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  • AUSA 2019: Leonardo DRS eyes US Army requirements for OBVP power system

    Leonardo DRS hopes to see US Army requirements established soon for its On-Board Vehicle Power (OBVP) system to help push the technology into service more quickly. The company is talking with US Army officials responsible for establishing and delivering power needs for the service, Carlos Aguirre,

  • AUSA 2019: US Army talks network dependency, concerns

    US Army leaders have used the Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference to tout progress developing a host of next-generation weapons systems while also acknowledging that the network piece of the equation could derail everything. During the 2019 show, a host of civilian and

  • AUSA 2019: SMDC updating US Army’s space training strategy

    The US Army’s space training strategy is to be updated in the next three to four months, Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), told reporters on 16 October at the annual Association of the United States Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) conference in

  • Russia, Saudi discussions are guarded on S-400 procurement

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed closer defence equipment co-operation with Saudi Arabia on his first visit to the country since 2007, news agency TASS reported on 15 October. In talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on 14 October, Putin “discussed the possibility

  • AUSA 2019: US Army selects LTAMDS contractor, mum on the choice

    The US Army missed its end of fiscal year (FY) 2019 timeline for picking a single Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) vendor but said it has now decided and hashing out the terms the deal. Brigadier General Brian Gibson, the head of the army’s Air and Missile Defense


  • Widening scope: The return of the Russian sniper

    Russia's use of snipers fell away after the Second World War, but conflicts in Syria and Ukraine have seen them return, engaging their opposite numbers, co-ordinating air strikes, and enhancing the firepower and effectiveness of regular units. Samuel Cranny-Evans reports
  • UK agencies respond to challenge of recruiting and retaining cyber-skilled staff

    Cyber security is a top-tier threat for the United Kingdom, but national intelligence and law enforcement agencies face a 'cyber skills gap' when it comes to recruiting and retaining specialist staff. Matthew Redhead assesses the UK agencies' efforts to build a new 'Generation Cyber'
  • Leaderless resistance drives Hong Kong protests

    Protesters in Hong Kong SAR and the government of mainland China have fundamentally different conceptions of media and messaging. Dr Ryan Manuel examines how these differences mean that the two sides have consistently talked past each other since the Hong Kong protests began in March 2019
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