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  • IntelWatch – November/December 2017

    Flynn admits lying to the FBI as Mueller probe draws closer to White House On 1 December, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) relating to his contacts with then Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn

  • Japan, UK agree to strengthen bilateral defence ties

    The governments of Japan and the United Kingdom agreed to deepen bilateral defence ties during their third foreign and defence ministerial meeting, which was held at Greenwich Naval College in London on 14 December. The two countries agreed on a 3-year defence co-operation plan, which will

  • Jordan receives last of 15 ex-Dutch F-16s

    Jordan has now received all 15 of the F-16 multirole fighters that it has bought from the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on 14 December that the final three F-16s flew out from Volkel Air Base for Jordan’s Al-Azraq Air Base earlier that day. The first six left on 25

  • New Czech prime minister wants to deploy troops to Libya

    Recently appointed Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has declared his intention to deploy Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) personnel to Libya. This is part of a unilateral effort announced on 13 December to help curb the flow of illegal migrants from the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa into the

  • Ready and lethal: USN seeks to fix the fleet while boosting surface warfare power

    USN surface fleet leaders warned more than three years ago that the service was heading for disaster if it did not address readiness, training, and other shortfalls in seagoing fundamentals. Now, after a spate of accidents, navy secretary Richard Spencer says the USN must address those issues while

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  • North Korea releases launch images of Hwaseong-15 ICBM

    North Korea has released images of its 29 November test-launch of a Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which Pyongyang claims is capable of striking anywhere in the United States. The land-based ICBM, which was launched on a high trajectory from the vicinity of Pyongsong in