Germany may upgrade its short-range missile-defense capability by adapting the aging Patriot system after its planned successor known as MEADS was dropped on cost grounds, a senior Defense Ministry official said.
Japan will add refueling planes and expand its fleet of high-speed warships to boost the security of its remote islands, the Yomiuri newspaper said, as the nation squares off with China over islands that both sides claim.
The Pentagon weathered the first year of automatic budget cuts through a “short-term response,” including delays in modifying and developing weapons that may cost more later, the Government Accountability Office found.
A Senate committee chairman has demanded that the Pentagon explain four audits -- two involving Boeing Co. -- that he said shows the Department of Defense may be paying billions of dollars extra for spare parts.
Germany’s trade and investment ties with the U.S. won’t be damaged by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s condemnation of American surveillance programs, said Josef Joffe, editor and publisher of Die Zeit newspaper.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s condemnations of U.S. surveillance programs won’t damage strong trade and investment ties between the two countries, said Josef Joffe, editor and publisher of Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper.
Chief weapons buyers for the U.S. military services outlined the impact of continued defense budget cuts, including a delay of 25 aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps that would have been purchased this fiscal year.