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  • Syrian ceasefire breaks down

    A two-week-old Syrian ceasefire deal appeared to collapse on 22 September with the launching of a major offensive by Syrian government troops around the city of Aleppo. The offensive, across several districts of the northern Syrian city, was backed by Russian and Syrian fixed-wing strike aircraft,

  • Budget constraint prompts Brazilian Air Force staff reduction plan

    Restrictions in the Brazilian defence budget have led to the introduction of a plan to cut air force officer numbers by 25% over 20 years, the commander of the service Lieutenant Brigadier Nivaldo Luiz Rossato revealed on 22 September. The proposal comes as part of a major programme of

  • First Japanese F-35A presented at rollout ceremony

    Senior Japanese and US officials on 23 September celebrated the rollout of the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft at the company's Forth Worth, Texas, production facility. The ceremony was attended by more than 400 government, military, and

  • Jordan negotiates internal and external threats

    Key Points Jordan is facing an increased threat of terrorism from the Islamic State following military pressure on the militant group's territory in Iraq. Refugees from the Syrian conflict have significantly increased security and economic burdens on the Jordanian government. Jordan will manage

  • Mexico seeks to maintain F-5 fighter fleet

    The Mexican Air Force (FAM) plans to continue operating the Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II for the foreseeable future, and hopes to modernise the fleet and increase its availability. A FAM source told IHS Jane's the current F-5 fleet of 10 aircraft comprises only seven planes, including two twin-seat


  • Evolution by increments

    The US Army is, for the most part, moving cautiously ahead with a variety of modernisation plans to upgrade and evolve its equipment and structures. Daniel Wasserbly reports
  • Face off: East-West relations

    Russia's improving A2/AD and hybrid warfare capabilities are asking new questions of NATO's maritime forces. Richard Scott reports on how this Russian resurgence is spurring new thinking
  • Russia increases use of Ukraine cyber proxies

    Russia's cyber operations in Ukraine are increasingly dependent on criminal proxies. Lincoln Pigman examines what this means for cyber security in Ukraine and beyond.
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