• US must ensure continued Panama Canal access, Adm Tidd says

    As China invests more deeply in Panama the United States needs to make sure it and other countries continue to enjoy their historical access to the Panama Canal, Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander, United States Southern Command, said on 7 June during a Defense Writer’s Group breakfast. Panama

  • China seeks greater confrontation with US to dominate region

    To better match US military strength in the Western Pacific, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is building a more powerful naval force and taking a more aggressive posture, according to Roger Cliff, author of the book ‘China’s Military Power: Assessing Current and Future

  • National capitals to vet which third country entities participate in EDF projects

    Third country entities will be allowed to participate in future EU-funded defence projects on a selective basis, but the responsibility for determining an undertaking’s eligibility will lie at a national level across the European Union, according to a senior EU defence industry policy

  • Afghan government announces temporary ceasefire with the Taliban

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban militant group that coincides with the holiday marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. In a series of posts on Twitter on 7 June Ghani said that the ceasefire would begin on the 27th of Ramadan (12 June) and

  • Ethiopia offers Eritrea peace

    Ethiopia’s ruling party announced on 5 June that it was prepared to implement the Algiers Agreement that the two countries signed in December 2000 after the end of their two-year border war. “The permanent solution to the crisis in the Horn of Africa is the establishment of a healthy

  • RAF to deploy fighters to Iceland for first time since governmental spat in 2008

    The United Kingdom is to send fighter aircraft to Iceland for the first time since a diplomatic spat between the two countries over the Nordic nation’s banking crisis scuppered a previous planned deployment in 2008. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on 7 June that the Royal Air

  • Russia pressures Ukraine with naval build-up in Sea of Azov

    Russia is increasing pressure on Ukraine by transferring naval vessels from its Caspian Flotilla to the Sea of Azov, Russian military media has reported. The pretext for this step is to strengthen the security of the newly-constructed Kerch bridge, linking occupied Crimea with southern Russia,

  • Landmine attack kills at least three civilians in Afghanistan's Paktika

    MEDIA reports on 6 June stated that at least three civilians had been killed and four others wounded when a landmine, emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated targeting their vehicle in the city of Sharana in Afghanistan's Paktika province on an earlier unspecified date, Khaama

  • Likely Ethiopian withdrawal from disputed territory decreases interstate war risks, will embolden anti-government opposition in Eritrea

    Key Points Eritrean engagement with Ethiopia will depend on the latter withdrawing its troops from territory awarded to the former, which Ethiopia is likely to follow through on during 2018. Ethiopian withdrawal would likely embolden Eritrean anti-government demonstrations, increasing the

  • Militant attacks on villages in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado to delay but unlikely to stop major gas projects

    Event Canada-based energy company Wentworth Resources announced on 06 June that it had been granted a one-year extension for its Tembo block appraisal Licence by the government in part due to the deteriorating security situation in and around the Mocímboa da Praia and Palma districts in Cabo

  • Russia builds new weapons storage facilities

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) will commission a new arsenal in late 2018, according to Deputy Defence Minister Army General Dmitry Bulgakov. After inspecting the construction of the facility at Toropets in the Tver region on 2 June, Gen Bulgakov told Russian media it will be complete in

  • Security forces discover 54 IEDs during raid in Indonesia

    SECURITY forces discovered 54 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) - described in reports as pipe bombs - during a raid on the residence of a militant in an unspecified location in Indonesia on 15 May, The Jakarta Post reported. Reports added that the militant was identified as Tri Murtiono, who led

  • Ukraine's 2019 presidential election likely to require second round; policy deadlock in one-year outlook probable

    Key Points A second round is very likely to be required in the 2019 presidential election with no one candidate gaining over 50% in the first round; The second round is likely to involve former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and/or incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, or a new candidate

  • GAO slams USN shipbuilding performance

    In a recent report that sums up previous findings from other reports over the past decade, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) blasted the shipbuilding performance of the US Navy (USN) for most of its major vessel programmes during that time. “The navy set a goal in 2007 for a fleet

  • Esper's vision for US Army of 2028 emphasises role of unmanned platforms

    Key Points The US Army is preparing for a high-end fight in accordance with the Defense Department strategy The army secretary plans to grow the force and employ new technologies such as robotics The US Army's vision of the future force, with a target date of 2028, leverages the development of

  • US GAO recommends Congress restrict F-35 Block 4 funding

    Key Points GAO recommends Congress restrict funding for F-35 Block 4 modernisation The office said the Pentagon has not provided a sound business case for this part of the programme The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends lawmakers restrict funding for Lockheed Martin F-35

  • US SASC bill backs air force advanced battle management plan

    Key Points SASC backs the USAF’s plan to cancel JSTARS recap and pursue advanced battle management The House wants JSTARS recapitalisation to continue US Senate authorisers support the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) plan to cancel the Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target

  • India to further S-400 acquisition talks with Russia despite US sanctions

    New Delhi has declared its intention to disregard recent US sanctions against Moscow and further the acquisition of five Russian S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the Indian Air Force (IAF). “I'd like to make it clear that in all our engagements with the

  • US, Turkey reach agreement on Manbij

    The US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG) group has confirmed it will withdraw its personnel from Manbij under a bilateral agreement between Turkey and the United States. It said in a 5 June statement that only personnel it still has in the northern Syrian city were advisors

  • Japan signs for third Advanced Hawkeye

    Japan has signed for the third of four Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft it is expected to procure, the US Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 5 June. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) was awarded USD153.2 million to deliver

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