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Pentagon Working With Congress for More War Funding

WASHINGTON — Despite operating under an $85 billion supplemental wartime budget, the Pentagon is going back to Congress to ensure that it has the funding to continue its air operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, top officials said Friday.

China's air force tests its 'top guns'

The Chinese air force is strengthening pilots' combat readiness by staging an increasing number of drills based on realistic training scenarios.

German Navy Grounds Sea Lynx Helicopter Fleet

BONN — A 22-centimeter-long crack discovered in a German Sea Lynx Mk88 helicopter has grounded 21 of the Navy’s 22-strong Sea Lynx fleet, according to the Defense Ministry.

Taiwan Previews Major Naval Acquisition Plan

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Navy plans to build new destroyers, frigates, corvettes and submarines in a 20-year force modernization program that will replace all the US and French-built warships in the fleet.

NATO reviews ties with Russia as new truce reached in Ukraine

VILNIUS — NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania on Saturday to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus.

All Indian Naval warships will soon have Stealth features

All Indian naval ships will have stealth features in future and some of the designs have already been incorporated in the existing platforms, according to V. Bhujanga Rao, Director-General (Naval Systems and Materials), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Taiwan Retires Hawk Missiles

TAIPEI — Taiwan will begin retiring its Hawk surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in 2015 as production of the new Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow) SAM system ramps up, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) source said.

Four ways the PLA could take over Taiwan

There are four main ways China's People's Liberation Army could choose if they were to attempt to take over Taiwan, according to a Pentagon report published earlier this year cited by US-based blog War Is Boring.

Big Navy Supply Ship Inactivated

WASHINGTON — Weeks of disagreement over the future of the Navy’s biggest supply ships has ended with a decision to inactivate one of the four vessels.

US Troops in Iraq Could Call in Airstrikes

WASHINGTON — American troops on the ground in Iraq “could be in a position to even call in air strikes” on ISIL targets White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday afternoon.
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