• 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

  • Subsurface overhaul: India’s submarine modernisation inches forward

    Against a challenging backdrop, the Indian Navy is in the process of reshaping its depleted submarine fleet into a larger, more modern, and more capable force. Alex Pape reports on progress to date On 14 December 2017, the Indian Navy (IN) commissioned into service the first of its new Scorpene

  • US Air Force officer seeks space launch range infrastructure improvements at Vandenberg

    Key Points A key USAF officer seeks launch range infrastructure improvements at Vandenberg He wants the service to attract and embrace commercial launch companies, which move quickly The US Air Force (USAF) needs to improve its power grid and communications infrastructure of the space launch

  • USMC, ONR conduct final autonomously operated UH-1 demonstration

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) capped off its Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) programme demonstration on 13 December by autonomously operating a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter in a series of mission scenarios at USMC base in Quantico, Virginia.

  • PLAAF sends fighters, bombers on ‘regular patrol exercise’ around Taiwan

    China’s People Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) on 11 December sent several aircraft on what it referred to as a “regular patrol exercise” over two strategic waterways near Taiwan. PLAAF spokesperson Senior Colonel Shen Jinke was quoted by Chinese media as saying that the

  • DRC attack highlights MONUSCO capability gaps

    More needs to be done to improve the UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (MONUSCO’s) intelligence and rapid reaction capabilities, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN’s under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, said in the wake of the most lethal

  • Turkish special forces receive loitering munitions

    Turkey’s special forces have received a first batch of loitering munitions, Jane's has learned at the Gulf Defence & Aerospace exhibition in Kuwait City. The two types of loitering munitions, both developed by the country’s STM, were delivered two months ago for training purposes.

  • USAF looks to industry to take on Pacer Classic III upgrade to Talon jet trainers

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a solicitation to industry regarding the ongoing Pacer Classic (PC) III upgrade programme for its Northrop T-38 Talon advanced jet trainer aircraft. The request for information (RFI) posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website on 11 December

  • Trump enacts FY 2018 defence authorisation legislation

    The fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) National Defense Authorization Act has been signed into law, boosting the US military’s size, adding strategic missile defence requirements, changing rules for buying commercial off-the-shelf goods, and more. The legislation, signed on 12 December by President

  • USN official outlines new training concept

    The US Navy (USN) has an urgent requirement to improve the way it trains and increase the pace of technology development and adoption, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Bill Moran noted during a briefing at the Interservice/Industry Training and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). To meet this

  • US, Japan, South Korea to hold anti-missile drill

    The United States, Japan, and South Korea will hold a two-day anti-missile drill starting on 11 December amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The Ministry of Defense in Tokyo said in a statement that the exercise – the sixth of

  • US Army activates second Security Force Assistance Brigade

    The US Army has activated its second Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) for training and advising foreign military forces, as the concept becomes clearer. This SFAB, the second of a six planned units, is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The first was established at Fort Benning in

  • US Army reserve components boost driver training

    Two driver training systems developed for the US Army National Guard (ANG) and Army Reserve (USAR) have been showcased at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando. Wegmann USA presented its Stryker Driver Trainer (SDT), which is a

  • NATO centre draws up social media exploitation goals

    The NATO Centre of Excellence-Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) is set to publish a ‘hit list’ of suggestions to further exploit the use of social media in the contemporary operating environment, service officials have disclosed. The findings, which stem from a workshop held in

  • Monitoring militant activity online – November/December 2017

    Global Islamic State video foreshadows shift On 29 November, the Islamic State’s official propaganda channel on Telegram published a sequel to the group’s Al-Hayat Media Center’s 2014 video, ‘Flames of War’. It received an unusually enthusiastic reception among Islamic

  • Security alerts 8–15 December

    Americas Argentina WATCH FOR: Roadblocks and protest march by left-wing activists disrupting traffic in Buenos Aires in the week ahead Risk analysis: On 5 December, members of left-wing activist group Polo Obrero and other social organisations set up tents and roadblocks outside the Ministry of

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