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…

Oshkosh Demos Driver-less M-ATV in Paris

By TOM KINGTON There is something weird about driving in a mud spattered armored vehicle around a dusty shanty town built in a Paris car park on a Thursday lunchtime. What is even weirder is that the vehicle – an Oshkosh M-ATV – is swerving round rocks and navigating gaps between shacks, although no-one is…

FBI Wanted Posters for Accused PLA Hackers

The US Justice Department took the unprecedented step of charging five members of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with 31 criminal counts of hacking and cyber espionage against six American companies. That means they each get their own FBI wanted posters (see above and below). The announcement comes just days after Gen. Fang Fenghui, the PLA’s chief of the General Staff,…

Roberts Gates Discusses Vladimir Putin’s Intentions in Ukraine

Drawing down military forces in Europe sends the wrong signal to Eastern European nations, particularly as Russian forces have massed on Ukraine’s eastern border, former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates says. In an interview with Military Times videographer Mike Morones, Gates discusses his past interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin and what he believes are…

Chinese UCAV Takes Maiden Flight

Photographs have appeared on Chinese military blogs purportedly showing the maiden flight of the Lijian (Sharp Sword) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). The photographs first appeared on Chinese language military websites: lt.cjdby.net and huanqiu.com on Nov. 21, supposedly the same day the flight occurred. According to lt.cjdby, the Lijian was designed by Shenyang Aircraft Design…

VIDEO: Beechcraft AT-6 Attack Plane Begins World Tour

DUBAI — Beechcraft has launched a three-month demonstration tour of its AT-6 light-attack plane at the Dubai Airshow this week. Company officials are optimistic that they will soon have a launch customer for the plane, which they have been developing for several years. In the meantime, they’ll be showing it off in the Middle East,…

Are Things About To Get Awkward At Major Pacific Military Exercise?

Could war ships from China and Taiwan soon simultaneously participate in a major Pacific military exercise? If one US senator has his way, it might happen. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., has introduced an amendment to the upper chamber’s version of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that, if approved, would put the entire Senate…