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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

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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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Raytheon to Design Net-Linked Sensors, Radar Tech for Naval Research Lab

Raytheon to Design Net-Linked Sensors, Radar Tech for Naval Research Lab

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded Raytheon Company an $8.5 millionbase contract to design the Flexible Distributed Array Radar (FlexDAR), enabling dynamic multi-mission radars capable of executing a variety of functions including surveillance, communications, and electronic warfare. FlexDAR will develop technology that will lead to enhanced capability for future radar sensors including software-defined digital re-configurability.

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Russian army to use unmanned ground robot Taifun-M to protect Yars and Topol-M missile sites

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The new Russian unmanned ground mobile security robot Taifun-M, designed to provide security at strategic missile facilities, has been shown on the Russian Vesti news program.The combat robots, which have no foreign analogue, will be used to secure RS-24 Yars and SS-27 Topol-M missile sites and can be operated remotely by a secure wireless connection and in the future with an autonomous artificial intelligence system, the program reported Monday.

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Japan’s SDF to gain gray-area defense role

SDF to gain gray-area defense role

The government will add a new provision to the Self-Defense Forces Law that will enable the SDF to take “countermeasures” against foreign irregular troops, such as special operations forces posing as fishermen, who invade and occupy remote islands of Japan, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The countermeasures are considered actions to fill a gray area between the right to self-defense and police power.

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EUCOM dismisses reports of secret U.S. base in Crimea

EUCOM dismisses reports of secret U.S. base in Crimea

“Recent media speculation has questioned the cancellation of humanitarian assistance projects in Crimea,” according to a statement released Thursday by European Command. “The school and hospital renovation projects in question were part of EUCOM’s HA program and would have been solely for the benefit of the local school children and community. Rumors that these projects were an attempt to establish a U.S. military base in the region are patently false.”

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UK launches biggest maritime investment in Bahrain

Work starts on UK naval HQ in Bahrain

The project is the maritime forces’ biggest investment on foreign soil and is being built with British money procured through Foreign Military Sales, according to the report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication. “This will be the UK’s biggest operational theatre outside of the UK.” Both buildings are due to be completed by July 2015 to coincide with the completion of the Salman Naval Base, previously known as Mina Salman Port.

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Caspian sea closed for US military

Caspian sea closed for US military

A convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea will keep the sea free from any military facilities except of either Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Iran or Azerbaijan. The accord was reached between foreign ministers of the five Caspian states at talks held in Moscow. Although the countries have been in dispute over delimitation of the sea bed for the last two decades, the diplomats came up with unanimous decision on alien military presence.

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Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say

Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say

“It’s unfortunate that German companies were directly supporting and training Russia’s military even during the attacks against Ukraine,” one senior Senate aide told The Daily Beast. “The U.S. government should call on our NATO allies to suspend all military connections with Russia at this point, until the Russians leave Ukraine, including Crimea.” Officials noticed the radical upgrade of Moscow’s forces–especially its special operations forces–experienced since they last saw major action in 2008′s invasion of Georgia.

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Darpa is Developing The Ultimate Autopilot System

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The new system is called ALIAS, which stands for Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System. Its main goal is to streamline the incredibly complex interfaces that avionics operators have to contend with on a daily basis, and make lives easier for people flying jets. “Our goal is to design and develop a full-time automated assistant that could be rapidly adapted to help operate diverse aircraft through an easy-to-use operator interface,”.

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Putin suggests creating unified system of naval bases in Russia’s Arctic

Putin suggests creating unified system of naval bases in Russia’s Arctic

Putin has suggested creating a unified system of naval bases in Russia’s Arctic. Speaking at a meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday Putin underscored the need for enhancing the reliability of protection of Russia’s Arctic borders. This should be done in various ways, including the reinforcement of the border guard forces’ naval group. Alongside, steps must be taken to enhance military infrastructure.

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Why conflict continues in Kachin State

Why conflict continues in Kachin State

Fighting between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has erupted just as the government aims to step up efforts to sign a nation-wide ceasefire with various ethnic armed groups. There are different versions as to why the Myanmar Army has stepped up efforts to seize control of rebel-held territory. This article looks at the origins of the recent clashes and questions why the conflict has restarted.

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Ukraine submits proof of Russian covert action

Ukraine submits proof of Russian covert action

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has valid proof of Russian special-ops troops being deployed on Ukrainian territory. Officers of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU), currently based in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, directly coordinating insurgents, providing them with financial, material and technical support. Militants are also being coordinated via special communications equipment from the the Russian Federation.

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Japan steps up surveillance posture against China: Reports

Japan steps up surveillance posture against China: Reports

Japan bolstered its military surveillance capabilities in the southern island region of Okinawa over the weekend, reports said, as territorial tensions with China simmer. The nation’s armed forces, called the Self-Defence Forces, launched a squadron of four E-2C early warning planes at its air base in Naha on the main Okinawan island Sunday, the Jiji and Kyodo news agencies reported. This is the first time such planes have been based on the island.

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Iran to Set Up Naval Zone in Eastern Caspian Sea

Iran to Set Up Naval Zone in Eastern Caspian Sea

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Wednesday that the Navy will establish a naval zone east of the Caspian Sea. Iranian military officials have repeatedly announced that strong naval presence in the Caspian Sea (the world’s largest lake and a resource-rich body of water) is as a way to safeguard national interests and marine resource there.The maritime and seabed boundaries of the Caspian Sea have yet to be demarcated among the five countries bordering the sea.

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Israel’s army chief says a military operation in Lebanon is realistic and necessary scenario

Israel's army chief says a military operation in Lebanon is realistic scenario

Israel’s army chief of staff General Benny Gantz said an Israeli military operation in Lebanon is not only a realistic scenario but a necessary one. Gantz told Israel’s Channel 2 that threats against Israel from Lebanon and Gaza are not a mere campaign of intimidation but a reality pointing out that Israel is considering an increase in the level of its preparedness to emergency level to answer these threats. Commenting on the Syrian civil war Gantz said that Israel must prepare for all variables that could change at any time.

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Inside the FBI’s secret relationship with the military’s special operations

Inside the FBI’s secret relationship with the military’s special operations

With the war in Afghanistan ending, FBI officials have become more willing to discuss a little-known alliance between the bureau and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) that allowed agents to participate in hundreds of raids in Iraq and Afghanistan. The relationship benefited both sides. JSOC used the FBI’s expertise in exploiting digital media and other materials to locate insurgents and detect plots, including any against the United States.

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US unsettled by China’s ‘three warfares’ strategy: Pentagon report

US unsettled by China's 'three warfares' strategy: Pentagon report

The US and its military partners are reaching for new tools to counter an unconventional ”three warfares” strategy that China is using to advance aggressive territorial claims, according to a Pentagon report. It says the People’s Liberation Army is using what it calls ”legal warfare”, ”media warfare” and ”psychological warfare” to augment its arsenal of military hardware to weaken the resolve of the US and its regional partners to defend islands and oceans in the East and South China seas.

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UK mulls ‘more permanent’ military base in Gulf

UK mulls 'more permanent' military base in Gulf

The UK is looking into options to establish a “more permanent” military facility in the Gulf region, according to Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond, it was reported. At a press briefing in Doha, Hammond was quoted as saying that as the UK withdraws troops from combat in Afghanistan, where deployments provided them with training, “we have to think through how we will train our forces in desert warfare, in hot-conditions’ combat in the future”.

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Gulf Countries to Form a Military Alliance with Morocco, Egypt, Jordan

Gulf Countries to Form a Military Alliance with Morocco, Egypt, Jordan

According to Al Massae, the new military alliance will eventually include the 6 countries of the GCC, as well as Morocco, Jordan and Egypt. The GCC, which includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, has already sent a formal request to the three countries to join the proposed military alliance. Through the military alliance, the GCC seeks to secure the assistance of a total of 300,000 troops from Morocco, Egypt and Jordan. In exchange, the three countries will be provided with financial aid.

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Poland, Sweden, UK propose to send EU police mission to Ukraine

Poland, Sweden, UK propose to send EU police mission to Ukraine

The UK, Poland, and Sweden have proposed sending an EU police mission to Ukraine to build up its law enforcement bodies in the wake of February’s revolution. “Re-establishing confidence in the rule of law in Ukraine will be vital for future stability. We thus propose a capacity-building mission focused on supporting the police and judicial system,” they said in an informal paper circulated in Brussels this week.

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Russian ‘plans for war on Sweden’ cause concern

Russian 'plans for war on Sweden' cause concern

Russia has intensified its espionage efforts in Sweden to include war preparations, Swedish security service Säpo warned on Monday. Unge said Russia’s intensified interest in Sweden was evidenced by simulated flight attacks on Swedish targets as well as attempts to recruit spies, increased signals intelligence, and the purchase of a significant number of maps. The simulated flight attacks were a particular point of concern for Säpo.

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Pakistan’s guns for hire in the Gulf

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Far from being a thing of the past, it would appear that Pakistani links to Gulf security forces remain strong. Reports last week indicated that Bahrain employs 10,000 Pakistanis in its security forces, including 20% of its air force. Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif denied Pakistan was providing troops, but the article said Pakistan provided security personnel to help quell the 2011 sectarian protests. Not officially, mind you, because they had been recruited through two of Pakistan’s military welfare organisations.

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U.S. sending 175 Marines to Romania as part of Africa crisis team

U.S. sending 175 Marines to Romania as part of Africa crisis team

The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was bolstering the size of its Europe-based African crisis response force to 675 Marines, sending 175 new troops to a Romanian base near the Black Sea at a time of tensions over Russia’s annexation of part of Ukraine. But it came on the heels of news on Tuesday that General Philip Breedlove, the top U.S. officer in Europe, is considering moving a U.S. warship into the Black Sea in the coming days to reassure NATO allies and exercise with partners.

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Are Stealth Tanks the Future of Battlefields

Are Stealth Tanks the Future of Battlefields

Picture the future battlefield. Smart munitions. Unmanned drones. Infantry soldiers packed with electronic sensors. And stealth tanks. Tanks on these battlefields will be pitted not only against other tanks, but also against unmanned aerial vehicles armed with heat seeking smart missiles and autonomous ground triggered smart munitions. At the same time, increased guerrilla-based warfare and the predominance of air superiority will mean that the humble tank could easily become prey.

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US Army examining next-gen augmented reality “live synthetic” simulations

US Army examining next-gen augmented reality live synthetic simulations

Modern warfare is sometimes compared to a video game, but within ten years combat training may become the most realistic video game imaginable. The US Army’s Future Holistic Training Environment Live Synthetic program is a new approach to combat training that integrates various simulations into a single, remotely accessible system. Used on bases across the country, its goal is to provide the Pentagon with a cheaper, more effective way of training soldiers for future military operations.

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Preparing for war, Ukraine’s revolutionaries join army

Preparing for war, Ukraine’s revolutionaries join army

A hail of gunfire rings out as a group of soldiers leap from a helicopter, do a combat roll, crouch and open fire. Running through a haze of smoke, clambering up and down ropes and engaging in hand-to-hand combat: Ukraine’s newly-formed National Guard is hard at work learning to defend the crisis-hit country. At a military base in Novi Petrivtsi the recruits are showing off their new skills, many of them drawn from the protesters whose uprising led to the fall of the previous government.

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North, South Korea trade live fire over sea border

North, South Korea trade live fire over sea border

The two Koreas traded hundreds of rounds of live artillery fire across their disputed maritime border Monday, forcing South Korean islanders to take shelter a day after the North drove up tensions by threatening a new nuclear test. The exchange, triggered by a three-hour North Korean live-fire exercise that dropped shells into South Korean waters, was limited to untargeted shelling into the sea, military officials said.South Korea’s defence ministry said the North fired some 500 shells during the drill.

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U.S. Military Seeking ‘Cheap Stealth’ on Ocean Floor

U.S. Military Seeking ‘Cheap Stealth’ on Ocean Floor

That’s exactly where the Pentagon is looking to build underwater mini-depots for the U.S. Navy. “The approach centers on pre-deploying deep-ocean nodes years in advance in forward areas which can be commanded from standoff to deliver a wide range of unmanned and distributed systems to the sub-surface, surface, and air,” the Pentagon says. “The node must survive at greater than 6 km [3.7 miles] of depth, last up to 5 years, and operate in less than two hours after commanded to launch from the seafloor.”

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U.S. Special Ops Planning ‘Neighborhood Watch’ for Action in Globe’s ‘Dark Areas’

Seeking “critical” but “non-existent” intelligence for a dozen nations

The U.S. military is always busy planning for war pretty much everywhere, but some places are tougher nuts to crack than others. That’s why the U.S. Special Operations Command is seeking “Geospatial Data on Countries of Interest for Which There is a Critical Need But Non-Existent Data.” Just who might those countries be? According to a USSCOM announcement posted Monday, the “initial dataset” consists of “Jordan, Djibouti, Burma, Honduras, Iran, Morocco, Nigeria, Trinidad & Tobago, Burkina Faso, S. Sudan, N. Korea, and China (Guangdong).”

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US Army opens acquisition for counter-UAS weapon system

US Army opens acquisition for counter-UAS weapon system

Concerned about the emerging threat of unmanned aircraft, the US Army is canvassing American defence contractors for information on systems that can detect, classify and destroy drones of varying sizes. According to the request for information (RFI), the army’s Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is open to both “kinetic and non-kinetic options” – the latter referring to lasers.

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Crimean Assessment: NATO discovers the new Russian army

NATO discovers the new Russian army

Breedlove was very impressed, both by the preparation of the “incursion”, under cover of maneuvers allowed by security agreements, by its execution. “The incursion of Russia into Georgia… was probably not the smoothest,” he said. “By way of comparison, the foray into Crimea went very much like clockwork, starting with almost a complete disconnection of the Crimean forces from their command and control via jamming and cyberattacks and then a complete envelopment by the Russian forces inside of Crimea.”»

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Korea Eyes Military Intelligence Deal with U.S., Japan

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Seoul aims to conclude a memorandum of understanding with Washington and Tokyo to protect military intelligence. The agreement is seen as a more viable alternative to a military intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that the government had to drop in 2012 after fierce opposition at home. “We can no longer neglect the issue of trilateral security cooperation among Seoul, Washington and Tokyo as North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats increase,” a government source said on Sunday.

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Poll shows support for military union with Sweden

Poll shows support for military union with Sweden

Finns are ready to align militarily with their western neighbour, Sweden. That’s the message from a new poll carried out for Yle by Taloustutkimus. The survey asked whether people would support a union under which the armed forces of one country would be called on to support the other in a crisis situation. Some 54 percent said they would support such a union, 36 percent opposed it and 10 percent said they did not know.

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Chaos As Pro-Russian Forces Smash Their Way Into Crimean Air Base

Chaos As Russians Smash Their Way Into Air Base

For days the Ukrainian commander, holed up with 500 men in a small corner of the vast Belbek air base in southern Crimea, had predicted that the Russians were coming. He was right. On a ridge line above their compound we could see Russian snipers and spotters, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and infantry gathering. A one-hour deadline to leave passed and the Ukrainian soldiers prepared themselves for an assault – not from the Russians but from the pro-Russia militia who have forced their way into camps across the peninsula for the last week.

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Tactical Concepts: Air-Sea Battle in Orbit

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The Navy could also go on the offensive in space. As demonstrated in 2008’s Operation Burnt Frost, the Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) system is capable of destroying targets in space. While the Missile Defense Agency called Operation Burnt Frost a “one-time Aegis BMD mission,” any SM-3 equipped Aegis ship with the same software modifications as the USS Lake Erie would be capable of attacking satellites in low earth orbit.

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U.S. might be paying ‘ghost workers’ in Afghanistan

U.S. might be paying ‘ghost workers’ in Afghanistan

The United States may be paying “ghost workers” in Afghanistan with some of the $1.2 billion in payroll funding it provided for that nation’s security forces, according a federal auditor. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko said in a letter to three U.S. commanders in Afghanistan last month that the United States may be “unwittingly helping to pay the salaries of non-existent members of the Afghan National Police (ANP).”

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Libyan army in heavy fighting with oil port rebels

Libyan army in heavy fighting with oil port rebels

Libyan troops fought with rebels occupying oil ports on Saturday after fighters attacked an army base where military reinforcements were preparing for an offensive to break the blockade, local residents said. The central government in Tripoli gave Jathran a two-week deadline on March 12 to end a blockade of three oil ports or face a military assault.
Last Sunday, US forces stormed a tanker that had made it as far as the eastern Mediterranean after loading crude at one of three ports Jahtran’s men have occupied.

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NATO Chief Says Ukraine Events May Affect European Tactical Nuclear Reductions

NATO Chief Says Ukraine Events May Affect European Tactical Nuclear Reductions

The head of NATO says Russia’s incursion into Ukraine may affect the prospects for nuclear arms control in Europe, which already faced political challenges. “Of course I cannot exclude that the events we have witnessed in Crimea will also have an impact on the thinking about arms control, including nuclear policies,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Wednesday remarks at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

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Through a glass, darkly: Chinese, American, and Russian anti-satellite testing in space

Through a glass, darkly: Chinese, American, and Russian anti-satellite testing in space

Satellites in GEO such as the US military’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellites are the most vulnerable to a hit-to-kill direct ascent ASAT weapon system. They appear to hang over a fixed location on the Equator, making them always visible to the same ground location. The flight time of a direct ascent ASAT to GEO is measured in hours and the launch of such systems using conventional rockets is easily detected by US missile warning satellites.

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