• Brazil's 2015 defence procurement budget cut by 25%

    Key Points Brazil is to cut its defence procurement funding from USD7.3 billion to USD5.4 billion in 2015 The cuts, due to wider economic issues, could slow or cancel some acquisitions Brazil's 2015 defence procurement budget will be reduced from a previously approved BRL22.6 billion (USD7.3

  • Egypt reportedly to buy 46 MiG-29s

    Egypt has agreed a deal to buy 46 MiG-29 multirole fighters in a deal that could be worth around USD2 billion, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported on 25 May. The deal is expected to be signed in "the nearest future", according to two sources in the Russian aviation industry cited by

  • EUMC advice for Med counter-trafficking operations leaked

    Key Points The leaked advice from the EU Military Committee (EUMC) on the proposed counter-human trafficking EU mission in the Mediterranean argues that strong rules of engagement are essential to the mission's success The EUMC also argue that the European Union is coy about publicising its

  • USMC to deploy special purpose unit in Central America

    The US Marine Corps' (USMC's) special purpose unit concept continues to evolve as the corps prepares to send its first force package to US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), largely for disaster response. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force -SOUTHCOM (SPMAGTF-SC) is to deploy about 280 personnel

  • Armed clashes reportedly kill approximately 500 people in Iraq's Anbar

    LOCAL government officials reported on 18 May that approximately 500 people - including at least 15 soldiers - had been killed across the past several days after Islamic State militants launched a major offensive, involving artillery and multiple suicide attacks, against security forces in the city


  • Kremlin fights for relevance in Central Europe

    Despite being the main supplier of energy to Central Europe, Russia's political influence in the region is fast diminishing. Peter Trescak analyses the post-Soviet state's soft and hard techniques to maintain its grasp on the region and whether it will succeed.
  • Turkish poll will affect PKK peace process

    If the ruling AKP performs well in Turkey's 7 June election, constitutional changes could pave the way for the president to assume executive power. Ege Seçkin examines three potential outcomes and what these would mean for the peace process with the PKK.
  • Canadian defence procurement: constrained renewal

    While Canada faces no direct military threat, its armed forces are actively engaged on the international stage. Andrew MacDonald, Kate Tringham, and Matthew Smith report on the Canadian defence industry's efforts to renew their major platform inventories
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