• Serbia to modernise air defence system

    Serbia will upgrade its air defences, the acting assistant minister for material resources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. Nenad Miloradovic told local TV station Pink on 8 October that short-range air defence systems would be modernised by local companies, while existing Neva fixed and

  • Two IAF commandos killed in gunfight with Kashmiri militants

    Two Indian Air Force (IAF) Garud special forces personnel were killed in a firefight with Islamist militants in the restive northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on 10 October. The Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the Garuds, who were operating

  • AUSA 2017: US Army mulls new short-range air defence solutions

    The US Army is exploring options to improve its dwindling short-range air defence (SHORAD) capabilities, and is looking at near-term options as well as replacing its legacy Humvee-based Avenger Air Defense Systems. To explore some possible industry-developed solutions, the army in September 2017

  • China lodges complaint over US FONOP in South China Sea

    China has said that it lodged stern representations with the United States over what it claimed was a recent incursion by a US Navy (USN) destroyer into Chinese territorial waters near the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea (SCS). The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing said

  • Military and al-Hashd al-Ashair forces kill 10 Islamic State would-be suicide bombers in Iraq's Anbar

    In Abu Jir, Anbar province, the Iraqi Army and al-Hashd al-Ashair from al-Wafaa killed 10 Islamic State would-be suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate the area.

  • North Korean hackers reportedly stole US-South Korean war plans

    North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen a large amount of classified military documents in 2016, including the latest South Korean-US wartime operational plan, according to the Yonhap news agency. Citing information from unnamed defence officials, Lee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker

  • Security forces capture and destroy a weapons cache in Iraq's Diyala

    In al-Ait, near Khan Bani Saad, Diyala province, the Iraqi Security Forces captured and destroyed a weapons cache that included two suicide bomb belts, four 155mm artillery rockets and six improvised explosive device (IEDs).

  • South African military looking at evolving threats

    The South Africa’s Department of Defence (DoD) recently released Annual Performance Plan document for 2017 indicates that more will be expected of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to meet the evolving strategic challenges at a time when funding continues to decrease in real

  • Take up Russia’s peace plan for Ukraine but with major changes, say diplomats

    Condemning the EU’s “complete absence” on issues related to Ukraine’s security, some officials – including NATO’s former secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen – say the transatlantic community should take up Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent

  • Top USS McCain officers relieved

    The commanding officer and executive officer of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain (DDG 56), Commander Alfredo J Sanchez and Commander Jessie L Sanchez respectively, were relieved of their duties by Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer, commander of the Seventh Fleet, on 11 October,

  • USAF further increases use of air power in Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) stepped up the use of air power in Afghanistan in September, releasing more ordnance than in any other month over the past seven years, according to recently released data by US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). The data shows that USAF aircraft released a total of 751

  • AUSA 2017: 3-D printing increasingly promising for easing some logistics burdens

    The US Army is exploring new technologies to ease battlefield logistics and supply burdens, and 3-D printing and new power-generation methods appear to be potential solutions. The “biggest challenge we have on the tactical battlefield is logistics”, Donald Sando, deputy to the

  • AUSA 2017: Kestrel Eye to deploy in October

    The US Army is scheduled to deploy its testbed Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite from the International Space Station now in orbit around the Earth on 24 October, said Glen Cameron, president of Adcole Maryland Aerospace, the company that developed and built the spacecraft. The satellite,

  • AUSA 2017: Pentagon acquisition chief sees focus shift to sustainment

    The Pentagon will begin focusing more on overseeing sustainment work, compared with acquisition, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. Currently, the Pentagon focuses more resources overseeing acquisition contracting and related procedures, Lord

  • AUSA 2017: Pentagon culture stifles change, acquisition chief says

    The Department of Defense (DoD) and the military services have the legal capability to change the way they conduct acquisitions and run programmes, but are too often stifled by cultural inertia, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. A pervading

  • AUSA 2017: US defence security co-operation chief views speed as key to reform

    Key Points The head of the Pentagon’s security co-operation effort sees speed as the key to reform He also wants to improve communication so priorities are known up front The recently appointed head of the US defence security co-operation effort views reform as reducing the time it takes to

  • AUSA 2017: US military needs to improve software development, acquisition chief says

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) must do a better job developing software to keep pace with growing global threats, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. “We do not do software development well at all,” Lord said during an 11

  • USAF B-1Bs conduct first combined night-time training with JASDF, RoKAF fighters

    Two US Air Force (USAF) Boeing (Rockwell) B-1B Lancer strategic bombers conducted their first combined night-time training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) fighters on 9–10 October, according to a US Pacific Air Forces statement. The bombers

  • Al-Shabaab militants kill seven people in Somalia's Bari

    THREE police officers and four civilians were killed, and at least 13 others were wounded by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants during an attack on a checkpoint, and a subsequent ambush on police officers who mobilised to help their colleagues, in Boosaaso in Somalia's Bari region on 9

  • AUSA 2017: US Army gradually taking acquisition control for certain programmes from OSD

    Key Points The US Army has taken acquisition authority from OSD for 5 of 10 programmes The services taking acquisition authority for programmes could improve fielding speed The US Army is gradually starting to take more acquisition control for certain programmes from the Office of the Secretary

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