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El Salvador aims to double size of military within five years

By Alejandro Sanchez 16 September 2021
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 a...

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

By Tim Ripley 16 September 2021
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.  Speak...

Australian DoD's industrial security vetting criticised by national audit agency

By Julian Kerr 14 September 2021
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has criticised the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra for failing to properly manage the security vetting of companies involved in delivering contracts worth more than AUD200 billion (USD146 billion)...

Australia to bolster defence ties with India, South Korea

By Gabriel Dominguez 13 September 2021
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 abou...

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

By Pat Host 13 September 2021
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 s...

20 years after 9/11: The evolving transnational militant Islamist threat landscape

By Janes Terrorism and Insurgency Centre 08 September 2021
Two decades have now passed since Al-Qaeda militants targeted the United States mainland on 11 September 2001. Since the attacks, the fight against transnational militant Islamism has dominated security agendas in the US, Europe, and beyond, costing the US alone over USD 5.4 trillion and claiming the lives of more than 7,000 US military personnel globally. Despite these costs, the threat from militant Islamism has persisted – and indeed proliferated – since September 2001. At this 20-year mark, Janes Terrorism & Insurgency Centre (JTIC) data...

Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

By Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper 08 September 2021
More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.  Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head o...

Crunch point approaching for EU goal of creating rapid entry force

By Brooks Tigner 03 September 2021
Spurred in part by the debacle of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the EU's top security policy official said the moment is approaching for the Europeans to seriously consider creating a rapid reaction intervention force – and to overhaul how they would agree to use it in future.  EU foreign and security policy chief Josep Borell (left) told journalists after an informal defence ministers meeting on 2 September that they had discussed the creation of a European rapid reaction intervention force, which Slovenian Defence Minister Matej Tonin (r...

Tracking wildfires through open-source data

By Wim Zwijnenburg 27 August 2021
Large wildfires have spread throughout the world in mid-2021, in part attributed to climate change and the direct and long-term risk that it poses to lives, livelihoods, and ecosystems. Tens of thousands of people have had to flee their homes and firefighters have struggled to contain outbreaks in Algeria, Canada, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Mozambique, Russia (Siberia), Turkey, and the United States.  Early warning and monitoring systems are crucial for local authorities, citizens, researchers, and media outlets to rapidly identi...

Climate change drives security risks around US border

By James Blake 23 August 2021
Climate change, in addition to the criminal activity of organised crime gangs (OCGs) and systemic violence in impoverished locations, continues to drive forced migration to the US and elsewhere from the Central American region. Migration from the south has dominated the political agendas of former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden. The issue has driven violent protests and terrorist attacks such as the August 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, in which 23 mainly Latino people were killed.  Migration continues to motiv...

Dozens of Afghan Air Force aircraft flown out of Afghanistan

By Tim Ripley 18 August 2021
More than 40 Afghan Air Force (AAF) aircraft have been flown to Uzbekistan to prevent them from falling in the hands of the Taliban after the group regain control over Afghanistan on 15 August.  The arrival of the platforms at Termez Airport in southern Uzbekistan was reported by local media on 16 August, with commercial satellite imagery of the site subsequently confirming the relocation of a significant part of the AAF's fleet. Nearly 600 Afghans were reported as being aboard the aircraft and to be seeking asylum in Uzbekistan.  An Afghan A...

Climate change and sustainability: what it means for the UK Royal Navy

By Martin Ewence 11 August 2021
The UK Royal Navy (RN) is shaping up to take on a new threat: climate change. However, do those two subjects sit well in the same sentence? In the context of ‘Global Britain' and the implied requirement to send its diesel burning ships to the new geo-strategic target of the Indo-Pacific region, the RN's reliance on fossil fuels would appear unlikely to diminish in the coming years. It has a widespread estate and an ambitious shipbuilding programme, both of which will continue to demand a high use of natural resources.  The Royal Navy is using...

Interference on SAR imagery offers tool for OSINT analysis

By Tony Roper 04 August 2021
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capabilities on Sentinel-1A/B (S1A/S1B) satellites operated by the European Union's Earth Observation Program – Copernicus – have been used by open-source intelligence (OSINT) analysts since S1A was launched on 3 April 2014. S1B followed on 25 April 2016. SAR analysis has become increasingly popular because of social media and the ability to share findings easily among groups of like-minded OSINT analysts.  The data collected by the satellites can be freely accessed using several platforms such as Copernicus's o...

Navy League 2021: Newport News Shipbuilding reports progress on carrier Kennedy as yard returns to mask requirements

By Michael Fabey 03 August 2021
Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding highlighted recent progress on aircraft carrier   John F Kennedy  (CVN 79) on 2 August, as shipyard President Jennifer Boykin confirmed the facility was again implementing m...

China's military-civil fusion aids the growth of wargames

By Riccardo Cociani 27 July 2021
Wargames (兵棋推演, bīngqí tuīyǎn) have experienced a renaissance in China, with computer wargames in particular becoming popular among university students, the People's Liberation Army (PLA), think-tanks, and scientific research institutions. Driven by the government's strategy of military-civil fusion (MCF) and to enhance national defence education among the public, a series of yearly national wargame competitions has been created. Moreover, wargames have also become a useful platform to improve the PLA's professional military education (PME),...

Islamist insurgency intensifies in eastern DRC

26 July 2021
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group that originated in Uganda, are engaged in an Islamist insurgency in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The ADF considers itself part of the Islamic State's Wilayat Wasat Afriqiyya, also commonly known as its Central Africa Province (ISCAP) and officially changed its name to the Wilayat Wasat Afriqiyya in September 2020. Subsequently, the group has grown in strength and confidence, conducting brazen attacks including the largest jail break in Beni, Nord-Kivu province,...

Russia moves equipment away from training ground near Ukrainian border

22 July 2021
Video footage and imagery sourced from social media and analysed by   Janes  between 13 July and 21 July appears to show that Russia has begun to withdraw equipment from a training ground in Voronezh, close to the Ukrainian border.   The equipment, which is assessed by   Janes  to belong to the Central Military District's 41  st  Combined Arms Army, was deployed over thousands of kilometres from central Russia to Voronezh during a buildup of forces in March and April. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed on 22 Apr...

South Korean defence minister apologises over Covid-19 outbreak on destroyer during anti-piracy mission

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 20 July 2021
South Korean Defence Minister Suh Wook has issued an apology for the military's failure to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak among personnel of the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit during a mission in waters off eastern Africa...

Singapore Strait sees uptick in sea robbery cases for 1H 2021 despite regional improvement

By Ridzwan Rahmat 19 July 2021
The Singapore Strait recorded an increase in the number of sea robbery cases for the first six months of 2021 despite an overall improvement in the maritime security situation across Asia during the same period.  According to figures released on 16...

Japan protests over major Russian Kuril Islands naval exercises

By Bruce Jones 02 July 2021
Japan has expressed mounting concerns over recent exercises and increased military activity carried out by Russia around the disputed southern Kuril Islands.  The Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet carried out extensive naval manoeuvres from 23–28 June a...
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