• Al-Shabaab threatens Puntland officials in Somalia

    IN A STATEMENT released on 28 February, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen threatened to attack officials from the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia, Alldhacdo reported. The statement said that militants would target apostates in the Puntland Administration... wherever they go.

  • Anti-corruption drive puts more PLA generals in the dock

    Key Points Chinese state media has reported that 14 more PLA generals are under investigation as part of an anti-corruption drive This followed the naming of 16 senior officers in January Chinese president Xi Jinping's drive to purge the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of corrupt senior officers

  • Brazilian Air Force establishes new air defence group

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has established the 3rd Anti-Aircraft Defence Group (3° GDAAE) at Anapolis Air Base (BAAN), the FAB announced on 3 March. The 3° GDAAE is composed of a single short-range air defence battery equipped with the Igla-S (SA-24 'Grinch') man-portable air defence

  • Deaths of Venezuelan students increase violent unrest and property damage risks

    EVENT At least six youths connected with Venezuela's student-led anti-government movement have died in separate incidents in Venezuela in the past week. One victim was a schoolboy who was shot dead on 24 February by National Police for resisting arrest, according to Amnesty International. Other

  • Police detain suspect in Germany's Bremen

    AN UNIDENTIFIED suspect was detained by police during a search operation at an Islamic cultural centre in the city of Bremen in Germany's Bremen state on 28 February, Reuters reported. The operation was launched in connection with reports of a threat of an attack by Islamist militants in the city.


  • China prioritises managing unrest over reforms

    The annual number of incidents of mass unrest in China has increased in the past 15 years. Samantha Hoffman discusses the methods used to tackle this issue and whether it could escalate into a broader social movement to challenge the system of government
  • Efforts made to improve global cyber-security

    Multilateral meetings are set to explore how to tackle cyber-security, but international co-operation is far from straightforward. Tim Maurer looks at the potential challenges in finding common ground amid an increase in cyber-attacks in 2014
  • Hackers target global geonavigation networks

    Global navigation satellite systems are vulnerable to attack from states, insurgents, and criminals using disruption devices to jam signals or fool them with false transmissions. Milosz Reterski assesses the growing risk to air traffic, defence systems, and shipping.
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  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could


  • Air-Boss Lightweight Overboot (ALO)

    Type Individual protection - Body protection. Development The AirBoss Lightweight Overboot (ALO) was developed to provide various armed forces worldwide, including the Canadian Department of National Defense, the US Department of Defense DoD (as the AFS) and the UK Ministry of Defence (as the NBC

  • AirBoss CBRN moulded glove (AMG)

    Type Individual protection - Body protection. Development The AirBoss-Defense CBRN Moulded Glove (AMG) was developed in collaboration with the Canadian Government to offer protection against Chemical Warfare agents (CWAs), Biological Warfare agents (BWAs) and a large variety of Toxic Industrial

  • C4 CBRN Gas Mask

    Type Individual protection - Masks general issue. Development The Airboss C4 CBRN gas mask was developed according to the CBRN requirements of the Canadian Armed Forces. Further engineering changes during its development phase were prompted by field trial testing during Operation Desert Storm, in

  • Chemring Defence - Simulator Projectile Airburst Liquid (SPAL)

    Description Originally produced in the United Kingdom by Brock's Explosive Development Ltd, the Simulator Projectile Airburst Liquid (SPAL) Chemical is now produced by Chemring Defence UK. SPAL is designed to simulate chemical weapon spray and liquid-filled airburst weapons by projecting a