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November 27, 2014
Pentagon chief Hagel out as IS war heats up
Washington (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
President Barack Obama announced the departure of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday, with the White House under fire over perceived fumbling in its response to the Islamic State threat. The former Republican senator, who has been in the job for less than two years, was chosen to oversee a shift to a peacetime military with smaller defense budgets, but found the United States at war again. Rapid advances by Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq forced the Pentagon chief into managing ... read more

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Greece asks U.S. to continue sustainment support for its F-16s
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Nammo subsidiary buying Patria ammunition facility
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China has no overseas bases: defence ministry

Iraqi forces hold off jihadist attack on Ramadi

China says in talks with Russia over 2015 military drills

Afghan senate approves foreign troops staying on

Process converts human waste into rocket fuel

Proton-M Carrier Rocket Launch Postponed Over Technical Problems

Iran supreme leader backs nuclear talks extension

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Britain seeks to improve agency for military equipment
Britain's Ministry of Defense reports it has offered contracts to three companies to help transform the way it acquires and supports military equipment. ... more
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Republicans will push for US military spending boost
By winning full control of Congress, the Republicans have the chance to pile political pressure on President Barack Obama over national security issues and possibly push through an increase in military spending at the expense of social programs. ... more
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Saudi, France seal $3 bn weapons deal for Lebanon army
Saudi Arabia and France sealed an agreement Tuesday for Riyadh to finance the delivery of $3 billion worth of French weapons to the Lebanese army, which has come under mounting jihadist attack. ... more
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Raytheon's field service support for Air Force intel system enters 15th year
Raytheon is to continue to provide the Air Force with around-the-clock field services to the warfighter at numerous sites worldwide. ... more
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How spending more on the military could make it weaker
To hear the anguished cries of critics of the Obama administration's defense plans, one would think the nation is disarming. ... more
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China to keep closer eye on military spending: Xinhua
China intends to improve efficiency in military spending through tighter monitoring of how funds are used, state media reported Sunday. ... more
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Sweden's defense export agency faces dissolution
The Swedish government apparently plans to close its arms and defense equipment export agency in the coming year. ... more
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Oshkosh Defense cutting hundreds of jobs
Hundreds of workers at Oshkosh Defense are to lose their jobs in December as a result of lower U.S. defense spending, the company announced. ... more
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US-led air war a boon for defense contractors
The US-led air campaign in Iraq and Syria is proving a boon to weapons makers, sending their share prices soaring and bolstering political support for higher defense spending. ... more
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Four countries request U.S. Foreign Military Sales deals
The U.S. Congress has received notification of Foreign Military Sales requests that if approved would be carry a combined total of more than $1 billion. ... more
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BAE Systems cuts 440 jobs mostly in Britain
British defence group BAE Systems announced Thursday that it has decided to cut 440 managerial jobs at its military aircraft division in a new efficiency drive. ... more
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German push onto world stage hit by defence failures
Embarrassing German military hiccups in sending weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq have proven a "reality check" for Berlin which is seeking a bigger role in international crises, analysts said Monday. ... more
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Poland, Pakistan, Lebanon seek U.S. military hardware
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency says U.S. allies are seeking to buy more than $800 million worth of missiles, helicopters and armored vehicles. ... more
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Netherlands ups defence spending in wake of downed MH17
The Netherlands is to increase defence spending after being hard hit by global conflicts including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, King Willem-Alexander said on Tuesday. ... more
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Airbus to restructure defence division, sell off units
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday that it would sell off several subsidiaries at its defence division to focus on its core businesses of space activities, military planes and missiles. ... more
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'All bases covered' in coalition bid to crush IS
"All bases are covered" in a US-led multinational coalition against the Islamic State, John Kerry said, as Washington rallies diplomatic and public support to smash the jihadists. ... more
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Israeli arms sale to Ukraine blocked: report
A proposed sale of Israeli weapons including drones to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonising Russia, Channel Two television reported on Monday. ... more
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US second lady attends London Games for injured troops
US second lady Jill Biden was the star guest of Prince Harry on Saturday at the third day of the Invictus Games, a Paralympics-style event for wounded troops organised by the British royal. ... more
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USTRANSCOM taps MCR Federal for financial support services
U.S. Transportation Command is to receive comprehensive financial services support from MCR Federal, a program management company. ... more
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India says no to new deals with Finmeccanica
India will not sign any new contracts with Italian aerospace giant Finmeccanica but will honour existing ones, a defence ministry source said Tuesday, after a chopper deal was scrapped over a bribery scandal. ... more
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British arbitration tribunal backs up Raytheon
An arbitration tribunal in Britain has denied a Home Office claim for damages and a return of money from Raytheon in a dispute resulting from a contract termination. ... more
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German coalition bickers over arms exports
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is raising hackles among conservatives in the coalition government with plans to tighten rules on arms exports, amid tit-for-tat sanctions between the West and Russia. ... more
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Putin vows to boost arms sales to Egypt's Sisi
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday promised Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speed up the delivery of billions of dollars in arms and invited Cairo to forge free trade ties with a Moscow-led customs bloc. ... more
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Denel to buy BAE Systems company in South Africa
A BAE Systems company in South Africa that produces military vehicles is to be sold to the country's Denel Group. ... more
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