US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has delayed deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East because of budget uncertainty, hours after warning that congressional inaction on financial matters threatened US security.
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta defended the Obama administration's decision not to arm the Syrian opposition, saying the country risked being pushed into an all-out civil war if efforts to secure a smooth political transition fail.
Turkey, which said in February it intended to buy 100 of Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jets, will buy only two this year, and will decide each following year how many planes it will order, Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz told Reuters.
The cost of developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter rose 4.3 percent to $395.7 billion last year and the plane will not reach full-rate production until 2019, the Pentagon said.
The new schedule is two years later than planned.
President Barack Obama unveiled a defense strategy Thursday that would expand the US military presence in Asia but shrink the overall size of the force as the Pentagon seeks to slash spending by nearly half a trillion dollars after a decade of war
The Pentagon said it was not seeking a confrontation with Iran over transit in the Strait of Hormuz, even as it dismissed an Iranian military threat meant to keep US aircraft carriers out of the Gulf.
"Our interest is in safe and secure ma
Boeing Co beat out Lockheed Martin to retain its position as the prime contractor for the US long-range missile shield, the Pentagon said.
The US Defense Department said it was awarding Boeing a $3.48 billion, seven-year contract to develo
A precision-strike missile that has been a star of the US-led war on Al Qaeda and its allies is about to get deadlier, said a senior defence expert.
The cylindrical, 49-kg missile, known as Hellfire II, has been the weapon of choice on rem
US has denied any decision was made on keeping some US troops in Iraq beyond an end-year deadline for their withdrawal as speculation mounted that the Obama administration backed keeping a small training force in the country.
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Lockheed Martin Corp's political backers are stepping up a drive to meet Taiwan's request for 66 new F-16 fighter jets, a sale that would help the Pentagon's largest supplier weather possible cuts to its big-ticket weapons programs.