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US Air Force chief supports tying F-35 buy to O&S cost constraints

by Pat Host

A USAF F-35A flies over the Toronto waterfront on 3 Sept 2021 during the 2021 Canadian International Air Show. Proposed US legislation would limit the total quantity of F-35s that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on O&S cost targets. (US Air Force)

The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total quantity of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on operations and sustainment (O&S) cost targets.

“The language from Congress is really in line with what we are trying to get done,” General Charles Brown, chief of staff of the USAF, said on 8 September during a conference sponsored by Defense News.

By 2036 the Pentagon services buying the F-35 face nearly USD6 billion in sustainment cost overruns that they project as unaffordable because of increasing sustainment expenditures. The draft fiscal year (FY) 2022 defence authorisation bill prevents each US armed service operating the F-35, starting on 1 October 2028, from maintaining more than either their programme of record or a number obtained by multiplying the programme of record by a cost-per-tail equation, whichever is less.

Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute think-tank in Washington, DC, told Janes on 10 September that if O&S costs rise for the F-35, the services will be forced to maintain lower overall JSF inventories below their respective programmes of record if this requirement is implemented.

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The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total qua...

US Air Force chief supports tying F-35 buy to O&S cost constraints

by Pat Host

A USAF F-35A flies over the Toronto waterfront on 3 Sept 2021 during the 2021 Canadian International Air Show. Proposed US legislation would limit the total quantity of F-35s that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on O&S cost targets. (US Air Force)

The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total quantity of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on operations and sustainment (O&S) cost targets.

“The language from Congress is really in line with what we are trying to get done,” General Charles Brown, chief of staff of the USAF, said on 8 September during a conference sponsored by Defense News.


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El Salvador aims to double size of military within five years

by Alejandro Sanchez

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has announced plans to double the size of the Salvadoran military by 2026, from 20,000 up to 40,000 troops, in a bid to improve internal security against criminal gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

“Starting today, we will double the size of the armed forces; every 15 days a new batch of soldiers will join,” Bukele wrote in a 19 July tweet. However, he did not specify how many troops per batch or to which units they will be assigned.

Elected in 2019, Bukele's presidential term will conclude in 2024, but according to his plans, the 40,000-mark will be achieved by 2026. The country's constitution does not permit consecutive presidential terms, although the Supreme Court passed a ruling in early September allowing Bukele to run again in three years.

Analysts interviewed by Janes expressed concern about the usefulness of this plan. Tiziano Breda, a Central America analyst at the International Crisis Group, explained that Bukele's government continues to “erroneously believe” that the maras (gangs) can be defeated by military means.


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DSEI 2021: Head of UK Strategic Command lays out new vision of military power

by Tim Ripley

Future battlefield advantage will not come from numerical supremacy in warships, fighter squadrons or soldiers but machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the Head of UK Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders.

Speaking at the DSEI defence exhibition in London on 14 September, Gen Sanders said that the adoption of these new technologies would give the British Armed Forces advantage in future conflicts. He described this technological revolution as being at the heart of the ‘Multi-Domain Integration' concept, as laid out in March's Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

“Fundamentally, the source of battlefield advantage will not come from platforms,” said Gen Sanders. “If we focus, as some commentary invariably does, on the number of grey hulls the navy has, the number of fighter squadrons in the [Royal Air Force] and the strength of the regular army, we will simply perpetuate a traditional, industrial age force that is costly, exquisite, and vulnerable to being defeated in detail.”


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Australia to bolster defence ties with India, South Korea

by Gabriel Dominguez

Australia has agreed to enhance defence and security co-operation with South Korea and India as part of a diplomatic push by Canberra to advance relationships with ‘close friends and strategic partners' in the Indo-Pacific region amid concerns about China's growing assertiveness in the region.

In the final leg of their three-country Asian tour for ‘2+2' meetings with their counterparts in India, Indonesia, and South Korea, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne met in Seoul with their South Korean counterparts Suh Wook and Chung Eui-yong.

During their 13 September meeting the two sides agreed to increase joint exercises, training, port calls, and aircraft visits to improve “interoperability, enhance mutual understanding, and build solid people-to-people links between the RoK Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force”, according to a joint statement.

Furthermore, the ministers recognised South Korea's inaugural participation in this year's ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise and expressed their intention to build upon this in future iterations of the exercise.


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US Air Force chief supports tying F-35 buy to O&S cost constraints

by Pat Host

A USAF F-35A flies over the Toronto waterfront on 3 Sept 2021 during the 2021 Canadian International Air Show. Proposed US legislation would limit the total quantity of F-35s that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on O&S cost targets. (US Air Force)

The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total quantity of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on operations and sustainment (O&S) cost targets.

“The language from Congress is really in line with what we are trying to get done,” General Charles Brown, chief of staff of the USAF, said on 8 September during a conference sponsored by Defense News.


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El Salvador aims to double size of military within five years

by Alejandro Sanchez

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has announced plans to double the size of the Salvadoran military by 2026, from 20,000 up to 40,000 troops, in a bid to improve internal security against criminal gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

“Starting today, we will double the size of the armed forces; every 15 days a new batch of soldiers will join,” Bukele wrote in a 19 July tweet. However, he did not specify how many troops per batch or to which units they will be assigned.

Elected in 2019, Bukele's presidential term will conclude in 2024, but according to his plans, the 40,000-mark will be achieved by 2026. The country's constitution does not permit consecutive presidential terms, although the Supreme Court passed a ruling in early September allowing Bukele to run again in three years.

Analysts interviewed by Janes expressed concern about the usefulness of this plan. Tiziano Breda, a Central America analyst at the International Crisis Group, explained that Bukele's government continues to “erroneously believe” that the maras (gangs) can be defeated by military means.


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DSEI 2021: Head of UK Strategic Command lays out new vision of military power

by Tim Ripley

Future battlefield advantage will not come from numerical supremacy in warships, fighter squadrons or soldiers but machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the Head of UK Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders.

Speaking at the DSEI defence exhibition in London on 14 September, Gen Sanders said that the adoption of these new technologies would give the British Armed Forces advantage in future conflicts. He described this technological revolution as being at the heart of the ‘Multi-Domain Integration' concept, as laid out in March's Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

“Fundamentally, the source of battlefield advantage will not come from platforms,” said Gen Sanders. “If we focus, as some commentary invariably does, on the number of grey hulls the navy has, the number of fighter squadrons in the [Royal Air Force] and the strength of the regular army, we will simply perpetuate a traditional, industrial age force that is costly, exquisite, and vulnerable to being defeated in detail.”


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Australia to bolster defence ties with India, South Korea

by Gabriel Dominguez

Australia has agreed to enhance defence and security co-operation with South Korea and India as part of a diplomatic push by Canberra to advance relationships with ‘close friends and strategic partners' in the Indo-Pacific region amid concerns about China's growing assertiveness in the region.

In the final leg of their three-country Asian tour for ‘2+2' meetings with their counterparts in India, Indonesia, and South Korea, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne met in Seoul with their South Korean counterparts Suh Wook and Chung Eui-yong.

During their 13 September meeting the two sides agreed to increase joint exercises, training, port calls, and aircraft visits to improve “interoperability, enhance mutual understanding, and build solid people-to-people links between the RoK Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force”, according to a joint statement.

Furthermore, the ministers recognised South Korea's inaugural participation in this year's ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise and expressed their intention to build upon this in future iterations of the exercise.


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The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total qua...

US Air Force chief supports tying F-35 buy to O&S cost constraints

by Pat Host

A USAF F-35A flies over the Toronto waterfront on 3 Sept 2021 during the 2021 Canadian International Air Show. Proposed US legislation would limit the total quantity of F-35s that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on O&S cost targets. (US Air Force)

The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total quantity of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on operations and sustainment (O&S) cost targets.

“The language from Congress is really in line with what we are trying to get done,” General Charles Brown, chief of staff of the USAF, said on 8 September during a conference sponsored by Defense News.


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El Salvador aims to double size of military within five years

by Alejandro Sanchez

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has announced plans to double the size of the Salvadoran military by 2026, from 20,000 up to 40,000 troops, in a bid to improve internal security against criminal gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

“Starting today, we will double the size of the armed forces; every 15 days a new batch of soldiers will join,” Bukele wrote in a 19 July tweet. However, he did not specify how many troops per batch or to which units they will be assigned.

Elected in 2019, Bukele's presidential term will conclude in 2024, but according to his plans, the 40,000-mark will be achieved by 2026. The country's constitution does not permit consecutive presidential terms, although the Supreme Court passed a ruling in early September allowing Bukele to run again in three years.

Analysts interviewed by Janes expressed concern about the usefulness of this plan. Tiziano Breda, a Central America analyst at the International Crisis Group, explained that Bukele's government continues to “erroneously believe” that the maras (gangs) can be defeated by military means.


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DSEI 2021: Head of UK Strategic Command lays out new vision of military power

by Tim Ripley

Future battlefield advantage will not come from numerical supremacy in warships, fighter squadrons or soldiers but machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the Head of UK Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders.

Speaking at the DSEI defence exhibition in London on 14 September, Gen Sanders said that the adoption of these new technologies would give the British Armed Forces advantage in future conflicts. He described this technological revolution as being at the heart of the ‘Multi-Domain Integration' concept, as laid out in March's Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

“Fundamentally, the source of battlefield advantage will not come from platforms,” said Gen Sanders. “If we focus, as some commentary invariably does, on the number of grey hulls the navy has, the number of fighter squadrons in the [Royal Air Force] and the strength of the regular army, we will simply perpetuate a traditional, industrial age force that is costly, exquisite, and vulnerable to being defeated in detail.”


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Australia to bolster defence ties with India, South Korea

by Gabriel Dominguez

Australia has agreed to enhance defence and security co-operation with South Korea and India as part of a diplomatic push by Canberra to advance relationships with ‘close friends and strategic partners' in the Indo-Pacific region amid concerns about China's growing assertiveness in the region.

In the final leg of their three-country Asian tour for ‘2+2' meetings with their counterparts in India, Indonesia, and South Korea, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne met in Seoul with their South Korean counterparts Suh Wook and Chung Eui-yong.

During their 13 September meeting the two sides agreed to increase joint exercises, training, port calls, and aircraft visits to improve “interoperability, enhance mutual understanding, and build solid people-to-people links between the RoK Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force”, according to a joint statement.

Furthermore, the ministers recognised South Korea's inaugural participation in this year's ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise and expressed their intention to build upon this in future iterations of the exercise.


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The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total qua...

US Air Force chief supports tying F-35 buy to O&S cost constraints

by Pat Host

A USAF F-35A flies over the Toronto waterfront on 3 Sept 2021 during the 2021 Canadian International Air Show. Proposed US legislation would limit the total quantity of F-35s that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on O&S cost targets. (US Air Force)

The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total quantity of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on operations and sustainment (O&S) cost targets.

“The language from Congress is really in line with what we are trying to get done,” General Charles Brown, chief of staff of the USAF, said on 8 September during a conference sponsored by Defense News.


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El Salvador aims to double size of military within five years

by Alejandro Sanchez

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has announced plans to double the size of the Salvadoran military by 2026, from 20,000 up to 40,000 troops, in a bid to improve internal security against criminal gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

“Starting today, we will double the size of the armed forces; every 15 days a new batch of soldiers will join,” Bukele wrote in a 19 July tweet. However, he did not specify how many troops per batch or to which units they will be assigned.

Elected in 2019, Bukele's presidential term will conclude in 2024, but according to his plans, the 40,000-mark will be achieved by 2026. The country's constitution does not permit consecutive presidential terms, although the Supreme Court passed a ruling in early September allowing Bukele to run again in three years.

Analysts interviewed by Janes expressed concern about the usefulness of this plan. Tiziano Breda, a Central America analyst at the International Crisis Group, explained that Bukele's government continues to “erroneously believe” that the maras (gangs) can be defeated by military means.


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DSEI 2021: Head of UK Strategic Command lays out new vision of military power

by Tim Ripley

Future battlefield advantage will not come from numerical supremacy in warships, fighter squadrons or soldiers but machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the Head of UK Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders.

Speaking at the DSEI defence exhibition in London on 14 September, Gen Sanders said that the adoption of these new technologies would give the British Armed Forces advantage in future conflicts. He described this technological revolution as being at the heart of the ‘Multi-Domain Integration' concept, as laid out in March's Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

“Fundamentally, the source of battlefield advantage will not come from platforms,” said Gen Sanders. “If we focus, as some commentary invariably does, on the number of grey hulls the navy has, the number of fighter squadrons in the [Royal Air Force] and the strength of the regular army, we will simply perpetuate a traditional, industrial age force that is costly, exquisite, and vulnerable to being defeated in detail.”


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Australia to bolster defence ties with India, South Korea

by Gabriel Dominguez

Australia has agreed to enhance defence and security co-operation with South Korea and India as part of a diplomatic push by Canberra to advance relationships with ‘close friends and strategic partners' in the Indo-Pacific region amid concerns about China's growing assertiveness in the region.

In the final leg of their three-country Asian tour for ‘2+2' meetings with their counterparts in India, Indonesia, and South Korea, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne met in Seoul with their South Korean counterparts Suh Wook and Chung Eui-yong.

During their 13 September meeting the two sides agreed to increase joint exercises, training, port calls, and aircraft visits to improve “interoperability, enhance mutual understanding, and build solid people-to-people links between the RoK Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force”, according to a joint statement.

Furthermore, the ministers recognised South Korea's inaugural participation in this year's ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise and expressed their intention to build upon this in future iterations of the exercise.


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The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total qua...

US Air Force chief supports tying F-35 buy to O&S cost constraints

by Pat Host

A USAF F-35A flies over the Toronto waterfront on 3 Sept 2021 during the 2021 Canadian International Air Show. Proposed US legislation would limit the total quantity of F-35s that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on O&S cost targets. (US Air Force)

The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total quantity of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on operations and sustainment (O&S) cost targets.

“The language from Congress is really in line with what we are trying to get done,” General Charles Brown, chief of staff of the USAF, said on 8 September during a conference sponsored by Defense News.


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El Salvador aims to double size of military within five years

by Alejandro Sanchez

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has announced plans to double the size of the Salvadoran military by 2026, from 20,000 up to 40,000 troops, in a bid to improve internal security against criminal gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

“Starting today, we will double the size of the armed forces; every 15 days a new batch of soldiers will join,” Bukele wrote in a 19 July tweet. However, he did not specify how many troops per batch or to which units they will be assigned.

Elected in 2019, Bukele's presidential term will conclude in 2024, but according to his plans, the 40,000-mark will be achieved by 2026. The country's constitution does not permit consecutive presidential terms, although the Supreme Court passed a ruling in early September allowing Bukele to run again in three years.

Analysts interviewed by Janes expressed concern about the usefulness of this plan. Tiziano Breda, a Central America analyst at the International Crisis Group, explained that Bukele's government continues to “erroneously believe” that the maras (gangs) can be defeated by military means.


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DSEI 2021: Head of UK Strategic Command lays out new vision of military power

by Tim Ripley

Future battlefield advantage will not come from numerical supremacy in warships, fighter squadrons or soldiers but machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the Head of UK Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders.

Speaking at the DSEI defence exhibition in London on 14 September, Gen Sanders said that the adoption of these new technologies would give the British Armed Forces advantage in future conflicts. He described this technological revolution as being at the heart of the ‘Multi-Domain Integration' concept, as laid out in March's Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

“Fundamentally, the source of battlefield advantage will not come from platforms,” said Gen Sanders. “If we focus, as some commentary invariably does, on the number of grey hulls the navy has, the number of fighter squadrons in the [Royal Air Force] and the strength of the regular army, we will simply perpetuate a traditional, industrial age force that is costly, exquisite, and vulnerable to being defeated in detail.”


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Australia to bolster defence ties with India, South Korea

by Gabriel Dominguez

Australia has agreed to enhance defence and security co-operation with South Korea and India as part of a diplomatic push by Canberra to advance relationships with ‘close friends and strategic partners' in the Indo-Pacific region amid concerns about China's growing assertiveness in the region.

In the final leg of their three-country Asian tour for ‘2+2' meetings with their counterparts in India, Indonesia, and South Korea, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne met in Seoul with their South Korean counterparts Suh Wook and Chung Eui-yong.

During their 13 September meeting the two sides agreed to increase joint exercises, training, port calls, and aircraft visits to improve “interoperability, enhance mutual understanding, and build solid people-to-people links between the RoK Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force”, according to a joint statement.

Furthermore, the ministers recognised South Korea's inaugural participation in this year's ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise and expressed their intention to build upon this in future iterations of the exercise.


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The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total qua...

US Air Force chief supports tying F-35 buy to O&S cost constraints

by Pat Host

A USAF F-35A flies over the Toronto waterfront on 3 Sept 2021 during the 2021 Canadian International Air Show. Proposed US legislation would limit the total quantity of F-35s that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on O&S cost targets. (US Air Force)

The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total quantity of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on operations and sustainment (O&S) cost targets.

“The language from Congress is really in line with what we are trying to get done,” General Charles Brown, chief of staff of the USAF, said on 8 September during a conference sponsored by Defense News.


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El Salvador aims to double size of military within five years

by Alejandro Sanchez

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has announced plans to double the size of the Salvadoran military by 2026, from 20,000 up to 40,000 troops, in a bid to improve internal security against criminal gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

“Starting today, we will double the size of the armed forces; every 15 days a new batch of soldiers will join,” Bukele wrote in a 19 July tweet. However, he did not specify how many troops per batch or to which units they will be assigned.

Elected in 2019, Bukele's presidential term will conclude in 2024, but according to his plans, the 40,000-mark will be achieved by 2026. The country's constitution does not permit consecutive presidential terms, although the Supreme Court passed a ruling in early September allowing Bukele to run again in three years.

Analysts interviewed by Janes expressed concern about the usefulness of this plan. Tiziano Breda, a Central America analyst at the International Crisis Group, explained that Bukele's government continues to “erroneously believe” that the maras (gangs) can be defeated by military means.


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DSEI 2021: Head of UK Strategic Command lays out new vision of military power

by Tim Ripley

Future battlefield advantage will not come from numerical supremacy in warships, fighter squadrons or soldiers but machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the Head of UK Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders.

Speaking at the DSEI defence exhibition in London on 14 September, Gen Sanders said that the adoption of these new technologies would give the British Armed Forces advantage in future conflicts. He described this technological revolution as being at the heart of the ‘Multi-Domain Integration' concept, as laid out in March's Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

“Fundamentally, the source of battlefield advantage will not come from platforms,” said Gen Sanders. “If we focus, as some commentary invariably does, on the number of grey hulls the navy has, the number of fighter squadrons in the [Royal Air Force] and the strength of the regular army, we will simply perpetuate a traditional, industrial age force that is costly, exquisite, and vulnerable to being defeated in detail.”


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Australia to bolster defence ties with India, South Korea

by Gabriel Dominguez

Australia has agreed to enhance defence and security co-operation with South Korea and India as part of a diplomatic push by Canberra to advance relationships with ‘close friends and strategic partners' in the Indo-Pacific region amid concerns about China's growing assertiveness in the region.

In the final leg of their three-country Asian tour for ‘2+2' meetings with their counterparts in India, Indonesia, and South Korea, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne met in Seoul with their South Korean counterparts Suh Wook and Chung Eui-yong.

During their 13 September meeting the two sides agreed to increase joint exercises, training, port calls, and aircraft visits to improve “interoperability, enhance mutual understanding, and build solid people-to-people links between the RoK Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force”, according to a joint statement.

Furthermore, the ministers recognised South Korea's inaugural participation in this year's ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise and expressed their intention to build upon this in future iterations of the exercise.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/us-air-force-chief-supports-tying-f-35-buy-to-os-cost-constraints/

The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total qua...

US Air Force chief supports tying F-35 buy to O&S cost constraints

by Pat Host

A USAF F-35A flies over the Toronto waterfront on 3 Sept 2021 during the 2021 Canadian International Air Show. Proposed US legislation would limit the total quantity of F-35s that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on O&S cost targets. (US Air Force)

The US Air Force's (USAF's) top officer supports proposed legislation that would limit the total quantity of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that could be procured and maintained by the US military services based on operations and sustainment (O&S) cost targets.

“The language from Congress is really in line with what we are trying to get done,” General Charles Brown, chief of staff of the USAF, said on 8 September during a conference sponsored by Defense News.


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El Salvador aims to double size of military within five years

by Alejandro Sanchez

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has announced plans to double the size of the Salvadoran military by 2026, from 20,000 up to 40,000 troops, in a bid to improve internal security against criminal gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

“Starting today, we will double the size of the armed forces; every 15 days a new batch of soldiers will join,” Bukele wrote in a 19 July tweet. However, he did not specify how many troops per batch or to which units they will be assigned.

Elected in 2019, Bukele's presidential term will conclude in 2024, but according to his plans, the 40,000-mark will be achieved by 2026. The country's constitution does not permit consecutive presidential terms, although the Supreme Court passed a ruling in early September allowing Bukele to run again in three years.

Analysts interviewed by Janes expressed concern about the usefulness of this plan. Tiziano Breda, a Central America analyst at the International Crisis Group, explained that Bukele's government continues to “erroneously believe” that the maras (gangs) can be defeated by military means.


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DSEI 2021: Head of UK Strategic Command lays out new vision of military power

by Tim Ripley

Future battlefield advantage will not come from numerical supremacy in warships, fighter squadrons or soldiers but machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the Head of UK Strategic Command, General Sir Patrick Sanders.

Speaking at the DSEI defence exhibition in London on 14 September, Gen Sanders said that the adoption of these new technologies would give the British Armed Forces advantage in future conflicts. He described this technological revolution as being at the heart of the ‘Multi-Domain Integration' concept, as laid out in March's Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

“Fundamentally, the source of battlefield advantage will not come from platforms,” said Gen Sanders. “If we focus, as some commentary invariably does, on the number of grey hulls the navy has, the number of fighter squadrons in the [Royal Air Force] and the strength of the regular army, we will simply perpetuate a traditional, industrial age force that is costly, exquisite, and vulnerable to being defeated in detail.”


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Australia to bolster defence ties with India, South Korea

by Gabriel Dominguez

Australia has agreed to enhance defence and security co-operation with South Korea and India as part of a diplomatic push by Canberra to advance relationships with ‘close friends and strategic partners' in the Indo-Pacific region amid concerns about China's growing assertiveness in the region.

In the final leg of their three-country Asian tour for ‘2+2' meetings with their counterparts in India, Indonesia, and South Korea, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne met in Seoul with their South Korean counterparts Suh Wook and Chung Eui-yong.

During their 13 September meeting the two sides agreed to increase joint exercises, training, port calls, and aircraft visits to improve “interoperability, enhance mutual understanding, and build solid people-to-people links between the RoK Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force”, according to a joint statement.

Furthermore, the ministers recognised South Korea's inaugural participation in this year's ‘Talisman Sabre' exercise and expressed their intention to build upon this in future iterations of the exercise.


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