• Caspian Sea agreement confirms Russian military dominance while increasing likelihood of Azeri-Turkmen gas pipeline project’s delays

    Event On 12 August 2018, the leaders of the five Caspian Sea littoral states – Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan – met at the Fifth Caspian Summit in the Kazakh seaport of Aktau, where they signed a framework agreement defining the legal status of the Caspian Sea,

  • Finnish MoD proposes bigger budget

    Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has proposed a EUR3.2 billion (USD3.6 billion) defence budget for 2019, a EUR326 million, or 11%, increase from 2018. The ministry said on 9 August that this would increase the defence budget's share of GDP from 1.23% in 2018 to 1.32% in 2019. The MoD attributed

  • India’s CAG criticises IAF airfields upgrade

    The office of India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has severely criticised what it described as the “inadequate” upgrade of a large number of Indian Air Force (IAF) airfields across the country. In a report tabled in parliament on 7 August, the CAG highlighted delays as

  • Spain seeks UAVs to protect overseas training missions

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has opened a bidding contest to supply unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help protect troops posted on overseas training missions. Some EUR4.3 million (USD4.9 million) has been budgeted for the class 1 small remote aircraft (20 kg), which are expected to be

  • Regional instability heightens security concerns of Panama Canal

    Instability in Latin America – due in large part to the recent migration of refugees from Venezuela looking to escape national crises there – is causing more concern about the security of the Panama Canal, Colonel Barbara Fick, chief of Political Military Affairs at US Southern Command

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  • UK revises counter-terrorism strategy ahead of Brexit

    The United Kingdom has revised its CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy ahead of its exit from the European Union. Matthew Redhead examines the fourth version of CONTEST against the backdrop of Brexit and uncertain EU-UK security co-operation
  • Indicators track Iranian threat to Strait of Hormuz shipping

    Any Iranian attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz to commercial shipping is a low-probability, high-impact scenario with global ramifications. As Iran-US tensions heighten ahead of Washington’s reimposition of sanctions on Tehran from 6 August, Jeremy Binnie , Reed Foster , and Nazanin Soroush analyse the indicators of conflict in the Strait and the likely trajectory of any confrontation
  • Russia’s ASAT development takes aim at LEO assets

    Russia has increasing anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities that enable it to interfere with, or destroy, an adversary’s satellites. Sean O’Connor reviews the history and capabilities of Russia’s ASAT programmes
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  • Update: Taliban launches attack on Ghazni City

    Taliban fighters launched a multi-pronged attack on the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni Province on 10 August, killing more than 170 security forces personnel. At the time of this update, however, five days into the fighting they have failed to bring the strategically located city
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