Capitol Hill’s budget deal is good news for the Pentagon. But it is unlikely to eliminate the need to set in motion long-term money-saving measures such as reducing troop levels, delaying weapons programs and making controversial cuts to military pay and benefits.
U.S. House and Senate negotiators settled on a $552.1 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2014 that would revmap how the U.S. military handles sexual assault cases and approve the Pentagon’s request for F-35 fighters.
It has gone done in Pentagon lore as the “Last Supper;” a 1993 dinner party in which William Perry, then deputy U.S. defense secretary, told bosses of weapons manufacturers that post-Cold War budget cuts would force them to merge or go out of business.
Airbus parent EADS was poised Dec. 11 to set out a two-tier strategy stressing growth in civil jetliners with a forecast of flat defense and space activities throughout the decade.
The U.S. military will begin transporting troops from Burundi to the Central African Republic to help with an international mission to quell sectarian violence, the Pentagon said Dec. 9.
Jamie Boling and her husband, Joseph, know that providing for a military family can be trying — waiting for orders, often living on a single income, and, in especially tough cases, supporting a spouse wounded in the line of duty.
A leading Florida environmental group Dec. 11 officially objected to plans for expanding military training exercises on Panhandle land that includes two state parks.
Camouflage combat uniforms are going to get the same look across four U.S. military branches.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., plans to push for legislation removing sexual assault prosecutions from the military’s chain of command after congressional leaders spurned her approach in crafting a compromise defense bill.
Sixteen broken down transport planes that cost U.S. taxpayers at least $486 million are languishing among the weeds, wooden cargo boxes and old tires at Kabul International Airport, waiting to be destroyed without ever being delivered to the Afghan Air Force.
Bombardier is continuing talks with Air Canada about a possible order for the CSeries jet, the new model struggling with development delays, as the carrier nears its target for a decision on buying new planes.
The Veterans Affairs Department’s top benefits official predicted Dec. 11 that the backlog of almost 400,000 benefits claims will continue to drop in 2014 and is on course to be eliminated in 2015.
The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans — and likely hundreds more — during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal.
A joint Chinese-Brazilian environmental monitoring satellite launched Dec. 9 from northern China failed to enter orbit, state media and experts said, in a rare setback for the country’s ambitious space program.
When Europe’s Rosetta probe gets roused from its deep space slumber next month, scientists are hoping it will wake up fit and ready for the final stage of its daring mission to land a spacecraft on a comet.
Costing £80 million the latest version of the Typhoon jet fighter will be capable of carrying a larger payload of weapons and an updated radar syste, while a larger fuel capacity should increase its operational range.
The German army may have to wait another six months to get its first fully kitted out Airbus A400M military airlifter, the defense ministry said Dec. 11.
The Pentagon issued a warning Dec. 9 to Pakistani leaders: Stop protesters from hindering U.S. military equipment leaving Afghanistan or else lose U.S. aid.
A near-final draft of a new Japanese national security strategy calls for a stronger military to deal with a rising China and other growing risks close to home.
Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to a conventional strike and sees them as a “great equalizer” reducing the likelihood of aggression, a senior Russian official said Dec. 11.