Some lime green socks are the choice for an eight-hour flight to Poland. (Sgt. Aaron Hostutler/DoD)

Chuck Hagel: The Best Dressed in President Obama’s Cabinet (Updated)

(Updated July 28, 2014, with video from a Defense News Minute) In a city where the powerful often wear boring, dark-color suits, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel bucks that trend. The Nebraskan can often be found wearing bright-colored socks, slick power ties and casual kicks that have made the man in charge of the world’s most powerful…

Aircraft mechanics load a Hellfire missile onto an MQ-1B Predator at Ali Air Base, Iraq, in 2008. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Johnson)0

DoD OCO Requests $700M for Bombs and Ammo

As the congressional oversight panels continue their review of the Pentagon’s $58.6 billion 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations budget request, much of the focus has been on the high-profile items, such as a $4 billion request for a new counterterrorism fund and $1 billion to boost US military presence in Europe. But the request includes $53 billion…

The F-35 has been cleared to fly by air worthiness authorities, but it is unclear if it will be attending Farnborough.

BREAKING: F-35 Cleared For Flight [FINAL UPDATE]

UPDATE 7/15/14 10:07 GMT — The following was a story written the morning and posted on Intercepts. It has since been moved to the main DefenseNews.com site. Additionally, this article is now out of date, as the F-35 has been declared out for the remained of the Farnborough Air Show. For the latest from the show…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a sailor on the bridge of the USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

Hagel to Visit US Submarine, Fighter, Helicopter Bases

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will leave Wednesday on a two-day domestic trip that includes a stop at the much-watched F-35 joint strike fighter schoolhouse at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida panhandle. During the visit, Hagel plans to stress the Pentagon’s commitment to the multinational, multiservice program, despite the fleet being grounded following a…

Closeup view. Note the bugler, shovels used as oars, Uncle Sam standing right aft.

4th of July, 1899-Style

1899, the glory days of empire, when Pax Britannica ruled the waves and the Germans and Americans were viewed as upstarts. For awhile, a running flash point for those conflicting interests flared up in the middle of the Pacific, in Samoa. Apia harbor in 1889 almost became the scene of open warfare between Germany and…