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  • Update: USN, USMC project future munitions shortages

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) may face future munitions shortfalls in the next five years, service leaders told Congress on 10 March. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said the USN has ample supplies for current operations, but is projected to "have

  • US military in discussions for placing equipment 'activity sets' in Asia

    The US military is discussing the use of pre-positioned equipment 'activity sets' in the Pacific region, according to US Army Pacific (ARPAC) commander general Vincent Brooks. The United States keeps bases and equipment in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington state, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam, but

  • Lithuania to reintroduce conscription

    Key Points The Lithuanian State Defence Council has called for a reintroduction of conscription as a result of the Ukraine crisis The move will reverse a 2008 decision to abandon conscription and will see Lithuania's armed forces increase by 45% in size Lithuania is looking to reintroduce

  • NATO's new Readiness Action Plan leaves Europe's southern flanks vulnerable

    Key Points NATO's RAP has focused on responding to the emergent threat of Russia to its east As a result it has neglected to deal adequately with the threat from instability to the south in the Middle East and North Africa If carried through as envisioned, NATO's new Readiness Action Plan (RAP)

  • Jordan breaks silence on airstrikes after death of pilot

    Emboldened by the death of one of their pilots at the hands of the Islamic State, the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) acknowledged for the first time on 5 February that Jordan had carried out airstrikes against the militant group. Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh was captured after ejecting from his F-16

  • India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • Obama to seek Congress' blessing in campaign against Islamic State

    The White House will ask Congress for a new authorisation for the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, US president Barack Obama said during his annual State of the Union address. "Tonight I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this

  • Turkey frustrated at European reluctance for deeper defence co-operation

    Turkey's desire to foster stronger links with the European defence establishment is being frustrated by an apparent reluctance from the European Union (EU) to fully engage with the country, a senior government official said on 2 December. Speaking at the 13th annual Berlin Security Conference (BSC)

  • Russia activates new Arctic Joint Strategic Command

    Russia's new Arctic Joint Strategic Command became operational on 1 December, Northern Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Korolev has announced. The new command, based on the Northern Fleet and headquartered at Severomorsk, will acquire military, naval surface and strategic nuclear subsurface, air

  • Canberra confirms Russian ships transiting north of Australia ahead of G20 summit

    Australian ships and aircraft are tracking four Russian naval vessels that are transiting north of Australia in an apparent show of strength prior to the opening of the G20 summit in Brisbane on 14 November. Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) said in a statement on 12 November that the

  • France completes Operation Tudelle in northern Mali

    France completed its Operation 'Tudelle' in Mali's Ifoghas mountains, 500 km north of Gao and close to the Algerian border in early November. The operation saw a shift in both jihadist and French military tactics, while behind the scenes all the indications are that France's military involvement in

  • US military decreasing Ebola response force size

    The US military has determined it can send fewer personnel to Liberia to aid in treating a West African Ebola outbreak after officials determined the virus is spreading slower and local assistance capacity is better. Operation 'Unified Assistance' is likely to now only include 3,000 US troops

  • Analysis: How the RAF will target IS

    The introduction of RAF Tornado aircraft in a strike role will provide the coalition with an enhanced capability to engage moving targets through the use of MBDA’s Dual Mode Brimstone (DMB) missile. DMB features both Semi-Active Laser (SAL) and MMW radar guidance, providing a greater ability

  • Mountain problem - Religiously motivated violence in Tunisia

    Key Points Factionalisation among Tunisian Salafists heightens the risk that some will start to support attacks inside the country. The return of Tunisian foreign fighters from Syria, Iraq, and Libya, where they receive combat expertise and training, is the primary domestic security concern. So

  • Options for the evolution of NATO

    NATO is facing considerable uncertainty, challenges, and significant changes in 2014. The alliance is drawing down in Afghanistan after 12 years of operations, gearing up to meet the challenges posed by a resurgent Russia, and dealing with the implications of an increasingly disparate and

  • USAF strategy seeks more 'agile' acquisitions

    Key Points USAF wants to build 'modularity' and 'open architectures' into new equipment development efforts from their inception. The new Joint STARS and combat aircraft trainer programmes will likely be test cases for the new methodology. The US Air Force (USAF) wants to create a more

  • Update: Japan delays C-2 service entry after door issue in testing

    Japan is delaying the introduction into service of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft to investigate why a door broke during pressurisation testing in January. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July that it had decided to postpone the introduction of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft

  • Taliban on the offensive in Helmand

    Afghan Taliban insurgents have launched repeated attacks on security force checkpoints in northern Helmand after massing in the Sangin area, according to local officials. Large numbers of police officers have been killed and thousands of residents have left their homes as a result of the attacks,

  • South African Badger evaluation going well, says Denel

    The Badger infantry combat vehicle developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army is now undergoing test and evaluation by the Joint Project Team (JPT) and engineers from the defence acquisition agency Armscor. According to Denel Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger, the programme is

  • Analysis: Why has the Iraqi army struggled to counter ISIL advance?

    As ISIL militants seize Iraqi cities at an unprecedented pace, Iraqi Army (IA) divisions have disintegrated across the northern provinces. ISIL is now reported to have operational presence in large areas of the provinces of Ninawa, including its capital Mosul and one of Iraq’s largest cities,

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