• Annual Defence Report 2014: the Americas

    The US military is re-engaging in Iraq despite its pivot to Asia and continuing budgetary difficulties, while Canadian efforts to support Washington against the Islamic State have also highlighted issues of funding and capability shortfalls. Meanwhile, the main role of Latin American militaries remains supporting the region's police forces.
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Europe

    War. Crisis. Invasion. Insurrection. Annexation. Return of the Cold War. Not words many on New Year's Eve 2013 would have predicted being used to describe the year ahead for Europe, but the reality it was dealt nonetheless.
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Asia-Pacific

    The drawdown in Afghanistan, a change of government in India, and maritime convulsions in the East and South China seas made 2014 a year of flux for the Asia-Pacific region.
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  • NATO extends enhanced Baltic air policing until end of 2015 at least

    NATO is to continue its enhanced Baltic Air Policing Mission for at least another year, a senior Estonian Air Force officer said on 17 December. Speaking at Amari Airbase, which is currently hosting four German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighters assigned to the NATO mission, the station commander Lieutenant Colonel Rauno Sirk said that the base had already been earmarked to host further deployments through to at least the end of 2015.
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • Chang'e series

    Current status Chang'e-1 was launched on 24 October 2007 and arrived in its operational orbit around the Moon on 7 November. It impacted the Moon on 1 March 2009 after a 16-month mission. Chang'e-2 was moved out of lunar orbit on 9 June 2011 and relocated at the Earth-Moon L2 point, more than 1.5

  • Mars Express

    Current status Launched in June 2003, Mars Express continues to be operational, despite a permanent anomaly affecting the onboard solid-state mass memory system. The mission has been extended several times, and the latest extension is until December 2018, subject to confirmation in late 2016.

  • White Sands Missile Range

    Location: Background White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) was the first major US rocket firing site after the Second World War. The first V-2 flight from US territory took place on 16 January 1946 from White Sands, south of Route 70. It was also the site of the first atomic explosion on 16 July 1945;

  • AN/BQQ-10 (V5) ARCI

    Type ARCI (Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion) sonar enhancement programme for US Navy attack submarines (SSNs) Development ARCI is a sonar system upgrade that has been developed to integrate and improve towed, hull, and spherical sonar arrays and other ship sensor processing capability on all US Navy