• Ansar Allah rejects UAE terrorism designation

    IN A STATEMENT released on 16 November, a spokesman for the Yemeni Shia Huthi militant group Ansar Allah stated that the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) decision to designate the group as a terrorism group on 15 November was hasty and far from reality, Marib Press reported.

  • British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role

    Key Points The British Army is conducting testing on whether the Mastiff MRAP is suitable for a conventional mechanised infantry role The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's and is keen to establish whether they have any other utility beyond counter-insurgency operations British Army units are carrying

  • China clamps down on military photographers

    Chinese news media have reported that a resident of the port city of Qingdao, the location of the North Sea Fleet's headquarters, has been arrested and is awaiting trial for taking photographs of the naval base from which aircraft carrier Liaoning operates. He is accused of passing the photos to

  • Europe kick-starts tanker procurement project

    Europe has formally begun the acquisition process for a new aerial refuelling capability under the Multinational MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) project, it was announced on 21 November. With the European Defence Agency having already harmonised requirements, a co-operation agreement

  • French refusal to deliver Mistral warships to Russia raises contract enforcement and sanction risks

    EVENT The French government suspended on 25 November the delivery of two Mistral-class amphibious assault warships ordered by Russia. France and Russia signed a contract in June 2011 for France to build and deliver the Vladivostok and Sevastopol for the Russian navy. Such warships have the

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  • Looming unrest - Kosovo faces continued instability

    Political deadlock, coupled with economic uncertainties and poor infrastructure, have amplified public distrust in the Kosovan government. Dijedon Imeri analyses the deepening civil discontent and its ramifications for the country's stability.
  • The Islamic State's European Fighters

    Nearly 4,000 foreign fighters from European countries have travelled to Syria during the past two years, joining groups such as the Islamic State, raising concerns among Western governments that the organisation could use such individuals to attack targets in their home countries, according to analysis from IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security.
  • Boko Haram's control grows in run-up to election

    As Nigeria's general election approaches, Boko Haram's expansion in the northeast shows how ill-prepared the country's security forces remain. Atta Barkindo examines three security scenarios that could emerge and their potential impact on the 2015 poll.
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  • 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

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  • Interoperable Joint Operations Command and Control Services (IJOCCS)

    Type Operational/tactical level C2 system Description Northrop Grumman's Interoperable Joint Operations Command and Control Services (IJOCCS) combine Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware and software components to create a cost-effective command centre, fully equipped to deal with a range of

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    Type Operational/tactical level C2 system Description Northrop Grumman's Interoperable Joint Operations Command and Control Services (IJOCCS) combine Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware and software components to create a cost-effective command centre, fully equipped to deal with a range of

  • Battle Control System

    Type Air and missile defence command-and-control (C2) system Development The BCS programme is a series of US Air Force (USAF) spiral development/evolutionary acquisition contracts. Spiral 1 was initiated as an urgent need in response to the terrorist attacks in September 2001 and was intended to

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