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  • WASHINGTON, March 26- The Pentagon's notoriously slow, bureaucratic and wasteful acquisition system is eroding America's military technological edge and must be reformed, Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday. The Arizona Republican, a former presidential candidate and prisoner of war during the Vietnam...

  • March 26- Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it had launched military operations in Yemen, carrying out air strikes in coordination with a 10- country coalition seeking to beat back Houthi militia forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge. The crisis risks spiraling into a proxy war with Shi'ite Iran backing...

  • TOKYO, March 26- Crude oil prices were steady on Thursday despite Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies launching a military operation in Yemen, including airstrikes. *U.S. crude for May delivery was down 16 cents at $49.06 a barrel as of 0033 GMT. *Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies launched a military operation involving air strikes in Yemen against Houthi...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Air Force must modify its annual "launch capability" contract with United Launch Alliance, to level the playing field for new competitors of the joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, senior U.S. Air Force and Pentagon officials told lawmakers on Wednesday. There'll have to be a change, "Hyten told the House Armed Services...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Air Force must modify an annual "launch capability" contract awarded to United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, given the advent of a new competitor, senior U.S. Air Force and Pentagon officials told lawmakers on Wednesday. Air Force Space Command Commander General John Hyten said acquisition...

  • US losing 'information war' to Russia, ISIS, others Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:06 PM ET
    ISIS fighters on parade

    U.S. needs to strengthen the counter-propaganda firewall against Russia and the Islamic State, says a new report.

  • GOP vows to support budget plan in House Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).

    House Republican leaders predicted on Tuesday that their caucus would support a 10- year balanced-budget plan.

  • NORTHFIELD, Illinois— Heinz to combine with Kraft in deal backed by Buffett, Brazilian firm, creating food giant.

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The chief U.S. weapons tester said on Tuesday he was working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to draft military requirements to address widespread cyber vulnerabilities in nearly every arms program and military command. An announcement is expected soon from the Joint Chiefs, who oversee and set requirements for all military weapons...

  • Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors seeking U.S. visas in three cases involving prominent Democrats, including a company run by the youngest brother of likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, the agency's inspector general said Tuesday.

  • U.S. HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE SEES VOTE IN FULL HOUSE ON "THREAT-SHARING" CYBERSECURITY BILL IN LATE APRIL.

  • U.S. HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE INTRODUCES "THREAT-SHARING" CYBERSECURITY BILL, PANEL PLANS VOTE ON THURSDAY.

  • WASHINGTON, March 22- The head of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday as part of a six-year drive aimed at speeding up and improving the way the Pentagon buys arms at a time of rapid gains in technology by Russia and China. The legislation includes six measures proposed by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall,...

  • WASHINGTON, March 22- The U.S. Defense Department is taking aggressive action to bolster the security of U.S. weapons systems against cyberattacks, including issuing new rules for acquisitions that will be finalized in coming months, officials told Reuters. Increased focus on cybersecurity could create opportunities for Lockheed Martin Corp, General...

  • Roar of bombers replaced by drone buzz in North Dakota Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 12:05 PM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation's first unmanned aircraft business park say the drones are creating a buzz. North Dakota is one six sites around the country testing unmanned aircraft, for which some Americans have lingering concerns about...

  • *U.S. Army deploys Patriot air defense battery near Warsaw. WARSAW, March 21- The U.S. Army Europe has deployed a Patriot missile defense battery near Warsaw as part of joint exercises with Poland aimed at reassuring the NATO member in light of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine. Poland, in NATO since 1999, does not have its own system to protect against ballistic...

  • *U.S. Army deploys Patriot air defence battery near Warsaw. WARSAW, March 21- The U.S. Army Europe has deployed a Patriot missile defence battery near Warsaw as part of joint exercises with Poland aimed at reassuring the NATO member in light of the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine. Poland, in NATO since 1999, does not have its own system to protect against ballistic...

  • Japan R&D agency to focus on arms innovation Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 7:28 PM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    Japan plans to get its R&D agency involved in military research in a bid to lure more Japanese companies into the development of weapons technology.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Republican defense hawks in the U.S. Congress moved on Thursday to boost military funding in their budget plans, setting up a clash with fiscal conservatives in their party as the spending blueprints head to crucial votes next week. The Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee approved its plan with an amendment to add $38 billion...

  • *PM Abe wants R&D agency to work with Japanese companies. TOKYO, March 20- Japan plans to get its biggest state-funded research and development agency involved in military research for the first time in a bid to lure more Japanese companies into the development of cutting-edge weapons technology, two sources said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants the New Energy...

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