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Russia to N. Korea: Interview Freakout 'Understandable'

Russia is apparently no fan of Seth Rogen. A Foreign Ministry spokesman today came to the defense of North Korea's rage over The Interview, reports the AP, saying it was "quite understandable" given the content of the movie. Alexander Lukashevich also sent Washington a little Christmas slap in today's briefing,...

Algerian army kills man behind beheading of French hiker

Algerian troops tracked down and killed the head of an Islamic militant group that beheaded a French hostage on video three months ago, Algeria’s defense ministry said Tuesday.

Demographics Impact Japanese Military Recruiting, not Policy

On Nov. 20, the Japanese Ministry of Defense confirmed that military recruitment figures for the 2014 fiscal year had declined compared to the previous year. The number of applicants on the non-commissioned officer fast-track fell 10 percent. Show More Summary

U.S. moves closer to sale of frigates to Taiwan; Beijing protests

President Obama has signed a measure allowing the U.S. government to sell four used frigates to Taiwan, the Defense Ministry in Taipei said Friday. The news prompted an angry response from China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory and resents foreign efforts to boost the self-ruled...

Shooting Sites of Execution

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

In 2006, Britain's Ministry of Defense officially pardoned 306 soldiers it had executed for cowardice or desertion during World War I. Photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews has embarked on her own photographic tribute to them.

BAE Systems to Upgrade UK Navy Torpedoes

BAE Systems has been awarded a £270 million contract from the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) to upgrade the Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo for the Royal Navy’s submarines.

China Hypersonic Tests Target No Specific Country

Scientific experiments carried out by China within its borders are normal, conducted according to a schedule, and are not directed against any specific country or target, the Ministry of National Defense said. The ministry’s press office was responding to a […]

Getting Pregnant Is An Occupational Hazard for a Soldier

Post by Jacqueline Burt It doesn't surprise me that 12 British servicewomen have been sent home from Afghanistan for getting pregnant this year. If anything, 12 seems like a rather low number. The British Ministry of Defense apparently...Show More Summary

Ark Data Centres to Reduce UK Carbon by 14,000 MT

The UK ministry of defense has selected Ark Data Centres to implement a data center at Corsham in Wiltshire that will reduce UK carbon by 14,000 metric tons over 10 years. The carbon reduction will come from Ark’s G-Cloud formula that includes a fixed power efficiency rating. The MOD is closing the existing host site […]

British Reapers Operate from Home Ground

British MQ-9 Reapers have started operations from a base in Lincolnshire, northeast England, according to Ministry of Defense (MoD) reports. The British drones had been flown from Creech air force base, Nevada. Now the 10-strong fleet will see operations directed from home. No related posts.

China Loves Chuck Hagel: Beijing Praises Ousted Defense Secretary

The Chinese Defense Ministry issued a statement this week thanking outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for his service and his contributions towards strengthening relations between China and the United States. The statement is particularly notable because of rumors of Hagel's ouster after clashes with key Obama administration members. Show More Summary

Putin waging information war in Ukraine worthy of George Orwell

“It seems that the less the European public believes [U.S. General Philip] Breedlove, the more alarmist his anti-Russian pronouncements become,” Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, told journalists

10 things you need to know today: November 10, 2014

1. ISIS leader reportedly wounded in airstrikeAn airstrike on a meeting of Islamic State militants in western Iraq wounded the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries reported Sunday. Iraqi officials said they did not know the extent of Baghdadi's injuries. Show More Summary

Iraqi Officials: Head of ISIS Wounded In Airstrike

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

The Associated Press is reporting that the leader of ISIS (aka the Islamic State aka ISIL), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was wounded in an airstrike on Saturday. Brief statements from Iraq’s Defense and Interiors Ministries said that al-Baghdadi had been wounded, working off of intel provided by informants within ISIS. They did not elaborate on the extent of said injuries. Read more...

Czech Army Cancels Purchase of SIG 716 and Meopta Optics

The Czech Defense Ministry has canceled a $4.5 million (USD) contract to purchase 238 USA-manufactured SIG716 rifles along with day/night optics and  spare parts and tools from Meopta, a prominent Czech optics manufacturer (Meopta was importing the rifles from SIG Sauer USA). Show More Summary

Saab and Brazil Sign Contract for Gripen NG

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government (Ministry of Defense through the Aeronautics Command, COMAER) covering the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force. The total […]

German Defense Ministry Faces Laundry List of Problems

Consultants hired by the German government confirmed that its defense procurement is messed up because of a poor corporate management and weak institutional culture: Deutche Welle | Süddeutschen Zeitung [in German]. Germany will make a decision [Reuters] next year on whether they’ll continue to develop MEADS. US DoD The Pentagon has already spent [Military Times] […]

France Willing to Put Assets on Fire Sale to Keep Defense Budget Nominally Flat

France’s Ministry of Defense released its 2015 budget plans [in French]. They’re looking at a nominally flat (i.e. excluding inflation) 31.4 billion euros ($39.7B) budget, within which €5.7B go to major programs and €2.8B are assigned to the nuclear deterrent. 1 FREMM frigate, 11 Rafale jets, 4 A400M transport aircraft, and 25 VBCI infantry vehicles […]

345 People Rescued From Boat Stranded Off Cyprus

(LIMASSOL, Cyprus) — A cruise ship picked up hundreds of people, apparently refugees who fled Syria, who were stranded aboard a small boat off Cyprus on Thursday, officials said. The Cypriot Defense Ministry the 345 people, including 53 children, would arrive at the country’s southern port of Limassol Thursday evening. They will then be taken…

Russia Orders Seven More Su-30SM Strike Fighters

The Russian defense ministry has ordered seven more Su-30SM two-seat fighters worth 13 billion roubles ($331 million), boosting the total to be acquired to 72. Of these, the Russian air force is getting 60 and naval aviation 12. An initial contract for 30 was placed in 2012. Show More Summary

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