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    Declining utility of anti-armour weapons: Norway’s inconvenient truth

    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).

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    New defence-economics data confirms key trends

    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.

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    US submarines as ‘big sticks’: growing power-projection role

    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.

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    North Korea’s cruise missiles – nascent systems; uncertain capability

    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.

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    Multi-mission priorities for major navies

    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...

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    Striking a balance: the British Army’s new strike brigades

    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.

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    Getting rid of Gainful: replacing the Soviet-era 2K12 missile system

    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.

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    US Armoured Brigade Combat Teams – rotational deployments

    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.

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    Testing times ahead with North Korea

    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.

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    After Norway’s submarine selection: challenges in a crowded market

    30 March 2017.  Growing European submarine fleets could offer opportunities to manufacturers. But competition is fierce, and emerging nations may soon compete for contracts.

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