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  • Bolivia establishes new air defence command

    Bolivia officially established its new Airspace Security and Defence Command with the swearing in of Air Force General Melvin Arteaga Aguada as the organisation's commander on 17 October, according to a Bolivian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement. The command was stood up to enforce Bolivia's

  • IDF expands Kfir brigade's role

    The 900th Kfir Brigade has recently been reassigned from the 162nd Armoured Division to the 340th Division: a move that will see the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF's) youngest formation shift away from territorial security activities to become an all-purpose, multi-arena brigade. The infantry brigade

  • Most US force re-locations in South Korea to continue despite OPCON transfer delay

    US and South Korean defence leaders announced that the transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) from the US to Republic of Korea (RoK) armed forces would be again delayed, but indicated that most US force relocation efforts are to continue. South Korean Minister of National Defense Han

  • US transfer of wartime control to South Korea delayed again

    US and South Korean defence officials announced on 23 October that they will once again delay the transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) from the US to Republic of Korea (RoK) armed forces. South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

  • Finnish government considers political response to Russian Baltic naval activity

    Russian warships are understood to have twice recently come close to a Finnish marine research ship operating in the Baltic Sea. The research vessel Aranda was understood to be in international waters during the incidents, which have prompted senior Finnish officials to consider making a political

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  • Central Asia braces for fall-out from ISAF withdrawal

    Key Points The Central Asian states are bracing themselves for an increase in terrorist and criminal activity in the wake of the upcoming ISAF drawdown in Afghanistan NATO's poor current relations with Russia has hamstrung any co-operation on counter-narcotics efforts in the region The Central

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  • Swiss Arms GLG40 40 mm grenade launcher

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