• Pentagon budget 2018: DoD's discretionary funding boost focused on personnel

    President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) discretionary US Department of Defense (DoD) budget request for USD639.1 billion represents about a 8.9% increase over FY 2017's USD586.7 billion appropriation and boosts 'readiness' funding by 9.2%. The FY 2018 defence budget request includes

  • ARGO stresses J8 Atlas UGV in US, Canadian trials

    ARGO XTR has delivered a number of its J8 Atlas Xtreme Terrain Robot (XTR) platforms to Canada and the United States for evaluation. In early March the company was awarded a CAD1 million (USD735,000) contract from Public Services and Procurement Canada for three J8 Atlas XTRs for evaluation, and

  • Russia announces plans for two more spy ships

    A total of four Project 18280 intelligence collection vessels will be built and put into Russian naval service by 2025, according to the head of Russian naval shipbuilding. Speaking at the launch of the second-in-class Ivan Khurs at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St Petersburg on 16 May, Captain

  • Turkey to be 'elephant in the room' at NATO summit

    Key Points Turkey's political direction is causing a major headache for NATO The purging of thousands of Turkish officers is damaging the TSK's connections with the alliance When Turkey and its 27 NATO allies gather in Brussels for their first summit meeting with US president Donald Trump on 25

  • North Korea fires ballistic missile that reaches 2,000 km altitude

    North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on 14 May that reached an altitude of over 2,000 km (1,243 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea), in what seems to have been the longest-range missile tested by Pyongyang to date. The missile was fired in an

  • Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

    Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential Since 2010, US

  • New liberal South Korean president likely to improve relations with North Korea through diplomatic and economic measures

    EVENT South Korea elected Moon Jae-in as president on 9 May, and on 10 May he was inaugurated because of the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye. Moon was able to harness the backlash against the conservatives following the corruption scandal and Park's impeachment to win 41.08% of the

  • US, South Korean forces practise countering North Korean maritime special forces

    US Army aviation units are working with South Korean forces on how to best counter threats posed by North Korean maritime special operations forces (SOFs) and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), according to a report by the US Army News Service on 3 May. "In South Korea, the United States

  • Imagery shows new activity at North Korea's missile test stand at Sinpo

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery of North Korea's Sinpo South Shipyard indicates new activity at the facility's missile test stand, according to a report published on 4 May by the 38 North website. Captured on 29 April, the images show a heavy-lift crane with its stabiliser legs deployed

  • Russian MoD dismisses Syrian sarin munition identification

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has dismissed the implication that the Syrian air force used a Russian-made KhAB-250 sarin bomb in the sarin attack that killed and injured hundreds of people in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April. Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on 1 May stating that munition

  • Pyongyang issues rare warning to Beijing over Chinese media criticism of North Korea's nuclear programme

    North Korea has issued a rare warning to China over criticism carried by Chinese state-owned media of Pyongyang's development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. A commentary published by the state-run Korean Central News

  • Election of 'revolutionary' candidate would call into question Iran's commitment to nuclear agreement and increases war risks

    Key Points The election is increasingly defined by Iran's revolutionaries as having existential significance for Iran's system of governance and policy direction, and uniting Iran's ascendant power centres against incumbent president Hassan Rouhani. Should the revolutionaries unite behind a single

  • North Korea vows to bolster nuclear deterrence 'to the maximum'

    A North Korean foreign ministry official has said that his country will bolster its nuclear deterrence capabilities "to the maximum" as tensions mount on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. "Now that the US is kicking up the

  • France releases Syrian sarin attack report

    France released a declassified intelligence assessment on 26 April that accused the Syrian military of using the nerve agent sarin against the town of Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, but did not explain how the attack was carried out. The report said France had independently obtained samples from Khan

  • US military begins moving THAAD components to South Korean deployment site

    The United States military began moving key components of a battery of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea amid protests from residents and criticism from China. Local media reports showed images of a M1088-series Family of Medium Tactical

  • OPCW confirms sarin used in Syrian attack

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that a sarin or a sarin-like nerve agent was used in the attack that killed and injured hundreds of people in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, but Russia continues to defend its Syrian allies. The OPCW made

  • Failed North Korean missile launch indicative of rising interstate war risks on Korean peninsula

    EVENT On 15 April, the North Korean government held a military parade featuring a large number of missile weapons systems to celebrate the 105th anniversary of founder Kim Il-sung's birth. One of the main features of this year's parade was the unprecedented range of new missile types on display,

  • US mulls relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism

    US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said his country is considering relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in a bid to pressure Pyongyang to re-engage with Washington and ultimately give up its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes. Asked by reporters about the issue on

  • NRL seeks more capability for CT-Analyst

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is looking to add more features to its CT-Analyst real-time 3-D model that tracks how hazardous airborne plumes might disperse in an urban setting. Features could include adding more data about the character of a chemical, biological, or radiological release.

  • US DoD begins nuclear review with eye on Russia

    The Pentagon has begun its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) as a host of modernisation programmes are all set to soon begin, and questions about Russian missiles and doctrine loom. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 17 April "directed the commencement of the

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