• Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure. The U.S. and Europe have sought to present a united front against Russia over Moscow's provocations in Ukraine. Obama has told Russian President Vladimir Putin he would roll back U.S....

  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    KITTERY, Maine— Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring more than 700 workers to deal with an increase in work as the Navy aims to reduce maintenance delays, particularly on nuclear submarines, officials say. The Navy is also hiring at its three other public shipyards, with about 1,520 workers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, about 850 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and...



  • AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:28 PM ET

    The unidentified hackers had demanded that Sony cancel its release of the movie "The Interview," a comedy that included a gruesome scene depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader. Sony on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release, citing the threats of violence at movie theaters that planned to show the movie, and later said there were no further plans to...

  • The US Navy just tested a robotic shark drone Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:54 PM ET
    The US Navy's GhostSwimmer drone

    The Navy's Silent NEMO suggests the best engineer for effective machines might be mother nature.

  • NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security.

  • Global defense industry set for bleak 2015 Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 9:50 PM ET

    The year ahead looks bleak for the global defense industry as governments in major markets cut back on spending, new analysis shows.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- Northrop Grumman Corp has won a $657.4 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide South Korea with four RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, the company and the Defense Department said on Tuesday. The contract, which includes two spare engines and ground control components, "will provide critically needed wide-area...

  • The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security. Carmike Cinemas, which operates 247 theaters across the...

  • Police find no explosives after Amazon HQ threat Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 PM ET

    Seattle police searched for explosives at Amazon.com's headquarters after a threatening letter was found at a company building, but found nothing, authorities said on Monday.

  • The bill approves a Pentagon base budget of $496 billion, in line with Obama's request, plus nearly $64 billion for conflicts abroad including the war in Afghanistan. The measure increases co-pays on most prescription drugs by $3, reduces the military housing allowance by 1 percentage point and remains silent on military pay hikes, thus allowing the Pentagon...

  • Judge questions Remington rifle settlement Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:51 PM ET
    A shooter takes aim with a Remington Model 700 SPS Varmint rifle at the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Jan. 28, 2013.

    The federal judge considering a proposed settlement with Remington's iconic 700 series rifles has no intention of rubber-stamping the deal.

  • Bill bars Pentagon deals with Russian arms dealer Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Pentagon would be barred from entering into any contract with a Russian state arms dealer under a provision of the $1.1 trillion spending bill. The sweeping package includes a prohibition on Defense Department dealings with Rosoboronexport or any of its subsidiaries until Russia has withdrawn from the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine or the...

  • Senate OKs defense policy bill Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate is on track to approve a massive defense policy bill that endorses President Barack Obama's stepped-up military campaign of air strikes and training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels in the war against Islamic State militants. Tom Coburn, R- Okla., and several other GOP senators. Once passed, the Senate would send the $585 billion...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Police: At least 2 victims in shooting at Portland, Oregon, high school; conditions not given.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- The U.S. Air Force general who runs the F-35 fighter jet program on Thursday said the total value of maintenance work on the new warplane could amount to "hundreds of billions of dollars" globally over the next 50 years. Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan on Thursday announced that Italy and Turkey would take the lead for airframe and engine...

  • Architects of brutal methods had little experience Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— When the CIA set out to design a program to elicit intelligence from captured terrorists, it turned to two former Air Force psychologists with no practical interrogation experience and no specialized knowledge of al-Qaida, according to a Senate investigation released this week. The spy agency ended up outsourcing much of its interrogation...

  • PALMDALE, Calif., Dec 10- Lockheed Martin Corp's Skunk Works was the driving force behind development of many well-known U.S. military aircraft, including the famed "Blackbird" or SR-71 spy plane that could fly from New York to Los Angeles in just over an hour. *While focused mainly on aircraft, it has developed other weapons, including the Joint Air- to-Surface...

  • Major provisions of $1.1T omnibus spending bill Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:57 PM ET

    Top lawmakers Tuesday released a massive 1,603 page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill funding every government agency but the Department of Homeland Security through Sept. 30. Provides a base budget of $490 billion to the Pentagon, a $3.3 billion increase. Provides $73.7 billion for overseas military operations and diplomatic efforts by the State...

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