• Bahamas inducts first vessels in fleet renewal effort

    Dutch company Damen Shipyards has begun delivering nine vessels ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) as part of a BSD232 million (USD228 million) fleet recapitalisation and port facilities enhancement programme. The first of four 42 m Legend-class (Stan Patrol 4207) offshore patrol

  • Draft law indicates heightened expropriation risks in Cambodia's telecoms sector

    EVENT On 24 July what appeared to be a draft telecommunications law was apparently leaked from the Cambodian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC), detailing a government plan to take greater control over the sector. According to Phnom Penh Post , which reportedly received the draft from

  • India, Japan, US kick off naval drills in North Pacific

    Japan, India, and the United States began week-long naval exercises in the North Pacific on 24 July. The trilateral 'Malabar' manoeuvres, which have previously triggered adverse Chinese reaction, began at Sasebo in western Japan and were intended to concentrate on joint operations for disaster

  • Indian armed forces still seeing high suicide rate

    The high suicide rate in the Indian military persists, with 597 service personnel having taken their own lives from 2009-13, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told parliament on 22 July. The Indian Army was the most affected with 116 soldiers committing suicide in 2010, 105 in 2011, and 95 in 2012. In

  • OSINT Summary: Norwegian security service reports imminent threat of attack

    In a statement released on 24 July, the head of the Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste (PST) - Benedicte Bjoernland - stated that the security service had received reliable information from an unspecified foreign partner that an attack in Norway by suspected Islamist militants with links to Syria was


  • Briefing: Tense transitions

    Transitions in East Asia's security and geopolitical landscape are introducing new challenges into longstanding competitions and increasing the range of plausible scenarios for miscalculation, escalation and crises across the Western pacific. Tate Nurkin reports
  • Caliphate question - Islamic State's impact on the jihadist community

    The emergence of the Islamic State from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has reshaped the international jihadist community. Ezzeldeen Khalil analyses reactions to the group's metamorphosis among Islamist militant circles and its likely evolution.
  • Briefing: Into Africa

    The growth in co-operation between West African states and Brazil is reaching new heights, reports Janet Tappin Coelho
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  • Libya's anti-Islamist offensive suffers setback

    The anti-Islamist campaign led by the renegade general Khalifa Haftar appeared to suffer a significant setback on 21 July when the radical group Ansar al-Sharia overrun two neighbouring bases in Benghazi. The Camp 319 and 36th Battalion bases in the city's Bu Atni neighbourhood were defended by the


  • IWI DAN .338 sniper rifle

    Development The Israeli Weapons Industries (IWI) designed the DAN .338 Lapua Magnum sniper rifle to provide precise aimed fire out to at least 1,200 m. It is a departure for IWI from its earlier designs, which were self-loading sniper rifles, to a bolt-action design. The DAN, the name for which is

  • KBP PP-93 9 mm machine pistol

    Development The PP-93 (PP-93, Pистолет-Pулемет-93) is described as a light machine pistol. It can fire the standard 9 × 18 mm Makarov rounds or the more powerful 57-N-181SM cartridge. It is intended for use with

  • Spitzer (Space Infrared Telescope Facility/SIRTF)

    Current status SIRTF was launched on 25 August 2003 (GMT). Renamed Spitzer after launch, it entered standby mode at 22:11 GMT on 15 May 2009, as a result of running out of liquid helium coolant. This meant that the longer wavelength multiband imaging photometer and infrared spectrograph instruments

  • CAM (Chemical Agent Monitor)

    Development The Smiths Detection CAM (Chemical Agent Monitor) is a hand-held instrument used to warn of the presence of Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) vapours. The first CAMs were produced in the mid-1980s since which time a continuous programme of product improvements has taken place. Several