• US Marine Corps plans to simultaneously buy aircraft, modernise depots with budget boost

    Key Points The USMC plans to use additional budget funds to both buy aircraft and modernise its fleet A key officer said it was previously forced to sacrifice readiness to buy aircraft The US Marine Corps (USMC) plans to simultaneously buy aircraft and modernise its depots, which it previously

  • AIA proposes lowering energy costs, instead of steel tariffs, to support industry

    Key Points A leading US trade group suggests lowering energy prices as opposed to enacting steel tariffs President Trump proposed a 25% tariff on foreign-sourced steel and a 10% tariff on aluminium The US government should lower energy prices to support its steel industry as opposed to enacting

  • US approves sale of MK 15 Phalanx CIWS Block IB Baseline 2 conversion kits to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD45 million Foreign Military Sale to Japan of 24 MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 1 to MK 15 Phalanx Block IB Baseline 2 conversion kits, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a 2 March

  • US must maintain presence to compete with China in Western Hemisphere, US Southern Command chief says

    The United States needs to nurture relationships and maintain its presence to compete with China and keep the growing Asian power from establishing a military base in the Western Hemisphere, Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of US Southern Command, said during a 5 March Pentagon briefing. Asked if he

  • Islamist attack in Burkina Faso’s capital indicates increasing vulnerability of hardened security force targets

    Key Points The timing of the attacks and the deliberate targeting suggest improving intelligence of the jihadists. Jihadists are likely to aim future attacks at harder targets such as army headquarters and foreign governments’ assets. Jihadists’ complex attacks are likely to involve

  • Nigeria graduates first homegrown UAV pilots

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) graduated its first indigenously trained unmanned air vehicle (UAV) pilots on 2 March. It announced three days later that the five new pilots had received their wings following about two years of training at the 401 Flying Training School (FTS) in Kaduna. After

  • US donates fast boats to Kenya

    The United States delivered the final six of 10 Metal Shark fast vessels to the Kenya Navy in an event held in Mombasa on 27 February. The US embassy in Kenya said the boats were worth KES500 million (USD4.9 million), making it the largest US maritime security co-operation programme in sub-Saharan

  • India boosts efforts to spur defence investment

    The Indian government has disclosed the scope of efforts to promote inward investment in the country’s defence sector. In a parliamentary reply on 5 March, India’s Minister of State for Defence, Subhash Bhamre, said 12 defence-related foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals through

  • Japan says indigenous F-2 replacement is still an option

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has distanced itself from news reports in the country that it is leaning towards a foreign design in its project to select a fighter platform that will eventually replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2 multirole combat aircraft. A source in the

  • JNIM militants kill two gendarmerie personnel in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou

    TWO gendarmerie personnel were killed when Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) militants attacked the French embassy in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on 2 March, Al-Jazeera and Reuters reported. Four militants were killed in retaliatory fire. Simultaneously, militants detonated a suicide

  • New DoD development chief wants to move programme authorities to lower levels

    Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions must be reformed to expedite decision-making and move more authority to lower levels, according to the Pentagon’s new top development official. “The Chinese love our acquisition system … because we are taking 16 and a half years to go from

  • Saudi MMSC contract awarded

    The US Department of Defense announced on 5 March that it had awarded a USD481 million contract to Lockheed Martin to “long-lead-time material” for Saudi Arabia’s Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships. It was announced in October 2015 that the US government had approved the

  • SVBIED attack kills one soldier in Somalia's Mogadishu

    ONE soldier was killed when a Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militant conducted a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack targeting a military base 30km from Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 2 March, Reuters reported. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • SVBIED attack targeting military headquarters kills five soldiers in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou

    FIVE soldiers were killed and 64 others were wounded when Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Mulimin (JNIM) militants detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) at military headquarters before militants on foot attacked the building in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou on 2 March,

  • Indian Navy flexes ability to conduct ‘two-front war’ in major drills

    Key Points India has tested its ability to conduct major naval operations on two fronts simultaneously Exercises conducted against backdrop of increased Chinese military presence in Indian Ocean Region The Indian Navy has concluded a series of military exercises that tested the service’s

  • Size of PLA reduced by 300,000, says Chinese premier

    As part of China’s military reforms, the size of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been reduced to approximately 2 million troops. Speaking in Beijing at the start of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) on 5 March, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that China had

  • Australia selects BAE Systems for JORN upgrade

    BAE Systems Australia has been selected as the prime contractor to upgrade Australia’s over-the-horizon Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) as part of Project Air 2025 Phase 6. In a joint statement on 5 March, Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry

  • Colombian legislative elections to indicate future administration’s potential stability, affecting fiscal and regulatory policy

    Key Points President Juan Manuel Santos has reached his term limit and his legislative coalition is unlikely to survive the 27 May 2018 presidential election. Legislative elections on 11 March will determine the stability of the next administration, which is likely to be formed of a coalition of

  • Tatmadaw stand-down defuses border crisis with Bangladesh

    The Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) has pulled back troops from a potential flashpoint on the country’s border with Bangladesh following a sharp spike in tensions and protests from Dhaka. The move by Myanmar’s army-backed, paramilitary Border Guard Police (BGP) took place on 3-4 March

  • 'Anarchists' threaten violence in Greece's Athens

    IN A STATEMENT released on March 1, a group identified only as 'Anarchists' claimed responsibility for a number of attacks across Greece - including one on a police station - and threatened further attacks in the capital Athens, The Times reported. The statement referred to the detention of

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