• Trump throws NATO summit into chaos with new spending demand

    Key Points Trump reportedly threatened allied leaders to “go it alone” if they did not raise defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2019 The demand completely overshadowed the long list of things agreed by allied leaders at their summit Contradictory reports over US President Donald

  • Syrian government advance towards border with occupied Golan risks provoking major Israeli military response

    Key Points Opposition factions resisting reconciliation, and up to 234,000 displaced civilians, are likely to be pushed into the demilitarised zone along Syria’s border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Syria is likely to stop short of moving into the demilitarised zone, but will

  • US Army cancels plans to issue RFP for XM1160 HEGM programme

    The US Army has cancelled plans to acquire the 120 mm XM1160 High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) munition that was expected to replace the service’s current XM395 precision-guided HE mortar round, an official from the US Army Contracting Command confirmed to Jane’s on 11 July. The

  • Colombian cargo theft rates on a long-term decline, but risks persist in Antioquia, Cauca, Cundinamarca, and Valle

    Event Colombian police statistics published in early July showed the number of cargo robberies (139) reported in the first six months of 2018 had declined by 6.7% from the same period last year. The reduction follows an overall downward trend in such crimes from 2013, when authorities recorded 210

  • IED attack kills a police officer in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    ONE police officer was killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside, detonated targeting their vehicle in the 10th police district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on 11 July., Pajhwok News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility

  • IED attack reportedly kills two civilians in Iraq's Diyala

    MEDIA reports on 11 July, citing security sources, stated that two civilians had been killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated in the Kanaan in Iraq's Diyala province on an earlier unspecified date, Iraqi News reported. No group

  • No final decision yet on UK defence review

    Key Points The UK government has not agreed to the headline findings of the MDP Drafts of the MDP propose GBP2 billion a year extra in capability funding UK government ministers have yet to agree on key aspects of the country’s Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, putting its

  • Oversight group alleges USAF F-35/A-10 fly-off was not objective

    Key Points A US oversight group is alleging that the USAF fly-off between the F-35 and A-10 was not objective The allegation is another moment in USAF’s history of trying to retire the A-10 A US government oversight group has alleged that a recent fly-off conducted by the US Air Force

  • Suspected sectarian loyalists detonate a suspected IED in Northern Ireland's Belfast

    A SUSPECTED improvised explosive device (IED) - described in reports as a pipe bomb - was detonated in Clandeboye Drive in the Short Strand area in east Belfast in Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom on 11 July, BBC News reported. Reports did not contain details of any casualties or damage. No

  • Update: Oversight group alleges USAF F-35/A-10 fly-off was not objective

    Key Points A US oversight group is alleging that the USAF fly-off between the F-35 and A-10 was not objective The allegation is another moment in USAF’s history of trying to retire the A-10 A US government oversight group has alleged that a recent fly-off conducted by the US Air Force

  • US Army establishing new modernisation outpost in Austin

    Key Points The service has created a new four-star command tasked with overseeing force modernisation Leaders intend to provide “unity of effort” through Army Futures Command The US Army has selected a location for the new organisation charged with overseeing its force modernisation

  • Russia upgrades Arctic infrastructure

    On 3 July, Russia’s Northern Fleet reported that its headquarters airbase at Severomorsk-1 was reopened and fully operational after extensive renovation and modernisation. It had been closed for three years. Severomorsk-1 has received new flight management and communications systems, as well

  • Spain spends on urgent requirements

    Although Spain cannot reach the NATO target to spend 2% of GDP on defence in the medium term, the new Socialist government has promised to commit EUR5 billion (USD5.86 billion) on new equipment by the end of 2018. Defence Minister Margarita Robles told the Cadena SER radio station on 11 July that

  • Expansion of Ivorian government underlines president’s intention to divide junior coalition partner, but raises civil unrest risks

    Event President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire named a new government on 10 July that brings in 10 additional ministers, after dissolving the previous administration six days earlier. Three more government posts have been given to the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire

  • Islamic State claims IED attack on Faylaq al-Sham vehicle in Syria's Idlib

    In Hazra, Idlib governorate, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the roadside improvised explosive device (IED) attack against a Faylaq al-Sham vehicle, publishing a video of the incident on social media.

  • RAF announces new Typhoon, Protector squadrons

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to transition its final two Panavia Tornado GR4 units over to new types as it retires the strike aircraft from service over the coming months. Speaking at the Air Power Conference 2018 in London, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshall Sir Steven Hillier said

  • Southern separatist militants kill a soldier in Thailand's Narathiwat

    A soldier was killed when suspected southern separatist militants opened fire as he travelled on his motorcycle along the Charusathian road in Cho Airong district in Narathiwat province on 10 July. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. (Bangkok Post)

  • UK-EU exit deal and post-Brexit transition period remain probable despite destabilised UK government and upcoming legislative challenges

    Key Points Although May is likely to be able to avert a leadership challenge until at least October, her position remains exposed to the ruling Conservative Party’s internal divisions over Brexit. While May needs to convince her own party to implement her version of Brexit, she will also

  • Vietnam upgrades navy MRO capabilities

    Vietnam’s state-run media has published details of the work the country’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) is doing to modernise the country’s naval maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. Reports on 9 July said that the MND had invested in the past two years in

  • Slovak government selects F-16

    The Slovak coalition government on 11 July announced the selection of the Lockheed Martin F-16 as a replacement fighter for the Slovak armed forces’ obsolete Russian-made MiG-29 based on the recommendation of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). “The Ministry of Defence recommends that within

Subscribe to Security for access to more latest Security news, analysis and data