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Jim Talent Trump’s Top Pick For SecDef?

Nov 30, 2016
Former Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri is emerging as the front runner to be President-Elect Trump’s Secretary of Defense, according to a source advising...

NATO Bows To Trump

Nov 21, 2016
Not only leaders of countries around the world but also NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is preparing to work together with the Trump...

Pentagon's Top Weapons Tester: F-35 Still Challenged

Nov 16, 2016
Read the full 8-page memo the Pentagon's top weapons tester sent to the Defense Secretary Oct. 14 on his continued concerns about the F-35 program....

First Norwegian, Third U.S. F-35 Fly After Insulation Fix

Nov 04, 2016
The first Norwegian F-35 took to the skies today at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., after wrapping up repairs on its coolant lines, Aviation Week has...

Meet Boeing's Latest Next-Gen Fighter Concept

Nov 01, 2016
Boeing is out with new concept art for the U.S. Air Force's next-generation fighter jet, a sleek, tail-less design featuring conformal engine inlets...

AWACS Against ISIL

Oct 26, 2016
The deputy commander of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force gave details Oct. 26 on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's...

NATO Won't Be Trumped

Oct 25, 2016
During his press conference Oct. 26 previewing the NATO defense ministers' meeting Oct. 27-28 in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg...
U.S. Nuclear Triad

Trump's Nuke Numbers Spotlight U.S. Warhead Dip

Oct 20, 2016
The nuclear warhead gap between the U.S. and Russia has widened to 429 in Moscow's favor as the February 2018 treaty deadline for reducing the bomb...

To Shoot Down Or Not To Shoot Down, That Is The Question

Oct 18, 2016
German public television channel ARD showed the courtroom drama Terror Oct. 17 about the trial of a German Eurofighter pilot for shooting down a...

Opinion: Why Trump Is Wrong On U.S. Nuclear Modernization

Oct 10, 2016
Donald Trump made a sweeping claim during Sunday night’s explosive presidential debate that America's nuclear weapons capability has fallen far...

Hillary Clinton 'Inclined To' Cancel Nuclear Cruise Missile

Sep 30, 2016
As the Pentagon moves ahead with a trillion-dollar modernization of its nuclear arsenal, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton seems to be...

Nukey McMeltface and Other Would-Be Bomber Names

Sep 23, 2016
When U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced an internal naming competition for the Northrop Grumman B-21 in February, she may have...

VX-23 'Salty Dogs' F/A-18F Super Hornet unveiled in special scheme

Sep 14, 2016
Possibly the first pictures online of this VX-23 Hornet, based at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, featuring the State flag's colours as part of its...

Trump and the Size of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Fleet

Sep 08, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to build a U.S. Air Force of 1,200 fighters. But the service already has more than 1,700...

Dingos Against Daesh

Sep 05, 2016
Germany has delivered more material to the Kurdish Peshmerga fighting the so-called Islamic State....
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