Feb 26, 2015

Ex-defense contractor admits sending jet information to Iran

A former U.S. defense contractor pleaded guilty Wednesday to sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there. Mozaffar Khazaee entered his plea to violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act in federal ...

Feb 25, 2015

Both sides in Ukraine conflict have used cluster bombs: report

Illegal weapons such as cluster bombs have been used in the Ukraine conflict, Amnesty International said while also criticizing both sides in the fighting for the high number of civilian deaths. “Taking into account everything we understand for now, we think that they (cluster ...

Feb 25, 2015

Proposed reform would let some foreign agents carry guns in Mexico

President Enrique Pena Nieto has proposed a legal reform that would allow some foreign agents to carry arms inside Mexico, a significant change in a country that has historically said the practice would violate its sovereignty. The bill, sent to Mexico’s Senate, would allow ...

Peacekeepers should make greater use of drone imagery, says U.N. panel

Feb 24, 2015

Peacekeepers should make greater use of drone imagery, says U.N. panel

A United Nations panel assessing the future technological needs of peacekeeping missions has recommended dramatically expanding the use of unmanned surveillance drones in U.N. military operations, the head of the panel said on Monday. Jane Holl Lute, who was previously U.S. deputy secretary for ...

Feb 19, 2015

U.S. has screened 1,200 moderate Syrian rebels for training

The Pentagon says the U.S. has screened about 1,200 moderate Syrian rebels who could participate in a new training program so they eventually can return to the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says they will continue to be ...

U.S. establishes rules on exporting drones, with strict limits

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. establishes rules on exporting drones, with strict limits

The U.S. government on Tuesday established a policy for exports of military and commercial drones, including armed ones, and plans to work with other countries to shape global standards for the use of the controversial weapons systems. The State Department said it would allow ...

Defense blimp stirs privacy fears

Feb 16, 2015

Defense blimp stirs privacy fears

On a crisp winter’s day, a tethered blimp almost as big as a football field slowly rises into the blue Maryland sky, casting its radar eye over greater Washington and well beyond. The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System, better known ...

Feb 12, 2015

Afghan Taliban smuggling drugs and gems like mafia: U.N. report

Afghanistan’s Taliban Islamist movement is increasingly financed by criminal enterprises including heroin laboratories, illegal ruby and emerald mines and kidnapping, making negotiated peace harder, according to a report for the U.N. Security Council. The report said there was a new “scale and depth” to ...