• Colombian Armed Forces continue modernising, seeking new roles

    Colombian Minister of Defence Juan Carlos Pinzon met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York on 26 January to highlight Colombia's advanced military capabilities and then sign a framework agreement for Colombia's participation in international peacekeeping operations, as the Andean state

  • Details emerge for Argentina's 3-D radar programme

    The Argentine Air Force (FAA) will install a long-range Argentine Primary 3-D Radar (RPA) in San Pedro sometime during 2015 following an agreement reached between the FAA and the provincial government of Misiones. The agreement, which was reportedly reached in mid-January, will allow the FAA to

  • Indonesia's defence minister requests USD400m defence budget boost

    Indonesia's Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has requested IDR5.1 trillion (USD409 million) to boost the country's 2015 defence budget, according to media reports in Indonesia. The request was tabled during a meeting between Ryacudu and the House of Representatives committee on foreign affairs

  • Italy to host European Personnel Recovery Centre

    The Italian Air Force base of Poggio Renatico, about 30 km north of Bologna, has been chosen to host the European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC). Lieutenant General Pasquale Preziosa, the Italian Air Force chief of staff, signed the technical accord relating to the EPRC on behalf of the Italian

  • Lockheed Martin reports year-end results

    Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defence contractor, saw an increase in sales for its fourth quarter and full year, the company reported on 27 January. Fourth quarter sales of USD12.5 billion exceeded 2013 fourth quarter sales by nearly USD1 billion, a 9% increase. Sales for the year increased


  • US foreign policy priorities through to 2017

    US presidents are traditionally weaker as they approach the last years of their mandate. Chuck Cushman analyses which global hotspots and foreign policy issues will demand presidential attention in the coming two years, and what role Congress might play.
  • China bids for prime regional economic position

    A number of diplomatic and trade agreements designed to enhance China's centrality to the Asia-Pacific region have underlined the country's dominance. Christian Le Mière assesses whether China can tip the balance against the United States' political influence.
  • Libya's political rivals compete for oil revenues

    As Libya descends into an east-west fight between political and military factions, control of the oil industry and state institutions is becoming paramount. Richard Cochrane examines the competing parties and whether Libya will be divided between rival entities.
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  • Boeing awarded Indonesian AH-64E contract

    Boeing has been awarded a USD295.8 million firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract for eight AH64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for Indonesia, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 27 January. The contract will be complete by 28 February 2018. When the deal was first
  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track
  • SpaceX drops lawsuit against USAF over launch vehicle contract

    Key Points SpaceX has dropped a lawsuit against the USAF over a 2014 EELV contract Although the block buy from ULA will proceed, the USAF did pledge to re-examine its certification process for new competitors SpaceX has agreed to drop its lawsuit relating to the US Air Force's (USAF's) Evolved
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget