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  • 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,

  • Airbus expects international Lakota sales in wake of US Army buy

    The US Army's decision to purchase additional Airbus UH-72A Lakota helicopters and to put them at the centre of its training mission raises the potential for international sales, according to the company's top official in the United States. Airbus sees an opportunity to sell hundreds of Lakotas

  • Putin outlines future military developments in Crimea and Arctic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin set out development plans for the country's armed forces this year during a multi-service senior promotion ceremony on 28 March. Putin also stated that there is a pressing need to modernise military infrastructures in Crimea and to form new Interior Ministry and

  • Country Risk Watch - April 2014

    Security crackdown will not stop anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela University students and civil society groups are likely to continue staging anti-government protests and roadblocks in Venezuela, despite incumbent president Nicolás Maduro's calls for dialogue. The protests, which Maduro has

  • Chinese marines get first taste of cold weather training

    About 3,000 troops belonging to the People's Liberation Army Navy Marines (PLANM) were deployed together with their heavy equipment and vehicles to a training base in Inner Mongolia for winter warfare training, state media reported in late February. It was the first time a PLANM brigade had been

  • Spanish Army helicopters conduct first ever landing on US warship

    Spanish Army helicopters have landed on board a US warship for the first time, in an exercise on board USS Gunston Hall . The 16,195 tonne full load Whidbey Island-class landing ship dock (LSD) vessel was transiting the Strait of Gibraltar when the compatibility exercise took place at the end of

  • Djibouti, China agree 'strategic partnership'

    Djibouti and China signed a "security and defence strategic partnership" agreement on 25 February, according to the Horn of Africa's Sabahi news service. Sabahi cited Djiboutian Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh as saying he had signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart,

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

    Key Points Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12 A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades

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