• Afghan commission probes reasons for September loss of Kunduz to insurgents

    Key Points A high-ranking Afghan fact-finding commission has sought to find out why the city of Kunduz fell to insurgents on 28 September After being contested for about two weeks, the city was finally retaken by the ANDSF in mid-October The main reasons for the loss of the city of Kunduz to

  • Analysis: IDF moves to counter lone-wolf threat

    ANALYSIS The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is opting for cautious, defensive responses to sustained Palestinian 'lone-wolf' attacks. Since September, when tensions surrounding Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque escalated into stabbings, shootings, and vehicle ramming attacks, 22 Israelis have been killed

  • Attack kills 12 presidential guards in Tunisia's Tunis

    AT LEAST 12 presidential guard personnel were killed and 17 others were wounded in a suspected suicide attack targeting a bus carrying presidential guards on the Mohammed V Avenue in Tunisia's capital Tunis on 24 November, Reuters and Al-Jazeera reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility

  • Human rights groups link UK-made weapons to civilian casualties in Yemen

    In an attempt to pressure the United Kingdom to freeze defence exports to Gulf states, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International have reported that a PGM-500 Hakim stand-off weapon killed a civilian and injured others when it hit a ceramics factory in Yemen on 23 September. More a

  • Indonesian air force selects AW101 for presidential duties

    The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) has selected the AgustaWestland AW101 multirole medium helicopter to meet its requirement for a presidential transport aircraft, the Indonesian Air Force chief of staff, Air Vice Marshal Agus Supriatna, has told state-run news agency Antara. In comments reported on


  • Myanmar's new government bids for authority

    Despite Aung San Suu Kyi's party taking the majority of seats in Myanmar's November parliamentary elections, the political-military structure remains unchanged. Judith Jacob examines the difficulties and compromises facing the new government.
  • New cyber platforms offer criminal potential

    As cyber innovations change the operating environment for terrorists and criminals, Cameron Colquhoun assesses how new advances are likely to appeal to law-breakers.
  • Russian money-laundering put under pressure

    Increased scrutiny from the Kremlin and tougher international regulation have forced Russian money-laundering networks to expand beyond their traditional markets. Andrew Bowen assesses the efficacy of current efforts to contain and counter the crime.
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  • Russia responds to Turkish Su-24 shootdown

    Russia has responded to Turkey's downing of one of its Su-24M aircraft by stating it will deploy advanced air-defence systems to protect its aircraft based in Syria. The country has also announced the deployment of the Slava-class (Project 1164) guided missile cruiser Moskva off the Syrian coast,
  • UAE trains new Yemeni army

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is training soldiers for a new Yemeni army at Al-Anad Air Base in southern Yemen. The UAE's official WAM news agency reported on 23 November that a batch of Yemeni soldiers had graduated from a training course run by the UAE's military. While WAM did not say how many
  • NORM wisdom: Portal cuts nuisance alarms

    Radiation portal monitor (RPM) technology is being trialled for cargo screening at an unnamed Western European capital city airport. The patented Discovery RPM from Symetrica is designed to discriminate accurately between potential threat radioactive sources and naturally occurring radioactive


  • 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