Ares en Afghanistan Requests Close Air Support <div class="node-body blog-body">Afghan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar requested support from NATO and its partners in the alliance's Resolute Support training mission during a special meeting with the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels Feb. 7.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:46:00 +0000 1578521 at Royal Netherlands Air Force Do Double Dutch Intercept <div class="node-body blog-body">Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16s made their first two intercepts Jan. 26 since they were deployed to Lithuania for NATO's Baltic air policing mission at the beginning of the month.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:56:00 +0000 1571991 at Belgian Navy Shadows Kuznetsov <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Belgian navy escorted Russia&#39;s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier naval group through Belgium&#39;s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the</p> <p>English Channel and North Sea Jan. 24-25, in cooperation with neighboring countries.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 454px;" title="Belgian Defense photo" /></p> <p>The Russian naval group, which includes the cruiser Piotr Veliky, two Udaloy class destroyers, the tanker Osipov and the tugboat Nikolay</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:10:00 +0000 1571041 at Trump Probably Won’t Cancel F-35. Just Ask Jim Mattis <div class="node-body blog-body">Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Defense, retired Gen. James Mattis, provided a simple explanation for the President-Elect's muddled comments about the F-35. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:27:00 +0000 1566261 at Russian Ships, Drones Comb Tu-154 Crash Site <div class="node-body blog-body">Russian ships, submarines, drones and divers are working day and night off the coast of Sochi to recover 92 victims and aircraft debris from the Dec. 25 Tupolev Tu-154 military transport aircraft crash.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Europe image Ares Mon, 26 Dec 2016 16:15:00 +0000 1561371 at <p>This Tu-154B-2 (registration RA-85572)&nbsp;operated by the Russian air force crashed shortly after takeoff from Sochi on Dec. 25. All 92 on board are presumed dead.<br /> Credit: WikiCommons/Alexander Usanov</p> Last Of The Bohicans <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Bundeswehr has released a <a href="!ut/p/z1/hY_NCsIwEITfqJtG-ndsCYpaitpSTS4SmlAjNSkhFg8-vClCb-IeBnZm91sWGFyAaT6pnjtlNB98T1l8LdKyKXGGcRNhgvIsPrYt2WO0w9DC-d8I8zH6UTmCWkignpH8ZiRQAwMmZNAZLd2sTmqnvPaWO2OD0Vg3zMnTWp8ESgBFISnCZDkVvvNNSzIapSuyLU4z8M4n_lp2eTc_DfTGtRjkwXT51xgf67Sqov4DOYdTPQ!!/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/#Z7_B8LTL2922T52D0A96QVVDK20J7">video</a> of 18 Bo-105 helicopters bidding farewell by flying in formation from their base in Celle, northern Germany, Dec. 13.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Defense Ares Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:01:00 +0000 1560801 at Did Trump and Putin Resume the Cold War? <div class="node-body blog-body">Trump pledges to make America's nuclear weapons great again after Putin promised a strong strategic force for Russia.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Defense Asia Pacific Europe Global North America Ares Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:49:00 +0000 1560701 at Trump Meets With Boeing, Lockheed CEOs, DOD Brass <div class="node-body blog-body">President-elect Donald Trump met with the CEOs of top aerospace firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin as well as a group of top Pentagon brass on Wednesday as part of his apparent campaign to trim the fat from military weapons programs. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Thu, 22 Dec 2016 02:55:00 +0000 1560151 at JPO Chief Defends F-35 Program After Trump Tweet <div class="node-body blog-body">Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter took a lot of heat last week when president-elect Donald Trump slammed the program as “out of control.” But the U.S. Air Force general in charge of the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) got the chance to tell his side of the story today during a media briefing.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:50:00 +0000 1557451 at Lockheed Stock Drops Sharply After Trump's F-35 Tweet <div class="node-body blog-body">Lockheed Martin's shares dropped sharply Dec. 12 after Donald Trump slammed the company's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) for "out of control" costs on Twitter. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:42:00 +0000 1553711 at Trump Slams 'Out Of Control' F-35 <div class="node-body blog-body">Donald Trump left the collective defense community quaking in its boots last week after he threatened to cancel Boeing's new Air Force one. Now he's going after another massive aerospace firm, slamming Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) for "out of control" costs. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Mon, 12 Dec 2016 02:26:00 +0000 1553651 at Northrop Grumman Names Former Air Force Chief Welsh To Board <div class="node-body blog-body">Northrop Grumman has named recently retired Gen. Mark Welsh, former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, to its board of directors, the company announced Dec. 8.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:57:00 +0000 1552561 at Meanwhile, Back In Afghanistan <div class="node-body blog-body">Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, who attended the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels Dec. 6-7, identified the Afghan Air Force as the number one priority for modernization of the Afghan security forces.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:26:00 +0000 1552361 at Trump Vows To 'Negotiate' Price Of Boeing's New Air Force One <div class="node-body blog-body">Donald Trump vowed early Dec. 7 to "negotiate" the price of Boeing's new Air Force One, pledging to cancel the order if costs don't come down.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:16:00 +0000 1551661 at HEMS/SAR - To The Rescue? <div class="node-body blog-body">HEMS/SAR helicopter roles look to keep the Helicopter industry moving forward.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Ares Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:54:00 +0000 1550371 at