House Republicans are considering a plan that would allow young people who had been brought to the U.S. illegally as children to join the military and then become legal, permanent residents.
The top lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee said the United States needs to continue buying Russian-made helicopters for the Afghan air force despite tensions over the annexation of Crimea.
Airbus dropped behind U.S. rival Boeing in the race for new airplane deals in the first quarter after a pair of wide-body order cancellations, while Boeing finalized a major Canadian sale, company data showed April 4.
The Pentagon will decrease its $1.1 trillion estimate for the cost of supporting Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet over a 55-year lifespan, the top U.S. weapons buyer said.
McLean, Va.,-based defense contractor Exelis April 1 said it had selected a name for the mission systems division it is spinning off into a new, independent and publicly traded company: Vectrus.
Boeing said April 2 it will try to sell its new aerial refueling tanker to South Korea as its long-running battle with Airbus Group NV expands from commercial jets into specialized military aircraft.
Both the Lockheed Martin and Austal versions of the U.S. Navy’s new coastal warship performed well in a major war game last week and surprised some “enemies” with their capabilities, a top Navy admiral said April 1.
Three British defense companies have secured a deal to support and sustain nearly half of the 2,000 protected mobility vehicles purchased for the war in Afghanistan and now being brought permanently into the Army’s core equipment program.
Raytheon is challenging the Navy’s decision to halt manufacturing of the Tomahawk cruise missile in 2016, and is counting on its congressional allies to help keep the weapon in production for the foreseeable future.
French naval company DCNS is exploring a leasing deal for offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) as a tender held by Uruguay calls for procurement under a lease, a French bank executive said April 2.
The US Army National Guard is asking Congress to find an extra $1.5 billion to meet its unfunded requirements in fiscal year 2015, primarily to fund training and operations, according to a copy of the list obtained by Defense News.
The Marine Corps has submitted an unfunded priorities list to Congress that includes funding to stand up two new crisis response units, and more than $1 billion to replace aircraft destroyed in an attack on Camp Bastion.
Although titled an “unfunded priority list,” the U.S. Navy’s document giving Congress options to add to the 2015 budget is neither prioritized, nor a list of unfunded programs.
The U.S. Air Force has sent Congress an $8 billion unfunded priorities list, with more than $3.3 billion eyed for new procurement programs, according to a copy of the list obtained by Defense News.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said permanently stationing an additional U.S. Army brigade in Europe is among options to beef up security as Russian troops remain massed along Ukraine’s eastern border.
The Pentagon’s top space officials told Congress today they have launched a study to ascertain if the United States can build its own rocket engines so that expensive and large spy and GPS satellites don’t have to be launched using Russian rocket engines, as they are now.
When the U.S. Navy christens the first of its newest class of destroyers this month, it will launch the first ship with a brain of its own.
Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James April 2 defended plans to scrap the A-10 fleet and retire roughly 40 C-130s to skeptical lawmakers who cautioned against making radical force structure changes too quickly.
An MQ-1B Predator flying a 20-hour mission in Africa crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Sept. 17, the Air Force announced April 3.
Remotely piloted aircraft have spawned a new breed of professional aviator that the Air Force says is here to stay. The next challenge is to cement a viable career path for the young pilots who cut their teeth guiding these vehicles over Afghanistan.
An estimated 22 veterans kill themselves every day, according to a 2012 Department of Veterans Affairs study.
A 92-year-old army veteran who served in the Second World War and died without any surviving relatives has been given an emotional send off by hundreds of well-wishers.
In the decade after 9/11, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $200 million to nearly 1,000 families in wrongful death cases. Click on a VA facility to see details of wrongful death payments at that hospital or clinic. The data is presented as obtained by The Center for Investigative Reporting using the Freedom of Information Act.
Joseph Petit went to the VA hospital for knee pain and depression and came out on a litany of powerful drugs that he said made him hallucinate.
The widow of a Pearl Harbor survivor is not only fighting for her life but fighting with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
A push from the Speaker of the House and a continued stream of scandals involving Veterans Affairs administrators has pushed legislation to ease the firing of department officials onto the fast track.
NASA has confirmed it is severing ties with Russia – except for the International Space Station – after insisting relations would not be altered due to politics between the two nations. NASA employees have been told they cannot travel to Russia or host visitors until further notice.
Astronomers have been searching for planets that might be able to support life for years. And now scientists have confirmed that a watery ocean that could support life lies deep under the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
Researchers are one step closer to creating shields that could render parked tanks and aircraft virtually invisible.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet passed new guidelines loosening Japan’s more than four-decade-old restrictions on foreign weapons sales as part of the premier’s push to bolster the country’s military.
The likelihood of Finland acquiring a new surface-to-surface missile system from Russia has increased following a preliminary decision by the Finance Ministry to opt for a more up-to-date and cost-efficient launcher-fired tactical missile.
The Israeli Air Force is having to adapt its aerial intercept tactics to contend with a marked rise in unmanned aerial vehicle incursions over recent years, a senior service official told IHS Jane’s on 2 April.
What NATO considers normal Russian military activity over the Baltic airspace has heightened the security concerns of the Baltic states in the wake of Moscow’s recent annexation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine.
Tanks headed north into Ukraine this week from Russian-controlled Crimea. Not at the head of an invading army, but on a trainload of military equipment in such poor shape that Moscow had no use for it.
A Russian army armoured battalion has arrived in Crimea equipped with the first main battle tanks (MBT) to be deployed by Russia on the contested peninsula since the start of the stand-off between Moscow and Kiev last month.
The United States is scrapping plans for a Navy ship to join a fleet review in China after key ally, Japan, was not invited, U.S. officials said April 3, in a move that came just ahead of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s trip to Japan and China.
There is a military proverb that first reports from the battlefield are always wrong. Today’s reporting from Fort Hood should be taken with that caveat, especially to the extent that we blame the shooter’s short Iraq tour for his violent rampage. We know far too little about the shooter, victims, and situation to conclude that military service or combat stress caused the carnage at Fort Hood.
Since 1944, West Point has required cadets to pass its indoor obstacle course, a test of agility, stamina and strength that is designed to build a warrior ethos and determine whether these future soldiers can meet the physical demands of combat. When freshman Cadet Madaline Kenyon completed the course in 2 minutes 26 seconds in October, she scored the equivalent of an A-plus on the men’s scale and set a new female record. It was a stunning achievement.
It is time to regain the upper hand with Russia by setting key regional partners in Eastern Europe on the path to membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance.