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MiG interceptors air cover naval group in major military exercise on disputed Kuril Islands

Russia to send paratroopers for major exercises on islands claimed by Japan

Crews of four Mig-31 aircraft took off from Yelizovo airfield in Kamchatka’s regional centre of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, heading for the Pacific to air cover warships in an imaginary evasive action. Despite difficult weather conditions, they successfully simulated air fights and also fired missiles at sea targets.A strategic command and staff exercise code-named Vostok 2014 (East 2014) with about 100,000 troops participating began in the Eastern Military District.

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China sends surveillance ship to monitor US naval drill off Guam

China sends surveillance ship to monitor US naval drill off Guam

China sent a surveillance ship to waters off Guam to monitor a US naval drill, the exercise’s operational chief said yesterday. Over the past week, the Chinese Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence – or AGI – ship has been in waters near the site of Exercise Valiant Shield, a biannual training exercise that began on Monday and ends on Tuesday, said Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery. He said interaction between the Chinese and US ships had been professional. “We respect the right of a nation like that, [or] any nation, to safely and responsibly operate their ships,” he said.

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The F-35′s X-Ray Vision Is The Future Of Naval (And All Other) Warfare

The F-35′s X-Ray Vision Is The Future Of Naval (And All Other) Warfare

One of the most ‘popular’ features on the controversial F-35 is the jet’s Distributed Aperture System (DAS). DAS creates an all-seeing sphere and classifies and relays data and video to the pilot’s helmet and to the jet’s mission computers. This game-changing system has now been adapted for the high seas, and it won’t stop there. DAS accomplishes its unique task via a constellation of electro-optical cameras installed around the F-35, each staring in a separate direction.

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Russia, Egypt seal preliminary arms deal worth $3.5 billion

Russia's President Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Sisi attend a welcoming ceremony onboard guided missile cruiser Moskva at Sochi

Russia and Egypt have reached a preliminary deal for Cairo to buy arms worth $3.5 billion from Moscow, Interfax news agency quoted the head of a Russian state arms agency as saying on Wednesday. Speaking during an arms trade exhibition in South Africa, the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin, did not give further details. Russia, the world’s second-largest arms exporter, has sought to boost its military ties with Egypt after relations between Cairo and its long-standing ally Washington soured.

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Turkish military weighs ‘buffer zone’ against Iraq, Syria threats

Turkish military weighs 'buffer zone' against Iraq, Syria threats

Turkey’s military is drawing up plans for a possible “buffer zone” on the country’s southern border, where it faces a threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday. The government will evaluate the plans and decide whether such a move is necessary, Turkish television stations quoted Erdogan as telling reporters on his plane as he returned from an official visit to Qatar. Turkey, a member of the NATO military alliance, has made clear it does not want a frontline role in a military coalition.

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Arab states mull air strikes on ISIS

Arab states mull air strikes on ISIS

Several Arab countries have offered to carry out airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, senior US state department officials said on Sunday. The offer was disclosed by American officials traveling with US secretary of state John Kerry, who is approaching the end of a weeklong trip that was intended to mobilize international support for the campaign against ISIS. “There have been offers both to Centcom and to the Iraqis of Arab countries taking more aggressive kinetic action,” said one of the officials.

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Encircle China: India plans to supply Vietnam BrahMos missiles

India plans to supply Vietnam BrahMos missiles

With President Pranab Mukherjee set to leave for a four-day visit to Vietnam on Sunday, New Delhi confirmed that it was in talks with Hanoi for supply of BrahMos missiles to the South East Asian country, which was locked in a territorial dispute with China. Several countries like Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia evinced interest in importing the BrahMos. Sources, however, said that Vietnam could be the first country to have a deal with BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited for import of the missiles.

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Global strategic move: India increases defence trainings in Asia, Africa and Latin America

Global strategic move: India increases defence trainings in Asia, Africa and Latin America

India is subtly increasing defence training programmes in friendly countries in southeast Asia Africa and Latin America, with a global strategic objective. Besides training military officers and personnel of Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Asean, African and Latin American nations in domestic training facilities, Indian trainers are also visiting countries like Laos and Vietnam and Namibia and Ethiopia to impart military training, official sources told ET.

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Clandestine spy satellite launched by China

Clandestine spy satellite launched by China

“Yaogan 21 will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource survey, estimation of crop yield and disaster relief,” Xinhua reported. But experts say the Yaogan series of satellites likely serve Chinese military authorities with information from optical and radar imaging sensors. Tracking data from the U.S. Air Force’s space surveillance network indicate the Yaogan 21 payload launched Monday was put in orbit about 480 kilometers, or 300 miles, above Earth. The orbit is tilted 97.4 degrees to the equator.

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Renegade Lesotho general ‘seizes weapons’

Renegade Lesotho general ‘seizes weapons’

Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, who has refused to step down as the commander of the Lesotho Defence Forces, seized a cache including anti-aircraft guns, mortars and small arms from state armouries. “He has refused to vacate offices and depleted armouries,” Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao said, adding the material was being used to prepare for both “defensive and offensive” operations. “Intelligence reports indicate he slips in and out of the mountains,” Mahao added.

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US confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia strike

US confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia strike

“We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al Shabaab, has been killed,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said in a statement. Since taking charge of al Shabaab in 2008, Godane had restyled the group as a global player in the al Qaeda network, carrying out bombings and suicide attacks in Somalia and elsewhere in the region, including the Sept. 21, 2013, attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 67 people.

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US, South Korea create army unit to destroy North Korea’s nukes

A missile is displayed during a military

South Korea said it would create a combined army unit with the United States, reportedly tasked with destroying North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction in the event of an all-out conflict. The mechanised unit led by a US major general will be set up in the first half of next year as part of elaborate preparations for any future war between the two Koreas. “It will be the first combined ‘field combat’ unit to carry out wartime operations,” a defence ministry spokesman said without elaborating on its mission.

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The German Army trains Kurdish fighters

The German Army trains Kurdish fighters

A day after Berlin announced it would send anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and hand grenades to the Kurds, Merkel said Germany had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq, citing evidence of ethnic cleansing by Islamic State fighters. Meanwhile the Bundeswehr army plans to bring a small group of Kurdish peshmerga fighters to southern Germany for a week’s training with the equipment. Critics fear the arms could end up in the hands of jihadists.

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What the US military wants for missile defence: multi-use sensors in the Arctic

What the US military wants for missile defence: multi-use sensors in the Arctic

American military officials have shed some light on what Canada could contribute to the missile-defence program should it choose to join after a decade spent on the sidelines. Several conversations with high-ranking U.S. military officers point to a common desire: multi-purpose sensors in Canada’s Arctic that would sniff out a wider range of potential threats than just intercontinental ballistic missiles. Those state-of-the-art systems would be designed to track maritime vessels, airplanes and small cruise missiles — all in addition to any large missile fired off by North Korea or some hypothetical rogue state.

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Operation Washtub?: Fearing invasion, the U.S. once trained Alaskans as “stay-behind agents”

Fearing invasion, the U.S. once trained Alaskans as stay-behind agents

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It seemed like a real possibility in 1950. “The military believes that it would be an airborne invasion involving bombing and the dropping of paratroopers,” one FBI memo said.

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Building NATO’s “Weimar Triangle”

Building NATO’s “Weimar Triangle”

The upcoming NATO summit offers an opportunity to demonstrate Europe’s commitment to collective defense, to a stronger European defense posture, and to the transatlantic alliance. The countries of the so-called Weimar Triangle – France, Germany, and Poland – are well suited to lead such an effort. The three big countries in the middle of Europe should thus staff a regional headquarters, which would serve as the basis for defense planning and exercises and support the rotating US troops.

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Taiwan to spend US$2.5b on anti-missile systems

Taiwan to spend US$2.5b on anti-missile systems

The defence ministry aims to purchase the locally-made Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow 3) surface-to-air missile system between 2015 and 2024 to replace the ageing Hawk missile systems, said lawmaker Lin Yu-fang of the parliament’s defence committee. This will be the biggest procurement of domestically-made weapon systems in recent years. The Tien Kung 3 surface-to-air missile system, developed by Taiwan’s Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, is designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles for air defence missions and missile interception

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Military coup under way in landlocked region Lesotho

Military coup under way in Lesotho

Military units in Lesotho have surrounded government and police buildings and gunfire has been heard in the small mountainous southern African kingdom. Speaking to Al Jazeera from South Africa, where he had travelled to on Friday, Prime Minister Tom Thabane said that the army had taken over government buildings and he planned to try to return to the country. “The armed forces, the special forces of Lesotho, have taken the headquarters of the police.”

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Coast Guard Narrowly Avoids Sparking World War III

Coast Guard Narrowly Avoids Sparking World War III

The U.S. Coast Guard fired at an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, nearly adding to a long list of global headaches for President Obama. Fortunately, the incident ended quickly with nobody hurt, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, according to a CNN report. The Iranian boat had pointed a weapon at the American crew, Kirby said, prompting a single shot from the Coast Guard vessel. “I don’t know whether the shot was just a warning shot, or it hit the dhow.” “In any event, it pulled away and nobody was hurt.”

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German fighter jets unable to fly and mechanics forced to borrow spare parts, claims magazine

German fighter jets unable to fly and mechanics forced to borrow spare parts, claims magazine

The German air force is facing such a severe funding shortage that many of its aircraft are unable to fly, mechanics are forced to cannibalise parts from existing planes and only eight of the country’s 109 Eurofighters are fully operational, according to a report in Spiegel magazine. German defence sources have rubbished the article, saying it is inaccurate and does not match up to official air force logs. But the claim that Germany’s air force is not as strong as previously thought will cause concern among its Nato allies at a time of growing worldwide instability.

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Egypt, UAE behind ‘mystery’ strikes at Libya Islamists:US

Egypt, UAE behind 'mystery' strikes at Libya Islamists:US

Senior US officials on Monday said the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have ‘secretly’ launched airstrikes against Islamist militias battling over Tripoli, the New York Times reported on Monday. A number of unidentified aircraft roared over Libya’s capital as loud explosions were heard in the last few days, as the clashes between militias prompted hundreds of people to flee. Egypt has previously denied its involvement, and various warring factions in Libya tried to claim responsibility for the attacks.

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With eye on China, India deploys Akash missiles in northeast

With eye on China, India deploys Akash missiles in northeast

After basing its most potent Sukhoi-30MKI fighters at Tezpur and Chabua, India has now begun deploying six Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) squadrons in the northeast to deter Chinese jets, helicopters and drones against any misadventure in the region. Defence ministry sources on Thursday said IAF has started getting deliveries of the six Akash missile squadrons, which can “neutralize” multiple targets at 25-km interception range in all-weather conditions, earmarked for the eastern theatre.

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Guam is Strategic Hub to Asia-Pacific Rebalance

The Pentagon Is Stuffing Caves in Norway Full of Tanks

Guam, because of its military bases, Army anti-ballistic missile system and location 3,300 miles west of Hawaii is an increasingly important strategic hub for the U.S. Asia-Pacific rebalance, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said today. “We’re going to have 60 percent of the Navy out in the Pacific and we’re going to have 60 percent of our combat air forces out in the Pacific,” he said. “But it’s not just about military things. The other part of the rebalance involves an initiative called the Trans Pacific Partnership.

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Merkel pledges military support to Baltic states

Merkel pledges military support to Baltic states

Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania – former Soviet republics with their own Russian-speaking minorities – are increasingly anxious that the conflict in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea could herald destabilisation in their own region by Moscow. The Baltic states have asked for an increased NATO presence to reinforce Article 5 of the alliance’s constitution, which states that an attack on one of its members is an act of aggression against all, obliging them to react.

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USA to build a military airport in Kurdistan Region

U.S. recommends Iraqi Kurdistan to establish military airport

The Ministry of Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq announced that the ministry in coordination with the United States is about to start a project of establishing a military airport in Erbil (Hewler), capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Brigadier Halkurd Hikmet said that the U.S. military team in the Region to monitor the situation in Sinjar Mount, and they provided the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) with a report recommending establishment of a military airport in Erbil in cooperation with the U.S. and the Iraqi Central Government.

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Saudi rules out imminent military conscription

Saudi rules out imminent military conscription

Saudi Arabia has ruled out conscription for its defence force in the near future, according to Minister of National Guard Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah. Prince Miteb said the kingdom was restructuring its elite force and applications to join the military exceeded the requirement, making conscription unnecessary, local media reported. “There is a big response from citizens to join the military sector, whether from the colleges, institutes or training centres.”

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Deficiencies In Missile Defense System Put US At Risk, Audit Says

Deficiencies In Missile Defense System Put US Homeland At Risk, Audit Says

Concerns about failures to properly improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) ground-based missile interceptors have been raised in a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit report The GAO audit details three separate flight tests of the GMD’s Capability Enhancement I (CE-I) interceptor and the upgraded version called the Capability Enhancement II (CE-II) in which both interceptor designs had issues with their guidance systems.

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Blackwater: A poor example for Chinese security companies going global

Blackwater poor example for Chinese security companies going global

We could explore the huge potential of retired military officers, offering professional training and technical expertise to local security enterprises in developing and underdeveloped countries, which are often crowded with Chinese enterprises. We could also bring into play the low-cost advantage, equipping overseas Chinese enterprises with low-cost but high-quality homemade security installations. After three decades of development, China now has 3,997 security companies with over 4.5 million security guards.

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South Korea likely to acquire Iron Dome system from Israel

South Korea likely to acquire Iron Dome system from Israel

The South Korean Government is reportedly interested in the acquisition of an Iron Dome anti-missile defence system from Israel in an effort to bolster protection against rockets launched from North Korea. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems CEO Yedidia Yaari was quoted by Israel’s Army Radio as saying that Iron Dome’s performance in the ongoing Gaza war had fuelled foreign interest in its procurement, including by South Korea.

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Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan

Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan

The language, incorporated into the House Armed Services Committee’s passed version of the defense bill, asks the Defense Department to better assess anti-access/area-denial threats in the Asia-Pacific region, submit a report on the cross-strait balance of forces between China and Taiwan, and better estimate China’s fast-growing Naval military power. They (China) are preparing for potential conflict in the Taiwan strait, which includes deterring or defeating third party intervention.

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South Korean Armed Forces Face Enemy Within: Suicides And Murder

South Korean Armed Forces Face Enemy Within: Suicides And Murder

South Korea’s army faces a foe that’s currently causing far more controversy than the North Korean forces massed above the demilitarized zone – and may be just as dangerous. Sagging military morale among the South’s 640,000 troops has resulted in suicides, mass shootings and, most alarming of all from the viewpoint of the top command, the torture murder of a young soldier. In a country that still requires a minimum 21 months military service, young Koreans seem increasingly unwilling to serve.

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Chinese military set up joint operations command center

Chinese military set up joint operations command center

The Chinese military has set up a joint command center that would integrate the operations of its army, navy and air forces, in a move aimed at making military strategy and tactics more efficient. The joint operations command center has been established under the People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff Headquarters, which is responsible for taking command of military strategies, as part of military reform efforts to boost the unified operations of Chinese capabilities on land, sea, air and in dealing with strategic missile operations, the sources said.

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Lebanon seeks French arms supplies as it battles jihadists

France says to 'quickly meet Lebanon's needs' on arms

France said it would respond “quickly,” and Saudi Arabia, which is financing the French arms purchases for Lebanon’s army, also pledged to accelerate implementation of the deal. Speaking to AFP, Lebanon’s army chief General Jean Kahwaji said the military was hamstrung in its fight against the jihadists. “This battle requires equipment, materiel and technology that the army doesn’t have,” Kahwaji said. In December, Riyadh agreed to finance a $3-billion package of French military equipment and arms for Lebanon’s army.

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Report: Egypt and Algeria considering military operation in Libya

Report: Egypt and Algeria considering military operation in Libya

Egypt and Algeria are considering a joint military operation in Libya to prevent the rise of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in their increasingly unstable neighbour Libya, an Algerian newspaper reported. According to Sunday’s editorial in the Algerian Al-Watan newspaper, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is “worried” about the threats from its eastern borders. It pointed out that Bouteflika is “prepared to wage a war against Jihadists in the region”.

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Crisis in Ukraine may convince NATO on regional HQs

Crisis in Ukraine may convince NATO on regional HQs

NATO’s top commander has begun entertaining the idea of a regional headquarters specifically focusing on Article 5 violations – which requires members to come to the aid of another member if it is attacked – ahead of an alliance gathering in Wales. Retired Adm. James Stavridis(SACEUR) said in an op-ed in June that NATO members needed to prepare more special forces for threats coming from the southern border of the alliance, especially Iraq and Syria, and to deter Russia.

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Evolving Chinese Views on U.S. National Missile Defense

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The current focus of Chinese concern appears to be on the ancillary intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities the United States is putting in place during peacetime rather than the ability of U.S. defenses to intercept a Chinese missile fired during an actual conflict. Chinese military planners worry—justifiably or not—that the radars the United States is deploying in the region, including those that support missile defense, could be used to observe the testing or track the deployments of Chinese missiles.

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Iranian commanders at forefront of Iraqi fight

Iranian commanders at forefront of Iraqi fight

A powerful Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq’s fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country’s Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite militiamen and government forces in the smallest details of battle, militia commanders and government officials say. The startlingly hands-on role of Iranian Gen. Ghasem Soleimani points to the extent of the Shiite-led Iraqi government’s reliance on its ally Tehran. The Iranian role, however, risks further sharpening the sectarian rifts in the conflict.

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The U.S. has supplied 747,000 weapons to Afghanistan. It might have a difficult time figuring out where some ended up.

APTOPIX Afghanistan

The Pentagon has supplied 747,000 weapons and auxiliary equipment, most via federal contractors, to the Afghan National Security Forces during the last decade. And according to a new report, it might have a hard time figuring out where a fair share of them ended up. The discrepancies show examples of where DOD was not in compliance with its internal operating procedures and accountability requirements, and where missing information could result in the inability to locate weapons.

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Heavy Chinese military build-up in Tibet

Heavy Chinese military build-up in Tibet

The Chinese goal is beyond Tibet and that country has border disputes not only with India, but with almost all its neighbours. Dr Sangay said the move of the Chinese to expand its bases proved the country’s intention to look beyond Tibet as China established strong bases in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and even set up sea ports in Pakistan. He revealed that China is also constructing a sea port in Sri Lanka and it is evident that the Chinese are trying to gain control over the Bay of Bengal.

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Over half of China military airfields threatened by high-rise buildings

Over half of China military airfields threatened by high-rises

More than half of China’s military airfields have flight paths that are obstructed by tall buildings, causing accidents and airport closures, Chinese state media reported. Nearly 100 accidents have occurred at military air bases due to high-rise buildings and development in the past 20 years, the website of the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily said. The problem has become so great that more than 10 military airfields have been forced to close or move.

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US Military Dusts Off Decades-Old ‘Readiness’ Plans for Russia

US Military Dusts Off Decades-Old 'Readiness' Plans for Russia

As American officials fire of diplomatic salvos at Russia in response to that nation’s purported actual artillery salvos into Ukraine, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently that among other actions, the U.S. military is dusting off decades-old plans, just in case. “We’re looking inside our own readiness models to look at things that we haven’t had to look at for 20 years, frankly, about basing and lines of communication and sea lanes.” “What the military does when faced with these crises is – our job is preparedness, deterrence and readiness.”

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US military’s ‘air optical fiber’ increases the power of laser weapons, networks, science

US military’s ‘air optical fiber’ increases the power of laser weapons, networks, science

Researchers in the US, funded by the US Air Force, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and the National Science Foundation, have managed to turn air into an “optical fiber.” This breakthrough allows the scientists to create an air waveguide, allowing for much better transmission of lasers through free space. As you might have guessed from the US military’s involvement, this could be big news for laser weapons — but there are repercussions for laser-based communications and scientific research as well.

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New state defence law makes prime minister the highest military head in Estonia

New state defence law makes prime minister the highest military head in Estonia

The new Estonian state defence law that was sent for a round approvals to different state institutions will make the prime minister the highest military head in Estonia, reports LETA reffering to Postimees. The aim of the bill is to make Estonian state defence modern and guarantee leadership of the state with clear command lines. The current state defence basics are considered very outdated and compared to the pre-WWII era. According to the current Estonian laws, the president is the highest head of Estonian state defence.

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Air Force launching GSSAP satellites to spy on other satellites

Air Force launching satellites to spy on other satellites

“This neighborhood watch twosome … will be on the lookout for nefarious capability other nations might try to place in that critical orbital regime,” Gen. William Shelton, the head of Air Force Space Command, told reporters at the Pentagon. The launch comes at a time when China is rapidly improving its space and anti-satellite capabilities. Pentagon planners worry that in a future conflict, Beijing might shoot down or disable American military satellites that are critical for communications, intelligence-gathering, and targeting.

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Analysis: New French force rides the winds of change in the Sahel

Analysis: New French force rides the winds of change in the Sahel

By any measure, this is a serious undertaking. It will involve 3,000 troops, headquartered in the Chadian capital N’Djamena, but spread out across Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. They will be supported by helicopters, fighter jets and, ominously, drones. France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian described it as a “counter-terrorism” offensive, designed to ensure that there is no upsurge in terrorist activities from jihadist groups operating in the area. “The aim is to prevent what I call the highway of all forms of traffics to become a place of permanent passage.

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As China Stalks Satellites, U.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

As China Stalks Satellites, U.S. and Japan Prepare to Defend Them

Besides testing missiles that can intercept and destroy satellites, the Chinese have developed jamming techniques to disrupt satellite communications. In addition, says Lance Gatling, president of Nexial Research, an aerospace consultant in Tokyo, the Chinese have studied ground-based lasers that could take down a satellite’s solar panels, and satellites equipped with grappling arms that could co-orbit and then disable expensive U.S. hardware. To defend themselves against China, the U.S. and Japan are in the early stages of integrating their space programs.

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Iraqi forces withdraw from Tikrit offensive

Iraqi forces withdraw from Tikrit offensive

Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, a soldier who fought in the battle said Wednesday. Government troops and allied Shiite volunteer fighters were forced to retreat just before sunset Tuesday to a base four km south after coming under heavy mortar shelling and sniper fire, the sources said. The attempt to retake Tikrit, which fell on June 12 to Sunni insurgents led by the militant Islamic State group, began two-and-a-half weeks ago.

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Greece proposes joint navy warship patrols with Chinese

Greece proposes joint navy warship patrols with Chinese

Crete could serve as a regional node for the support, maintenance and repair of the Chinese Navy and the possibility exists for joint naval operations between Greece and China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy. “On Crete there is all the appropriate infrastructure for refuelling, maintenance and repairs for all your country’s navy units. There is a possibility of cooperation, for example, in joint patrols of war ships. And another example, in the area of fighting piracy, where the interests of our two peoples coincide”.

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99% of Kirkuk oil is under Peshmerga control

99 Percent of Kirkuk oil is under Peshmerga control

Both Bai Hassan and Kirkuk Oil fields in Kirkuk province are now under Peshmerga control, with the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) having ceased control of one other oil field in the area, from where they smuggle oil to Hamreen Mountains according to a source from North Oil co. who asked to remain anonymous. “Both oil fields have been controlled by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. These two oil fields are important and very beneficial for Kirkuk because it is the place from where oil is exported abroad,” said the source.

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Burma military facility hides secrets from the world

Military facility hides secrets from the world

With journalists sentenced to hard labour for writing about an isolated installation, experts are concerned about what might be being produced. “A factory built in a remote area in secrecy and under high security with a lot of pipes and pumps and such could easily be a chemical weapons facility,” Mr Kaszeta said. “However, it is occurring in a country known for secrecy with a military that operates a vast defence industry as a state-owned enterprise. Many things under that umbrella could account for this, such as manufacture of explosives or propellants.”

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Poland Shortlists Patriot Missile, Excluding MEADS

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The decision by Poland to admit Raytheon’s Patriot to a short list of bidders for its anti-missile program, while excluding the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program, has spurred rival claims over performance between the two. On June 30, the Polish Defense Ministry announced that it was narrowing its search for a missile defense system to two candidates, the Patriot and the Aster offered by the Eurosam consortium of Thales and MBDA.

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Truth and Algerian involvement in Libya

Truth and Algerian involvement in Libya

Analysts have also been talking about a pincer movement by Egyptian and Algerian forces on either side of Libya’s desert regions, with Chadian and French forces cutting off Libya’s southern frontiers thus entrapping “terrorist” groups within Libya’s Sahara. Algeria’s El Khabar newspaper, which is close to Algeria’s military, said on 11 June that Algeria was coming under increasing pressure from western countries to intervene in Libya to destroy the “jihadist Salafist” groups.

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China’s new territorial law could spell disaster – analyst

China’s new territorial law could spell disaster – analyst

China’s new territorial law could mean disaster if it is implemented in the encompassed territories in the nation’s nine-dash line. Defense analyst Rommel Banlaoi said that if China chooses to implement their new law in their claimed areas inside the dotted lines, which covers 80 percent of the South China Sea, the nation could use its military in enforcing the law. “It’s problematic since there are so many claimants in the disputed areas that the nine-dash line has surrounded,” Banlaoi said Monday at Camp Aguinaldo.

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Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq – report

Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq

Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area, the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported. The world’s top oil exporter shares an 800km border with Iraq, where Islamic State insurgents and other Sunni Muslim militant groups seized towns and cities in a lightning advance last month. King Abdullah has ordered all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against potential “terrorist threats”, state news agency SPA reported.

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CARIC: Africa to deploy joint intervention force

Africa to deploy joint intervention force

Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz said: “The gravity of the new threats posed by terrorism, organised crime and all forms of illegal trafficking require the union to adopt a global strategy.” “In the face of the horror of terrorist acts and particularly the massacres of civilians and other barbarous kidnappings, Africa is duty-bound not only to speak with one voice but also to act with a single iron fist to curb violence and terror,” he said about the proposed African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (CARIC).

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German, French defense companies to merge

German, French defense companies to merge

The merger deal is between Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter Systems of France, providers of land defense systems. “The alliance of KMW and Nexter creates a group with the momentum and innovative force required to succeed and prosper in international competition,” the companies said in a joint statement. “In addition, it offers to its European and NATO customers the opportunity of increased standardization and interoperability for their defense equipment, with a dependable industrial base.”

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Report: Israel tells U.S. it would act to save Jordan from Islamists

Report: Israel tells U.S. it would act to save Jordan from Islamists

Israeli diplomats have told their American counterparts that Israel would be prepared to take military action to save the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan if it came under attack by jihadist militants, the Daily Beast reported on Saturday. The threat posed to Jordan by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which has already taken over wide swathes of Iraq and Syria, is of deep concern to the Obama administration and was the subject of a confidential briefing by administration officials to senators last week, according to the online news site.

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Japan set for landmark easing of constitutional limits on military

Collective defense deal near

Japan is poised for a historic shift in its defense policy by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War Two, a major step away from post-war pacifism and a big political victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The change will significantly widen Japan’s military options by ending the ban on exercising “collective self-defense”, or aiding a friendly country under attack. It will also relax limits on activities in U.N.-led peace-keeping operations and “grey zone” incidents short of full-scale war.

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Kuwait on alert over ISIL territorial gains in Iraq

Kuwait on alert over ISIL territorial gains in Iraq

Battles in the north of Iraq pitting Sunni fighters against the Shiite-led government are sending tremors of fear across the country’s southern borders which, less than three decades ago, funnelled troops that invaded Kuwait’s oil-rich soil. The smaller neighbour, still reeling from the environmental, social and economic impacts of its 7-month annexation by Iraq in 1990-1991, is living a fresh concern as the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), an Al-Qaeda-inspired group, fights its way in Syria and Iraq to create its own caliphate.

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African Union says progressing to military force by end-2015

African Union says progressing to military force by end-2015

Africa is making progress towards a regional military force by the end of next year, a senior African Union official said on Wednesday, as local leaders urged less reliance on foreign intervention. Delays in implementing the African Standby Force (ASF) forced African states to request French intervention to tackle crises last year in Mali and Central African Republic. Delays in implementing the African Standby Force (ASF) forced African states to request French intervention to tackle crises last year in Mali and Central African Republic.

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Why Myanmar’s plan to acquire fighter jets from China, Pakistan should worry India

Why Myanmar's plan to acquire fighter jets from China, Pakistan should worry India

Weapons made in China/Pakistan making their way to India’s next door neighbour should definitely be upsetting for New Delhi. India needs to explore ways urgently to see if it can make a better and more economically viable offer to Myanmar. Myanmar is of huge strategic significance for India. The two countries share a 1,600-km-long land boundary apart from a long maritime boundary in Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

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Burmese troops and KIA repeatedly clash in southern Kachin state

Burmese troops and KIA repeatedly clash in southern Kachin state

Fighting between government forces and troops form the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) took place nearly every day last week in the Manwing area of southern Kachin state. The fighting began shortly after a military column entered into an area controlled by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the KIO’s armed wing. Clashes between the Burma army’s Light Infantry Division No. 88 and resistance forces from KIA battalion 27 took place at Gaw Ngu Yang near Nam Hka village.

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U.S. prepares for awkward military engagement with China in Hawaii

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The U.S. Navy has dispatched numerous ships to Hawaii as it prepares for Rim of the Pacific 2014, the world’s largest international maritime exercise. It will involve 49 surface ships and six submarines from 23 countries this year, but the inclusion of one — China — will get an inordinate amount of attention. The People’s Liberation Army of China will participate in the exercise for the first time, sending ships that include the missile destroyer Haikou, the missile frigate Yueyang, the oiler Qiandaohu and the hospital ship Peace Ark.

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NATO to establish Trust Fund for Ukraine’s defense potential

NATO creating trust fund to support Ukraine's defense sector

“New NATO measures for supporting the Ukrainian defense sector include the creation of a trust fund,” the source told journalists. The Foreign Ministers of 28 NATO member-countries will discuss the issue during a coming meeting on June 24 and 25 in Brussels. It’s too early to specify the terms under which the fund will be created or the financial issues, the source said. NATO has no plans, for now, to offer military assistance.

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Myanmar armed personnel encroaches on Indian soil

Myanmar armed personnel intrude on indian soil

“The Burmese army personnel come to our village and keep loitering in the streets when it is dark, sometimes they come in vehicles. We are afraid to go out in our own village,” said L Haokip, a resident of Haolenphai village. Recently, the Myanmar army has erected a makeshift wooden fence to demarcate the line of control in the area which starts from border pillar number 74. The area mentioned is almost about 12 square kilometers. At present, this area which originally is ancestral land of the Kuki village is claimed by Myanmar as their territory.

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Iraqi military facing ‘psychological collapse’ after losses, desertions

Iraq military vanishes under ISIL threat

The 300 U.S. advisers authorized to assist the Iraqi security forces will find an army in crisis mode, so lacking in equipment and shaken by desertions that it may not be able to win back significant chunks of territory from al-Qaeda renegades for months or even years, analysts and officials say. After tens of thousands of desertions, the Iraqi military is reeling from what one U.S. official described as “psychological collapse” in the face of the offensive from militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Iraq Military Has Been Severely Degraded in Battle Against ISIS

Iraq Military Out of Hellfire Missiles in Battle Against ISIS

The Iraqi military ran out of Hellfire missiles six days ago, and though the U.S. is rushing more missiles into the country, Iraq has only two modified Cessna aircraft to launch them in their battle against the radical Islamic militia ISIS. ISIS has damaged 28 tanks and shot down three helicopters, a significant percentage of the government force, and the militia killed an entire Iraqi Security Force brigade in the last couple of days at the border with Syria, which ISIS now controls.

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Thai junta taking control of economy

Thai junta taking control of economy

The Thai military is rapidly taking control of Southeast Asia’s second largest economy with an overhaul of state enterprises, a suspension or cancellation of some of the previous government’s infrastructure projects and efforts to build bridges with foreign investors. The move comes after decades of corruption in the country’s infrastructure, previous Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra – for one – removed from office after being found guilty of having illegally transferred a high ranking civil servant for personal gain.

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Putin orders forces in central Russia on full combat alert

Putin orders forces in central Russia on full combat alert

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday placed forces in central Russia on “full combat alert” and ordered the 65,000 troops in the region to carry out one week of military readiness drills. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the ground and airborne drills in the Volga and Ural mountain regions would run June 21 though June 28, the Interfax news agency reported. Troops stationed near Ukraine, thousands of kilometres away from central Russia, are not involved in the drills.

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Japan’s move aims to seal off ‘first island chain’: analysts

Move aims to seal off 'first island chain': analysts

“The Miyako Strait is 250 kilometers long and the firing range of the missile is up to 150 kilometers, which would make it easy for Japan to cut off sea transport if they deployed them at both ends of the strait,” Li Jie, a naval military expert, told the Global Times. The first island chain stretches from the Japanese archipelago through the island of Taiwan to the Philippines. It encircles China, and the US came to regard it as an important barrier to containing China.

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US quietly sending in elite military units to train former Soviet bloc states amid annexation of Crimea

File photo of U.S. Army soldiers training in Latvia

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) refocuses on its eastern borders after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the US is quietly deploying more troops to train special forces in former Soviet bloc states anxious about Moscow’s intentions. Highly trained and equipped with advanced communications equipment and weapons, special forces are often used in counterterrorism or reconnaissance operations. They can infiltrate enemy lines to tie down much larger numbers of opposition troops.

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Taiwan’s early warning radar can be jammed by China: report

Taiwan’s early warning radar can be jammed by China: report

The People’s Liberation Army has developed a new large phased array radar based north of Hui’an in southern China’s Fujian province which is capable of jamming Taiwan’s long-range radar system also known as the Surveillance Radar Programme, according to military experts Richard Fisher and Sean O’Connor. Similar in size to the SRP, China’s new radar system is capable of monitoring the entire Taiwan Strait region, as well as the southern approaches to the South China Sea.

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Slovakia and the Czech Republic Reject NATO Bases

Slovakia's Prime Minister Fico speaks at a news conference at the end of a European leaders emergency summit on Ukraine in Brussels

Slovakia joined neighbor the Czech Republic in effectively ruling out hosting NATO units, when Prime Minister Robert Fico said he could not imagine there would be foreign soldiers on its territory. “I cannot imagine that there would be foreign soldiers on our territory in the form of some bases,” Fico told a news conference broadcast live on television when asked about the Obama plan. “Slovakia has its historical experience with participation of foreign troops. Let us remember the 1968 invasion.

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Russia to ‘restrict’ US-run GPS satellites

Russia to 'restrict' US-run GPS satellites

Russian authorities have “implemented measures” to restrict the use of satellite bases in its territories that serve the US-owned GPS network. The country’s space agency said it would rule out “any military use” of the ground-based stations. The move comes amid Russian attempts to build a US base for its GPS rival, the navigation system Glonass, which have been blocked by the US government. However experts say the move will have no effect on GPS users worldwide.

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France expands presence in Sahel region with Special Ops Base in Djibouti

France expands presence in Sahel region with Special Ops Base in Djibouti

France will strengthen its military presence in Africa and Djibouti will play a major role in this strategy by hosting the next French base. It is a detachment of the Special Operations Command (SOC). According to an expert from the French army, with this new detachment, and France will graph the Sahelian zone with a response of less than 3 hours capacity for the entire region. Originally, this base was to be established in Mali which eventually declined the offer.

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Rogue Libyan general launches air strikes against Islamist militia camp

Rogue Libyan general launches air strikes against Islamist militia camp

Forces loyal to a rogue former Libyan general carried out an air raid yesterday on a Islamist militia camp in Benghazi. Two airstrikes hit the compound as part of Gen Khalifa Haftar’s offensive against Islamists. “A warplane carried out raids on a camp of the ‘February 17 Martyrs Brigades’,” said Ahmed Al Jazaoui, a militiaman. The strikes came less than 24 hours after gunmen attacked an interior ministry unit tasked with protecting Libya’s outgoing government.

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UK under fire for recruiting an ‘army of children’

UK under fire for recruiting an 'army of children'

More than one in 10 new Army recruits are boy soldiers of just 16 years old, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Defence. And more than one in four of all new Army recruits are under 18 – too young to be sent into combat. “By recruiting at 16, the UK isolates itself from its main political and military allies and finds itself instead sharing a policy with the likes of North Korea and Iran. These are not states which the UK would normally want its military to be associated with,” said Richard Clarke, director of Child Soldiers International.

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Peaceful Sweden ‘arming dictators’ as defense booms

Peaceful Sweden ‘arming dictators’ as defense booms

Amid the boom, critics charge that Sweden has become more inclined to arm regimes accused of human rights abuses, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, as demand from Western nations has ebbed. One of Sweden’s most polemic exports, the Saab-made Carl Gustav rocket launcher used by the US and other armies has reportedly fallen into the hands of groups that Stockholm would not normally trade with, including the Burmese military and Islamist extremists al-Shabaab in Somalia.

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The Pentagon Is Building a $44-Million EMP Bunker in Alaska

The Pentagon Is Building a $44-Million EMP Bunker in Alaska

Fort Greely, Alaska is home to one of America’s two domestic missile defense bases. Now it’s getting armored against high-altitude electromagnetic energy attacks—like the kind emitted from nuclear blasts. It’s a far-fetched scenario, but the Pentagon is spending millions on a bunker designed to protect against exactly that. According to contract documents from the Army Corps of Engineers, the military plans to spend $44 million on an “HEMP-protected” bunker housing the base’s missile launch control systems.

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Thailand military seizes power in coup

Thailand military seizes power in coup

Thailand’s military has announced it is taking control of the government and has suspended the constitution. In a TV statement, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to restore order and enact political reforms. Key political figures, including opposition protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban and pro-government protest leader Jatuporn Prompan, were taken away from the talks venue after troops sealed off the area.

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German cabinet adopts new Africa strategy

German cabinet adopts new Africa strategy

The German cabinet has adopted a new Africa strategy, showing willingness for a greater German involvement in Africa, German media N-TV reported on Wednesday. In the new Africa policy, Germany’s ruling coalition government expressed willingness to help prevent armed conflicts on the continent at an early stage in the future. In addition to training missions, which would help African countries solve crisis more independently, Germany said it was also ready to send more troops to Africa if necessary.

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Baltic Stakes: Latvia calls for permanent NATO military bases

Latvia calls for permanent NATO military bases

We immediately received strong and positive signals from the US. US troops are present in the Baltic and all the Baltic states are gradually going to increase military spending. We are going to present our so-called “Integrated Smart Defense Approach.” That is our response and it is extremely important. With regard to the other issues, we have asked for an additional or alternative natural gas supply. We know that the US would play quite a crucial role because Shell Gas exports are quite huge in the US and the US is going to remain a very important exporter.

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Japan plans ‘to set up military bases near Diaoyus’ amid row with China

Japan plans ‘to set up military bases near Diaoyus’ amid row with China

Japan is to establish new military outposts on remote islands, a report said today, as Tokyo looks to bolster its defence amid a territorial dispute with China. Up to 350 troops each could be stationed on three islands in the far southwest, close to the Senkakus, which Beijing claims as its own under the name Diaoyus, the mass-selling Yomiuri Shimbun reported. The lack of substantial military presence is a source of worry for some in Japan, who caution that it leaves Japan vulnerable to China’s increasingly assertive stance.

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Britain offers Nigeria military advisers, RAF spy plane

Britain offers Nigeria military advisers

Britain on Saturday offered to send advisers to help the Nigerian military organise its efforts to fight Boko Haram rebels, who have kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and threaten to destabilise the wider region, Reuters reports. British Foreign Minister, William Hague, speaking before the start of a meeting of Western and African leaders in Paris, said the Nigerian military was not organised in a way to deal effectively with the Islamist group.

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Washington spends £200m creating AFRICOM intelligence hub in Britain

Washington spends £200m creating intelligence hub in Britain

The result will be a substantial further concentration of US intelligence firepower at RAF Croughton, whose stated purpose is to provide “world-class combat support” for activities including “global strike operations” and has recently had its security arrangements tightened. A USAF briefing document makes it clear that the facility at RAF Croughton will be at the front line of intelligence activities. The facility will be the principle intelligence centre for the USafricom – or Africa command.

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Japan to carefully explain collective defense rationale to South Korea

Japan to carefully explain collective defense rationale to South Korea

Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki said Friday that his ministry is ready to provide South Korea with in-depth explanations if necessary on Japan’s attempt to lift legalize the use of collective self-defense. Saiki made the remark at a meeting in Tokyo with Lee Sang-deuk, director-general of the South Korean Foreign Ministry’s Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau. Lee said he appreciates Japan’s efforts. Shinzo Abe submitted a report calling for lifting the ban on collective self-defense imposed by Article 9 of the Constitution.

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Haglund: Sweden and Finland closer to NATO than ever

Haglund: Sweden and Finland closer to NATO than ever

Haglund says he is of the opinion that the crisis in Ukraine has added momentum to the NATO debate in Finland.
“It is a bit of a paradox that Russia’s actions have pushed Finland and Sweden closer to NATO membership than ever before. I doubt that was the Russian intention,” he said. In his speech, Haglund said he hopes that discussion regarding the defence policy of the country will continue until the next parliamentary election, as Finland needs to engage in a serious debate on the country’s defence and security solutions.

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Steadfast Javelin: NATO holds 6,000-troop Estonia exercise as part of Ukraine response

NATO holds 6,000-troop Estonia exercise as part of Ukraine response

NATO has launched a large-scale exercise codenamed “Steadfast Javelin 1″ in Estonia to test the ability of the Allied forces to work together, as well as maintaining the alliance’s readiness and combat effectiveness, according to a statement issued Friday. The “Steadfast Javelin 1″ exercise reflects NATO’s strong commitment to collective defence in the Baltic region, said Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Hans-Lothar Domröse.

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Raytheon to operate Canadian radar for missile defense

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A missile warning radar system for the north of Canada is to be operated and maintained by Raytheon Canada Limited. The contract for the North Warning System was issued by Public Works and Government Services Canada, a department of the government of Canada. It is for five years with two options for an additional five years. The financial terms of the award were not disclosed. The radar system is a joint Canadian and United States radar system that covers areas Labrador to the Yukon

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US positions forces in Sicily over Libya security fears

US positions forces in Sicily over Libya security fears

The Pentagon said today it has temporarily moved nearly 200 Marines to Sicily from their base in Spain as a precaution due to concerns about unrest in North Africa, bolstering the US ability to respond to any crisis. The Pentagon declined to single out any countries but two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said American concerns were centered squarely on Libya, where armed groups and Islamists refused to disarm. That force is meant to speed US response times in north and west Africa.

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Bangladesh-China military agreements signed

Bangladesh-China military agreements signed

They were signed in presence of visiting General Xu Qiliang, who is the vice-chairman of the central military commission of the Chinese Communist Party. The agreements were signed with the Bangladesh armed forces and with the Bangladesh University of Professionals run by the armed forces. Under the agreements, Chinese military would provide military support to Bangladesh armed forces and provide training to military personnel.

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US concerned at sale of French warships to Russia

US concerned at sale of French warships to Russia

US officials voiced concern Thursday at the sale of French warships to Moscow as they mulled tougher sanctions on Russia for the political upheaval triggered by the Ukraine crisis.The first of two Mistral warships is not due to be delivered to Russia until later this year, and France has so far resisted pressure to suspend the controversial $1.2 billion contract. The first, named the Vladivostok, is due to be delivered in October, while the second, “The Sevastopol” is to be delivered in 2015.

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Nimble Titan: Countries collaborate on ballistic missile defense

Countries collaborate on ballistic missile defense

“Nimble Titan is an unclassified future-focused experiment that builds awareness and understanding regarding potential cooperative responses and concepts in missile defense between the U.S. and our allies and partners,” said Air Force Col. Marc Caughey, director of Plans, Policy, and Allied Integration, or J-5, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense. As part of U.S. Strategic Command, JFCC IMD is responsible for the synchronization of global missile defense planning and providing operational support.

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U.S. to send 20 marine brigades in case of North Korean invasion

U.S. to send 20 marine brigades in case of North Korean invasion

The U.S. has established an operational plan to deploy 20 marine brigades to the Korean Peninsula in case of a North Korean invasion into the South, U.S. House Armed Services Chairman Howard McKeon. During a forum in Washington, McKeon said that U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos told him that most of the U.S. marines are to be dispatched to defend South Korea under the plan, according to Yonhap. Under the allies’ joint war plan, the U.S. is to send its 690,000 troops to the peninsula in case of an all-out war.

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Baku, Tbilisi, Ankara mull trilateral defense co-op

Baku, Tbilisi, Ankara mull trilateral defense co-op

Trilateral cooperation between Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey in the defense sector was discussed within the Tbilisi summit, Georgian Security Council Secretary Irina Imerlishvili told journalists on May 7. “We have the military cooperation with Turkey, as well as with Azerbaijan, which are bilateral,” she noted. “The sides discussed possible transition to the trilateral cooperation format. The ministers cooperate very closely, but this cooperation is in bilateral format so far.”

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Finland and Sweden agree to enhance defense cooperation

Finland and Sweden to enhance defense cooperation

Both sides will step up cooperation in the air and naval defenses, with a focus on the Baltic Sea region, the report said. Haglund was quoted as saying that joint Navy and Air Force units are a strong indication of the mutual trust between the two Nordic countries. The Swedish minister said it is not a defense alliance, but an important cooperation, aiming to achieve effective and closer dialogues when common challenges arise.

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US secures ‘long term’ lease on Djibouti base

French army training the Ugandan army for deployment in Somalia

The United States secured long term access Monday to a military base in Djibouti that it uses to launch counter-terrorism missions, including drone strikes, in Yemen and the Horn of Africa. “Camp Lemonnier is extraordinarily important to our work throughout the Horn of Africa but also throughout the region. We very much appreciate the hospitality that Djiboutians provide,” Obama said.

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Philippines to give US forces access to up to five military bases

Philippines to give US forces access to up to five military bases

Up to five Philippine military bases will be made available for U.S. forces to rotate aircraft, ships, equipment and troops, Manila’s chief negotiator of a new security pact said, as the Philippines looks to counter China’s rising power in the region. A new 10-year military agreement, which also covers storage of equipment for maritime security and humanitarian assistance, was signed with the United States last week, hours before President Barack Obama arrived for a two-day visit to Manila.

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Estonian Air Base Turns Into Second NATO Baltic States Hub

Estonian Air Base Turns Into Second NATO Baltic States Hub

NATO is preparing for “any threat that might arise,” an air command general said in Estonia on Wednesday where the alliance was officially turning an air base into the Baltic states’ second NATO hub. Amari Air Base will be used for NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltic states and is intended as “a message that says, we are not alone, NATO is one strong alliance and we protect each other,” according to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.

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Sweden allows NATO AWACS flights over Swedish air space

Sweden sanction NATO recon flights through Swedish air space

Swedish government took the decision at its meeting on Wednesday.This state of SvD military and civilian sources familiar with the matter. The government’s decision, which has not yet been dispatched formally, means in practice ahead for NATO three. Armed Forces instructed to allow passages every other day during the period May 8 to 31 NATO planes will then fly between Norway and Poland through Swedish airspace.

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