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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 6- The U.S. Air Force is studying ways to meet its August 2016 target for declaring the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet ready for use in combat, despite an unexpected shortage of mechanics, a top Air Force general said on Thursday. Lieutenant General Stephen Hoog, assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force, confirmed that the timeline was...

  • TAIPEI, Oct 31- Taiwan's president said in remarks published on Friday that the island needed the United States to help it develop an indigenous submarine programme. "We are still discussing this issue with the United States," President Ma Ying- jeou told The New York Times, reaffirming Taiwan's commitment to construct diesel-electric submarines to replace...

  • *Economy grows at 3.5 percent pace in third quarter. WASHINGTON, Oct 30- A smaller trade deficit and a surge in defense spending buoyed U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, but other details of Thursday's report hinted at some loss of momentum in activity. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 28- The U.S. unit of BAE Systems Plc on Tuesday said the U.S. Air Force has halted some of the company's initial work on a project to upgrade South Korea's F-16 fighter jets amid ongoing talks about the second phase of the project. "We remain concerned about the lack of progress in the negotiations between the Republic of Korea and the U.S. Air Force on...

  • BANGKOK, Oct 28- Thailand's exports and imports unexpectedly rebounded in September, a rare piece of good news for the military government which is struggling to revive the economy after seizing power in May. Exports, which are equal to more than 60 percent of the Thai economy each year, rose 3.19 percent from a year earlier, the Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday,...

  • TAIPEI, Oct 27- Taiwan is moving ahead with plans to build its own submarines, with an initial design to be completed by the year-end, after lengthy delays in getting eight vessels under a 2001 U.S. defence deal and as China's navy expands rapidly. While major obstacles remain, such as overcoming significant technical challenges and what would almost certainly be...

  • Iraq beats back ISIS in key battle near Baghdad Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 | 4:27 PM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014.

    Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of a strategic town near Baghdad from ISIS, after heavy coalition air strikes.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 24- The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said. "I am optimistic," Andrew Hunter, a former congressional aide who helped draft many of those laws before joining the...

  • OTTAWA, Oct 24- Canada's financial intelligence agency asked institutions to quickly report suspicious transactions in the wake of two deadly attacks this week and has received data "useful to our intelligence efforts," a spokesman said on Friday. The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre was set up in 2000 to combat money-laundering and...

  • The Treasury official heading the ISIS attack Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 AM ET
    David Cohen, under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department

    David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department's intelligence strategist and global enforcer, makes sure illicit funds do not go to terrorists. NYT reports.

  • BOSTON, Oct 22- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. The products under review by the agency's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency...

  • Raytheon beat out Northrop and Lockheed Martin Corp to develop a replacement for the Air Force's current TPS-75 radar, which has been in service since the late 1960 s. Raytheon said it would work closely with the Air Force to mitigate any resulting delays once the issue was resolved. "The Air Force ran a very tough but very fair competition, and selected the world...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team will start training even as Americans' anxiety about the spread of the virus abates with 43 people declared risk free. The government's new guidelines, which were set to come out at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, were expected to...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team prepared to start training, even as 43 people being monitored for the virus were declared risk free. The government's new guidelines, which a top health official said could come out as soon as Monday, were expected to...

  • The Tunisian is suspected of providing clothing worth over 1,100 euros and 3,400 euros in cash to Islamic State since July 2013 and of smuggling a 17- year old boy from Germany to Syria via Turkey to join the group. Germany, along with other western European countries, is struggling to stop the radicalisation of young Muslims, some of whom volunteer to become...

  • MILITARY UNAWARE OF ANY FLIGHT OPERATIONS BY ISLAMIC STATE IN SYRIA OR ELSEWHERE- CENTRAL COMMAND SPOKESMAN SAYS.

  • *US military aerospace firm, 2 other contractors hit. AMSTERDAM, Oct 16- A surge in malware disguised as online advertisements aimed at unsuspecting web users has hit major U.S. military contractors in the past few weeks, marking a dangerous twist on a decade-old scourge for advertisers, security researchers said on Thursday. Researchers from Fairfax, Virginia-...

  • BAGHDAD, Oct 14- Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government has provided military aid to Kurdish fighters in the embattled city of Kobani, a senior Iraqi Kurdish official said on Tuesday. "We helped them in roughly every arena. We sent them aid, including military, "said Hamid Darbandi, the KRG official responsible for Syrian Kurdish affairs.

  • U.S. Army Colonel Jeff Hager, Apache program manager, told reporters the Army still needed approval from Pentagon leaders to proceed, but such a deal would provide greater stability to Army leaders, Boeing and the larger industrial base. "Our business case analysis does show that we will be able to achieve, working heavily with Boeing... and Boeing with their...

  • U.S. military faces new kind of threat with Ebola Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    Oct 12- At Fort Campbell in Kentucky, spouses of U.S. soldiers headed to Liberia seem to be lingering just a bit longer than usual after pre-deployment briefings, hungry for information about Ebola. "Ebola is a different problem set that the division hasn't before," said Major General Gary Volesky, who will soon head to Liberia along with soldiers from the 101st...

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