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Europe hits back at Trump over ‘obsolete’ NATO

Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday after he branded the NATO alliance “obsolete” and criticised the German chancellor’s open-door refugee policy. In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe, hailing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and

China will ‘take the gloves off’ over Taiwan: media

China is running out of patience with Donald Trump’s stance on Taiwan, state media said Monday, and will “take the gloves off” if he keeps challenging the One China policy. The US president-elect told the Wall Street Journal over the weekend the longstanding policy was up for negotiation, in his latest comment on the issue.

NATO maintains ‘absolute confidence’ in Trump security commitment

NATO on Monday reiterated its confidence in the US security commitment to Europe, despite US President-elect Donald Trump sparking fresh uproar by saying the alliance was obsolete. Asked to comment on Trump’s remarks, a NATO spokesman made no direct response but referred to a statement by head Jens Stoltenberg on Dec 6 at an alliance

Thales Wins Royal Navy Crowsnest Surveillance Helicopter Contract

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announces £269M deal for Crowsnest system to protect new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The deal with Lockheed Martin will see the start of manufacturing on the new Crowsnest system. It will act as the eyes and ears for the Royal Navy’s ships, providing long range air, maritime and land detection

Russia Developing Khishchnik High-Speed Underwater Missile

The Elektropribor Design Bureau in Saratov is developing a high-speed torpedo dubbed Khishchnik (Russian for ‘raptor’) and designed to replace the Shkval, expert Vladimir Tuchkov writes in an article with the Svobodnaya Pressa online news agency. The blog of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) has reported that Elektropribor is soon to

Game studio keeps US Army outreach, education high-tech

America’s Army is a high-tech organization. “America’s Army,” the video game, is testament to this fact. The Army Game Studio at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, continually works to develop and enhance its educational, outreach and training tools, including the popular combat simulator game for computer platforms that first launched in 2002. The studio may be best

EUCOM commander: US armored brigade’s deployment to Poland ‘significant’

The recent arrival in Poland of the U.S. Army, 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team “marks a significant moment in European deterrence and defense,” Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command, said in a Eucom news release. In the release, Scaparrotti, who wears a second hat as NATO supreme allied

US troops arriving in Poland draw Russian ire

US troops and tanks began streaming into Poland Thursday as part of one of the largest deployments of US forces in Europe since the Cold War, an operation that Russia angrily branded a “threat”. The Atlantic Resolve mission will see more than 3,000 American soldiers and heavy equipment deployed in Poland and nearby NATO partners

US Navy Partnership Hits Milestone, 50th P-8A Delivered

The U.S. Navy accepted its 50th P-8A Poseidon aircraft at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida today. The Navy’s Poseidon is replacing the legacy P-3 Orion and will improve an operator’s ability to efficiently conduct anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. Show More Summary

UK Steps up to Take Command of NATO Task Force

UK forces have taken command of NATO’s Response Force and its flagship Very High Readiness Joint Task Force. UK forces have taken command of NATO’s Response Force’s Land Component and its flagship Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), committing thousands of troops to be on standby and ready to deploy within days. Defence Minister

Finland Planning to Buy New Counter Artillery System

Finland is planning to acquire counter artillery radar systems in the coming years, reports the daily Helsingin Sanomat. The paper said the system would be completely new to Finnish Defence Forces. According to a report in Thursday’s Helsingin Sanomat, Finnish Defence Forces may soon get a completely new counter artillery radar system, an untried system

US Marines send F-35 stealth fighter squadron to Japan

The US Marine Corps said Tuesday it has sent a squadron of F-35B fighter jets to Japan, marking the first operational overseas deployment for the controversial aircraft that is under scrutiny from President-elect Donald Trump. The deployment of the 10 planes to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on Honshu Island marks a major milestone for

US Air Force Explores Additive Manufacturing Technology

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio — It’s a materials scientist’s dream, but as some experts say, an engineer’s nightmare. For scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, can be a powerful tool for rapid innovation. Ultimately, it’s a new way of looking at manufacturing

Canadian Army Tests Anti-Jamming Device for GPS

Canadian Army (CA) artillery gunners have run successful live fire tests on an innovative device designed to protect military Global Positioning Systems (GPS) from jamming. The CA conducted the tests October 27 and 28, 2016 in support of the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), a federal government initiative designed to foster innovation in Canadian

Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile

Pakistan on Monday test-fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said. The missile was fired from an underwater mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy, it said in a statement. A military spokesman confirmed to AFP the

US DoD Announces Successful Micro-Drone Demonstration

In one of the most significant tests of autonomous systems under development by the Department of Defense, the Strategic Capabilities Office, partnering with Naval Air Systems Command, successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California. Show More Summary

DARPA’s networks of the sea enter next stage

DARPA’s Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program recently completed its initial phase, successfully developing concepts and technologies aimed at restoring connectivity for U.S. forces when traditional tactical networks are knocked offline or otherwise unavailable. Show More Summary

France Hands Over Lead in Baltic Air Policing to the Netherlands

On 5 January 2017, NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission entered its 43rd rotation since its beginning in 2004. After four months of leading the mission, France handed over the symbolic key to the Baltic Airspace to the Netherlands at the traditional ceremony held at Šiauliai Air Base. The Royal Netherlands Air Force will now

Afghanistan welcomes return of US Marines to Helmand

Afghanistan on Saturday welcomed the Pentagon’s decision to deploy some 300 US Marines to the volatile province of Helmand, where American forces engaged in heated combat until their mission ended in 2014. The Marines will head to the poppy-growing southern province this spring to assist a NATO-led mission to train Afghan forces, in the latest

Largest Deployment of US Armaments Since Cold War Arrives in Germany

Soldiers offloading some 2,800 pieces of equipment from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, including 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles, in the German port city of Bremerhaven in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The convoy is heading for Poland for the upcoming NATO exercise.

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