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Pentagon Testing Drones that Can Launch from Ocean Floor
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is testing a drone that can hibernate on the ocean floor for years at a time before being launched to the surface and into the air at the push of a button.
US Accuses China of 'Creating a Great Wall of Sand'
Speaking before an audience in Australia, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet rang alarm bells over perceived Chinese aggression. But shortly after condemning the construction of a "great wall of sand" in the South China Sea, he stressed the importance of an American fleet presence – a great, floating fence, you might say.
Russia's Borey-Class Subs Construction Not Subject to Budget Sequestration
The construction of the last of Russia’s nuclear-powered Borey-class submarines will not be affected by the current budget sequester, the director general of the Rubin design bureau said Tuesday.
Home Built Taiwanese Warships Set Sail
Taiwan launched its first two domestically built navy vessels on Tuesday.
US Lt General Insists Hezbollah is Linked to Mexican Drug Cartels
Beirut-based Hezbollah allegedly receives money from Lebanese nationals linked to the Mexican drug cartels, Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Tovo said at a recent congressional hearing.
Germany, France, Italy Flying Eyes on Drones
Germany, France and Italy are all set to move ahead with plans for a European-made military drone, the German government told MPs on Monday.
Over 3,500 Soldiers Take Part in Russian Strategic Missile Forces Drills
More than 3,500 military and over 300 pieces of equipment are involved in counter-terrorist exercises of Russian Strategic Missile Forces.
Borey-Class Nuclear Submarines to Serve Russian Fleet Until 2050
Russia’s new Borey-class strategic nuclear submarines will serve the country’s Navy until 2050, the general director of the Central Construction Bureau of Marine Technology Rubin said Tuesday.
China's Military Carries First Offshore Drills in Western Pacific
Chinese Naval forces successfully carried out their first offshore drills in the Western Pacific Ocean amid unresolved tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
US Backs Joint Arab Military Force, Ready to Cooperate
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that the United States has backed the Arab League's decision to create a joint military force to counter security threats in the Middle East, and will cooperate with it if need be.
Canadian Lawmakers Endorse Airstrikes on ISIL Targets in Syria
The office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the Canadian parliament has endorsed the government's plan to launch airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria, in addition to its military participation in Iraq bombing raids.
Pentagon Denies Airstrike Killed Iranian Soldiers in Tikrit
Two Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen were killed by a US drone in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, according to Iranian state media, a report that the US refutes, saying no drone strikes occurred on the day of the men’s deaths.
Blackwater Guards Who Shot Dozens of Unarmed Iraqis Plead for Leniency
Three Blackwater Worldwide guards who killed or wounded 31 unarmed Iraqis in a 2007 shooting asked a judge for leniency ahead of their sentencing next month, when they will face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 30 years.
Zero-Day, Zero Policy? US Launched Unregulated Hack Attacks, Docs Show
The United States was launching software attacks against adversaries before it established a formal policy governing such infiltrations, according to a document obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
US Manipulates Students as Part of Spy Game - Former CIA Officer
Former CIA Officer Larry Johnson says that CIA exploiting college students travelling abroad to gather intelligence during the Cold War is not a shocking discovery.
US Defense Department Awards $700 Mln Contract for Missile Defense Support
US Defense Department stated that US defense contractor Raytheon has won a $700 million service and product contract for several US missile defense facilities.
US Should Provide Kiev with East Ukraine Situational Analysis - Former NATO Commander
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark said that the United States should share intelligence on the developments in Eastern Ukraine with Kiev.
Russian Strategic Missile Forces to Begin Counter-Terrorist Exercise
Russian Defense Ministry's press service Russian Strategic Missile Forces' counter-terrorist exercise will start on Tuesday as part of inspection of the southeastern Orenburg Missile Army.
Saudi-Led Airstrikes Destroy Scud Missile Facility in Sanaa, Yemen (PHOTOS & VIDEO)
Saudi-led airstrikes continue to bombard the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, continuing into Monday night.
Chinese Army Gets Brand New Early Warning and Control Aircraft
Capable of tracking nearly 100 vehicles at once, the Chinese military has launched its new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C), taking to the skies with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
Lavrov Joins Plenary Meeting at Iran Nuclear Talks in Lausanne
Pentagon Testing Drones that Can Launch from Ocean Floor
'Farce-Book': Facebook Tracks Users Without Consent - Privacy Commission
EU Approves Third $1.9Bln Financial Aid Package to Ukraine
South Korea to Resume Landmine Removal
Ukraine 'Lost Without Trace' Five Indian Warplanes During Planned Upgrade
Islamic Republic of Texas? How Jade Helm Could Be a Mock Invasion of Iran
It's Worse Than You Thought: The 'Kremlin Troll Army' Exposed
One Dead, Two Shot in Attack on NSA HQ in Fort Meade
How Vietnam Became the Pressure Point of Obama's 'Pivot to Asia'
10 Things You Didn't Know About the Eiffel Tower
These Boots Were Made For Walking
How Cargoes Are Delivered to ISS
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