize the annual wish list for U.S. lawmakers this week so it can be reviewed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Greenert said the Navy faces a possible shortfall of two to three squadrons of strike fighters, or up to 36 airplanes,...

  • Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said he expects to complete work this week on a list of "unfunded priorities" for Congress that may include some Boeing Co F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets. Greenert told Reuters after a Senate hearing that he expected to finalize the annual wish list for U.S. lawmakers this week, so it can be reviewed by Navy...

  • March 10- The American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday it had filed a lawsuit on behalf of organizations including the Wikimedia Foundation and the conservative Rutherford Institute against the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice challenging the government's mass surveillance program. Organizations party to the lawsuit also...

  • WARSAW, March 10- Poland plans to choose the supplier for its medium-range missile defence system within the next few weeks, Deputy Defence Minister Czeslaw Mroczek said on Tuesday. Last year, Poland short-listed U.S. firm Raytheon and a consortium of France's Thales and European group MBDA in its tender for a mid-range missile defence system, which is...

  • WARSAW, March 10- Poland plans to choose the supplier for its medium-range missile defence system within the next few weeks, Deputy Defence Minister Czeslaw Mroczek said on Tuesday. "In the next few weeks we will make the decision regarding the supplier for this system," Mroczek told reporters. Last year, Poland short-listed a consortium of France's Thales and...

  • WARSAW, March 10- Poland plans to choose the supplier for its medium-range missile defense system within the next few weeks, Deputy Defense Minister Czeslaw Mroczek said on Tuesday. "In the next few weeks we will make the decision regarding the supplier for this system," Mroczek told reporters. Last year, Poland short-listed a consortium of France's Thales and...

  • MOSCOW, March 10- The Russian defence ministry said on Monday it had launched military exercises in the country's southern region of Stavropol, the news agency RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.

  • RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS HAS STARTED MILITARY EXERCISES IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA.

  • Can Russia sustain its defense spending levels?   Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 2:45 AM ET
    Can Russia sustain its defense spending levels?

    Ben Moores, senior defense and aviation analyst at IHS says Russia can probably sustain ramped-up defense spending levels for 18-24 months.

  • World's top weapons importer now in Middle East Sunday, 8 Mar 2015 | 8:19 PM ET

    Saudi Arabia surpassed India to become the world's top importer of defense equipment in 2014, according to IHS.

  • Robot vs robot: But will a US team win? Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 4:05 PM ET
    Team NimbRo Rescue from Germany will participate in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.

    Robots will face off in a competition hosted by DARPA, a U.S. agency, but the government directly benefits only if a U.S. team wins.

  • China to lift 2015 military budget by 10%: Official Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:41 PM ET

    The Chinese military budget for 2015 will be about 10 percent bigger, meaning that such spending is growing faster than the growth rate. The New York Times reports.

  • Air Force acquisition chief William LaPlante said the Air Force would likely also adopt a "cost-plus" type contract for the development phase of the new bomber, given that it would include more new technologies than mature technologies. The Air Force expects to award a contract valued at $50 billion to $80 billion this summer for development and procurement of...

  • *China is world's second-biggest defence spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- China's rapidly increasing defense spending is not a cause for alarm unless Beijing uses its resources to be provocative, the U.S. Army's commander in Asia said on Wednesday after China announced plans to boost its defense budget by 10 percent. Brooks said China's military expansion could be expected considering the country's rapid...

  • *Commercial space economy valued at $250 billion. HAIFA, Israel, March 4- Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. China plans to build its own space station by 2022, and Google co-founder Larry Page is backing an asteroid mining company.

  • *China is world's second biggest defense spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defense budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • BEIJING, March 4- China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as submarines and stealth jets. "Compared with great powers, the road of China's defence modernisation is more difficult.

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