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Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Doomed to Fail

December 11, 2017 2:16 am warisboring.com
Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Doomed to Fail

Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. Postponements, cost-overruns and research and development-related problems mar the project. This should come as no surprise. The Su-57 program was never really viable. Back in early 2006, Russian president Vladimir Putin…

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Still Waiting for Americans to Wake Up to Their Country’s Wars

December 11, 2017 2:16 am warisboring.com
Still Waiting for Americans to Wake Up to Their Country’s Wars

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his own and the misdeeds with which they were charged at least as reprehensible.…

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Rape of Rohingya sweeping, methodical

December 11, 2017 2:16 am stripes.com
Rape of Rohingya sweeping, methodical

UKHIA, Bangladesh — The newlyweds were asleep in their home in western Myanmar in June when seven soldiers charged in. The woman, a Rohingya Muslim who agreed to be identified by her first initial, F, knew enough to be terrified. She knew the military had been attacking Rohingya villages, as…

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American honors late father by preserving Bataan Death March markers in the Philippines

December 11, 2017 2:16 am stripes.com
American honors late father by preserving Bataan Death March markers in the Philippines

CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines – Jungle moss and roadwork are threatening historical markers along the Bataan Death March trail in the Philippines, says an American who’s waging a lonely battle to preserve them. Bob Hudson’s father, Tech. Sgt. Richard Hudson, was among tens of thousands of troops forced to march…

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Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

December 11, 2017 2:15 am janes.com
Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

Singapore Army artillery forces operating the Lockheed Martin M142 227 mm High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) have been given a boost with the fielding of a new and more capable mobile battery command post (CP) as well as the introduction of the company’s Universal Fire Control System (UFCS). The…

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NIOA opens Canberra office

December 11, 2017 2:15 am janes.com
NIOA opens Canberra office

NIOA, an Australian manufacturer of firearms, ammunition and optics, has inaugurated an office in Canberra to support its in-country expansion. Opening the office on 8 December, Australia’s Ministry for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said the move represented “a new chapter in NIOA’s development”. The company is headquartered in Brisbane and…

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Hyundai Rotem to start mass producing K806, K808 armoured vehicles

December 11, 2017 2:15 am janes.com
Hyundai Rotem to start mass producing K806, K808 armoured vehicles

South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem has won a contract from the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to start mass producing 6x6 K806 and 8x8 K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicles for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), the company said on 8 December. Hyundai Rotem said the new contract, which follows…

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Australia moves ASC workers onto submarine programme

December 11, 2017 2:15 am janes.com
Australia moves ASC workers onto submarine programme

The Australian government announced on 11 December a plan to move 200 workers employed by state-owned shipyard ASC from its programme to build Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to its project to sustain the service’s Collins-class submarines. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the…

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Aselsan aims Asian expansion through Malaysian subsidiary

December 11, 2017 2:15 am janes.com
Aselsan aims Asian expansion through Malaysian subsidiary

Turkish defence firm Aselsan is aiming to position its new subsidiary in Malaysia to support regional expansion, with an initial focus on remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS). A company official confirmed to Jane’s on 8 December that Aselsan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary that was inaugurated in July, will…

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North Korean threat, F-35 demand spur rise in global arms sales, report says

December 11, 2017 1:15 am stripes.com
North Korean threat, F-35 demand spur rise in global arms sales, report says

SEOUL, South Korea — The growing threat from North Korea and demand for advanced fighter jets helped spur the first increase in global arms sales in six years, a leading research institute said Monday. Sales of weapons and military services by the world’s largest defense contractors totaled $374.8 billion in…

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IT companies press Pentagon to pick more than one winner in cloud competition

December 10, 2017 11:15 pm stripes.com
IT companies press Pentagon to pick more than one winner in cloud competition

A consortium of industry groups is concerned that the Pentagon could issue a single contract for internet cloud computing services, putting one company in a dominant position to lock out competitors that might develop new innovations in the future. The contract, one of the most important Pentagon IT contracts in…

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Officials see weapons threat as North Korea gains biotech expertise

December 10, 2017 11:15 pm stripes.com
Officials see weapons threat as North Korea gains biotech expertise

Five months before North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006, U.S. intelligence officials sent a report to Congress warning that secret work also was underway on a biological weapon. The communist regime, which had long ago acquired the pathogens that cause smallpox and anthrax, had assembled teams of scientists but…

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South Korea imposes new sanctions on North Korea

December 10, 2017 11:15 pm stripes.com
South Korea imposes new sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea added several North Korean groups and individuals to its sanctions list Monday in a largely symbolic move that is part of efforts to cut off funding for the North's weapons programs. The government said those added were 20 North Korean groups, including several banks…

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Officials from UN, North Korea agree situation is dangerous

December 10, 2017 11:15 pm stripes.com
Officials from UN, North Korea agree situation is dangerous

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says its political chief and North Korea's foreign minister agree that the current situation on the Korean peninsula is the most dangerous security issue in the world. U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman returned Friday from a four-day visit to North Korea, where…

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Progress and Peril in North Waziristan

December 10, 2017 11:07 pm warontherocks.com
Progress and Peril in North Waziristan

Progress and Peril in North Waziristan Subscribe Sign In WarCast WarHall Southern Discomfort Strategic Outpost Podcasts Channels Art of War Charlie Mike Hasty Ambush Molotov Cocktail NatSec2016 Progress and Peril in North Waziristan Michael Kugelman December 11, 2017 Last month, I had a rare opportunity to visit North Waziristan, a…

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German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

December 10, 2017 10:15 pm stripes.com
German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

BERLIN — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources. Hans-Georg Maassen said his agency, known by its German acronym BfV, believes more than 10,000 Germans have been targeted by Chinese intelligence…

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Signs of the familiar: Same adversaries, evolving threat

December 10, 2017 9:46 pm defensenews.com
Signs of the familiar: Same adversaries, evolving threat

During the last year, we’ve seen threats evolve, even as primary adversaries have remained largely the same. Allies reassessed North Korea from bombastic to hostile, and Russia from meddlesome to disruptive. They cheered success in driving the Islamic State group out of geographic strongholds, only to see the extremist group…

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Pentagon comptroller: Using the audit to drive change

December 10, 2017 9:33 pm defensenews.com
Pentagon comptroller: Using the audit to drive change

An underreported but long-awaited event begins at the Pentagon this month: Over 20 years after enactment of a law requiring the audit of federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense commenced its first full-scope financial statement audit. For years, Congress has been adamant that it is high time for the…

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