• Auditors recommend more tailored training, equipment for US Army RAF units

    Auditors found the US Army's regionally aligned forces (RAF) concept is working well for the most part, but suggested several areas for improvement that the Pentagon said it is now addressing. The army's RAF units align with geographic combatant commands to provide force packages that have been

  • French Air Force recreates wing structure

    The French Air Force will complete its return to a wing-based structure by the beginning of September, with seven new 'escadres' (wings) being created between 25 August and 3 September. The move started on 25 August with the Cazaux-based 8th Escadre, which will bring together three

  • IED attack kills tribal elder in Pakistan's Bajaur

    A TRIBAL elder - reportedly associated with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) - was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated in the Zari area of Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 23 August,

  • IED attack wounds three soldiers in Pakistan's Bajaur

    THREE soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated targeting their vehicle in the Sperai area of Wara Mamond in Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 23 August, The News reported. No group

  • Ireland presents Defence White Paper

    The Irish government released its second-ever Defence White Paper on 26 August. It updates a document released in 2000 and focuses on new security threats such as climate change, migration, non-state threats, and resource scarcity, as well as the need for some equipment renewal. The White Paper

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  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of
  • NATO rotates Baltic Air Policing Mission

    NATO has begun the process of rotating its Baltic Air Policing Mission, with Norway handing over the lead for the operation to Hungary. The Norwegian detachment of four Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon fighters is in the process of being replaced at Siauliai Airbase Base in Lithuania by four


  • 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