• Australia seeks comment on new defence export laws

    The Australian Department of Defence released a draft copy of proposed amendments to the country's Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 on 17 December, with the government seeking industry comments on the proposed changes throughout January. A key proposed change to the act will see approval for the

  • Direct US-Iran meeting indicates willingness to extend nuclear talks, most likely to result in partial agreement

    EVENT A direct meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif on 23 November - the first such encounter since 1978 - indicated political will on both sides to continue negotiating despite the 24 November deadline for the extension of the January 2014

  • Mortar attack targets power station in Iraq's Kirkuk

    ISLAMIC State militants fired a number of mortar shells targeting the Taza power station, 20 km south of the city of Kirkuk, in Iraq's Kirkuk province on 18 November, NINA reported. No casualties or damage were reported.

  • Pentagon launches nuclear enterprise reform measures

    Key Points DoD to invest billions in the US nuclear enterprise over the next five years The investments are part of an effort to ensure the continued safety and effectiveness of strategic deterrent forces US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced on 14 November that the Department of Defense

  • Russia exercises its strategic nuclear 'triad'

    Since 28 October Moscow has tested and exercised all three components of its nuclear arsenal, including the firing of submarine-launched and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (SLBMs and ICBMs) as well as extensive long-range strategic bomber sorties. The Russian Defence Ministry


  • Annual Defence Report 2014: the Americas

    The US military is re-engaging in Iraq despite its pivot to Asia and continuing budgetary difficulties, while Canadian efforts to support Washington against the Islamic State have also highlighted issues of funding and capability shortfalls. Meanwhile, the main role of Latin American militaries remains supporting the region's police forces.
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Europe

    War. Crisis. Invasion. Insurrection. Annexation. Return of the Cold War. Not words many on New Year's Eve 2013 would have predicted being used to describe the year ahead for Europe, but the reality it was dealt nonetheless.
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Asia-Pacific

    The drawdown in Afghanistan, a change of government in India, and maritime convulsions in the East and South China seas made 2014 a year of flux for the Asia-Pacific region.
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  • Ukraine in new push for NATO membership

    Ukraine aims to get NATO membership "as quickly as conditions permit", according to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. "And I would do that tomorrow if it was at all possible." Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference after his meeting with NATO Secretary
  • NATO extends enhanced Baltic air policing until end of 2015 at least

    NATO is to continue its enhanced Baltic Air Policing Mission for at least another year, a senior Estonian Air Force officer said on 17 December. Speaking at Amari Airbase, which is currently hosting four German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighters assigned to the NATO mission, the station commander Lieutenant Colonel Rauno Sirk said that the base had already been earmarked to host further deployments through to at least the end of 2015.


  • Chang'e series

    Current status Chang'e-1 was launched on 24 October 2007 and arrived in its operational orbit around the Moon on 7 November. It impacted the Moon on 1 March 2009 after a 16-month mission. Chang'e-2 was moved out of lunar orbit on 9 June 2011 and relocated at the Earth-Moon L2 point, more than 1.5

  • Mars Express

    Current status Launched in June 2003, Mars Express continues to be operational, despite a permanent anomaly affecting the onboard solid-state mass memory system. The mission has been extended several times, and the latest extension is until December 2018, subject to confirmation in late 2016.

  • White Sands Missile Range

    Location: Background White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) was the first major US rocket firing site after the Second World War. The first V-2 flight from US territory took place on 16 January 1946 from White Sands, south of Route 70. It was also the site of the first atomic explosion on 16 July 1945;

  • AN/BQQ-10 (V5) ARCI

    Type ARCI (Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion) sonar enhancement programme for US Navy attack submarines (SSNs) Development ARCI is a sonar system upgrade that has been developed to integrate and improve towed, hull, and spherical sonar arrays and other ship sensor processing capability on all US Navy