• Pentagon budget 2019: US Army to ‘pure fleet’ Javelin Block I capability

    The US Army has requested USD161.4 million in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) to convert 969 Javelin Block 0 Command Launch Units (CLUs) to the newer Block 1 configuration. The CLU upgrades will be for Javelin systems deployed with armoured brigade combat teams (ABCTs) – these are the only

  • British Army unveils Sky Sabre air defence system

    The British Army unveiled the major components of its Sky Sabre air defence system at a customer engagement event on 5 February. The event, hosted by 16 Regiment Royal Artillery at its home base at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island in West Sussex, brought together for the first time in a public forum

  • North Korea likely to conduct more missiles tests in 2018, says US intelligence chief

    US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats has warned that time is running out for the United States to act on the growing threat posed by the North Korea’s development of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), particularly as the Northeast Asian country is likely to conduct more

  • China criticises US Nuclear Posture Review

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has criticised the US government’s recently published Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) for “playing up” the threat posed by China’s nuclear weapon programme. "China has always adopted a restrained attitude towards the

  • Nuclear Posture Review calls for modernised command and control system

    Key Points The new Nuclear Posture Review calls for modernisation of the US NC3 system This is the system that facilitates the deployment of nuclear weapons in a crisis The United States’ 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) released on 2 February calls for the nation to strengthen and


  • Moscow and Washington deadlocked over nuclear arms control

    As Russia and the United States meet the limits agreed by the New START treaty, the shared approach to arms control adopted during the past 50 years is unravelling. Richard Weitz examines the differing attitudes towards the composition of strategic arsenals and the prospect for further arms reductions
  • North Korean ELWR makes progress towards operations

    North Korea has made progress in late 2017 on its experimental light water reactor at Yongbyon. Allison Puccioni and Elliot Serbin demonstrate how multiple intelligence sources can produce a better understanding of the reactor’s operations.
  • North Korea bargains with nuclear diplomacy

    The pace and rhetoric of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes have shifted the uneasy status quo of security in Northeast Asia. Karl Dewey and Alison Evans examine Pyongyang’s strategy amid rising regional tensions. Robert Kelley and Markus Schiller examine North Korea’s ‘H-bomb’ claims
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  • Israel, Iran, and Turkey suffer air losses over Syria

    Israel, Iran, and Turkey all lost aircraft on 10 February in an apparent escalation of the conflicts involving Syria and its neighbours. An Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-16I Sufa fighter came down in Israel after being hit by a Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM), a Turkish Army Aviation Command T129