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  • Top Air Force general doesn't know if F-22 successor will even fly

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh doesn't know if the successor to the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force's fifth generation fighter, will fly. "I don't even know that it's an airplane," Welsh told reporters Wednesday morning. "I wouldn't try and characterize it or describe it. I have no idea...

  • Examiner Editorial: A rising China shadows Obama's Asia trip

    When Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited China two weeks ago, he was brought up short when Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said: “China cannot be contained.” If that wasn't enough of a sign, last week's orders from President Xi Jinping to the Chinese air force were all too clear. Xi...

  • President Obama's theoretical 'pivot' to Asia

    President Obama departs late Tuesday for a trip to Asia, the region of the world he's wanted to focus on for years but never seems to get around to doing so. The trip — his fifth since taking office — represents "an important opportunity to underscore our continued focus on the...

  • What will US do to counter China's space offensive?

    Visiting Chinese air force headquarters on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly told officers "… to speed up air and space integration and sharpen their offensive and defensive capabilities." He urged them to develop an “integrated air and space defense capability” in response...

  • Lawmakers urge Jack Lew, John Kerry to stop U.S. purchases of Russian helicopters

    Dozens of lawmakers have signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging them to impose sanctions on a Russian arms exporter that the Pentagon is procuring helicopters from. The effort to rally opposition to Russian company Rosoboronexport, which the...

  • Aircraft carrier hits budget turbulence

    The aircraft carrier is a potent symbol of American global power, but defense policymakers are considering cutting the fleet, despite all the symbolism that would entail. The Pentagon has been warning about the effects of budget cuts known as sequestration for years. But none of its warnings...

  • Defense Department struggles to track its 'revolving door,' IG finds

    "Revolving door" statistics within the Department of Defense are not being properly tracked, the agency's watchdog has found. In 2008, Congress passed laws trying to prevent Pentagon officials who take jobs with government contractors from later influencing the military contracting process in...

  • Top Marine warns: U.S. can't 'simply pack up and go home' from Afghanistan

    The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is warning Washington that there “will be no peace dividend” from withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, and he's cautioning against a hasty retreat from the country the marines have secured in time for this weekend's presidential election. “We...

  • The Pentagon is cutting key weapons without knowing what it really needs

    The news last week that the Navy was being forced to stop production of two key missiles in its arsenal - the Tomahawk cruise missile and the Hellfire air-to-ground weapon - was a shock. It seemed as if President Obama was about to defang both the Navy and the armed drone program, for which the...

  • Did US defense cuts shorten your career? No worries, mate, Australia wants you

    Are you a member of the finest military the world has ever seen, who might be out of a job soon and is looking to get a nice tan? Then you're in luck: Australia is hiring. Even as U.S. defense spending dwindles, Australia may be looking to almost double its budget. A white paper released last...

  • Examiner Editorial: Dealing with 'climate change' should not be a military concern

    The United Nations' International Committee on climate change issued a new report Monday that includes dire warnings of civil wars and international conflicts in countries where people are displaced by coastal flooding and resource shortages caused by extreme weather. As usual, the ICCC called...

  • U.S. tax dollars may be paying salaries of Afghan National Police 'ghost workers'

    U.S. tax dollars may be paying for "ghost workers" on the Afghan National Police payroll, which receives a significant amount of its funding from the U.S., according to a letter from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to military commanders in Afghanistan.

  • Senators urge Obama to cancel contracts with Russian arms exporter

    A bipartisan group of senators urged President Obama on Thursday to end the Pentagon's contractual relationship with a Russian state arms dealer, as tensions between the United States and Russia continue to soar. Rosoboronexport, Russia's official state arms exporter, has been offered more...

  • Obama highlights European ancestors during trip to Europe

    President Obama highlighted his European roots in an interview with Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, pointing out that the United States was firmly committed to the security of Europe. During the interview, Obama was asked if his understanding of Europe was different since he lived in Indonesia...

  • Will any 2016 Republican hopeful stand up for a strong defense?

    If one or more of the would-be 2016 GOP nominees steps forward soon with a detailed plan on how to reshape and fund the Defense Department from 2017 through 2020, he or she will instantly achieve a significant advantage in the race for the Republican nomination. There is simply no established...



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