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Despite economic woes, UK leaders tout massive defense-spending hike

LONDON — Britain may be in economic turmoil right now but that hasn’t stopped Defense Secretary Ben Wallace emphasizing the new government’s pledge to...

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Next-generation attack subs will be designed with maintenance in mind

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — With its Virginia class of attack submarines suffering from maintenance woes and low operational availability, the U.S. Navy is working...

As semiconductor shortages linger, one defense firm gets creative

WASHINGTON ― Defense firm L3Harris Technologies says it bought back and cannibalized its own radios to meet customer demands amid shortages of computer chips...

Senate to move Pentagon nominees amid critical minerals row

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee has reached an agreement aimed at advancing Pentagon nominees who would oversee acquisitions and defense industrial-base policy...

Submarine fleet needs more spare parts to stem maintenance delays

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The submarine industrial base, already strained by demand for new construction, may need to accelerate its production of spare parts...

Joint but apart: Italian Navy and Air Force settle on F-35B plan

ROME — The Italian Air Force and Navy have finally figured out how to manage their small fleets of F-35Bs, and it goes something...

Success denied: Finding ground truth in the air war over Ukraine

Ukraine’s recent two-front counteroffensive has dealt a heavy blow to the Russian military. Contrary to Western military orthodoxy, air superiority was not a prerequisite...
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Satellite images reveal Chinese expansion of submarine base

MELBOURNE, Australia — China is expanding its submarine base on the edge of the South China Sea, with satellite photos showing it’s building two...

Is Space Force moving fast enough for its Rapid Capabilities Office?

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The director of the Space Rapid Capabilities Office, created in 2018 to quickly develop prototypes of satellites and other urgently...

Britain revises its defense plans in light of Russia’s war

LONDON — The British government has ordered an update of its defense and security review published last year and hopes to complete a revised...

US, UK join Pacific allies in Fijian military exercise

CANBERRA, Australia — A military exercise in Fiji involving the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand ends this week as the traditional allies...

Air Force assembling electronic warfare ‘sprint’ to fix deficiencies

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force is stepping up efforts to improve electromagnetic spectrum capabilities that are “nowhere near” where they need...

Paul drops hold on SBIR defense innovation grants after reforms

WASHINGTON — Congress could pass legislation as soon as this week to reauthorize a small business innovation grant program favored by the Pentagon after...
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