• China calls for 'thorough discussion' on NSG following Pakistan's membership bid

    China has called for a "thorough discussion" on whether countries that have not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) can join the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). "The group is still discussing accession of non-signatories and major differences persist,"

  • China and Russia take aim at THAAD with hypersonic programmes

    South Korea's planned deployment of the Lockheed Martin Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system has spurred both China and Russia to accelerate their hypersonic vehicle test programmes. According to US news reporting based on leaks from the Pentagon, China conducted a seventh flight test

  • USAF-USN report outlines potential commonality for strategic missile upgrades

    Key Points The Pentagon is studying potential commonality in ICBM and SLBM recapitalisation Increasingly constrained budgets are driving the department to seek efficiency The US Air Force (USAF) and the US Navy (USN) are studying ways to collaborate on technology for their next-generation

  • Security Alerts 22-29 April

    Americas Ecuador WATCH FOR: Travel disruption in coastal areas including commercial ports of Guayaquil and Manta following earthquake Risk analysis: On 17 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the coastline of Ecuador, killing over 400 people and causing several billion US dollars' worth of

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 19 April 2016

    Americas Brazil - 18 April 2016: In São Paulo, groups supporting President Dilma Rousseff said they were planning large demonstrations on 1 May against efforts to impeach her. Chile - 16 April 2016: In Cañete, BioBio region, a group of 10 masked people set fire to a lorry and an

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  • B-52s complete exercise 'Eager Lion'

    Two US Air Force (USAF) Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana have returned to the base from the 'Eager Lion' exercise in Jordan, according to the USAF. The exercise on 15-24 May involved about 10,000 military personnel from the