• DIA wants MARS IOC within three years

    The head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) wants to build its proposed Machine-Assisted Analysis Rapid-Repository System (MARS) during his tenure at the agency. Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, DIA director, said he wants to reach initial operational capability (IOC) within three years

  • US security assistance has had little impact in Africa, says RAND

    US Security Sector Assistance (SSA) appears to have had little or no net impact on political violence in Africa since the end of the Cold War, according to two studies carried by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the US Office of the Secretary of Defense and the US military’s Africa Command

  • AFA 2018: Top US Air Force acquisition official hopes for new ejection seat in FY 2020 budget

    Key Points A top USAF acquisition official hopes to have money in the FY 2020 budget for the Next-Generation Ejection Seat programme It will formally get the programme moving towards procurement A top US Air Force (USAF) acquisition official hopes the service will allocate money in the fiscal

  • IDF says Syrian military entirely responsible for downing Russian Il-20

    In response to Moscow’s allegation that Israeli jets used the Il-20 that was shot down on 17 September as cover for an airstrike, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has blamed indiscriminate fire by Syrian air defence units for the loss of the Russian electronic intelligence aircraft. In a rare

  • Indian MoD approves procurements worth USD1.25 billion

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of military equipment worth INR91 billion (USD1.25 billion), including two regiments of the Akash self-propelled, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

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