The U.S. military named a two-star general to head up the teams that have been sent to Iraq to determine what U.S. military assistance might help halt the advance of radical Islamist insurgents who’ve seized control of much of the country in the past two weeks.
U.S. operations in Iraq have expanded with the arrival of more teams of advisers and the opening of a joint operations center in Baghdad, the Pentagon said June 26.
Iraq has bought used fighter jets from Russia and Belarus to battle Islamist militants after long delays in the delivery of F-16 planes from the U.S. left troops without air support, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said.
President Barack Obama has requested $6 billion for new military aircraft, drones, vehicles and bombs as part of his $58.6 billion request to fund the war in Afghanistan and other contingency operations in 2015.
The F-35A that caught fire June 23 was a recent delivery from low-rate initial production lot 5 of the stealthy fighter.
Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp., said June 26 it hoped Pentagon officials would realize that reneging on the final year of a five-year helicopter contract would undermine confidence in future deals and drive up costs.
The U.S. Army will soon test a new network capability that could prove to be a “game changer” for the service’s fleet of AH-64 Apache rotorcraft.
There’s at least one reason some in the defense industry are rooting for Democrats to keep control of the Senate: the prospect of Chairman John McCain.
The U.S. Department of Defense announced on 19 June that Raytheon had been awarded a $391.5 million contract to produce wireless versions of the TOW anti-tank guided missile for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Saudi Arabia National Guard and Oman.
India’s LandT Technology Services and Thales announced that the two companies had formed a joint venture June 26.
The US Air Force awarded Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin a $1.3 billion contract June 26 for the Combat Rescue Helicopter program.
As budgets around the world continue to contract, expect partnerships on major programs to become the norm, the head of Boeing’s defense arm said.
The Navy wants to create a big data ecosystem that will enable strides in analytics.
All U.S. Marine Corps F-35B operations remain dormant since a fire broke out in an F-35A preparing for takeoff this week, but this is not expected – at least for now – to affect the timing of the aircraft’s debut in the U.K. next month.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is to undertake conceptual design reviews for the four vertical take-off and landing X-Plane contenders in the coming weeks, a Boeing program official disclosed on 24 June.
The U.S. Department of State has approved a foreign military sale of five Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters to Mexico, according to a US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement June 24.
The British Army is to conduct trials later this year on the French Nexter Systems Vehicule Blinde de Combat d’Infanterie 8×8 infantry combat vehicle.
When the Pentagon’s shadowy research laboratory last year asked for a humanoid robot that could perform dangerous tasks in disaster zones industry and academia delivered beyond expectations.
The Army has yet to explain to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl his legal rights even though the soldier has been talking to medical staff who are helping him reintegrate into society and anything he says during their conversations can be used against him in a military court.
A former member of SEAL team 6 has become the poster girl for a Pentagon effort to include transgenders – people who have undergone sex-change operations – in the ranks.
The F-35A struck by fire as it took off from Eglin Air Force Base has been secured and is under armed guard in a secure hanger and the Air Force and Marines are not flying their versions of the Joint Strike Fighter program until they know more about the fire’s causes.
The nation’s oldest and largest major combat veterans organization is demanding the Mexican government ensure the safe return of a Marine being held prisoner in the country and is asking Americans to put down the tacos and tequila until that happens.
Two more high-ranking Veterans Affairs officials announced plans to step down from their leadership roles Wednesday, the latest personnel overhaul for an embattled department already lacking multiple top administrators.