Terrorism & Insurgency

    FEATURED REPORT

  • The rising influence of Russian special forces

    Increased defence spending under Russian president Vladimir Putin has led to a resurgence in the Spetsnaz special forces. Mark Galeotti explains how these elite forces work and why they are at the forefront of Moscow's new non-linear military doctrine.
  • The Islamic State's European Fighters

    Nearly 4,000 foreign fighters from European countries have travelled to Syria during the past two years, joining groups such as the Islamic State, raising concerns among Western governments that the organisation could use such individuals to attack targets in their home countries, according to analysis from IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security.
  • Boko Haram's control grows in run-up to election

    As Nigeria's general election approaches, Boko Haram's expansion in the northeast shows how ill-prepared the country's security forces remain. Atta Barkindo examines three security scenarios that could emerge and their potential impact on the 2015 poll.
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  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • Battle Control System

    Type Air and missile defence command-and-control (C2) system Development The BCS programme is a series of US Air Force (USAF) spiral development/evolutionary acquisition contracts. Spiral 1 was initiated as an urgent need in response to the terrorist attacks in September 2001 and was intended to

  • SeaBat 7123

    Type Triple-frequency forward-looking sonar. Description SeaBat 7123 is an advanced, commercial off-the-shelf-based high-resolution sonar with both military and commercial applications. Military uses include mine countermeasures (MCM) and waterside security applications, and require a special

  • Galileo/GIOVE (Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element)

    Current status The first GIOVE satellite was launched on 28 December 2005, followed by GIOVE-B on 26 April 2008. GIOVE-A was retired in June 2012. GIOVE-B operations ended on 23 July 2012. The first two In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites were launched by Soyuz-ST on 21 October 2011. They were

  • IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVES

    Improvised or 'Home-Made' Explosives (sometimes abbreviated to HME) tend to be used in improvised explosive devices (IEDs) when military or commercial explosives are unavailable, but they are also found in larger devices or applications where the use of manufactured explosive is considered wasteful,

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