Airborne Units to Stay in Afghanistan into 2015

Airborne Units to Stay in Afghanistan into 2015

Units of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions deploying to Afghanistan in the fall will stay on into 2015.

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Welsh Warns of ‘Alarmist’ Reaction to F-35 Fire

Welsh Warns of ‘Alarmist’ Reaction to F-35 Fire

The U.S. Air Force’s top officer cautioned against an “alarmist” reaction to last month’s F-35 engine fire that resulted in a temporary fleet-wide grounding of the fighter jet.

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Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

A longtime defense analyst and critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says taxpayers next year will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet, depending on the model.

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Emerging Threats Won’t Stop Pacific Pivot: Locklear

Emerging Threats Won’t Stop Pacific Pivot: Locklear

Escalating threats in the Mideast and Europe have yet to impact on the nation’s intent to shift forces to the Pacific, Adm. Samuel Locklear said Tuesday.

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Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

The surprise disclosure of a wiring flaw on the Air Force’s new KC-46A refueling tanker made by Boeing Co. may not be the end of the program’s development challenges.

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Marines to Get Fewer Assault Ships

Marines to Get Fewer Assault Ships

The Corps needs 38 amphibious assault ships for crisis-response missions around the world but the sea service will likely have to settle for 33.

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MH-17 Shoot Down Alters Air Force’s Space Equation

MH-17 Shoot Down Alters Air Force’s Space Equation

ULA’s dependence on Russian rocket engines seems to put the joint venture at risk as sanctions against Russian companies intensify.

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Gaza Shows Worth in Laser Missile Defense Systems

Gaza Shows Worth in Laser Missile Defense Systems

The costly Iron Dome missile defense system is proving its worth and the need for laser missile defense systems.

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Chinese Spy Ship Arrives Near RIMPAC

Chinese Spy Ship Arrives Near RIMPAC

The Chinese sent an electronic surveillance ship to the edge of the region of the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise.

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BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

The U.S. subsidiary of the British defense giant BAE Systems Plc expects the Army to begin buying its guidance kits to convert unguided rockets into “smart” heat-seeking missiles.

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Congress Plans to Boost the Tomahawk Missiles Fleet

Congress Plans to Boost the Tomahawk Missiles Fleet

All four Congressional defense committees have aligned to support an increase in Tomahawk missile production in 2015 and beyond.

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Airbus Revs Up for A400M Production

Airbus Revs Up for A400M Production

Airbus Defense and Space is preparing for a massive increase in production of A400M strategic and tactical military airlifter.

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Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

The British Royal Air Force plans to finish upgrades to as many as 59 Tornado aircraft by 2016.

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Lockheed, BAE Vie for F-16 Upgrades Abroad

Lockheed, BAE Vie for F-16 Upgrades Abroad

BAE wants to challenge Lockheed in competitions to upgrade F-16s in Asia, Europe and especially the Middle East — a slice of the global defense market estimated at $10 billion over the next decade.

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Air Force Seeks $100 Million for Rocket Rivalry

Air Force Seeks $100 Million for Rocket Rivalry

The U.S. Air Force’s top civilian said she wants $100 million in funding this year to hold a rocket launch competition.

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Pentagon: F-35 Grounding Lifted with Restrictions

Pentagon: F-35 Grounding Lifted with Restrictions

The Pentagon announced it has lifted the fleet-wide grounding of the F-35, dramatically raising hopes that the fifth-generation stealth fighter will make its international debut this week at the Farnborough International Air Show.

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