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Here’s How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Wars

Previously unreported Pentagon data shows how much the average U.S. taxpayer has paid for combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria.

Could North Korea Shoot Down U.S. Warplanes?

Some of Pyongyang's surface-to-air missiles are old, but its newer ones could threaten American aircraft.

Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

It’s hard to persuade arms makers to boost production, even to fight ISIS, without cash on the barrelhead.

In Mexico, Mattis Plays Down Political Rhetoric, Seeks to Build Trust

Defense Secretary Mattis touts "a growing relationship built on trust and respect" between the U.S. and Mexican militaries.

At U.S. Nuclear Weapons Base, Mattis Signals Support for Triad

But the Defense chief stopped short of endorsing all types of new nuclear weapons in development.

Here’s How the Military Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs

Predictive algorithms, deep machine learning, directed energy, and more are all on the Pentagon’s shopping list.

As Trump and Putin Met, US and UK Defense Chiefs Discussed Ways to Deter Russia

While one part of Trump’s executive branch looks to improve relations with Moscow, another prepares for the worst.

Former Pentagon Money Man to Oversee Defense of NATO Computer Networks

Kevin Scheid returns to the alliance as members eye spending increases to pay for cyber projects and traditional weapons.

Departing Air Force Undersecretary Warns of Budget Uncertainty

Lisa Disbrow says the Air Force needs stable funding to better connect its planes, protect its satellites and buy more aircraft.

New Air Force Secretary Sounds a Lot Like the Old One

In her first Washington event, Heather Wilson says the service needs new planes, faster.

Navy Sends Congress $5.3B Wishlist of Planes, Ships and More

The 48-item ‘unfunded priorities list’ arrived a week after the service’s $172 billion budget request for 2018.

Stinger Missiles Can Now Shoot Down Small Drones

A missile that gained notoriety in the 1980s has been updated for today’s battlefield.

Pentagon Wants to Get Started on New Air Force Two and Doomsday Planes

The aging C-32 and E-4B may be replaced by similar aircraft, or at least with planes that share some gear.

NATO Laying Groundwork to Send More Troops To Iraq, Afghanistan

The bump could come with more alliance responsibility for fighting ISIS in Iraq.

The Pentagon’s New Algorithmic Warfare Cell Gets Its First Mission: Hunt ISIS

Turning hours of drone video into actionable intelligence is just the start for the fast-moving machine-learning team.

U.S. Hits Syrian Airbase With Scores of Cruise Missiles

A retaliation for the Assad regime's April 4 use of chemical weapons, the strike deepens the U.S. involvement in Syria's civil war.

Trump Picks ‘Mr. Fix-It’ to Run Daily Ops at Pentagon

Patrick Shanahan’s missile-defense background could prove important in a Trump administration.

Chinese Military Officers Crash U.S. Air Force Conference in Florida

The three officers, armed with cameras, took a stroll around an exhibit hall of new weapons and technology.

Air Force Wants to Test a Laser on an Attack Plane Within A Year

But the U.S. Special Operations Command still needs money for the test and policymakers need to figure out the rules of engagement.

Sikorsky Pitches Area 51 Security Helicopters to Guard ICBMs

Company executives say it’s the most efficient way for the Air Force to replace its half-century-old Hueys.

Trump’s Defense Topline Faces a Big Hurdle, Just as When Obama Proposed It

The new administration’s proposal to give the Defense Department $603 billion in 2018 exceeds legal limits by about 10 percent.

New Nuclear Delivery Platforms Will Likely Cost More than Planned. Here’s Why.

The Pentagon hasn’t purchased nuclear bombers, missiles, and subs in decades, so it’s tough to predict how much new ones will cost.

Trump’s Air Force Nominee Could Bring Strong Voice to Capitol Hill

Who is Heather Wilson?

General Fires Back at Trump: F-35 ‘Not Out of Control’ (It Just Needs Another Half Billion)

The Pentagon’s F-35 boss says costs are falling and he anticipates briefing Trump’s transition team soon, but he needs another $532 million to finish flight testing.

Defense Contractors Should Fear More Than Trump’s Tweets

It’s not just Lockheed and Boeing. As president, Trump can mess with just about any contract he wants, even high-priced fighter jets, ships and armored trucks.

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