Army's blimplike airships get East Coast test

Dec 18, 2014

Army's blimplike airships get East Coast test

The U.S. Army showed off a blimplike airship Wednesday that is designed to help the military detect and destroy cruise missiles speeding toward the nation’s capital or other major East Coast cities. The radar-toting vehicle will be launched next week as part of a ...

Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Dec 15, 2014

Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand despite a downturn in global defense spending, a Stockholm-based think tank said Monday. The buyer responsible: the Russian government. “The remarkable increases in Russian companies’ arms sales in both 2012 and 2013 are in large part ...

Deaths renew calls over look-alike guns

Dec 8, 2014

Deaths renew calls over look-alike guns

Twice in less than four months, police in Ohio have opened fire with real bullets on young people carrying look-alike guns, raising anguished questions about what could have prevented the deadly encounters. The questions have been raised before: after the death last year of ...

Dec 4, 2014

In Syria, U.S.-trained rebels await more weapons, training

Syrian rebel commander Abdulaziz says U.S. military training helped his men kill at least 15 Islamic State fighters in a recent battle near Aleppo. Three months earlier, a similar engagement had gone the other way, with two of his men slain. But his group, ...

Dec 1, 2014

Iraq discovers it has 50,000 'ghost troops'

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Sunday announced that an investigation has uncovered the existence of 50,000 “ghost soldiers,” and promised a widening crackdown on corruption. “The prime minister revealed the existence of 50,000 fictitious names” in the military, according to a statement from al-Abadi’s ...

Nov 27, 2014

Merkel hits diplomatic dead end with Putin

After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed. Ahead of a summit of G20 leaders in Australia, Merkel resolved to confront Vladimir Putin alone, without the ...

U.S. may place heavy armor in Eastern Europe

Nov 26, 2014

U.S. may place heavy armor in Eastern Europe

The U.S. Army plans to deploy about 150 tanks and armored vehicles to NATO countries next year, and some of the heavy armor may be stationed in Eastern Europe, a top American general said Tuesday. The move is part of a U.S. effort dubbed ...