• Japan seeks to boost maritime security co-operation with Sri Lanka

    Japan is seeking to strengthen its maritime security co-operation with Sri Lanka, according to a statement issued by the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on 21 August. The statement was released following a meeting held that same day between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Itsunori

  • UK lawmakers urge investment in Arctic capabilities

    The British government should be “extremely wary” of Russia’s military intentions in the Arctic and re-establish Cold War-type capabilities to counter emerging threats in the region, according to an influential parliamentary committee. In a report entitled ‘On Thin Ice: UK

  • General Austin Miller to become new ‘Resolute Support’, USFOR-A commander in September

    US Army General Austin S Miller is set to become the new commander of the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission and US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), replacing US Army General John W Nicholson, who has led the mission in the Central Asian country since March 2016. Gen Miller is set to take

  • Morocco reinstating conscription

    Morocco’s Ministerial Council approved a draft law re-introducing compulsory military service on 20 August. The Ministry of Culture and Communication said Draft Law 44.18 stipulates that citizens aged between 19 and 25 will have to serve for 12 months unless they are exempted for physical or

  • Equipment begins arriving in Norway for NATO exercise 'Trident Juncture'

    Key Points The first shipload of equipment for NATO exercise ‘Trident Juncture’, to be held in Norway in October-November, has arrived in Norway During the exercise, more than 30 nations will practice NATO Article 5 collective defence and Norway will test its total defence concept

  • Saudi Patriot PAC-3 capability confirmed

    The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF) have deployed a Patriot battery with new Lockheed Martin PAC-3 missiles to Mecca, a photograph posted on social media has confirmed. Published by the unofficial Saudi Armed Forces News Twitter account on 20 August, the photograph is the first to be

  • Army 2018: Russia places priority on RCWS development

    The Russian defence industry is showcasing its latest remote control weapon station (RCWS) developments at the Army 2018 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow from 21 to 26 August. The Kovrov Electro-Mechanics Plant (KEMZ), a subsidiary of Rostec’s High-Precision Weapons

  • Latest IBCS test links multiple nodes across three US states

    In the most recent Soldier Checkout Event (SCOE), Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) connected multiple nodes of sensors and launchers across hundreds of miles. The five-week SCOE 4.0 demonstrated the ability of IBCS to scale broadly with

  • UPDATE: Mortar attack launched on Kabul

    About 30 mortar rounds were fired by militants on the Afghan capital Kabul on 21 August, interrupting a speech being given by President Ashraf Ghani to mark the beginning of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. A spokesperson for the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission in the Central

  • US Army seeks to improve access to its research laboratories for small companies

    Key Points The US Army wants to spark innovation by making access to its research labs easier for small businesses It can be cost-prohibitive for many companies to use the labs as most are located on the US East Coast The US Army is seeking to make it easier for small companies to access its

  • India and Japan to hold first joint army exercise

    New Delhi and Tokyo are seeking to strengthen their strategic, defence, and security ties by conducting the first-ever joint exercise involving the Indian Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force this autumn, according to a statement by India’s Press Information Bureau (PIB). The

  • Mortar attack launched on Kabul

    Around 30 mortar rounds were fired by militants on the Afghan capital Kabul on 21 August, interrupting a speech being given by President Ashraf Ghani to mark the beginning of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. The NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission told Jane’s that the mortars

  • Israel ceasefire with Hamas reduces likelihood of war, but a lasting peace settlement for Gaza is unlikely

    Key Points The latest ceasefire is likely to hold for at least several weeks unless a more extensive agreement can be agreed between Hamas and Israel. Acceptance by the Palestinian Authority (PA) is unlikely as President Mahmoud Abbas rejects any ceasefire that serves to treat Hamas as an

  • Pentagon notes Chinese naval global expansion and regional control

    The Pentagon’s recent annual report on the Chinese military spotlights growing Chinese naval capability, underscoring the narrowing gap between the Asian power’s maritime forces and those of the US Navy (USN), as well as drawing attention to China’s increasing dominance in the

  • Russia increases naval presence in Med

    Russia significantly increased its naval presence in the Mediterranean in mid-August with the arrival of a cruiser and destroyer from the Northern Fleet and another missile corvette from the Black Sea Fleet. The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 August that the Slava (Project

  • US expects China’s marine corps to grow to more than 30,000 personnel

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) expects the size of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) to grow to more than 30,000 personnel by 2020, the DoD said in its 2018 China Military Power Report to the US Congress. Released on 16 August, the 130 page-long report

  • Business as normal for anti-piracy task force post-Brexit, says EU NAVFOR

    Key Points Operation ‘Atalanta’ headquarters will transfer from the United Kingdom to Spain in March 2019 The European Union and United Kingdom have not yet agreed post-Brexit defence and security arrangements EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa

  • UAE hits back at AQAP payoff report

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces held a rare press conference on 13 August to refute an Associated Press (AP) report that the successful campaign it said it had carried against the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda involved payments and little fighting. The AP reported on 6 August that

  • China’s overwater bomber capabilities aimed at US, says DoD

    Over the past three years China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in its 2018

  • UK RAF Sentinels watch Crimea

    Key Points RAF Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft have been flying patrols around the Crimean peninsula since 13 July The aircraft’s radars can provide coverage of major Russian ports, airbases, missile sites, and troop positions UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft

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