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29 May 2017.
Serving as a public wake-up call, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence has issued a warning on the threat to current NATO anti-armour capabilities from the increased fielding of active protection systems (APS) on armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs).
22 May 2017.
New defence-economics data just released for the Military Balance+ database suggests that Middle East expenditures continue to decline while NATO states’ rise slowly. A twist on previous trends, however, emerges in Asia: while defence budgets remain on the uptick, the pace of growth is slowing down.
16 May 2017.
On 25 April, the modified Ohio-class nuclear-powered cruise-missile submarine (SSGN) USS Michigan docked in the South Korean port of Busan. The US Navy called the visit ’routine’, but the timing of it, in a period of tension on the Korean Peninsula, and the prominence given to it were anything but.
12 May 2017.
Pyongyang’s continuing investment in ballistic-missile technology was once again readily apparent during the country’s 15 April military parade. Notable perhaps by its absence, however, was any sign of a ‘modern’ cruise-missile complement to the DPRK’s ballistic weaponry.
10 May 2017.
In early April 2017, the United States struck targets in Syria with 59 Tomahawk land-attack missiles (TLAMs). The TLAMs were launched from the guided-missile destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the eastern Mediterranean. It was a reminder, among other things, of the multi-mission capabilities of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, which will continue to figure prominently in the US Navy’s developing fleet plan, as other major navies consider their multi-mission...
02 May 2017.
The British Army’s Strike Experimentation Group will this year begin exploring a mixed brigade-size fleet of tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles as it continues to pursue a separate approach to a ‘medium-weight’ combined-arms brigade than that adopted by the United States and French armies.
19 April 2017.
NATO’s Eastern Europe states continue to move to replace some of their remaining Soviet-era air-defence systems as it becomes increasingly more challenging and costly to maintain them.
11 April 2017.
The inactivation of the last Armored Brigade Combat Team to be permanently based overseas leaves Washington’s foreign deployments reliant on US-based rotational forces, with implications for the US Army.
03 April 2017.
While predicting the behaviour of Pyongyang may be a fool’s errand, North Korea is presently on track to at least match 2016’s 24 ballistic-missile tests as it develops new systems and carries out assurance firings of already fielded types.
30 March 2017.
Growing European submarine fleets could offer opportunities to manufacturers. But competition is fierce, and emerging nations may soon compete for contracts.
In a new paper, the IISS calls for NATO to adopt a 'persistent federated approach’ in the face of unprecedentedly complex security challenges.
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