• South Korean JCS plan to expand WMD response centre as part of wartime OPCON transfer

    As part of the planned transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) of South Korean troops from the United States, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in Seoul are looking to expand and reorganise the South Korean military's centre into a strategic command that responds to threats from weapons of

  • Turkey could look for new partner if Russia does not transfer S-400 technology

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said Turkey could sign an agreement with another country if Russia refuses to transfer technology on S-400 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems in the medium and long term. However, he also confirmed in an interview with Turkey’s

  • US, South Korea to hold joint naval exercises amid heightened tensions with North Korea

    Vessels from the US Navy (USN) and the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) will conduct the joint “Maritime Counter Special Operations” exercise from 16–26 October, amid heightened tensions in the region over North Korea’s development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic

  • Chad withdraws troops from Niger

    Chad has withdrawn hundreds of soldiers from neighbouring Niger since late September, Reuters cited officials and humanitarian sources as saying on 12 October. Reuters said no reason has been given for the withdrawal, but noted it came after the US government announced on 24 September that it had

  • Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines launch co-ordinated air patrols over tri-border maritime region

    Key Points A co-ordinated air patrol regime involving military assets of three countries has been launched Initiative is established against efforts by Islamic state to form a stronger presence in the Southern Philippines Amid threats posed by returning Islamic State fighters from the Middle East

  • Nigerian Navy to enforce ban on embarked security teams

    The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) shipping association informed its members on 11 October that the Nigerian Navy intends to enforce a ban on non-naval personnel carrying weapons in Nigerian waters, a rule that applies to other government forces, as well as private security teams

  • US Navy quietly releases MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refueller RFP

    Key Points The US Navy released its final RFP for its MQ-29 Stingray UAV aerial refueler This formally kicks off the acquisition process and, eventually, a contract award The US Navy (USN) released its MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) final request for proposal (RFP) to

  • Serbia to modernise air defence system

    Serbia will upgrade its air defences, the acting assistant minister for material resources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. Nenad Miloradovic told local TV station Pink on 8 October that short-range air defence systems would be modernised by local companies, while existing Neva fixed and

  • AUSA 2017: US Army mulls new short-range air defence solutions

    The US Army is exploring options to improve its dwindling short-range air defence (SHORAD) capabilities, and is looking at near-term options as well as replacing its legacy Humvee-based Avenger Air Defense Systems. To explore some possible industry-developed solutions, the army in September 2017

  • China lodges complaint over US FONOP in South China Sea

    China has said that it lodged stern representations with the United States over what it claimed was a recent incursion by a US Navy (USN) destroyer into Chinese territorial waters near the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea (SCS). The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing said

  • North Korean hackers reportedly stole US-South Korean war plans

    North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen a large amount of classified military documents in 2016, including the latest South Korean-US wartime operational plan, according to the Yonhap news agency. Citing information from unnamed defence officials, Lee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker

  • Top USS McCain officers relieved

    The commanding officer and executive officer of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain (DDG 56), Commander Alfredo J Sanchez and Commander Jessie L Sanchez respectively, were relieved of their duties by Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer, commander of the Seventh Fleet, on 11 October,

  • USAF further increases use of air power in Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) stepped up the use of air power in Afghanistan in September, releasing more ordnance than in any other month over the past seven years, according to recently released data by US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). The data shows that USAF aircraft released a total of 751

  • AUSA 2017: 3-D printing increasingly promising for easing some logistics burdens

    The US Army is exploring new technologies to ease battlefield logistics and supply burdens, and 3-D printing and new power-generation methods appear to be potential solutions. The “biggest challenge we have on the tactical battlefield is logistics”, Donald Sando, deputy to the

  • AUSA 2017: Kestrel Eye to deploy in October

    The US Army is scheduled to deploy its testbed Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite from the International Space Station now in orbit around the Earth on 24 October, said Glen Cameron, president of Adcole Maryland Aerospace, the company that developed and built the spacecraft. The satellite,

  • AUSA 2017: Pentagon acquisition chief sees focus shift to sustainment

    The Pentagon will begin focusing more on overseeing sustainment work, compared with acquisition, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. Currently, the Pentagon focuses more resources overseeing acquisition contracting and related procedures, Lord

  • AUSA 2017: Pentagon culture stifles change, acquisition chief says

    The Department of Defense (DoD) and the military services have the legal capability to change the way they conduct acquisitions and run programmes, but are too often stifled by cultural inertia, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. A pervading

  • AUSA 2017: US defence security co-operation chief views speed as key to reform

    Key Points The head of the Pentagon’s security co-operation effort sees speed as the key to reform He also wants to improve communication so priorities are known up front The recently appointed head of the US defence security co-operation effort views reform as reducing the time it takes to

  • AUSA 2017: US military needs to improve software development, acquisition chief says

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) must do a better job developing software to keep pace with growing global threats, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. “We do not do software development well at all,” Lord said during an 11

  • USAF B-1Bs conduct first combined night-time training with JASDF, RoKAF fighters

    Two US Air Force (USAF) Boeing (Rockwell) B-1B Lancer strategic bombers conducted their first combined night-time training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) fighters on 9–10 October, according to a US Pacific Air Forces statement. The bombers

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