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Firm Developed Ebola Drug with DoD Funding

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Firm Developed Ebola Drug with DoD Funding

Kentucky BioProcessing is the only entity approved by the U.S. government to produce a drug cocktail of antibodies to fight the Ebola virus.

Marines to Get Fewer Assault Ships

By Matthew Cox on Friday, July 25th, 2014

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.

ULA Blames SpaceX for Rocket Engine Spat

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

ULA Blames SpaceX for Rocket Engine Spat

While the Lockheed-Boeing joint venture said it wasn’t aware of any restrictions on sales of the RD-180, it put fault for the fiasco squarely on SpaceX.

China’s Top Commander Tours San Diego

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

China’s Top Commander Tours San Diego

The visit comes a month before the start of the annual Rim of the Pacific naval exercises off Hawaii, in which China plans to participate for the first time.

BAE Adds F-15, F/A-18 to Fighter Upgrade Push

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, February 14th, 2014

BAE Adds F-15, F/A-18 to Fighter Upgrade Push

The international market for upgrading the twin-engine jets won’t be as large as that of the single-engine F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Pentagon Announces $2 Billion in Arms Sales

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, December 6th, 2013

Pentagon Announces $2 Billion in Arms Sales

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency recently issued six notifications with a combined value of $1.71 billion for weapons and equipment, from F/A-18 fighter jet upgrades to anti-tank missiles for Saudi Arabia.

Iraq May Buy $2.4 Billion Air Defense System

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Iraq May Buy $2.4 Billion Air Defense System

The U.S. since 2005 has offered Iraq some $35 billion in weapons and services, though only about $8 billion of that involves deals that have been approved by the U.S. government.

Dempsey Talks Snowden, Syria and Sex Assaults

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, August 5th, 2013

Dempsey Talks Snowden, Syria and Sex Assaults

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Russians or the Chinese already obtained information from Edward Snowden on classified surveillance programs.

Retired Commanders Support Israeli-Palestinian Peace Push

By Bryant Jordan on Monday, July 29th, 2013

Retired Commanders Support Israeli-Palestinian Peace Push

Former U.S. Central Command leaders spoke of a need to re-engage in peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

Navy, Marines Offer Options for Syria, North Korea

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Navy, Marines Offer Options for Syria, North Korea

Sea service leaders work to pivot their forces to the Pacific as they balance sequestration cuts and and offer military options on Syria and North Korea.

Marines Look to Return to Maritime Roots

By Kris Osborn on Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Marines Look to Return to Maritime Roots

Marine Corps leaders are preparing for more sea basing as the U.S. defense strategy pivots to the Pacific.

U.S. Analysts Dismiss China’s Military Report

By Abraham D. Sofaer on Friday, April 19th, 2013

U.S. Analysts Dismiss China’s Military Report

China for the first time listed a headcount for the People’s Liberation Army by service.

Sequestration Threatens Embassy Security Additions

By Matthew Cox on Friday, April 19th, 2013

Sequestration Threatens Embassy Security Additions

Plans to increase the number of Marine security details at U.S. embassies is in danger because of budget cuts, Marine leaders said.

Cold War-era modernization boosts FMS rates

By Kris Osborn on Monday, April 8th, 2013

Cold War-era modernization boosts FMS rates

Naval companies see increases in foreign sales as part of the larger trend in which the FMS doubled from $34 billion in 2011 to $69 billion in 2012.

Pentagon Updates its European Drawdown Plan

By Matthew Cox on Monday, March 4th, 2013

Pentagon Updates its European Drawdown Plan

The Defense Department recently released a list of the European-based units it plans to close down or relocate though 2016.

MOD Adopts Glock; Takes Stand on Side Arms

By Matthew Cox on Thursday, February 7th, 2013

MOD Adopts Glock; Takes Stand on Side Arms

The UK MOD recently adopted the Glock 17 as its new service pistol, a move that underscores the role that handguns still play in modern combat.

Attack on the home front

By Matthew Cox on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Attack on the home front

U.S. and Afghan leaders push to stamp out insider attacks by re-screening the Afghan force as green-on-blue attacks hold U.S. domestic attention.

Having arrived in Japan, Ospreys are put on ice

By Philip Ewing on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Having arrived in Japan, Ospreys are put on ice

The Osprey is on the ground in Japan. That’s where it’s going to stay for now.

The Iron Quadrangle

By Philip Ewing on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The Iron Quadrangle

DepSecDef has made himself clear: DoD wants to help boost defense exports.

South China Sea standoff

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, July 20th, 2012

South China Sea standoff

Tensions persist between China and its neighbors over territorial claims to oil-rich shoals in South China Sea influencing U.S. naval presence.

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