• Bolivia establishes new air defence command

    Bolivia officially established its new Airspace Security and Defence Command with the swearing in of Air Force General Melvin Arteaga Aguada as the organisation's commander on 17 October, according to a Bolivian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement. The command was stood up to enforce Bolivia's

  • IDF expands Kfir brigade's role

    The 900th Kfir Brigade has recently been reassigned from the 162nd Armoured Division to the 340th Division: a move that will see the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF's) youngest formation shift away from territorial security activities to become an all-purpose, multi-arena brigade. The infantry brigade

  • PAC-3 MSE readied for production

    Work on long-lead-time components for the Lockheed Martin Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles is now under way. Production of the PAC-3 MSE, which has been under development since June 2003, was authorised earlier this year in a US Department of Defense

  • US transfer of wartime control to South Korea delayed again

    US and South Korean defence officials announced on 23 October that they will once again delay the transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) from the US to Republic of Korea (RoK) armed forces. South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

  • Arrests of alleged Islamic State militants in Mauritania's north signal potential greater risk to hostages in future kidnap cases

    EVENT Four alleged Islamic State supporters were arrested on 12 October in Mauritania's northern mining town of Zouerate. The four arrested were employed by state iron ore mining company Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM), according to reports in Mauritanian media.

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  • Central Asia braces for fall-out from ISAF withdrawal

    Key Points The Central Asian states are bracing themselves for an increase in terrorist and criminal activity in the wake of the upcoming ISAF drawdown in Afghanistan NATO's poor current relations with Russia has hamstrung any co-operation on counter-narcotics efforts in the region The Central
  • Islamic State reveals US equipment failures

    In the latest series of military failures revealed by the Islamic State's media channels, a US airdrop intended for the Kurdish defenders of the northern Syrian town of Kobane was instead seized by fighters from the Sunni militant group. A video released by the Islamic State on 21 October showed a

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